Mediators may need mediator to settle football rivalry

Football rivalry needs mediationIf you don’t like American football or live outside the United States, you’re probably not aware (or even care) that the undefeated New England Patriots are squaring off against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday in the battle for the AFC Championship and the right to play in the Super Bowl, that most sacred of American sports events. The top-seeded Pats, 17-0, are considered the odds-on favorites.

Some folks, however, are rooting for the San Diego underdogs. Kristina Haymes, an attorney and mediator who blogs about mediation marketing, and also an avowed Chargers fan, has thrown down the gauntlet. Knowing that my heart belongs to the Patriots, she asks me,

What do you say Diane are the Pats going to trounce the Chargers? Do the underdogs have a chance?

I confess that I’m torn. How to respond? The superstitious sports fan in me never makes public predictions about my team’s likelihood of victory (a superstition borne of a lifetime as a Red Sox supporter). Yet the pulse-pounding excitement of the 2007 football season has gone to my head.

Should I simply say, “Let the best team win?”

Nah. There’s only one answer for Kristina:

Go, Pats!

6 responses to “Mediators may need mediator to settle football rivalry

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  2. Football Training, you’ve made my day! Thanks for the feedback. Glad to hear from a fellow football fan as well. Cheers!

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  4. Love this post! Oh, if only all those sports pundits had heeded our superstition and kept their mouths shut about the Super Bowl. (Oh, the pain of even uttering the words “Super Bowl.”)

  5. Always good to read about gridiron and football, I’ve never really understood the difference between them.

    Can I ask though – how did you get this picked up and into google news?

    Very impressive, is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..

  6. Since I write about conflict resolution and negotiation, and not, generally speaking, football or other sports, I’m as puzzled as you are as to why Google seems to like this post so much. Wish I could explain it!

    Thanks for stopping by though and for your kind comment!