Those of you who share my love for college basketball, and even some of you who don’t, will no doubt have heard by now about last night’s historic upset.
For those of you who don’t follow March Madness, it was the very first time in the history of the NCAA college basketball tournament that a #16 seed (University of Maryland Baltimore County) beat a #1 seed (Virginia). In other words, a school most people had never even heard of defeated and humiliated what was supposed to be the best team in the country (and busted my personal bracket in the process, LOL).
Reacting to the historic and devastating loss with what I thought was impressive humility and class, Virginia’s coach Tony Bennett had the following to say:
I told our guys, we had a historic season. A historic season in terms of most wins in the ACC. A week ago we’re cutting down the nets and the confetti is falling. And then we make history by being the first one-seed to lose. I’m sure a lot of people will be happy about that. And it stings. I told the guys, this is life. It can’t define you. You enjoyed the good times and you gotta be able to take the bad times. When you step into the arena, the consequences can be historic losses, tough losses, great wins, and you have to deal with it. That’s the job.
Sports are often a good metaphor for life, and I couldn’t help but relate Coach Bennett’s wise words to BBA’s own unexpected struggles these past couple months.
There’s no sugarcoating it, we’ve had a pretty shitty and stressful start to the year. Just a few short months ago, we were celebrating what had arguably been BBA’s best year so far and looking forward to what promised to be an even bigger and better year in 2018.
But life sometimes has a cruel way of mocking our plans and keeping us humble. And these past couple months have been an unexpected sucker-punch to the gut. Starting with the sudden death of my grandmother and then my own bout with the cold/flu after that, it’s just been a tsunami of bad luck ever since.
I guess porn isn’t really all that different from other types of work in this way.
A farmer might enjoy a bountiful harvest one season, but have his entire crops wiped out by a tornado the next. An NFL running back might break statistical records with his performance one Sunday, but suffer a season-ending injury the following week. A Hollywood movie producer might have a box-office blockbuster one summer, but find themselves forced to postpone the release date for their next film due to unavoidable production delays.
Like Virginia’s coach said, THAT’S LIFE and we can’t let it define us. We have to accept these bad times along with the good.
And like my grandfather always used to say….
As I write this, I’m realizing this is less of an announcement for BBA’s viewers than a much-needed pep talk for myself. But I did want to reassure everyone that there’s no reason for any kind of long-term alarm. We’ve been through much worse and always managed to come back from these occasional dry spells even better than before.
Rest assured that Shax Carter, Montez, and myself are all working hard to bring you an exciting new Spring Season just as soon as we can, with regular updates hopefully resuming as early as later next week. We’re finally starting to see some glimmers of light at the end of this long, dreary tunnel. And looking forward to finding out together what the future has in store….