Baylor Athletics: A Lesson in Perseverance

As an alumnus from Baylor University, I have had years of disappointment as a fan of college sports. We had glimpses of good things, but most of the time we had a lot of bad years (except for in track, women’s basketball, and tennis).

This year could not have been much better!

Watch this video for a summary (my favorite parts are the disparaging words of Jim Rome followed later on by his apology):

I found this article summarizing The Year of the Bear as inspiring:

“The Year of the Bear is now in the books, and what a year it was.

First, the big picture: Two national championships. Two national players of the year, including the Heisman Trophy winner. NCAA records for combined wins in the Big Three and Big Four sports. Three Big 12 titles. All 19 varsity sports reaching postseason play.

And then there were the individual moments… Football’s season-opening win over TCU that launched RG3 into the Heisman spotlight, and the regular-season finale against OU that sealed the deal. Soccer’s return to the NCAA tournament after a 12-year absence. Kim Mulkey’s 300th win. Nick Florence’s second-half heroics against Texas Tech. Griffin’s “unbelievably believable” Heisman Trophy win and acceptance speech. The Bears’ first bowl victory since 1992.

The announcement of RG3 as the NFL’s No. 2 overall pick and cover boy for EA’s “NCAA Football 2013.” Brittney Griner’s two NCAA tournament dunks. 40-0. Postseason runs for men’s basketball (Elite Eight), men’s and women’s tennis (Sweet 16) and baseball (Super Regional). Baseball’s 24-game win streak.

Thank you, Baylor Nation, for your support this year. You responded to all this success by setting program records for attendance in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball. And now it looks like one more treat is on the way — and one more opportunity for Baylor Nation to step forward — as Baylor Stadium moves closer and closer to reality.

Baylor Athletics this week launched a new website,, which will document the design and construction processes of the future on-campus home of Baylor football. Check out the site for a virtual tour video, renderings, stadium facts and more.”

Wow, I wonder what areas of our business, non-profit, ministry, or personal lives can experience such a dramatic turnaround with just a bit more effort and patience.

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