Ken Ramsey will attend his 375th consecutive MSU ballgame this weekend in Little Rock – that’s more than 30 years without a miss!
But me? I grew bored with the ballgame on Saturday. We got off to a great start, but my team had begun to falter and my mind wandered all over the stadium, which I might add was packed with an all-time record crowd!
Even the beautiful sunset seemed ominous – it had kind of a ‘Roll Tide” effect…
I wished for a big trick play that would bring the fans back to their feet and once again charge the atmosphere with excitement! Even the old “fumblerooski” would be fun – you know – where the quarterback intentionally fumbles and a lineman scoops it up and takes off while the opposing team is walking off the field.
Unfortunately I think they made that illegal, but there’s got to be something legal to get us out of this funk, I thought.
Suddenly, it occurred to me that a ballgame is a metaphor for life. When we get stuck in a rut, it’s up to us to shake things up a bit. Even doing something outrageous may be just what we need to get back our groove.
In my life, I find that doing things backwards helps a lot. It also produces a lot of laughs. Have you ever tried brushing your teeth with your nondominant hand? You’ll get toothpaste all over your face – try to be depressed while doing that.
I often eat a meal holding my fork in my left hand – which is practically useless for anything but holding a dust pan. I find I eat much less and more slowly – one pea at a time. You’ll feel like a three-year old again, trying to learn to tie his shoes.
Here are a few other strategies I’ve tried:
*Have breakfast for dinner and dessert before your entree (my personal favorite strategy). You could wear your clothes backward, but I don’t recommend it. People will begin to avoid you.
*Learn to do the Moon Walk – you know, that dance step perfected by Michael Jackson? It’s a dance move that looks as if you are going forward when in reality you are moving backward.
Hey, light bulb moment – I’d like to see a quarterback add that to his repertoire. He could moon walk while dropping back to pass. It would confuse the heck out of the defense and the crowd would go wild!
*Talk backwards. This is a scream. Several years ago when my old high school pals reconnected at our 40th class reunion, we renamed ourselves. I’m Ylime (pronounced E-lime) Norma is Amron, and Linda is Adnil. This is a great way to entertain yourself and your family – my sons are Koddarb and Nitsuj…well you get the picture.
There’s even the little-known “Backward Day” celebrated on January 31 each year. I’m campaigning to get it declared a national holiday so America’s stressed out workers can have another day of leisure. Let me know if you want to serve on the committee.