Feelings can a very perculiar thing …..
When we’re denied by someone, we tend to take it personally. It could be the first girl who turned us down – or the second, for that matter. It could be the employer who canned our application. It could be the coach who cut us from the team.
Regardless of what we might say, when someone rejects us, we hope to see them regret the decision ….
We want to see that same girl ending up with a loser.
We want to see that prospective employer go out of business.
We want to see that coach’s team suffer through a horrible season.
You got that? It’s not good enough to hope it happened. We want to see it happen. As certain as we want to see the figurative trainwreck before our eyes, we want to witness those who rejected us, as they fail.
Don’t feel guilty about it. Reacting to rejection in this way is quite human. It’s our way of fending off the reality that someone did not want us; we hope to see them fail, as a result.
And, this is probably where most of us find ourselves when considering the impending plight of Jason Garrett. Nearly three years removed from rejecting Baltimore and the Ravens, Garrett is getting an audition for the job he craved all along.
In four days, the Dallas Cowboys will face the New York Giants, in the Meadowlands. When the whistle blows and the kickoff commences, Jason Garrett will find himself calling all the shots for Jerry Jones’ team.
Well, we think he’ll probably be calling the shots Jerry allows, at least.
Don’t misconstrue the spirit of my message. I’m quite happy things turned out as they did, here in Baltimore. The Ravens haven’t missed the playoffs, since Garrett said “no thanks.” And, Steve Bisciotti’s second choice is turning out to look like the best choice …..
Some readers might be looking at this potentially conflicted message and thinking “I don’t care if Jason Garrett wins or loses.” But, you’re lying to yourself. You do care. Or, you’re just an isolated exception to the normalcy of being human.
There is a fairly good chance the Cowboys get their chaps handed to them, in northern Jersey, on Sunday. They’ve been horribly bad – which resulted in Wade Phillips’ firing. The Giants, in contrast, have been pretty impressive, while enjoying a 6-2 record.
Who knows what Jason Garrett is thinking these days? Everyone is aware of his decision to rebuff the Ravens and Falcons, following the 2007 season. He opted for the stability of the Cowboys …. and, perhaps, to become their next head coach.
Meanwhile, Baltimore and Atlanta haven’t missed a beat …..