The Power of Choice

November 21st, 2005

2005.09.01-19.26.59/au-logo.jpgLeigh Ann commented that a guy she works with – an Alabama fan – said “We won the last three quarters.” Fortunately, living in Texas, and working in the space program, I don’t have to deal with that sort of thing. Of the people I meet who care about the Iron Bowl, ten are Auburn engineers and just one is from Alabama. Most of the people out here only care about how badly Texas is going to beat Texas A&M (sorry, Bobby, but that’s what will happen this year).

It’s a bit of a shame that no one will say to me “We won the last three quarters,” because I can think of several good ways to respond:

  1. “Gee, I bet you really wish your team had showed up for the first quarter!”
  2. “That’s an interesting way to look at it. Here’s how I look at the quarters: Auburn won the first quarter. Auburn won the first two quarters. Auburn won the first three quarters. Auburn won the first four quarters (which, by the way, means Auburn won the game).”
  3. “I guess you’re really kicking yourself that the official scorer didn’t forget to add in those three pesky first-quarter touchdowns.”
  4. “You just keep telling yourself that, and in a few months it might make you feel better.”
  5. “HAAAAAHA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!!!”

Leigh Ann says that she chose the last option. That’s good, because laughter really is the best way to gloat.

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