Sunday, December 07, 2014

there is no effort without error and shortcoming

The Bomber confided after club training today that he is starting to feel the pressure ahead of Wednesday's cup game away at Brighton. "I know it is an honour to be picked for the year above," he said, "and I don't want to let them down." There is talk it seems of the fasted kid in Surrey for the age group lining up against Ben.

Nobody can be let down no matter what happens on the South coast in three days time. They have overachieved getting as far as they have. Over a thousand schools entered and they are in the last thirty two. Whitgift and Wimbledon College who consider themselves the top dogs around here both went out in the last round. Rutlish have the Sarf London bragging rights already, no matter what.

Teddy Roosevelt is trotted out for the third time in my blog.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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