Unexpected results

It was the pre-Olympic cliffhanger to draw people back to The Biggest Loser. For two weeks, Cheryl and Darrell held a squat, balancing an Olympic-like torch above their head. OK, in reality, they held it for only about 10 minutes, but in the suspended animation of TV-land, it was two weeks.

As viewers returned, we saw Darrell lose his position, drop his torch and suffer immediate elimination from the game.

For all the hype it seemed, well, anti-climatic.

Ah, but the weigh-in wasn’t.

The new twist in the game this week had the contestants divide into blue and black teams. Michael earned control of the game for the week and selected the teams, stacking his blue team with the biggest, heaviest guys (and a few women) while putting the smaller women, along with Sam, on the black team.

The black team became the immediate underdog. They got to work. And, lo and behold, they won the weigh in, having a higher percentage of total weight loss as a team than the heavily favored blue team.

In sports terms, the cliche reads: This is why the games we play the games in person,not on paper.

Because there is always a human element. There is always a spirit, a drive, a hustle that can’t be counted in the stat sheet. One of the standard coach-speak phrases goes something like this: “We may not be the most talented team, but we’ll outwork everyone else.”

Sometimes as a sportswriter, you hear the words so often, the smile and nod just become automatic in response. Sometimes, on cynical days, you wonder if it’s even true.

But in reality, I’ve seen it time and time again. Some teams win on talent. Others will themselves to win. Others just continue to plug away at the process believing not only that they can win but will win. The best teams, the teams that set records and flirt with perfection, are the ones that are able to combine all three elements.

But never underestimate the intangibles.

Never underestimate the ability of spirit and heart and desire to create unexpected results.

When you dream big, trust the process and allow your best efforts to push you out of your comfort zone, you might just pull off the upset.

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~ by amymoritz on March 3, 2010.

2 Responses to “Unexpected results”

  1. Last night’s “Biggest Loser” was really anti-climactic. Darrell lost the Olympic challenge, failing to hold a flaming flower pot on his head longer than Cheryl. Viewers didn’t get to see his transformation until the end of the show. This week’s challenge was unimaginative: hoist a banner that said “Biggest Loser” up a building. The new blue and black teams were picked by Michael who thought he had a winning combination. The weigh-in came down to the last three contestants from the blue team. The three remaining had to have lost an average of 8 pounds per person to pull out the win. The first two, I believe they were Sam and Stephanie, were right at 8 pounds. Could there be an upset in the making? There was; Ashley lost 10 pounds giving the win to the blue team. At the cry and pout session Michael sobbed, but in the end Miggy was out. So Cheryl who was almost eliminated at the start of the show made it through another week.

    • Drew: I agree that this week’s challenge was unimaginative. If you’re a regular viewer of the show, have you noticed that fewer and fewer contestants are taking part in the temptation challenges? It was interesting to see Michael so upset at the elimination saying over and over again, “It wasn’t supposed to be us.” Lucky for him, I think, that he ended up with immunity. Otherwise, they might have sent him home.

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