We’ve all heard the saying, yet sometimes we don’t quite understand it’s meaning entirely.
“Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.”
It’s a quote that speaks volumes across all aspects of life, but in the world of professional sports it couldn’t be more relevant.
The Baltimore Ravens were not a very good team in 2013, but really was anyone in the AFC North?
The Cleveland Browns once again didn’t have stability at the quarterback position and have once again fired a head coach — Rob Chudzinski didn’t even last a full 365 calendar days as the general of this football team. The Pittsburgh Steelers, like the Ravens, were up-and-down and showed flashes of brilliance at times yet stumbled when the stage was the biggest — Antonio Brown stepping out of bounds against the Miami Dolphins might have hurt a little. The division-winning Cincinnati Bengals went undefeated at home during the regular season only to lay another dud in the postseason against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
The Bengals were regarded as one of the deepest rosters in the league this season. While quarterback Andy Dalton‘s propensity to turn the football over bit them when it counted, some might look to Marvin Lewis as the guy who should take the fall for the woeful end to the 2013 season. “Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.”
Case and point: The 2012 Baltimore Ravens.
Think about the offensive line that the Ravens began 2013 with as opposed to the one they won the championship with. Gino Gradkowski for Matt Birk was the only switch to start the new campaign, but the line looked in disarray from the get-go and saw constant shuffling to the left of the center.
Think about losing two aging superstars in Ed Reed and Ray Lewis and what they meant to the Ravens in 2012. Look at what they are doing in 2013. Reed had a cup of coffee with the Houston Texans and landed in New York to play with Rex Ryan and the New York Jets where he essentially showed the world what everyone assumed: He’s lost more than a step. Lewis is an ESPN commentator — enough said.
Think about how inconsistent Joe Flacco was during the entire 2013 season in comparison to his historic 2012 postseason run. “Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.”
Sure, the 2012 Baltimore Ravens were more talented than the team that trotted out between the white lines every Sunday in 2013, but they did have a little luck happen along the way. “The Mile High Miracle,” Ray Lewis announcing his “Last Ride” and somehow staying alive when the lights went out in the Super Bowl.
The 2013 Bengals are a prime example that no matter how good a team may be sometimes it doesn’t matter. “Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.”