Friday, January 16, 2009

The true meaning of CLUTCH. Michael Jordan who?

For sport fans, clutch stands for coming through in the final seconds of the game or when your teammates need you most. Players are revered, and make the Hall of Fame for being clutch. I think we need a whole new definition. Below are some plays that we in the sports world feel are "clutch."

Of course:

And who can forget:


All these events had 3 things in common:
1. Incredible Pressure to perform.
2. A small amount of time in which to get the job done.
3. And the consequence that not performing means not collecting a great prize.

I submit for your approval, one of the greatest clutch performances I have ever seen. The "player's" name is Chesley B. Sullenburger III. He is a pilot for US Airways and did he come through! This week he piloted a crippled Commercial Jetliner into a relatively graceful crashlanding on the surface of the Hudson River. The Surface. The landing was so mechanically unstressful for the plane that it FLOATED for several minutes while ALL 155 passengers were safely removed. Unbelieveable. No championship trophy, Gold Medal, or endorsements on the line, just the lives of 155 people and the effect their death would have on their loved ones. No pressure there. According to information I have read, he is a former  fighter pilot who runs a safety consulting firm in addition to flying commercial aircraft. There might not have been a better person for this crisis, and my hats are off to him, as well as the flight crew for helping get everyone off the plane safely. 

1 comment:

Matthew said...

Yeah, when I heard about this on the radio, I was like "What?!!!, that is amazing!"