Blogs | 4/29/2009 3:55:21 PM | John Gurtler
A Denver native, John Gurtler has been the voice of the Buffalo Bandits the past six seasons. Gurtler has also done play-by-play with the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres and has served as the stadium voice for the Buffalo Bills. Gurtler will share his thoughts and unique perspective each week with Bandits fans.
"Profit from your mistakes. Fall down seven times, get up eight." OK, OK, stop water boarding me with Tony Robbins reruns. Do you really think jamming business/sales/marketing/teammanship phrases down the throat is going to make the Buffalo Bandits better?
Let me watch reruns of the 3 a.m. TV millionaire guru who bought a mansion, yacht, Grand Am and John Deere riding mower off a credit card and sold it back as a package at twice the amount he paid for it, beating the over-the-limit charges by one dollar and eight hours before 30-days late.
Now that is playing game day.
You only need to watch a replay of the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Stanley Cup Playoff game this past Saturday to see how fast the tables can turn, even when it was win or go home, and look what happened.
And it took what the Donald said Sunday night in the Celebrity Apprentice to give me insight to the Bandits challenge the next three weeks - the road to the National Lacrosse League Champions Cup.
I was not taking notes or hand-held recorder, but here is his point. "To win at something, to take charge of the situation, you've got to have passion."
That was it. After all those NHL and NBA games - Oh, and a glimpse at the Glidden Paint Drying competition - err-ah, the NFL Draft - even two innings of women's college softball from Oklahoma, the TV millionaire guru, Tony Robbins, cookie crumbs on my sweater and a liter of cola.
And it was right there in front of me. Out of the mouth and off the gold hair dome of the Donald.
It's all about passion, my brother - as the Hulk would say.
And that is the bottom line Saturday night for the Buffalo Bandits in their playoff game against the same team two weeks ago, the Boston Blazers.
You can’t teach it. You can't buy it. You can't transfuse it. We all have it - for something. It's there you just gotta find what you really love to do.
I am not buying it for one second, what with all the dedication and talent these Bandit players have put forth through the years to get where they will be Saturday night - fighting for their playoff lives that passion won’t play a role?
Both teams can score, play defense and boast the best goalies. Both teams have systems and sync, play hard for each other and shoulder a great deal of respect. Both teams are very good.
We in the media will talk about keys to the Bandits/Blazers game, rate players position by position, stack the deck and play the devils advocate; I will talk with coach Kilgour, act like I am Mike Wallace from 60-minutes; talk to one of the players like I’m a member of the pit crew. And then make a prediction.
It might be easier to run down to the casino on the corner and pull the lever of one of those one-arm bandits to see who's going to win.
It all comes down to 16 runners, two goaltenders and the passion within from each. Who’s got the most passion will win.
You don’t need to say a thing.