Wednesday, September 25, 2013
AMERICA WINS AMERICA'S CUP, WHAT A COMEBACK LOOKS LIKE.
Icheoku says unlike other countries like Nigeria that usually looks to God to do their heavy lifting including qualifying and doing well in the upcoming World Cup tournament in Brazil 2014, America does it the old fashioned way - dogged determination and a will to triumph. This can-do, can-win attitude saw their Oracle Team USA come back from an assured defeat to snarl victory in the just concluded America's Cup sailing competition in San Francisco California. A Team USA trailing 8-1 came back from a near certain defeat to overrun the Kiwis in the finals to clinch the championship at 9-8 thereby retaining the cup for the second year back to back. Icheoku commends the sheer bravado of the Team USA sailors who despite the odds against their winning the tournament came from behind to roar to victory.
One derivative from the Team USA victory is to never give up no matter how herculean the tasks looks like or how rugged the road ahead seems or even how steep the climb might otherwise be or look like. Icheoku congratulates the Larry Ellison sponsored Oracle Team USA for snatching victory from the New Zealand Team Emirate under a circumstance that could easily pass for a miracle of the Bay. Admitted the defending champion, Oracle Team USA, had two points deducted from them as penalty for cheating at the beginning of the tournament, which could have impacted their morals to so easily and quickly fall 1-8 to the Kiwis; but their eventual comeback and final victory shows they are possibly a better side who dutifully defended their championship.
Icheoku does not know if Larry Ellison would re-stage the championship again in San Francisco, but whatever he decides, the tournament did well to create awareness to a sports considered by many as the pastime of the rich and wealthy, explaining the near lack of interest of ordinary San Franciscans who almost did not even know about a tournament holding in their city. Icheoku was lucky to have watched some of the races and is marvelled at the catamarans' near levitating maneuvers on the waters of San Francisco bay; and those sailors, boy were they all buffed - fitness defined. Icheoku says that what Oracle Team USA pulled off over the much fancied and favored Team Emirate of New Zealand - the Kiwis, is indeed what a typical come back really looks like, what a feat.