Whether it's watching sports, or simply waiting for a vacation, it's taken me a long time to realize that hoping the clock wins is a terrible idea. If the Steelers are up by six points, and the other team gets the ball with three minutes to go, I always have some weird idea that the Steelers simply need to run out the clock and they'll win, even if they can't stop their rivals. As if the Ravens are going to go halfway down the field and suddenly Joe Flacco says "oops, we're out of time. You win, Steelers!" When you watch the clock, you either A) end up losing or B) end up having to make a hard stop in the final seconds anyway, which you really could have done in the beginning. Neither is enjoyable, and both result in a complete waste of time at best, and complete failure at worst.
For myself and the students (and anyone tempted to run out the clock), don't do it. There may only be 45 days to go, but holding your breath and hoping to make it out in one piece will only A) waste time you'll never get back and B) lead to potential last minute drama. I foolishly/wisely saved the EdCamp and TEDx Conference (along with the already scheduled LipDub, the Mock Crash, the Sr. Class Pirate Game, Senior Breakfast, Senior Awards, Prom, and Graduation) for the fourth quarter, and many students have equally busy springs with college decisions, graduation parties, senior recognitions, and final projects and interviews. Years from now, these next 45 days may be the only parts of high school you actually remember. There's always something to count down to...but eventually you'll wish you'd kept your eyes on the field, instead of just clock-watching.