I say this because last night...I forgot this rule for a second. I was at the Pirates game until the top of the 10 inning when the Cardinals took a 5-3 lead. The Pirates had come back from the behind to win in the previous night and I figured there was no way it could happen again. The upcoming batters had already achieved heroics earlier in the game, or on the night prior, so I figured all their magic was used it. I left the park, walked to my car, and turned on the radio just in time to hear the Pirates tie, and ultimately in the game in dramatic fashion. I kicked myself a little for leaving early, but I was thrilled to be wrong as it meant another win.
The moral, I suppose, is that as much as we like to look to the past in order to predict the future, it's always wide open. The loser now might be later to win...or he might lose a second time. A string of victories is sometimes followed by...more victories. I think it's important we teach our students that while life does have it's ups and downs, you get a fresh choice and opportunity each day. As for the Pirates, they get four days off before they're back in the business of shooting for the division title.