2009 Cleveland Browns: Excuse Free

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Published: September 21, 2009

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... sports acts as an excuse-factory, recycling old justifications with a shiny new wrinkle on it. Too many injuries, several horrific calls by the referees, or not enough team chemistry are just some of the routine excuses we hear in sports.

Some are justified, some are not. That's not the point. The point is what happens when you don't have an excuse? What happens then?

Malcolm Gladwell (might just be my favorite author ... birthday hint-hint, nudge-nudge) wrote that Americans tend to be lazier than other cultures due to self-preservation. In other words, we think it's better to be lazy than a failure.

Think of a college student getting ready for an exam. She can prepare by studying, reviewing her class-notes, attending a study-session, etc. Or she can not study, not review her notes, and not attend a study-session.

Come test day, if she's fully-prepared and still fails, then she has no excuses. She tried her best and still failed. But, if s...

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