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December 31, 2009 / theoldsilly

Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win

As we draw to the end of 2009 and many of us make resolutions for what we want to accomplish and achieve in the “New” Year – (whatever that really means – but that’s another muse and post), I thought I’d share this clip that I recently came across. We all want to win in life, in career, in relationships, in accomplishments. But it’s all about attitude, about having a “never say die” posture, grit and determination to see it to the finish line, no matter what. And, it’s all about caring for and helping others in their achievements as well, is it not? Enjoy this – it exemplifies the true heart of a champion and also the undaunted desire of a father to help his son in trying times.

He’s a winner in my book. Son and father. Ever suffer a pulled hamstring? I have. You can’t do so much as sit on a toilet without crying out in pain. Mobility is out of the question for anyone faint of heart. Yet this young man would not be denied making it to the finish line. And the father – waving off security, refusing to be denied the opportunity to assist his beloved son in finishing a lifelong dream with valor. A stirring example of courage, determination, integrity, and compassion, hmm?

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  1. L. Diane Wolfe / Dec 31 2009 7:57 am

    Wonderful sendoff of 2009! That is a moment that should inspire us all. Quitting is the only way we truly fail.

  2. yvonne lewis / Dec 31 2009 8:06 am

    A good ending to 2009: I aim to go to confront my estranged son in Spain,……whatever the outcome I can say I have done my best.

    Happy New Year Marvin.


  3. Crystal Clear Proofing / Dec 31 2009 8:42 am

    Wonderful, just wonderful. Crying this early in the morning…

  4. Ron Berry / Dec 31 2009 8:44 am

    It’s always good to see a paent getting involved in theiri kids lives. too many dads tend to ignore the fact that they have offspring.

  5. Mason Canyon / Dec 31 2009 9:30 am

    Very awesome video. Not good to start the day crying, but the video was worth the viewing. Thanks for sharing and reminding us Marvin. Happy New Year.

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh / Dec 31 2009 9:55 am


    Marvin, hope your birthday rocked and have a great New Year!

  7. Elizabeth Spann Craig / Dec 31 2009 10:19 am

    Great clip, Marvin. The dad really understood his son and how important it was for him to finish…..thanks for sharing this.

    Happy New Year!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  8. quirkyloon / Dec 31 2009 11:36 am

    Aw, that was awesome! Sweet and inspirational.

    My goal? Don’t start. Then I don’t have to worry about quitting.

    *cheesy grin*

  9. tdryden1 / Dec 31 2009 12:44 pm

    What a wonderful way to let people know the TRUTH!

    • tdryden1 / Dec 31 2009 12:46 pm

      OPPS, hit the button too soon!
      It is a great way to complete 2009!!!! Great way to start 2010!!!!

      I just love this blog…

      • theoldsilly / Dec 31 2009 8:15 pm

        Thanks, Terri – and you are certainly appreciated around here!

  10. Jane Kennedy Sutton / Dec 31 2009 2:53 pm

    That brought tears to my eyes. Sniff, sniff. Very touching.

    Happy belated birthday and happy 2010!

    • theoldsilly / Dec 31 2009 8:14 pm

      Thanks Jane and Happy New Year to you, too!

  11. ReformingGeek / Dec 31 2009 2:58 pm


    Happy New Year!

  12. Stanley Berber / Dec 31 2009 3:01 pm

    Awesome clip. Brought a tear to my eyes. Hey Happy New Year, Old Silly!

  13. Cactus Annie / Dec 31 2009 3:03 pm

    What a great youtube – Dad and son, so touching. Thanks for sharing this – and Happy New Year!

  14. MadMadMargo / Dec 31 2009 3:05 pm

    Okay, I’m in tears now. Thank you for sharing such a fine example of determination and courage.

    Happy New Year, ye old silly!!!

  15. Kissie / Dec 31 2009 6:13 pm

    My son and I watched this together – it was the first time for me. Still both of us blinked back tears.

    Thank you for sharing this one.

    It’s not often we get to see men of that hue being fatherly.

    Happy New Year to you! Come by and see me soon….I guess I’ll post something new. 😉

  16. theoldsilly / Dec 31 2009 8:17 pm

    To everyone from the Old Silly – thanks for stopping in here at Free Spirit on New Years Eve, you know I love all of you – and may God bless you and your families with health, happiness, and prosperity in 2010!

  17. Marcus Franks / Dec 31 2009 9:20 pm

    Powerful and what an inspiration. Happy New Year, Old silly!

  18. Barbra Kelser / Dec 31 2009 9:22 pm

    Wow I had to watch it twice. such father’s love and such courage and determination. Thanks for the sharing and Happy New Year, Marv!

  19. tashabud / Jan 2 2010 9:45 am

    I got teary eyed with this video, Old Silly. That young man has all the makings of a real champion. And his father is just awesome in showing his complete support till the end.


  20. Simon Hay / Jan 5 2010 9:39 pm

    This had me in tears. I’m a sports fan, but I don’t remember this. Stay the course Marvin. Bless you. See you soon, Simon.

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