Last year I entered our in-house Superbru Football Competition run by our indefatigable quiz captain, Richard ‘Tricky’ Hamilton.

One has to predict the Premiership football results each week. I therefore broke one of my deeply held convictions: “never prophesy, especially about the future”.

To my surprise, I managed to win the competition which immediately proved that you do not need to know too much about football. But beyond that I felt there were some lessons for me to take on board.

I only led the table once. It just happened to be the 38th round and, critically, the last one. In the previous 37 rounds, I had been in various positions, latterly moving up to second place.

I felt that the moral is that you keep plugging away and don’t give up. It is where you finish that counts. It is no good leading all the way if you cannot stay the course. “Never give in, never give up and never despair.” It seems a good watch word for me for the present pandemic.

I am particularly bearing that in mind, languishing in the lower reaches of our competition for much of the current season.

I should add that we also run an NFL competition thanks to Grant Cook (aka GC) with Mike “The Legend” Carabine having won both seasons. I have finished last for each of the two regular seasons.

Maybe it is time to quit?

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