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POV | Bengals provide life lessons

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The things we see on TV aren’t always just entertainment. Sometimes they provide life lessons. And the Cincinnati Bengals’ playoff debacle Saturday night is an example. 

In case you missed it, Cincinnati’s first playoff win in 25 years was virtually certain until they self-destructed and gave the game back. When Cincinnati needed self-control the most, their linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, delivered a cheap shot on a receiver and helped Pittsburgh into field goal range. 

Even though coaches and other players were trying to calm him down, he was intent on doing his own thing. And if that wasn’t bad enough, another Bengal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones, then threw his own tantrum, bumped a referee, and cost Cincinnati another 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving the Pittsburgh kicker a chip shot to win the game. 

The life lesson here is pretty clear, and it goes far beyond football. Whenever an individual puts their own desires above the needs of the team, the team is going to suffer. A civilized society, a good family, a smoothly functioning business or a winning athletic team all require self-interest being sublimated to the good of the greater organization. This doesn’t show weakness, but a mature and necessary strength -- a strength the Bengals were lacking Saturday night.

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I’m Bill Lamb, and that’s my Point of View.

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