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Never Stop! Michael Dyer’s Game Winning Run


I left work at 4:40pm on Monday to get a jump on the traffic, but I forgot about the BCS championship game that evening. Everybody else also left work a few minutes early to catch the game and the traffic was terrible. It took me twice as long as usual to get home. I am not much of a football fan, but this is a pretty big deal in Oregon. I only saw part of the game after dinner, but it was the most exiting part.

This is Auburn’s Michael Dyer game winning run from ESPN on Youtube.

You gotta give the kid credit for keeping his knees up and never giving up on the play. Look at the replay again, he kept his knees up by instinct while keeping hold of the ball. This is not luck, it is from years of practice. Well, there was a lot of luck, but skill also played a big part. When he got up he wasn’t sure if the play was over, but he must have had some doubt and kept an eye out for the opportunity to run. Oregon defense should have stayed in the game and made sure the play was over instead of just standing around.

How is this related to retiring by 40? Let’s just say we’ll take a lesson from this play to keep rushing forward to early retirement and never giving up! Good job Michael!

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  • LifeAndMyFinances January 12, 2011, 4:28 am

    I didn’t see the game live, but that replay was awesome! How he kept his knees off the ground, I don’t know, but it was pretty impressive. I like the message too – keep on running! Thanks for the video.

    The Yakezie scholarship is live again too! That really is a great opportunity for a lot of students out there. I know I’m getting the word out!

  • Kellen January 12, 2011, 5:05 am

    Since myself and all of my coworkers are from SEC schools that are NOT Auburn, this game was pretty disappointing. But I don’t really care about football, which sometimes means I get to have a much more serene life than the southerners around me… haha.

    Thanks for the link!

    • retirebyforty January 12, 2011, 1:03 pm

      I don’t care about football either, but championship game enthusiasm is very infectious. 🙂

  • Everyday Tips January 12, 2011, 5:38 am

    I just heard that that game was the most watched game on cable in history. I did not watch it because I was watching my daughter play basketball. However, it sounds like a lot of other people did!

  • Roshawn @ Watson Inc January 12, 2011, 6:47 am

    You are right that perseverance is key whether you are talking about football or your retirement goals. There are always challenges (and even some setbacks in some instances); however, you can overcome them in the long run.

  • Suba @ Wealth Informatics January 12, 2011, 6:28 pm

    I didn’t see the game but everyone was talking about it yesterday at work. Sounds like an interesting game!

  • youngandthrifty January 12, 2011, 10:33 pm

    Cool, thanks for the mention Retireby40!

    I must admit.. I’m not a big football fan. I like staring at their tight pants, and that’s about it. I think the only sport I can watch without being fidgety is basketball.

    Perseverance pays off- get lesson, retireby40 🙂

    • retirebyforty January 13, 2011, 9:31 am

      I love basketball the most too. It is also so much more fun live, the games on TV are not fun anymore. Too bad you guys don’t have a basketball team. 🙂

  • youngandthrifty January 12, 2011, 10:34 pm

    great lesson, not get lesson! Sorry for the typo.
    Obviously my fingers are tired from typing all day at work lol!

  • 101 Centavos January 13, 2011, 3:30 am

    Michael Dyer not only showed reflexive skill acquired by long practice, but also outstanding situational awareness. While many players were perceving the end of the play, he kept his senses open and took the opportunity. Very contrarian of him.

    • retirebyforty January 13, 2011, 9:34 am

      I’ll have to remind myself the next time I stumble to look at this video again. Just keep your head straight and look for opportunity.

  • Kevin @ Thousandaire.com January 13, 2011, 6:17 am

    I didn’t watch the game because I don’t have cable, but I heard about the play. Thanks for posting it so I could finally see what everyone was talking about!

    • retirebyforty January 13, 2011, 9:33 am

      We don’t have cable either. I googled it to see the score, but to my surprise ESPN( or maybe TNT ) was broadcasting it. I hope Superbowl will show on the internet too. That would be awesome!

  • Buck Inspire January 13, 2011, 11:34 am

    Not that much of a football fan, but that was a cool play. Nice message to keep the feet moving, stay alert, and keep running! Too bad the Ducks came out on the short end there. 🙁

    • retirebyforty January 13, 2011, 12:37 pm

      I am getting the message that finance bloggers and readers are not that interested in football.
      Probably won’t be anymore football related post for a long time. 🙂

  • Jessica07 January 13, 2011, 2:31 pm

    No way! What does he have–springs for toes?! That was amazing! … Maybe his knees have the same magnetic polarity as the ground, so they just kind of push off of one another. Yes? No? 😉

    When it comes to football (I like Pro), I have short-term investments (usually one-hit wonder teams), and then long-term investments (I ride those through all their ups and downs). All of my investments have gone bankrupt this season. 🙁

    • retirebyforty January 13, 2011, 8:44 pm

      My basketball investment went bust early this season. At least now I know not to hope for much. 🙁

  • Craig January 13, 2011, 5:55 pm

    We learn in martial arts to always finish the technique to completion, even if you think it’s over already. This play was a great example why you always finish and also why you always look for openings.

    Thanks for the mention.

  • Financial Samurai January 14, 2011, 10:54 pm

    If only Oregon kicked a field goal when they were in the 20 instead of going for it on 4th down twice!!!!

    • retirebyforty January 15, 2011, 8:09 am

      Right! I was thinking about writing a post Great Defense almost always beat Great Offense, but didn’t put it together in time. Same with personal finance.

  • Aloysa January 15, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Well… I guess it explains why Beaker was glued to TV that day. 🙂

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