2016 has not exactly been a banner year for my sports teams. The Michigan State Spartans football team got blown up in the College Football Playoff by Alabama followed by its worst start to a Big Ten season since the 1990s. The Spartan basketball team had an inexplicable loss in the opening road of the NCAA tournament. The Green Bay Packers continue to under perform. And, the Milwaukee Brewers? Well, their season was over before it even started.
Yet, I still soldier on. Why? Take Bill Murray.
- Extremely successful career with numerous iconic roles (Carl Spackler, John Winger, Phil Summers…the list goes on)
- Rich many times over
- Enough cachet and mystique that he can do almost anything and can get away with it because “no one will ever believe you.” My friends and I have our own Bill Murray encounter at the Bears-Packers NFC Championship game highlighted in the picture taken above (story here).
Yet for all the fame and glory Bill Murray has received, at the moment below, when the Chicago Cubs clinched a trip to their first World Series since 1945, none of that mattered.
As wealthy and successful as Bill Murray has been, he couldn’t buy a moment like that if he tried, which made it all the more meaningful to him.
Here’s hoping you have your own Bill Murray moment of joy this week.