We are all familiar with the clichés that always come out during special sporting moments. It’s some form of, “you can’t script this.” That thought certainly went through the heads of millions of people who watched the Buffalo Bills’ opening game against the New England Patriots’ Week 18, and that included the NFL’s social media team after Nyheim Hines did. Now the game starts again because of a touch of the ball . The Bills’ First Play After They Monday Night Football match against Cincinnati Bengals has been suspended after Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch.
Variations of that sentence are not only misused, but also incorrect. Actual live events are always altered so that a scripted production can elicit the maximum emotional response from the audience. Not like in the memorable Disney movie Remember the GiantsTC Williams High School failed to win a State Championship scoring the winning goal in a back brace with the quarterback being the main saver. They won that match 26-0and also against a completely different team from the one in the movie.
So, in fact, a scene like the one on Sunday in Buffalo is purely one that could be included in the Final Manuscript document. After the vibrant performance of the national anthem by Janae Longo, the Bills started the game to begin. The players all have the number 3 on their jerseys in honor of Damar Hamlin. Bill Belichick is one of many people who have worn a “Love for Damar” Sunday shirt. Hamlin has received many prayers, good wishes, donations for toy driveand even a call from the President of the United States.
As the game began, Hamlin experienced a joy unique to the world of professional sports as Hines skimmed the touchline, then plunged into the warm arms of the Bills mafia along with several other teammates.
I wasn’t with Hamlin so I can’t tell you exactly how that moment made him feel. However, I do know that a smile appeared on my face as Hines raced into the final area, and judging from Hamlin’s tweet, that score also puts him in a happy spot. Yes, that moment could easily be scripted, but to see it happen in real time is truly unforgettable.