At the beginning of the 2009 movie “Blind Side”, there is a quote by Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by Sandra Bullock, “There’s a moment of orderly silence before a football play begins, players are frozen and anything is possible. Then, like a traffic accident, stuff begins to collide, from the snap of the ball to the snap of the first bones – closer to 4 seconds than 5.”
Orderly Silence in the Markets
It’s the orderly silence before systematic chaos breaks out that gives fans that adrenaline rush which football fans crave – the fear and anticipation of the unknown. In markets we are experiencing an element of orderly silence as markets continue to mostly systematically advance.
Although it’s evident that investors are experiencing anxiousness or a “fear of the unknown” like they have rarely experienced before, something like an “orderly silence before chaos breaks out”.
In Leigh Anne Tuohy’s next quote from her narrative, she describes the legendary “blind side” hit on Joe Theisman from Lawrence Taylor when his leg was shattered, ending his career forever. She describes that moment in her narrative as “up until that moment, the play has been defined by what he (the Quarterback) sees – it’s about to be defined by what he doesn’t see”. She goes on to say, “Now y’all would guess more often than not, the highest paid player in an NFL team is the Quarterback, and you’d probably be right. But, what you probably don’t know is that more often than not, the second highest paid player is, thanks to Lawrence Taylor, the left tackle. Because as every housewife knows, the first check you write is for the mortgage, but the second is for the insurance. The left tackle’s job is to protect the Quarterback from what he can’t see coming. To protect his ‘blind side’”.
Driven – The New York Giants Starting Left Tackle
His name is Dave Diehl and at 6’5”, 319 pounds and arms covered with tattoos, he is one of the most physically intimidating Offensive Lineman in the NFL with the crucial responsibility of protecting Eli Manning’s blind side. In the incredible Super Bowl win, it was evident that Big Dave did his job and protected Manning’s blind side which contributed to Eli’s brilliant performance and being named Most Valuable Player. This Super Bowl will be most remembered by the spectacular catch of Mario Manningham on the sideline. Most people won’t talk about the brilliance of Dave Diehl doing his job, except of course by Eli Manning who knows that if Dave didn’t do his job, he may not have completed that pass.
Dave Diehl has been training at DeFranco’s Training in Wyckoff, New Jersey, which I wrote about in my blog titled “Reload – what is the ultimate weapon in an insane market”. I was featured in a documentary about DeFranco’s titled “Strong” and have enclosed a clip of Dave’s training. Knowing how Dave trains in the off season, Eli could not have a better prepared, better conditioned, more intense monster like Dave protecting his blind side.
Markets today are rallying on what they can see, it’s this market visibility which has characterized the recent rally.
In one of the most incredible Super Bowls ever played, let’s not forget that it was the play of left tackle David Diehl that may not be remembered forever but if he failed to protect Eli Manning’s blind side, the Giants may not be the champions they are today.
As I told my 14 year old son as he proudly wore Dave Diehl’s Pro Bowl signed jersey to school, Football is a great sport because of the lessons it teaches us about life. Diehl’s outstanding play confirmed what I believe … protect your investments’ blind side and you too could be champions.