Saban said in a recorded interview on ESPN yesterday that he has learned and teaches his players, “Never waste a failing.” We see the immediate emotional aftermath, but this team—and you in your life—will be defined by how you respond to a failure. Failure is inevitable for even the best. Talent loses. I believe Harbaugh will learn from his own failings, and he will teach these players how to not waste their failings. Maybe it is because I grew up dirt poor but always knew I’d make it to middle class with talent and effort, but I get so cranky at people who define themselves by defeats. How does anyone really predict the future based off of one performance? Off one season? Peters has one bad game and he is suddenly dead meat. I am glad that Harbaugh is not going to give up on Peters so quickly. Have a short term emotional memory for your mistakes—and think about how to fix the mistake so it doesn’t happen again. As a New Year’s Resolution, how about we not give up on the team by the end of the first week of the year? How about we try not to define ourselves in our failings—and try not to define a bunch of college kids by theirs? Or Harbaugh by his? We can still aim for greatness, but realize that it takes a daily, sometimes yearly grind. It took me years of failing as a writer and teacher before my first book published and my first full-time professorship. I deal with college kids every day. Give them a break. Realize they want to be the best—whether at UM or elsewhere.