Bleacher Bits: Why can't life come with timeouts?
In the sporting world, a timeout is used for a variety of reasons.
During a closely contested game they provide coaches the opportunity to make adjustments to their offense or defense. They can also be used to regroup after a scoring surge by the opposition, and to hopefully slow any momentum they may have picked up as the result.
In essence, a timeout is used when a team's coach does not like the way things are going and wants to try to change it.
Not every sport has timeouts, but that did not stop one athlete recently from taking one anyway.
During a mixed-martial arts bout in Brazil on Oct. 5, fighter Claudinei Angelo apparently decided he needed some time to regroup. Angelo was in the middle of a bout with Evilasio Silva, and reports state that Silva was controlling the action against the cage when Angelo lost his mouthpiece.
It was the third time Angelo's mouthpiece had come out during the bout, and each time the referee called for stoppage time so Angelo could put his mouthpiece back in.
The third time it happened, however, the referee did not call for a stoppage, as it is at his discretion to do so. This time Angelo seemed to ask for a timeout - which does not exist in the world of MMA - and action in the cage took a turn that was, to say the least, confusing.
Angelo reportedly walked away while the referee threw up his hands in confusion and picked up the mouthpiece. Angelo, after walking around the cage, crawled up and over it and promptly left the arena.
The fight was ruled a loss by TKO for Angelo, but I think the guy might just be on the cutting edge of something big.
What if life provided us all with timeouts?
I'm not going to be greedy and insist everybody should be given an infinite number of them because nothing would ever get done. Let's say arbitrarily that everyone gets three to use in their lifetime.
How cool would it be the next time you've either said something or done something that puts you into an uncomfortable spot, to just be able to call a timeout and remove yourself from the situation?
Chances are that we've all made some horrendously bad decisions that could have been rectified by a well-used timeout, but so far society has not bought into the idea.
Challenge flags might be a good idea as well, for debating whether we deserved the raise we were fighting for or the speeding ticket we didn't think we deserved, but I think we can do without them for now.
After all, I don't want to lose any of my timeouts.
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