Classic Western

Many of the classic westerns have a similar theme. The hero early on confronts evil and wins, and then evil bounces back and almost kills the good guy. Then our hero rises again, eliminates evil from the town, and usually gets the girl.

We love the possibility of not only the hero winning in the end, but also that he overcomes adversity to do so. We love the story whether it be about sports, westerns, or any aspect of life. Getting up when you are down is the substance from which heroes are made.

However, we are not so excited about adversity when it comes our way. Why me, life is not fair, and let me pass the cup is what we think and pray.

I don’t believe God delivers adversity, most of the time the only person responsible is ourselves, but whatever the source it is not God.

What God does deliver is the strength to get back up, to overcome, and to comfort if the adversity is too much to overcome.

Sports taught me that the more we hit the ground and bounce back, the stronger and better we become. It’s not just true in sports, but in life.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. No excuses still resonates with me; and if you are not part of the solution, you are most certainly part of the problem!
    I still love old westerns with all their blatant racism, sexism and generally unacceptable behavior. Thankful I have learned to recognize all of it! My mama would be proud.

  2. Once you do that a few times, it helps in building confidence and that sure helps in dealing w/conflict and diversity. Do you agree, Webb?

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