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February 4, 2007, millions of football fans watched the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears by a score of 29-17,  in Super Bowl XLI. I remember being happy that the Colts won; I was also happy to watch the game on TV.

The game was played in a constant rain downpour from start to finish. Those at the game are probably still trying to get dry.

Most of the articles that were later written about the game noted that the Colts, despite playing all their home games in a perfectly weather controlled dome; were less affected by the weather than the Bears. It was particularly noted that the Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning, was least impacted by the weather.

What fans didn’t know at the time, was the preparation of Manning leading up to that game. All week, meteorologists were predicting that there was a great potential for rain. So Manning and his center, Jeff Saturday, prepared for the rain. Every day after practice that week, leading up to the game; they would spend an extra 15 minutes together after practice.

Manning had asked the equipment manager to provide him with a bucket of water and several footballs. Then, Saturday would snap footballs that had been soaked in the bucket. That routine prepared Manning for that Super Bowl weather. The Bears quarterback could never seem to handle the ball; instead, he looked like he was chasing a greased pig. Manning looked like he was back in the home dome, because of that extra preparation.

This past couple of weeks has brought some unique cases into the Firm. The clients have significant injuries but the facts of the cases are a bit different from basic rear-end crashes. That means that we start looking around every corner for the facts.

When a case initially comes in the door, we begin working on it as though it is going to trial. For instance, one case involves a client that was hurt, because he fell over something at a truckstop gas station. (maybe someday I can get into the real juicy facts) So, we immediately needed investigation to determine all the facts about what caused the client to fall. That included pictures at the scene. One of the basic pieces of investigation included the investigator going to the scene and taking pictures. There he was with his camera, while employees and customers walked around in this busy area.  No one even asked him why he was taking dozens of pictures.

A lot of investigation has already now gone into that case. All before the other side even knows that we represent the client. Preparation now will probably make the difference in this case, two years from now. We don’t want to be caught by surprise by the facts of this case.

I figured this was a good picture to illustrate what happens if we get caught by surprise. Nothing good can happen!

 

For pic 0′ day, I am posting 3 pictures of Roxy, who is owned by Stacey. She was getting ready for a charity event with her “Joel Bieber apparel”.  Go Roxy!

       

 


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