The Epidemic Of Premature Celebration

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A member of the maintenance staff helps clean up confetti prior to the start of overtime between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- One of the more lasting images of this past weekend was the sight of a confetti gun fired off at the 76ers-Celtics game in Philadelphia when they mistakenly thought a Philly player had hit the game-winning shot. But it only tied the game, the Celtics went on to win in overtime, and the 76ers are – now and forever – poster boys for PC, premature celebration.

This happens often in sports, where teams make plans for celebrations that never occur, creating embarrassing images of undropped balloons and unquaffed champagne - and athletes guarantee wins they cannot deliver.

But when caution and humility are in such short supply, PC is pervasive.

You see it in politics.

Candidate Barack Obama gets carried away after he clinches the presidential nomination and assures the world that this is “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow.”

Candidate Donald Trump assures a cheering crowd they will get “so tired of winning” when he’s president, but winning fatigue seems scarce so far.

The urge for premature celebration is a sign of the times for sure.

Once you’re hooked on the instant connections of the internet and its Pavlov’s Dog bag of like and retwteet treats, you lose patience with the quaint old concepts of waiting for something to develop and earning a reward before accepting it.

You could see the 76ers hubris coming on. During a long season-ending winning streak, they beat up on doormat teams, then assumed they’d roll over the Celtics, like a business school grad who managed to show up for class assuming they’ll make CEO right after graduation.

Politicians, and all of us, can learn a valuable lesson from Philly’s PC humiliation: keep your feet on the ground, and the confetti on ice.

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