Raul J. Fernandez
Entrepreneur, sports teams owner

Raul J. Fernandez

Chairman of ObjectVideo, a private technology firm, and part owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics.

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Hope vs. experience

Q: In the pursuit of success, what are the advantages and disadvantages of being an established power vs. a hungry upstart? In this Sunday's Super Bowl, would you give an edge to Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who has won a Super Bowl, over New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who doesn't have any Super Bowl experience?

There are few competitions in the history of mankind that have the international hype, attention and buildup of a Super Bowl. It's the culmination of a lifetime of dedication, work and practice for the players, coaches and families that supported and cheered them on for so many years.

Peyton Manning and the Colts are incredibly talented, experienced and they just finished a dominating 14 and 2 regular season. But for the 13 and 3 Saints, it's been a season where their heart has truly helped them get to Super Bowl on Sunday.

This game is maybe one of the few games where heart and passion can be the winning edge. So in the heart, passion and perseverance category, I have to give the advantage to the Saints. No city in America has been so rocked as New Orleans and no team in America has helped lift the spirits of a city as a nation looks on, smiles and roots them on.

Most players who have the honor of achieving an appearance in a championship game, play to the best of their ability. And many times. experience and raw skill beat passion and hard work.

But for me, on this Sunday, I feel like the Saints will draw power, inspiration and faith from being the under dog and pull out a victory for themselves and a city that is due many more years of smiles and celebrations.

By Raul J. Fernandez  |  February 4, 2010; 3:54 AM ET  | Category:  Experience vs. hunger Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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