I'm not a serious fan of professional sports, but over the years, I've enjoyed watching a wide variety of sporting events at different times and for different reasons. It can be fun when a relatively local team is doing well, and even more fun when they're doing well with style.

For the last week or so, I've been paying attention to Major League Baseball for the first time in several years. Last night, from a hotel room on my current business trip, I watched the Colorado Rockies baseball team take the National League championship, thereby winning the right to compete in this year's World Series.

It's pretty amazing that they've now won 21 of their last 22 games, including seven straight in the playoffs. But there are two other things that captured my attention last night prompting me to comment here. The first is that this really has been a team effort. With due respect to the various players on the team, none of them seem to be superstars... instead, they come across as a group of very good players who are just doing their jobs really well. And second, they really do seem to be having fun and aren't taking themselves too seriously.

I don't know what's going to happen next. They may win, they may lose. But those two observations last night cheered me up after a fairly stressful day, and left me encouraged that doing what you love as well as you can, and finding others to work together with who care as much about the cause at hand as you do can still lead to extraordinary results.

That's pretty cool.