"If you had one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?" Eminem - Lose Yourself.
That song features in 8 Mile, starring Eminem as a downtrodden rapper who overcomes adversity to triumph against the odds.
Early Doors has never seen anything with as many sports movie cliches in it. Strange, considering it doesn't contain any sport.
(If you haven't seen 8 Mile, Eminem is a rough amalgam of Rocky Balboa, Steamin' Willie Beamen, the Allies from Escape to Victory)
The film concludes with a battle between Eminem's character B-Rabbit and his nemesis Papa Doc.
Faced with a life-defining moment, B-Rabbit rises to the occasion and makes himself a hero.
But real life is rarely, if ever, like that.
Just ask Scott Wootton, whose one shot came last night in the Carling Cup as Manchester United visited Chelsea.
In front of an international TV audience, in a hugely-hyped game, Wootton performed pretty well in the centre of defence.
That is, until the fourth minute of stoppage time (only three minutes were signalled by the fourth official - conspiracy!) when he panicked and took out Ramires inside the United box.
Eden Hazard scored the penalty - with the last kick of normal time - to take the game to extra time.
Whereupon a visibly rattled Wootton perpetrated the worst attempted backpass since this one, allowing Daniel Sturridge to put Chelsea in front.
After the game, Alex Ferguson made no attempt to sugar-coat it.
He said he didn't mind playing young strikers "because they don't cost you the game".
He added: "Young centre-backs have to be really top drawer at this level of football, and they were just too young."
Although Fergie said he was 20, Wootton is actually 21. That's a year more than Phil Jones, and older than Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling when they broke into the first team.
What Fergie really meant was: He's not good enough.
Early Doors is not saying those errors have cost Wootton his United future. He was never likely to make it, but the reality of his inadequacy was hammered home last night.
We have all been there - those situations where you find yourself brutally exposed. Whether on the sporting pitch, in an exam or when excruicatingly forced to dance at a wedding.
Those please-tsunami-kill-me-now moments are far more common than triumphs over adversity. So Early Doors salutes the now-dead Manchester United career of Scott Wootton - a modern football fall guy to whom we can all relate.
Speaking of footballers with no future, Joe Cole played possibly his last game for Liverpool last night in a 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Swansea.
The man who has cost Liverpool £11m in wages in just over two years (remember when he was hailed as a bargain?) had a stinker and got hauled off at half-time.
Brendan Rodgers was so incensed he even ditched the Being: Liverpool 'all these players are my sons' schtick to castigate Cole.
"I can't keep playing Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez while Joe Allen was virtually playing on his own in midfield," he said.
"Joe Cole had an opportunity, the club has invested a astronomical sum of money on a talented player and he has to seize his opportunities.
"It was too slow, it just was not what I would expect from a team I had set up to be dynamic so I think it was a difficult night for him."
Rodgers was meant to be the man to get the best out of Cole - a modern coach who cherishes technical players, unlike that barbarian Dalglish.
Maybe it is time to face the fact that Cole is anything but a modern player.
Despite his voluble complaints about being misunderstood by managers, he wants a role that simply does not fit him.
Cole has never been the fleetest of foot, and his style of play is unsuited to a central role.
Those congested areas are all about speed, movement and one-touch passing. Look at Chelsea's attacking midfielders - Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar are all whippet-quick as well as technically superb.
Next to them, Cole looks an anachronism - a throwback to the glorious days when Matt Le Tissier and Eric Cantona could lope around unmolested. Those days are gone.
There is a reason Cole's best years came at Chelsea where Jose Mourinho whipped him into a slow but tactically-disciplined wide midfielder - when he was basically James Milner.
Joe Cole is often described as England's great unfulfilled talent - but maybe he was never that good.
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