It ain’t over till the fat lady sings

It ain’t over till (or untilthe fat lady sings is a colloquialism which is often used as a proverb. It means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress. More specifically, the phrase is used when a situation is (or appears to be) nearing its conclusion. It cautions against assuming that the current state of an event is irreversible and clearly determines how or when the event will end. The phrase is most commonly used in association with organized competitions, particularly sports.


I lost my fantasy football semi-final match by .64 points today.

Today is a Thursday though, so shouldn’t I have lost Monday night after the final slate of games?

Well, there was a stat correction that was announced this morning which gave the team I was playing 1 point back; so instead of winning by .36 points I lost by .64 points.

On Monday night, in the back of my head, I truly did think to myself, “Wait there could be a stat correction…”

But I didn’t actually think it would happen. The harsh truth is, it doesn’t matter what I “think” will happen or what is most likely to happen; what happens, happens.

So let this be a reminder to myself that it “aint over till its over” and this can apply in many different ways:

  • A sales deal isn’t official until the money has been wired.
  • A contract isn’t binding until it has been signed.
  • Oh and a win in a fantasy football game isn’t a win until the stat corrections are announced 😄

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