Scunthorpe United: Mike Grella remains positive despite team's table position
In a sporting sense, rarely has such virile American confidence been so misplaced.
Much to the amusement of his Scunthorpe United team-mates, Mike Grella, the Iron striker with Major League Soccer experience, knows all about a comeback.
As United clocked up the miles on their journey back from Portsmouth just under a fortnight ago, the United States clocked up the points in the hopelessly one-sided 39th Ryder Cup in Chicago.
Grella, patriotically, albeit somewhat sheepish in hindsight, admits to having clocked up the ridicule.
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He could not believe what followed 24 hours later. The 'Miracle of Medinah', in which Europe won 8½ points in the singles to secure a thrilling, and highly unlikely, 14½ to 13½ victory.
He could believe the banter levelled in his direction by the very same team-mates he held the upper hand over just hours earlier.
"I was sick to my stomach," reflected the 25-year-old, a New Yorker who could easily become an honorary Englishman for his use of the word 'football' ahead of 'soccer'.
"The day before the comeback, on the Saturday, I'd been getting in everyone's face and talking so much about how we ran them (Europe) over.
"The next day, after what happened, I got it 20 times from pretty much everyone."
There is a lesson to European success across the other side of the pond – and Grella's Ryder Cup regret.
It is that, no matter how bad they seem, things are not over until they are over.
Such an outlook is timely given Scunthorpe United's precarious League One position.
Third from bottom, three straight defeats. Goals going in at one end and failing to go in at the other. The opening quarter of the campaign has been every bit as underwhelming as it has underachieving.
Grella though, is keen to stress the importance of looking forward rather than back.
Results may, for the moment, be difficult to come by, but fighting spirit remains.
Ahead of Saturday's match with Brentford, another of the striker's six English clubs since his Anglo-American switch in 2009, Grella says the latter will serve Scunthorpe in good stead.
"The feeling is quite down, obviously no-one wants to lose and we're not happy with that," he said.
"But for anyone to say we'll get relegated, it's way too early for that. It doesn't seem like a group of guys who are going to let that happen.
"Don't look too much into the table.
"When I came in I said it and I still stand by the fact that we've got some really good players.
"Everyone has a really good mentality, no-one is tossing it off and everyone wants to fight – despite what anyone thinks. I know, because I'm there."
Brought in from Bury during the summer, Scunthorpe are yet to see the best of Grella.
His cause though, has not been helped by the fact that last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Stevenage, where he was recalled to the starting line-up because of the absence of the injured Karl Hawley, was the first time he has been employed in the role he rates as his best.
"I like to think of myself as the guy who plays behind the striker or as a support striker," he said.
"At first I was playing some games up front on my own and I found that very difficult.
"Playing with Leon (Clarke) is different. He is a very experienced player. He knocks the ball down and is a good force to have up there with you. I enjoyed playing with him.
"It's been a difficult few weeks for me, being out of the team.
"I was disappointed to have been dropped, absolutely. No player in the world wants to be out of the starting line-up.
"I have come here to play games, not to sit on the bench but when other people are in good form you have to respect that."
Despite coming under increasing pressure, Alan Knill, the Iron manager, retains a desire to play attractive, winning football.
Grella is not so shallow. It is the uglier side of the beautiful game he feels United need to work on most.
"I thought we were on top of them and solid defensively, but the beauty and the ugliness of this game it is that sometimes you don't need to dominate, even play well, to win," he said. "We need to learn how to do that."
Marrying up lacklustre second-half performances with often prosperous first-halves is also a necessity.
"In the first half at Stevenage we looked like we deserved to win the game. It was the same against Tranmere," Grella continued.
"We were sharp, had plenty of energy, looked smart and dangerous and solid at the back. Second half, through just giving away possession easily or getting on the back foot and getting a little lazy, other teams tend to turn the tide, put the pressure on and eventually we concede.
"We've got a great group and there's good players here. It's just about doing what we do for 90 minutes."
In all the negativity currently surrounding the Iron, it is important to note they are only two points shy of moving out of the bottom four, though simple survival, of course, is a modest ambition.
A comeback of Ryder Cup proportions is a long way off yet.