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"Spencer F Gray"
2 years ago on The Football Fan’s False Dichotomy: Rooting For Laundry | September
I love the guys that see it as crazy and just do their own thing.
The New Yorker had an article about a male basketball coach of a young girls team winning a lot of their games because he thought outside the box.
" Ranadivé was puzzled by the way Americans played basketball. He is from Mumbai. He grew up with cricket and soccer. He would never forget the first time he saw a basketball game. He thought it was mindless. Team A would score and then immediately retreat to its own end of the court. Team B would inbound the ball and dribble it into Team A’s end, where Team A was patiently waiting."..
lol - and the guy had great success because he knew the absurdity of tradional ways of playing..
Trent Dilfer on ESPN was predicting last night the success of Cam Newton.. Vick.. and Griffin because defenses can't stop this new method of run and shoot style play that colleges had done but the NFL thought wouldn't work.. you see it again and again.. old style crap being questioned.. something new being adopted.. eventually it becomes standard.. then someone thinks outside the box.. etc
I have this desire to hear Archie Manning on the role of fan/team issue:Archie:
"Ya'll know that's a sensitive issue.. see.. Fans.. you see.. they like the players.. can love the players actually.. and wow this is a tough issue.. see with Peyton.. he was good to the city.. named a hospital.. children's part of it.. after him.. but growing up in New Orleans.. the kids would even put on a paper bag over their heads even though their dad was the quarterback.. so .. see fans.. they'll follow the crowd.. and cheer on whoeer's out there.. or boo whoever's out there.. even if it's dad.. so .. ya.. Mr. Irsay has done well with that organization.. we're glad Peyton went there as the first pick and not San Diego.. so it's a bit of both I think... Owner and player.. making the success.. I think more its the player.. but yeah fans can be brutal.. hopefully Peyton can do some good things with Denver.. and John's got this team going in the right direction.. "
I'm a curious character, very much rebellious.
And I can't distance myself from the idea that *the owner* is the one in charge of the team.. and players are like myself - sort of powerless.. and are just exchangable pawns.. seen in that light.. I feel more for Manning... because Irsay just drafted him.. and (even though Polian... Mora.. Dungry.. the trainers.. the coaches.. etc.. facilitated his growth by being the provided support system) a lot of his own mental kinks and growth mindset is responsibile for the success of the franchise... so I have a hard time just saying "oh.. well f the player.. lets cheer on the new guy'..
(It's like with the Steelers when they kept drafting wide receivers to replace Hines Ward.. and I thought even Marvin Harrison was pissed when the team drafted Reggie Wayne.. look at the Jaguars history of trying to replace the receiving prowess of Jimmy Smith! .. so I just know players make the team (as Tom Moore says) and owners can sometimes strick gold and be lucky.. we'll see if we're lucky or Manning was the reason!)
Scribbled on a napkin somewhere is a note I made from a comment by Sean Payton in his book about the speech he gave to his players the Monday of Super Bowl week.. when some of them just seemed happy to be there and he was afraid they'd get whooped by the colts. (They eventually won the game, obviously) He asked Bill Parcells to give a message to his team based on all his experience [Payton had Ronnie Lott excite the shit out of all of them in the NFL championship game one year.. motivation is his thing]
"Before I finish talking.. I have something else I want to add. I asked Bill Parcells to speak to you guys. You know he means a lot to me. He's a smart guy, and you've heard me talk about him. He's not in a position to speak to this team. He had a message that I was going to give to you on Saturday, but I'm going to give it to you today."
Bill's message wasn't something he dreamed up alone. It dates back decades before him. It sounds to me like pure Vince Lombardi, but it probably goes back even further than that. I told the players, here's what Bill Parcells said. He said:
" When the band stops playing and the crowd stops cheering - when people stop paying to come - and it's quiet and all you're left with is yourself, you've gotta be able to answer the question 'Did I do my best? Did I do everything fuckin possible to win this game.?"
[Literary analysis.. my incredible sense of learning applied] Notice how he says "the band stops playing" and how he's associating the outside world with the fans.. etc.. he's also mentioned before in comments that fans (when a player does something negative publicity wise) only cheer for the jersey, and as soon as he puts it back on and scores a touchdown.. its irrelevant.. I think the whole idea is he was using that particular comment to convey the message that players are replacable.. Curtis Martin even said in his Hall of Fame speech that he once called Parcells before a game to tell him he wasn't certain if he should try to play since he was hurting.. and Parcells told him he should always think long term.. but then he added "but there's always someone else behind you" - and Martin played the game!
So I take this all to mean as a player, an athlete.. you can't really focus on the live and die hard people cheering you on because you're above it.. your a warrior - competitor - keeper of the flame - its your end and goal to excel at the task.. and the people watching will cheer on mindlessly.
damn we lost.
the article was good though.
I want more
2 years ago on Opening Day: It's Finally Here | September
Am psyched, me and my 'megawatt smile' :)