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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Okansas Superbowl Edition

 

After running today's local race I'm hurting. My knee hurts. My ankle hurts. My foot hurts. My legs are tired. Nothing serious...just getting old, I guess.

So while I recover, I plan to put my feet up, drink a Smithwicks, and watch the Superbowl.

I Finished "The Blind Side" yesterday. So, I'll try to pay extra attention to the left tackles. With a good 15 minutes before the game begins, I'll post a little quote from the book that I found interesting:

The frantic search for the right combination of players reflected their more general football worldview: they believed in talent rather than strategy. They placed less emphasis on how players were used than who they were. Whoever had the best players won; it was as simple as that.

It was a bleak and deterministic worldview, implying, as it did, that there was little a strategist could do to raise the value of his players. More to the point, it was a false view, at least for running a football offense. The beauty of the football offense was that it allowed for a smart strategist to compensate for his players' limitations. He might find better ways to use players, to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. He might even change the players' sense of themselves....There wasn't a soul on the Ole Miss sidelines thiking seriously how to make the most of what another person could do. They were all stuck dwelling on what other people couldn't do.




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posted by Michael | 5:07 PM

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