Skills, Baby

Here’s one of the more moronic things I’ve heard this weekend.

There’s this thinking going around that because an NFL team is loosey-goosey and has nothing to lose, then they have a chance of beating a top caliber team.

OK.

I am listening.

I am listening.

I am rejecting you.

Let me see if I can get this straight now.

I’m going to go back in time and play Bobby Fischer in chess. Bobby Fischer is of course not alive anymore; that’s why I have to go back in time.

I haven’t played chess since eighth grade, over fifty years ago.

I was a good player back then, but I was certainly no child prodigy who became a grandmaster.

Nevertheless I’m going to go back in time and play Bobby Fischer in chess.

I feel loosey-goosey, and I feel great.

I’m totally relaxed.

I have nothing to lose.

So what are my chances of beating Bobby Fischer?

Zero.

Absolute zero.

Yet, according to the morons on television this weekend, I stand a pretty good chance of beating Bobby Fischer.

That’s what they’re saying about the Pittsburgh Steelers facing the Kansas City Chiefs.

Why, Pittsburgh has nothing to lose. They’re loosey-goosey. They stand a good chance of winning.

They are saying the same thing about the Philadelphia Eagles going up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Why, the Eagles have nothing to lose.

I don’t care if they only stand to lose a bottle of Coke, neither Philadelphia or Pittsburgh is going to win.

Sure, I guess the stadium could blow up.

I suppose that a jumbo airliner could land on the Kansas City Chiefs.

I suppose that every member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could have a heart attack.

But I don’t think that’s gonna happen.

Nevertheless Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are loosey-goosey and have nothing to lose.

Just like me when I go up against Bobby Fischer.

In reality, never discussed on television, what wins football games are skills.

What wins chess games are skills.

The Pittsburgh Steelers do not have the same level of skills as the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Philadelphia Eagles do not have the same level of skills as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I do not have the same skills in chess as Bobby Fisher.

Skills win the day.

Being loosey-goosey and totally relaxed don’t mean diddly if you don’t have the skills.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

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