What The Cowboys Need To Do

First, Jerry, it’s not the other team’s job to lay down for you and give you a Super Bowl victory.

It’s a tough league, sport, and you need to man up and recognize that.

That’s your first strike.

Second, you can’t humiliate people in public like you did with Jason Garrett a week ago. The George S. Patton school of management doesn’t work. You think by slapping that soldier around, you can inspire him to do better? You can’t.

That’s strike two.

Third, you’re too nice a guy, Jerry. You don’t discipline effectively. You don’t want to be the bad guy, so what you do is under-discipline, get frustrated, then deliver an some aggressive statement like you did last week. It doesn’t work. You have to discipline firmly, quietly and consistently.

When Wade Phillips was the coach and Dez Bryant didn’t carry the veterans pads during his first training camp, you didn’t send Dez Bryant home. That was a mistake. When Zeke Elliott went down to Cabo San Lucas and wouldn’t honor his contract, you should have sent him home. You didn’t. That too was a mistake. A contract is a contract.

You caved.

So what the players learned was that Jerry is too soft. They’ve learned that they can get away with acts of petty selfishness.

It’s a team, bub, not a collection of individuals.

Strike three, yer out.

I could stop here and say no more but you need an education.

Here’s the bottom line. Your players just aren’t all that. You talk as if they’re the greatest players in the league. They’re not, not the way you’re disciplining them.

An effective management team turns B players into A players. An ineffective management team turns B players into C players.

Dak has trouble hitting secondary and tertiary receivers. Yet you throw more than you run. Why would you do that when you have two fine running backs plus a quarterback who can run? You don’t even know your team. You should be using these guys in at least 1:1 or 2:1 run/pass ratio – and heavily with screen and play action passes added in for good measure.

Your team needs the right identity and quick. That’s your job, dude: setting the identity and scope of the team.

Right now, I don’t see it.

Hurry, Jerry. The fans are waiting.

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Houdini

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One thing in particular has been bothering me for the past two decades – the New England Patriots.

Like many other people, I suspect that they are cheating; but like many people, I can’t prove it.

I can cite Mr. O’Leary’s book, Spygate: The Untold Story, in which he wonderfully makes a case against the Patriots, but I myself can not point to anything that is conclusive proof that they are cheating.

In many respects, accusing the Patriots of cheating is much like accusing the CIA of murdering JFK.  There is an abundance of information that points toward it, but there is no videotape or letter indicating complicity.

This drives me crazy, and it compels me to ask:  How can I know?  What can I show that has not already been elucidated?

Should I conclude that there is nothing there?

How is it fair for me to point to statistical analyses when I have never been a big fan of statistical analysis?

Is it fair to that infer that the Patriots might be cheating because no Belichick coach has ever accomplished anything in the NFL?

Not really.  It’s interesting to note, but perhaps Belichick has a blind spot when it comes to picking assistants.  Maybe Belichick is so talented he can use losers as assistants.

How about the Patriots near unbeatable home record which no other team comes close to achieving.  Is that proof?  Again, it’s nice to know, but it does not prove anything.  Perhaps the Patriots really are that talented.

The videotaping of other teams known as Spygate?  The partially deflated balls known as Deflategate?  Again, these don’t seem to be big enough or conclusive enough to point to a conviction.

So maybe there is nothing there.

But then I ask, how is it possible for Belichick to grab the right players year after year to fit into his scheme?  How can this be done when NFL teams repopulate principally through the draft and a limited free agency where good players are looking for the big bucks?

How do the Patriots pull through their injuries year after year when other teams are hindered vastly by injuries?

Instead of asking what the Patriots might be doing wrong, maybe I should be asking what they are doing right.

What are they doing right?

Well here is what doesn’t matter:

Injuries don’t matter.  The weather doesn’t matter.  The supporting players don’t matter.  The assistant coaches don’t matter.  The fans don’t matter.

What is consistently there on the team is the owner, Robert Kraft; Bill Belichick, the coach; Ernie Adams, Belichick’s buddy, and Tom Brady, the quarterback.

They matter.

Oh yeah, half the season the stadium matters but to a lesser degree.

Two of the people who matter aren’t even on the field.

Is it possible for four men to win so much and play in so many Super Bowls?

What magic secret do they possess?

What bond do they have that makes for so much success?

What will future technology reveal?

Will future technology show them to be genius educators and motivators who were uniquely endowed to make superstars out of mortal men?

If that were the case, why are the men, the recipients of such genius, not able to transmit these skills to other people?

What is this mystical offensive and defensive strategy that can escape the view of millions of watching humans not to mention thousands upon thousands of cameras?

Back in the early 1980s, before the human genome was mapped, doctors, researchers and geneticists suspected a genetic basis for certain diseases.  They couldn’t prove it, but they certainly suspected it.

Time and technology proved them correct.

Of course, that was legitimate science.

For the case of the Patriots, we might need a man like Houdini, who was adept at picking out frauds.

 

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The Pathology of Sports

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Gracie Gold is a figure skater of much renown.

She won a Bronze medal in the 2014 Olympics.

She would like to win a gold.

She entered my consciousness today when I read that she had dropped out of competition for the upcoming national championships.

The article talked about her recent treatment for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder.

Why should I be surprised?

Or should I say:  Welcome to the pathology that sports has become in our society.

The drive to excel begins early in America – and apparently everywhere else the New World Order begins to exploit the citizenry.

The goal is to become a superstar.

So horrific is the desire of parents for their child to become a superstar (mere stars are wimps) that parents will shell out up to tens of thousands per year for their children to attend camps where gurus groom their children.

Some kids leave their homes to live with other families in order to pursue their dreams.

Thousands of hours are consumed with training sessions lasting several hours per day.

It’s a full time job.

It’s also child labor, child labor that needs to be put an end to.

Are you surprised that Gracie Gold might be depressed?

I’m not.

Her entire self-esteem has been pegged to her performance on the skating rink.

So when her performance begins to ebb, her self esteem, and her enjoyment of skating, goes with it.

Duh.

Gracie Gold’s story is not unique.  It is a symptom of a greater pathology in our culture, that being to create a race of supermen and superwomen who will then represent the best that society has to offer.

But for whose benefit?

Corporate sponsors who make a bundle peddling their wares?

Politicians and leaders who self-promote themselves at the events?

The Führer would be proud.  He’s probably smiling in Berchtesgaden as we speak.

The pathology of the superman exists in all fields and all areas of endeavor – business, finance, art, entertainment, academia and sports.

It winds its way into our schools with phrases like “excellence” and “failure is not an option.”

My favorite slogan is, “no excuses.”

No excuses for what?

For failure?

Failure is not only an option, failure must be an option.

Without the acceptance of failure as an option, a healthy spirituality is not possible.

Kids must be taught that it’s okay to fail.

A few years ago, a student at an Ivy League school jumped off a parking garage because the pressure of not being a superstar was too great.

She was struggling in her classes; there is no shame in that. 

But she was fed a steady diet of lies by leaders who should know better.

It’s the same nonsense that is being fed to Gracie Gold.

The drive to perfection takes its toll on our youth.

A reassessment of priorities is paramount.

The best thing for Gracie Gold is for Gracie Gold to walk away from the disease known as the Olympics and all that it represents.

That’s the true road to recovery.

 

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Letter to LeBron

Dear LeBron,

First things first, I think you’re one hell of a basketball player. I thought last year that you had the opportunity to win seven championships before your career was over.

It’s still possible.

I was never a LeBron hater. I think people like to pick on you for the hell of it. I do however have something to say to you. I think you’re wrong when it comes to players expressing their political opinions, and here is why.

When we fans go to a sporting event or view one on television, it is to get away from the real world. We don’t need our consciousness raised; we don’t need to be educated. We already live in a world of shit.

To tell you the truth, it’s you players who need your consciousness raised. Flying in your personal jets, living in your million dollar mansions, driving your Lamborghinis, hanging out with Bono, Beyonce and Jay-Z, it’s you players who live in a fantasy world, not us.

We don’t need to be educated about anything.

The husband who watches the NFL or the NBA doesn’t need to learn about breast cancer awareness.  His wife had it; he flipped on the tube for a couple of hours to get away from the pain of his wife’s death.

The mom who watches you play doesn’t need to learn about poverty and equality; she lives it.  She flipped on the tube to anesthetize herself from reality for a few hours.  She’s beat because she’s working two jobs.

That’s your job, LeBron, whether anyone told you or not, to transport people away from reality for a few hours to a nicer place.

You talking about equality and other social issues only brings it back.

Which is why people are tuning out. They don’t want their consciousness raised.

As a pediatrician, I see malady every day of the week. I see all the results of the dumb decisions that our politicians have made over the past fifty years.

I see depression.  I see drug abuse.  I see child abuse.

So has every other physician in United States. So have all the nurses. So have all the teachers. So have all the cops. So have all the pastors. So have all the social workers.  So have all the judges.  So have many, many other people.

We live in a world of shit.

You are the anesthesia.

You are the remedy.

You are the savior.

I know it’s tough in this crazy world to just do your job.  Everyone feels as if their job isn’t quite enough, but it is.

It’s a frustrating world out there, but you can make it better for everyone by being the best basketball player you can be.

By dropping the political discourse, you will make the world a better place.

After JFK was shot on November 22. 1963, people of all walks of life felt great pain.

People were at a loss for what to do.

A great injustice had been committed, the effects of which we still feel today.

The great conductor, Leonard Bernstein, felt such pain and bewilderment.  He too struggled with what to do.  I’m sure he romanced the idea of going into politics, cleaning out Washington DC, perhaps even taking names and kicking ass.

But he didn’t.  Here is what he said in a written note:

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly, than ever before.”

That sounds like good advice to me.

Good luck this season with your new team.  I’ll be rooting for you.

Phonies, Paint and Sportsmanship


Lately there is talk of Bibi of Likud, President for Life, 
 rushing to the peace table because he fears a three front war against Gaza to the South, Syria to the East and Lebanon to the North.

This seems not credible.

With vast superiority of weaponry, Israel should fear no one.  The US will not permit Israel to lose.

Jews in Israel may have qualms about genocide, but I can assure you that our de-Christianized maniacs in charge in America have no such reservations. They’ll insist upon it, then tell Anderson Vanderbilt and Sheer Insanity (both puppets and beneficiaries of the New World Order) not to talk about it.

As it is the citizens in the US have barely a clue what is going on in Gaza.

If Hamas exists it is because Israel (and the US) desires it.

Despite the rhetoric from Hamas, Israel can finish off Hamas in a few days anytime it wants.

And it will if need be.

The recent peace initiative is bogus.

Israel’s leadership does not want peace and neither does Hamas.

They are both warriors and terrorists at heart.  War is what they were born to conduct.

For them it’s either total victory or being brought home on your shield.

Bibi wants all Palestinians removed from Gaza. 

He clearly stated a few years ago that he would not permit a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River.  His actions to date indicate his desire remains the same.

Hamas wants Israel eliminated.

Short of that they both desire the spoils that war brings them.  And generals always get the perks.

The losers are the people stuck between the gladiators.t

But it need not be this way.

When leaders can not make peace the people must.

There is no other way.

Someone brave must end this standoff between the Hatfields and McCoys.

A simple meeting of musicians or sportsmen usually breaks the ice.

Short of that, ignoring these fools in both Likud and Hamas would be a good start.

Talkers talk, walkers walk.

Both have talked enough bullshit over the years.

There is a marvelous scene in the movie Lust for Life in which a young Vincent Van Gogh is fervently preaching to his congregation. One man standing at the back listens, identifies Preacher Van Gogh as a phony and waves him off before exiting the church.

We should do the same.

Maybe Bibi of Likud, President for Life, missed his true calling.  

Maybe he should have been a painter.

Or a soccer player.

Come to think of it, he was, and a pretty good one.

Maybe he should play soccer with the Palestinians.

A little sportsmanship would help.