It’s funny, but we won by over 35 points last night and everybody is disappointed. Why? Because you listed what everyone looks at (and I liked how you combined your list with mine), yet more and more of us are looking at my list. You know, the old “Looks like Tarzan, Plays like Jane” thing.
I have gone into the field with athletes who couldn’t make third string on the opposite team and beat them. Many times…many sports. I honestly think…and forgive me for saying this…is that I focus on the Whole Person and care more about integrity than max bench.
Max bench is great in the gym. On Fourth and Goal…I want the guy that doesn’t jump offsides “cuz I thought it was on two” or cheap shots the other team and gives a fresh set of downs…or, let’s his receiver get behind him because “I thought the FB had the ball.”
Truth is…what the hell is sports about save teaching about life? I mean, who cares what Bill Gates squats? Mother Teresa barely could deadlift 400…
Predictors of success are notoriously inaccurate, usually because of unforeseen variables. A classic example would be a tremendously strong, prepared, intelligent team that has a string of injuries and finishes far short of expectations.
But if the qualities you mention (discipline/intensity/courage/integrity) have been instilled in the atheletes, then the real winning part has already occurred, hasn’t it?
PS. I’m climbing towards bodyweight on the powerlifts, 'cept deadlift where I’m @ about 150%. Thanks for steering me towards the simple, productive lifts and away from swiss ball tricep kickback balance work.
Danny John wrote:
Interesting thing: I was told years ago that many Div One football coaches ask their strength people “how will the team do?” It’s amazing because I have become an accurate predictor of the team by the intensity of the effort in the weight room.
I have been mulling this around all morning (I have the day off) and I have concluded…you can’t turn discipline/intensity/courage/integrity on and off like a light switch.
So, how may I be of service to you today?