True story: How 6th Grade Football Defeat Taught Me Success
When I was in 6th grade, I played football for The Cowboys in the youth football league in Lubbock, Texas. Our coach was amazingly smart. He had played football in college and was a real student of the game.
He taught us all kinds of advanced “trick” plays… double reverses, double passes, fake punts, fake snaps, on-side kicks, and others I can’t even remember. We would spend hour upon hour attempting to master these trick plays and, as kids, we were super excited to learn them.
We were actually a force to be reckoned with. If memory serves, we won every game and made it to the playoffs. We won the first game or two and then had to play The Panthers. The Panthers were undefeated and, being a great coach, our coach scouted them out to learn their plan of attack.
When he prepared us for the big game, what was fascinating was that the coach told us they were the most basic team he’d ever seen.
They ran only about 5 or 6 plays (we had dozens), no trick plays, and they never attempted a fake snap. If you don’t know American football, that’s when the offense tries to draw the defense offsides (making them draw a penalty) by not hiking the ball when the quarterback says “hut”. Sometimes a quarterback will say hut 2, 3 or 4 times before the ball gets snapped. The Panthers quarterback just said “Ready, set, go” and they snapped the ball every time.
I played middle linebacker so I knew all I had to do was be ready for the 5 or 6 plays they would be running over and over. I remember wondering how the heck these guys could be undefeated being so basic.
That is, until the end of the first quarter when we were behind 21-0.
It was true that they ran only a few plays over and over. But DAMN if they didn’t execute on them flawlessly every time. I had never been so frustrated in any game because I essentially KNEW what was coming, but because they were so strong, so fast, and blocked so perfectly, we just couldn’t stop them.
The rest of the game didn’t get much better. They crushed us and I’ve blocked the final score out of my memory.
You see, their coach had a completely different philosophy than ours. Rather than focusing on fancy tactics and tricks, he taught his team to obsessively focus on the basics much more than any other team in the league. We were what I would consider to be really “good” at dozens of plays while they had “mastery” of just a few.
What’s the moral of the story?
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