Halloween Party: we came as Jekyll & Hyde...and lost...

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Post Game Reflections: October 31, 2007...We gave up 105 points and scored 93, I think...one thing I have learned over the years, and perhaps a weakness, is I never remember the final score of a game we lose, just the "plays" that were horrific and lead to our demise...Such was the case this evening...Holee Bat Droppings!! We came out fired up, went ahead early by 5 in first quarter, take out the "proverbial" gun and shoot ourselves not once but twice in the quarter to go down 8 because we didn't close out on the wings with our hands up...Note to Coach Woods: for the life of the me, I have reminded starters, and pleaded with reserves to "Closeout with TRACE HAND UP on BALL push base..."...They PUSH base really well but the "hand up" sequence is missing in translation somewhere, trust me...I am going to make them ALL take the gum out of their mouths to see if that helps any...2nd Qtr. we have completely gone from Dr. Jekyll now into a metamorphosis that is eerily familiar to a personality that I've experienced before with this team, and "new" to Coach Gao...We are in deep "doo-doo", as we go down by double digits at the end of two...Hyde has made his way into our locker room now and the "look" upon each player's face tells the story: "oh oh, we're going to get beat again BAADDDDLY!! Coach Gao shares his thoughts first, which is really good, because I was about to speak in "tongues" that Pancake would have a difficult time translating...Keep in mind, I am a very positive teacher/coach, but if you EVER play for me and quit on the court because of the following: "I was fouled...I was more open than his shot taken...I got pushed...I shot an air ball...I shouldn't come out the game...I don't like playing with him...etc.", guess what? Don't even bother participating in any training programs or tryout programs that I might be associated with because you will receive the "wrath" and "rebuke" of a teacher/coach that will be worse than any "curfew" you may have ever missed for your parent(s)...Catch my drift here?...Back to Coach Gao's thoughts at halftime...He praised their efforts and said we must do a better job on our closeouts and not worry about the Officials when there is no call...He then defers to me...Here's my best recollection of "Patton-Newell" halftime reflection: "you want to play, you want to score, you want the bonuses and you want the glory YET there is NOT ONE PLAYER here who is thinking about the team and WHAT the TEAM needs when you play...You come off the bench, you want an opportunity to play and show the coach you can contribute, yet you do nothing for the team, your defense is awful, you don't talk, you forget everything about our pre game reminders and you give up on plays on defense...This team we're playing is NOT BETTER THAN US, wake up, be a man, be pissed off to the point that you do something better for the team this half, don't believe that you can't beat this team, YOU CAN..."...Then I went to the Men's Room where it was cooler and the beads of perspiration on a wrinkled forehead dried quickly and I relieved myself, literally,of my feelings at the moment...and the 3rd qtr. was about to begin...We came out physically and that's all I can say about the 2nd half...it was not a "treat" to have to sit there and watch, believe me...I have to confess here, I am sending this blogit belatedly (November 8th) as I now am just getting "back" to normal on a schedule and available broadband hookup in my own city and hotel...I've missed "you" and this...forgive me, I'm still adjusting to cultural differences and technology availability or not...More to follow...in fact we actually "won" our first game on Sunday, Nov. 2...From Jeers to Cheers...Whoopee...Coach tom

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