The Toronto Maple Leafs
have hired a new coach, Mike Babcock
, formerly of the Detroit Red Wings
The Wings have been a thoroughbred team for decades. They do virtually everything right as an organization. They don't always take home all the
marbles but when someone does take them all home, they inevitably have to take some from Detroit. The Wings are a perennial contender, unlike the team
mentioned in the thread's title.
In the last decade the Leafs have only made the playoffs once. The decade before that was not bad. They didn't win it all but they were there in the
playoffs. We have to get back to that, obviously.
There are some quotes from the new coach of the Leafs at the following link:
He doesn't really say anything significant, but I wouldn't have expected him to.
Being a modern coach in today's sporting world is something like being a rock and roll record producer. The team is in the studio. They are all rich.
They are all talented. They are all famous. The record producer or coach really has only one job, but it's a doozy.
Keep the talent from making monumental jackasses of themselves.
. . . and win.
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
will pay Babcock more than almost every other coach in all of professional sports
. He will get
$50,000,000 over eight years.
I know from personal experience that it is possible to buy expensive guitars and classic vintage amplifiers and still be a mediocre guitar
. Money can buy anything, anything, that is, except a relentless, thoughtful and considered and above all flexible application of effort to
a difficult goal.
Unfortunately it is that intangible, unbuyable ingredient that is the main difference between winning and losing league championships in professional
sports or contending consistently, as the Red Wings have done.
Anyway, good luck to the Leafs.
I don't think one could ask more (than a $50,000,000 coach) from the head office, except maybe to be very restrained and judicious about telling their
hockey management folks what to do. You don't hire that sort of help, to then start overruling it.
edit on 22-5-2015 by ipsedixit
because: (no reason given)
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