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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mercy! Sacked for winning too well...

Actually this story is a few weeks old but as I'm in Scotland for a few days, and things are fairly quiet as the rugby world takes its breath in preparation for the next round of the Six Nations, its useful to keep the blog ticking over... and its also kinda interesting.

Basically a sports coach in the US has been sacked for, essentially, winning too well. Okay, that's my interpretation. Essentially he seems to have taken over a pretty duff basketball team and turned them round to the extent that they won a match 100 points to nil. Now, my guess is that over here (and I dare say in most of the rest of the world) he'd be  well on his way to coaching regional or national teams. In this likes of Australia he'd be a national hero. In the US he was sacked. 

Apparently they have some sort of tradition over there which means that if you are winning by too much you have to allow the other team to score, or give them a chance by taking all your best players off, or something - even in professional sport (in American Football I believe they call it "taking a knee"). I know we have this thing in junior rugby, where if you are winning by over 50 points the game can be stopped, but I'm not sure that is quite the same thing. 

Anyway there is a TV report about it here, which is also interesting because of the extremely bright female reporter who clearly understands how ludicrous it all is and the two arrogant, brainless, well, male bimbos (difficult to think of a better term) she has to work with. She probably deserves some sort of medal just for getting through a day with them.

So - what do you think? Was the coach right? What would you do - should you do - in such a situations?

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