View Full Version : Perception Versus Reality in Sports

08-01-2007, 10:49 PM
Since the end of the regular season there has been a ton of negativity thrown toward the Pacers, some just and some not so accurate. :mad:

As an athlete most of my life I remember one thing a great coach of mine (coach Henson) told us a small speech before the first practice after a particularly horrible year that was preceeded by a great year. He came up to us at the first practice and said::cry:

"In sports, nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems. The difference between winning and losing is a very small window that can be closed to change the tide in an instant. If we all work hard, trust in each other and leave everything on the field, we will close this window and surprise everyone". :happydanc

The previous year we had gone 3-14. That year we came in losing out top 2 players from the previous years and gaining only 2 small time unheard of players with very specific skills. Even though we did not change our personnell, we changed our attitude, dugout culture and how we viewed ourselves in general as a team. That year it was so beautiful to see the changes happen by leaps and bounds every game. I had never had so much fun playing the game before and ever again. We went 15-1 that year and had six kids that no one gave a chance that made the all star team. Our all star team made it to the state semi's before losing an extra inning game to another tough team.:(

Sorry for the bit of tangent:blush:, but what I am getting at is that teams can improve drastically when smaller things have changed. As much as I liked Rick Carlisle the person, I could see he was ready to move on well before the season was over and he just lost his spark. The players saw this as well, and they gave up too. I know the coaching staff we brought in was not the most "popular" hire, but they are serious professionals. I am gonna compare this season to the Colts before TD took over. No one thought we would even be a .500 team, let alone come out kicking the butt we did. I really like our current roster myself and like the signings of Diener and Rush as solid role players. Let's give these guys a chance and see what they can do. A team is made up of many parts like the stars, role players, and specialists. We are more balanced that way than we have been in a while. Let's be the fans that we know we are and support these guys in what they are trying to accomplish.:dance::angel::cool:

08-01-2007, 11:01 PM
I am behind you 110% thanks for the good story and positivity!

Will Galen
08-02-2007, 04:16 PM
Good story Jeff! I agree!

As for all the negativity, everyones an expert when things don't go well, but the truth is 99% of us wouldn't be any better a GM than Kevin McHale.

08-03-2007, 09:14 AM

08-03-2007, 05:10 PM
Perception is everything in everything.