Brian's poker talk has got a hold on me. I have one more analogy I need to get out.
Back in the 80's and 90's poker had 3 types of players basically. The conservative math guys that new statistically what the right play was. The Doyle Brunson devotees that always applied pressure with aggressive betting and you had donkeys that gave these types of players money. College football was much the same you had your conservative programs like Michigan, Penn St, Notre Dame and much of the SEC consistently winning . You had the super aggressive teams taking over like Florida St , Miami and Nebraska with aggressive blitzing defenses and high powered offenses. These cultures clashed in spectacular fashion with merits to both successful styles. The donkeys like Indiana and Mississippi tried different things and continually got their teeth kicked in because they were not smart nor good.
Then the internet age came in with ESPN televising poker and we we're introduced to a new style of poker. This kid was scoffed at by the top pros with his small ball style of poker with small raises and playing 34 offsuit, he was labeled a donkey by the establishment. When he had success it was considered luck that could not be sustained. Eventually Daniel Negrenau won people over and a new style of poker emerged where you play a lot of hands and since it went against the grain of the popular styles it was wildly successful. This reminds me of a football coach that I like a lot named Rich Rodriguez. The spread was thought of as a gimmick and now it is wildly accepted. The thing I like the best is that while Rodriguez and Negreanu are thought of as innovators and wacky they really believe in old school beliefs and values but the fancy dressing throws people off. Rodriguez offense is founded in being physical and running the ball and you rarely see Negreanu making wild bluffs or calling bad bets that don't have value.
The interesting thing is that now we are past both these stages and now that both styles have been accepted as a credible strategy they are no longer just successful because they are contrarian, they are now part of the establishment. To me this age we are in is not about styles, but more about who is the smartest and the toughest and who is willing to adapt. Now the best offenses are no longer just spreads, or option or passing but blends of styles. Oklahoma, Florida and hopefully soon Michigan have a multitude of looks that can quickly attack a defenses weakness instead of pounding your style relentlessly hoping to outwill your opponent. Much like the best poker players are the ones that have adapted to the internet maniacs and have a style that they can adjust to the table or setting they are in. I have full confidence Rod is one of these poker players that will win for Michigan. He's not a lunatic like Weis or mathematician like Carr. I think he is a master play caller much like Holtz in the the 80's or Spurrier in the 90's that can and has already adapted to his teams strengths and other teams weaknesses while not straying from his core beliefs. Rod's a good poker player and now that he has added Forcier and Robinson he's getting some pocket Aces to play with making it a little bit easier to win with.