This is about as worthless of a topic as there could possibly be. But it's late, my JV football team plays it's first game tomorrow and I can't sleep, and the NW preview is on BTN.
I really like Pat Fitzgerald. I watched him as a player and was impressed by his tenacity and leadership qualities. I loved the way he played the game. I felt horrible for the guy when he led his team to the Big Ten title and Rose Bowl but was unable to play due to injury. Can you imagine how heartbreaking that must have been?
I'm watching their practice on BTN and I admire his coaching style. He's intense but has fun. I loved the line he used on his D-lineman during one segment when he referred to him as "Molasses." After a less than stellar effort, Fitz blows the whistle and ends the drill by yelling, "That was just too painful to watch." I love sarcasm when trying to coach up a player.
I've coached football for some time now and I like to think I run a practice with the same enthusiasm and intensity as Fitz. My son is an excellent student and will start his first varsity game at QB this Friday. I don't know if he's got what it takes to earn an athletic scholarship but he can certainly gain admission to just about any school he chooses. I would be elated if he walked-on and played for Coach Fitz.
(Of course, my first choice would be for him to follow in his old man's footsteps).