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Oh Grow Up!

by Tom King

Are you as sick and tired as I am over the on-field antics of athletes and coaches? Watching yesterday's SF-Carolina game brought it to a boil for me. It's bad enough when the players have to celebrate every play like they won the Super Bowl. But then we have to look at the antics of a coach like Jim Harbaugh and the pot boils over. Make no mistake, Harbaugh as been very successful at every stop. He's an excellent X's and O's coach (although his time-out skills are not good). And I also realize that pro football is an emotional game. But that is no excuse for his sideline tantrums. Of course the TV cameras love that crap...they will focus on his every meltdown. And in many cases, as goes the coach so go the players. Why should players control their emotions when their coach is a raving lunatic. Even Troy Aikman took Anquin Boldin to task for his constant post-play jawing...said he was tired of watching it. Me too. And its not just Harbaugh. There are many other examples like Illinois basketball coach John Groce and Indiana head man Tom Crean. Even Bo Ryan at times, although his histrionics are mostly contained to his long list of facial expressions .

I've coached Legion baseball for over 30 years and in my early days I was as out of control as these guys. Got tossed out on a regular basis. In my  mind every blown call was a personal attack by the officials that needed to addressed...usually in the loudest and most profane terms possible. I have come to realize that my histrionics accomplished nothing except causing me to watch many games from the parking lot. If the officials (who are not very good anymore) want to curb this stuff...throw a few more flags like they did after Harbaugh rushed the field yesterday. Toss a few more coaches out like they did with Iowa head man Fran McCaffrey against the Badgers.

Sports are emotional...I get that...but a part of being a coach or athlete is controlling those emotions and that is something that is quickly becoming a lost skill and we need to find it again. 

Its a busy week on the high school schedule. I've got six games this week starting with a make-up hockey game tonight at Marathon Park. Marshfield will face Wausau East at 7Pm on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & Fm 93.9. Tuesday the Lumberjack girls and boys basketball teams host Antigo in a doubleheader...Thursday the hockey team is at Stevens Point...Friday the basketball team is at Merrill and Saturday its hockey again as East plays at Lakeland.

Four pretty good teams left in the NFL playoffs....SF at Seattle, New England at Denver. I like the home teams in these games.

The beat writer who covers the packers for the Journal-Sentinel came out with his grades for each player as he does every season. Not one defensive player got an A...and many received sub par grades. it's clear where Ted Thompson's focus needs to be this off-season...and he's going to have to go against his nature and use free agency this year.

Songs of the Day  (from my I-pod)

The Mighty Quinn-Manfred Mann (1968) a Dylan song from "The Basement Tapes" that the band recorded before Dylan did on 'Self Portrait" a few years later. What's the song about? Who knows...but it's a fun little ditty that will get stuck in your head.

Miles Away-Fleetwood Mac (1973) My favorite configuration of the band featuring Bob Welch and Bob Weston on guitars and Chrstine McVie's beautiful voice. This Welch tune is from my favorite Mac album "Mystery To Me" If you only know the band after Buckingham/Nicks joined...dig a little deeper...their roots stretch back to the English Blues/Rock era of the late 60's.