1. Today’s column explores whether the innovative leadership style of Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll — emphasizing cognitive psychology, creative visualization and daily meditation — can be applied to your local college or high school team. Some of the aspects can, I believe. Some probably are already. The fascinating ESPN The Magazine article on Carroll and the Seattle experiment by Alyssa Roenigk that I reference in the column can be found here.
2. Have you ever had a coach, teacher, boss or parent who had an approach that ran completely counter to conventional thinking? If so, what was it and how do you think it worked out?
3. When I was in college, I worked at a pizza joint near Baltimore. Let’s just say the name of it rhymed with Speedo. Every night, after the last customer left and it was time to close the place down, my boss would pull out a cold 12-pack of ales. We were free to sip away as we swept the floors, put away the dishes, restocked the condiments, etc. I’m convinced no restaurant was more spotless when it opened the next morning.
4. Frank Beamer stands by kicker Cody Journell after the Giles grad’s uncharacteristically rough day against ECU, comparing the kicking motion to a golf swing. Andy and I were talking about this on the way home from ECU. We concluded that Journell’s performance probably wasn’t in the top five of the long-term implications of that game. A bad day is just a bad day. We’ve all had ‘em. Now, two bad days…
5. For the first time under Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-2. They were supposed to lose last night’s game at Cincy, but the way the game played out (pretty sloppy, lots of punts, etc.), it was the kind of game they usually find a way to win. Care to draw any NFL conclusions after Week 2?