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This'll cure your fumble-itis

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by alleyallen, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    A high school coach in East Texas is employing a rather unique way to cure his team of fumble-itis after the squad dropped the ball five times in their opening game.

    http://www.itemonline.com/sports/local_story_250001728.html?keyword=topstory

    Neat stuff here.
     
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Good high school sports story. That's the kind of stuff to look for.
     
  3. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    It's actually the paper where I was AME for about four years.
     
  4. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Cool story, though the "baby the ball" tactic doesn't seem particularly original.
     
  5. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    As John Heisman said, holding a football and addressing his team, "Better to die young boy than to fumble this.''
     
  6. hiredguy

    hiredguy Member

    They did this in The Program
     
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    Nick Saban (I seem to be posting a lot about him these days) gave Alley Broussard, then a freshman TB, the "baby" treatment in 2003 after he fumbled twice late in a blowout LSU victory at Arizona.
     
  8. DisembodiedOwlHead

    DisembodiedOwlHead Active Member

    I hear that HS also encourages kids to lay down one the middle stripe in traffic.
     
  9. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    This is an old ritual, but a good one. Humbling, but a smart mental thing.
     
  10. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    I like it. But it'd be a lot better if they superglued it to their hands.

    Just kidding. Nice work by the coach. A team that I covered could have used this a couple of years ago. Player of the year fumbled three times in a state playoff.
     
  11. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    This is a very old, and effective, technique. In "Instant Replay," Jerry Kramer writes about Vince Lombardi having rookie Travis Williams cart the ball wherever he went -- including cradling it as he slept -- to solve his fumbling problems. It worked well enough for Williams to have one of the most electrifying seasons for a kick returner ever, the 1967 Super Bowl season.

    Unfortunately, there was no equivalent to solve all the other personal problems Williams had after he retired.
     
  12. Platyrhynchos

    Platyrhynchos Active Member

    My high school coach made me do the same thing.

    That was 31 years ago.
     
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