“There are teachers with a rare ability to enter a child’s mind;
it’s as if their ability to get there at all gives them the right to stay forever.”
There was a turning point in Michael Lewis’s life, in a baseball game when he was fourteen years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis’ ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. “I didn’t have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do.”
The coach’s message was not simply about winning, but about self-respect, sacrifice, courage, and endurance. In some ways, and even now, thirty years later, Lewis still finds himself trying to measure up to what Coach Fitz expected of him.
Coach:Lessons on the Game of Life
Great book that shows how people don't always appreciate the lessons they've been taught until later in life. The parents of today are selfish fun suckers who are more interested in what they can get out of their child's sports than what their child may learn. How sad to think that no longer will children be able to be coached by guys like Lombardi, Auerbach, Landry and others who were tough MEN and taught others to be men. Today it's not about being competitive in sports and how that will help you later in life. Today its about feeling good whether you succeed or accomplish anything. Does anyone think that with the likes of Bonds, Vick, T.O., Pack Man, Iverson that our sports today are better and the character they exhibit is good? Do you think any of those guys could play for Lombardi and the other MEN who demanded excellence, being competitive, being on time, and being a TEAM player? This book details how a coaching icon such as Coach Fitz is a dying breed and you will not see younger MEN getting into coaching because they don't want to deal with the Mommies and Daddys who have a such of entitlement that they ultimately pass down to their kids thereby creating more and more Bonds, Vicks and TO's.
Coach, this book is awesome. I cant believe pistol scored 70 on you. HaHa. gotta hear about that.