Two Morals to the Super Bowl
The aggressive swarm of Seattle Seahawks reminded me of a young HC of the NYJ.
Not Bill Belichick, but Pete Carroll.
Carroll was the new head coach in 1994. He had an outdoor basket put up in the Jets’ bunker, on the theory that team members might enjoy shooting hoops in their spare time.
Some football people snickered at this unorthodox maybe-Left-Coast way of doing things. The Jets went 6-10 and Carroll was fired by the owner, Leon Hess, the oil man who used to tell a Times reporter to please not write that Hess had visited Jets’ camp because he was supposed to be in the office.
Carroll later coached the Patriots and won a national title at Southern California, where he ran around at night with youth gangs, urging members not to tear up their world.
Now the Seahawks have humbled the Broncos, showing not only speed and power but also the flexibility to make big plays. They could react, not just follow orders.
I thought about the outdoor basket at the Jets’ bunker, and the new coach who had a somewhat different way of doing things.
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There was another moral to the Super Bowl. The NFL tempted fate by putting a Super Bowl in a northern clime, in what is turning out to be a nasty winter. Some gloom-and-doom types, no names mentioned, forecast a blizzard.
But the Giants built pro football in New York by selling a few hundred extra tickets on Sunday mornings when rain or snow or chill somehow dissipated and people felt like going out to watch a game. In New York, this glorious tradition is known as Mara Weather, after the family that still owns half the team.
The Super Bowl was played on an early November or early April day. Mara Weather. Never, ever, forget it.
Alan D. Levine
2/3/2014 06:48:03 am
Fugedaboudit--There's an AP story on the Times blog that Derek Jeter took batting and fielding practice outdoors today. It may be snowing outside but Spring is just around the corner.
2/3/2014 08:26:29 am
Alan, I have a jeter piece ready to roll, but could not resist reacting to Carroll's super bowl victory.
2/3/2014 12:53:10 pm
2/4/2014 12:04:39 am
Alan, I was watching the Houston keeper warming up down our way before the last Red Bulls game. It is such an independent position -- rolling around, grabbing every ball at every angle. Who wouldn't want to jump out of the stands and warm up the same way? At least until the cannonballs start flying at the whistle.
Mike from Whitestone
2/3/2014 01:02:10 pm
2/4/2014 12:08:15 am
The snag at Secaucus was always going to happen. NJ never wanted mass transit into the Meadowlands. Then again, Atlanta avoided even a spur line near the ball parks. Now the Braves are moving out to the Beltway.
2/4/2014 03:48:19 am
George--you are in good company. Many professional soccer players, when they are spectators, have commented that they enjoy getting to the pre-game warmup to watch the goalies.
2/4/2014 05:31:30 am
Keepers don't talk enough? Friedel....Tim Howard....and Meola. Tony blistered Mike Petke when Mike was a rookie with the MetroStars.
2/5/2014 10:38:53 am
Would you like to guess from reading this post what position Alan played at Lehigh? Hint--it wasn't striker.
2/6/2014 12:13:01 am
Ed, one's soccer position is a giveaway of personality. I was a defender -- I liked disrupting people, stop the sneaky forwards in their tracks. (Not that I could.) Alan became a good businessman. He liked a good view of the field. Hint. Hint. GV
7/8/2014 12:00:12 am
Basket ball is one of my favorite game . i played basket ball on every sunday with my Friends
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