Good Do You Want to Be? Book Review
I just finished Nick Saban's book "How good do you want to be",
it was actually a pretty good book. I'll have a complete review soon.
Until then, check out this thought experiment on morality he offers;
are the coach of a Little League All-Star team that has a
chance to go to the Little League World Series. In the month
leading up to the games, you practice every Saturday and Wednesday,
and players are only allowed to miss practices for family
or medical issues. Your best player is slated to pitch. A
week before the opener against your archrival, whose team
is coached by a neighbor you particularly don't like, you
conduct a Saturday practice and your star player is not there.
his father calls your house and leaves a message that the
family had to travel out of town unexpectedly. Later that
Saturday, your wife comes home from a day at the shopping
mall and tells you she spotted the player in the arcade with
two friends. No one else on the team knows that he skipped
practice to go to the mall, and only you and your wife know
the truth. What do you do?
first, it seems clear that the right thing to do is the bench
the player for a game, at least. No-brainer, right? But then
you think about how important he is to the team. How the other
players count on him for so much, as do you. You picture the
sure lopsided loss next week against the hated rivals. No
one would know, you tell yourself. By doing the right thing,
you will suffer, as will the rest of you players. What constitutes
the right thing to do comes down to the goals you have established
in your organization. Are you striving to build character
and responsibility in young people or to win the game at all
last year's Alabama - Louisiana Monroe game, Saban showed us he'd
rather "win the game at all costs" rather than "build
character and responsibility" when he lifted DJ Hall's suspension
at halftime. Hilariously enough, his "all costs" tactics
didn't work and he still lost the game.
infamous 9/11 comparison occurred after this game. Even I must admit
that he was unfairly criticized by most of the media for this. Still,
I'm pretty sure I'm one of the first people to read this book since
nobody has pointed out that this wasn't Saban's first 9/11 comparison.
Page 131 - he compares 9/11 to LSU's 2001 season. Seriously. He
compares their 4-3 start to the attacks.