Post by Allen Post by O Post by William Sommerwerck Post by O
I drove three hours up to a Tanglewood performance in the 1970's of the
Eroica that had every single ounce of blood drained from it. It was
the positively worst concert experience of my life -- the only time
I've though "I should have stayed home."
Is it not true that poor performances drag down a conductor's reputation
much more than good performances elevate it?
Isn't that true of almost everyone -- not just conductors?
As a football fan, it certainly applies for me to the Ohio State team
after their miserable performance Monday night.
Cheer up, Allen (assuming you're a True Buckeye). It was a small,
corrective dose of reality, but only a dose. It showed that OSU isn't
quite the come-from-behind team that you might want (especially without
Ginn), especially against a team with equal talent. It showed that they
were vulnerable. But we already kind of suspected this, because
goodness knows the season showed that Florida was vulnerable and
flawed, and USC was vulnerable and flawed, and LSU and Michigan and
Texas and Auburn and Louisville and all those other contenders along
the way were vulnerable and flawed.
No team, no coach is perfect. OSU laid an egg at a terrible time: they
looked lost, they looked rusty, they even looked a little stupid with
the coverages they chose to run, but you can rest assured they are
every bit as good, strong, fast, and well coached as any 12-1 team has
ever been and they earned every accolade and were every bit as
dangerous as they looked during the actual regular season way back last
year. Remember 2006?
Another day, another game plan, another set of motivations, and I think
they had what it takes to beat anybody in the country. Why they were so
bad on Monday will be the subject of much inquiry by Tressel and his
staff, and right now is the fodder for a lot of idiotic exaggeration
and pseudoanalysis in the media, but the I am convinced, having watched
them off and on this year, that it had nothing to do with innate
ability or overall bad coaching. It had little or nothing to do with
their schedule and little or nothing to do with exposing some giant
weaknesses. You don't get that far unless your coaches are doing a
great job, covering all the bases. Sure there were some unfortunate
choices, which is par for the course in any given game. So Tressel's
luck ran out a little bit, but that's exactly why he's the coach: he
doesn't leave a lot to chance.
Unfortunately, they don't get a second chance.