Why do fans prefer stormy to stable?

by Gary Shelton on September 16, 2015 · 1 comment

in Florida, general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Wednesday, 6 a.m.

One of the guys lost his mind.

The veins in Jim McElwain's neck were like undersea cables. His face was flushed. He could not stop yelling. McElwain would seemingly finish his piece, and he would start to turn away, and then he would start up all over again. This was the face of a man on his way to a total meltdown, and bully for him.

The other guy was the only calm guy in the house.

Yeah, it fair to say Lovie Smith was disappointed. But his voice remained calm. His blood pressure seemed to be just fine. Smith kept talking in reasonable tones, and his demeanor was more like a disappointed parent that an outraged taskmasker. He kept repeating the same reassuring phrases, telling the world things would be okay when thinks didn't feel okay.

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Cecil DeBald September 16, 2015 at 7:22 am

As much as I admire Coach Dungy as a man and as a coach, I remember yelling at the television as we were cratering again and again, and they would show him standing on the sidelines with his arms crossed, watching, with no expression on his face. What I yelled isn’t important (printable) but the gist of it was asking him to at least look like he was concerned, and do something, anything besides just standing there. Of course, I never wanted him to be fired, and I know we would be in a much better place today if he’d been the coach these last 12 years or so. But a calm coach is in bad times is frustrating for sure.


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