I'm glad message boards didn’t exist 60 years ago

john4psu

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Imagine this scenario: A young college football head coach had a 5-5 record in his first season as head coach and his team did not make a bowl game. It took until his second year for that coach to lead his team to a bowl game.

In his first bowl game and with his team leading 17-0 in the second half, this young coach’s team had a fourth-and-inches from their OWN 15-yard line. You punt right? Your defense is pitching a shutout. Nobody goes for a fourth down from their OWN 15-yard line. That is crazy to even think about trying.

Sure enough, he had his team go for it and they failed to make the first down. The opposing team capitalized on the great field position and scored a quick touchdown. Any momentum that coach’s team had now belonged to their opponent.

The opposing team, now back in the football game, scored another touchdown and added a field goal and the game ended in a 17-17 tie.

Imagine the outcry from that school’s fans, college football fans and football “experts” on football message boards, on Facebook and on Twitter and on national and cable sports news shows for a coach going for it on fourth down from his own 15-yard line when ahead 17-0. The coach would be called an idiot. Fans would be calling for his job. Don’t let him back on the plane to come home! Fire him on the tarmac at the airport! It would be brutal and that is putting it mildly.

It is not the critic who counts...

 

jimarnp

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Imagine this scenario: A young college football head coach had a 5-5 record in his first season as head coach and his team did not make a bowl game. It took until his second year for that coach to lead his team to a bowl game.

In his first bowl game and with his team leading 17-0 in the second half, this young coach’s team had a fourth-and-inches from their OWN 15-yard line. You punt right? Your defense is pitching a shutout. Nobody goes for a fourth down from their OWN 15-yard line. That is crazy to even think about trying.

Sure enough, he had his team go for it and they failed to make the first down. The opposing team capitalized on the great field position and scored a quick touchdown. Any momentum that coach’s team had now belonged to their opponent.

The opposing team, now back in the football game, scored another touchdown and added a field goal and the game ended in a 17-17 tie.

Imagine the outcry from that school’s fans, college football fans and football “experts” on football message boards, on Facebook and on Twitter and on national and cable sports news shows for a coach going for it on fourth down from his own 15-yard line when ahead 17-0. The coach would be called an idiot. Fans would be calling for his job. Don’t let him back on the plane to come home! Fire him on the tarmac at the airport! It would be brutal and that is putting it mildly.

It is not the critic who counts...

Exactly. ---Thankfully, immediate gratification and petulant , "impulse driven societies" didn't exist 60 years ago.
--" I want it...and I want it now " only existed for 2-3 year olds
 
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LandoComando

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Imagine this scenario: A young college football head coach had a 5-5 record in his first season as head coach and his team did not make a bowl game. It took until his second year for that coach to lead his team to a bowl game.

In his first bowl game and with his team leading 17-0 in the second half, this young coach’s team had a fourth-and-inches from their OWN 15-yard line. You punt right? Your defense is pitching a shutout. Nobody goes for a fourth down from their OWN 15-yard line. That is crazy to even think about trying.

Sure enough, he had his team go for it and they failed to make the first down. The opposing team capitalized on the great field position and scored a quick touchdown. Any momentum that coach’s team had now belonged to their opponent.

The opposing team, now back in the football game, scored another touchdown and added a field goal and the game ended in a 17-17 tie.

Imagine the outcry from that school’s fans, college football fans and football “experts” on football message boards, on Facebook and on Twitter and on national and cable sports news shows for a coach going for it on fourth down from his own 15-yard line when ahead 17-0. The coach would be called an idiot. Fans would be calling for his job. Don’t let him back on the plane to come home! Fire him on the tarmac at the airport! It would be brutal and that is putting it mildly.

It is not the critic who counts...

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knickslions

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Imagine this scenario: A young college football head coach had a 5-5 record in his first season as head coach and his team did not make a bowl game. It took until his second year for that coach to lead his team to a bowl game.

In his first bowl game and with his team leading 17-0 in the second half, this young coach’s team had a fourth-and-inches from their OWN 15-yard line. You punt right? Your defense is pitching a shutout. Nobody goes for a fourth down from their OWN 15-yard line. That is crazy to even think about trying.

Sure enough, he had his team go for it and they failed to make the first down. The opposing team capitalized on the great field position and scored a quick touchdown. Any momentum that coach’s team had now belonged to their opponent.

The opposing team, now back in the football game, scored another touchdown and added a field goal and the game ended in a 17-17 tie.

Imagine the outcry from that school’s fans, college football fans and football “experts” on football message boards, on Facebook and on Twitter and on national and cable sports news shows for a coach going for it on fourth down from his own 15-yard line when ahead 17-0. The coach would be called an idiot. Fans would be calling for his job. Don’t let him back on the plane to come home! Fire him on the tarmac at the airport! It would be brutal and that is putting it mildly.

It is not the critic who counts...

What would you do for 20 hours a day without the message board