March 27, 2011

Brad Stevens, on how to be a boss.

This goes without saying but I'm a huge fan of Brad Stevens, the head coach of the Butler Bulldogs. I've mentioned him numerous times in this blog, I've devoted 5 minutes talking about him and his mannerisms in a Down on the Farm video, and just have the highest level of respect for him. For the second consecutive year he has led his team to the final four when < 1% of America picked them to make it. He has a great eye for under-appreciated talent and he's perhaps the best tactician in college basketball. For example, today with his team struggling against a fast Florida team he put in a quick guard that barely played at all this year. The kid only played about 5 minutes but started Butler's comeback with a great no look pass and then drained a 3 on their next possession.

Not only that he has the perfect temperament for a coach. Never gets too high or too low and his kids translate that to the court. They rarely make stupid mistakes late in games and it's fun to watch. I of course had Butler losing in the first round this year, but being a coach myself and it's hard not to appreciate what Coach Stevens is doing at a small school. I was rooting for them since the sweet 16 and I'll be rooting for them to win the national championship. They have 2 more games to win and they'll be fairly substantial underdogs in both games. If we could all incorporate his mannerisms and calm demeanor into poker playing, we'd make a lot more money

I was recently talking to a bored friend on AIM. I asked if he had ever read J-Mac's blog on DC. He mentioned he had not and I immediately linked him to it with the best posts. He read them all and loved it. My brother despite not playing poker is a huge fan. He has a great knack for telling stories and putting jokes in the right places. I'll leave you with a few of my favorites but really every one is very good. I wish he'd post more as I'm very entertained each time he makes a new post.

Here are four great J-mac blog posts with this one being my favorite.

My schedule problems are solved. One of my good friends who is an Athletic Director told me he E-mails himself his daily plan each night. This is prefect for me since E-mail is the first thing I check each morning and seeing a structured plan there will help a ton. I've always worked better with things mapped out. My first college practice where the practice schedule was posted on the dugout wall with times for everything my mind was blown. I've used that for every team I've coached since and E-mailing myself a schedule is probably the best thing for me. 

That's all I have for now, hope everyone is running well.


Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.

Spanish proverb

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