I was watching a HBO Real Sports presentation the other day and it suggested the football equivalent of baseball’s Moneyball , which I had just re-watched the other day. As I had indicated with my impressions of Moneyball, there is an intrigue about finding a way to differently play the game, our game.
As you watch the Super Bowl game tonight, take a moment and consider Pulaski Academy (Arkansas) Bruins’s coach Kevin Kelley who will not put, figuring that it unnecessarily wastes the fourth down opportunity. He will on-side kick after scoring nearly every time.
Other coaches won’t do that – the stick with what they know and what their gut tells them about the way the game is to be played. Yet, some liken the standard way of how the game is played as risk aversion not unlike a blackjack players standing pat on 11.
Not unlike general manager Billy Beane in Moneyball, Coach Kelley courageously reads the stats (the “signs of the times”) differently. Might you and I do the same? Go for it.