Dang..and I'd planned on watching "The History of Mauve" on PBS. Well, maybe I can record it.
This game is going to be one of those tuff calls because I really like both coaches and a number of athletes on both teams. One of the predictions is 28-24, Seahawks, and I'll go with that. Watch for at least one trick play from each team.
The Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll has a cool weekly plan he uses during the season. This came from the Seahawks' website:
‘Tell the truth Monday’: Discuss what happened in the last game and be honest with yourselves. Watch highlight tape. (MC note: players come in the day after the game to checked for injuries and do rehab)
‘Compete Wednesday’: Coaches and players talk about all the different ways the team will compete and how they match up with their opponents. (MC note: constant competition is a key element of Carroll's coaching philosophy...any drills players participate in are highly competitive, it's a way to maintain their "edge.")
'Turnover Thursday’: A straightforward look at the importance of ball control and forcing turnovers. (MC note: In drills defensive players are trying to cause fumbles and offensive players are focusing on ball security, key skills)
‘No repeat Friday’: A light practice, which puts a priority on not making mistakes.
Sunday: Game day.
I love this sort of plan. What if we all had a plan that was something like this? On specific days we'd concentrate on certain skills, goals, ideas or ambitions for at least a short period of time.
What if, on Monday, we spent a half-hour, first thing in the morning, thinking about what went right last week and how we want to do it again this week? And, maybe 15 minutes on what went wrong and how to not do it again?
What if the next day was Take'em to Lunch Tuesday? Every Tuesday you take someone to lunch to increase your network, get to know someone in your workplace better or reward someone for a job well-done.
Wednesday is New Work Day. Wednesday is the day we do a creativity exercise, work on a new project, stretch ourselves.
Throwback Thursday is the day we look back at something that worked in the past but for some reason we've gotten away from it. Why reinvent the wheel if we have dormant or forgotten skills and assets we can repurpose?
Finish It Friday! Yeah! Everyone loves the finish line! There is some idea or project we need to speed up or finish so today's the day we hit another gear instead of slooowwwwiiinnnnggg down so we can ease into the weekend. Tying a project up with a bow at the end of a Friday (or, better yet, at noon!) is a wonderfully positive way to end the week.
Finally, one more thought about the game. You've heard about Brady and Wilson and Sherman and Lynch. Here are four names you haven't heard every two minutes and these guys will play big parts in how this turns out. For the Seahawks: Kam Chancellor is a Seahawks strong safety who jumped OVER a center two plays in a row on field goals this season. Stunningly athletic. J.R. Sweezy is a former NC State defensive lineman who is now an offensive guard. He's 6'5", 295, can lead a running play and can knock the snot out of people. For the Patriots: Danny Amendola is a WR, not big (5"11" 195), but deceptively fast and good hands. Dont'a Hightower was a star LB at Alabama. Look up "snot knocking" in the dictionary and you'll see "see Alabama linebackers." The collision to watch for is Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch against Hightower.
Have a great weekend. Think about naming your days for a weekly plan. See you on Monday!