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Bruce PearlThis is the final installment of our series today.  We don’t know enough about the hockey coaches to do a post on them and we couldn’t even name one soccer coach.  Besides, we never played soccer.  So, this is the last one before we go into holiday programming.  Oh, and one more POI after this.

1.)  Bruce Pearl – We know he’s a slimeball recruiter.  That doesn’t have anything to do with wanting to play for him.  This guy has more fun at his job than any other coach in sports… except maybe Pete Carroll.  The orange jacket.  The body paint.  The infamous Erin Andrews hug.  All of those combine to make him the best guy to play for in college hoops.  No, he hasn’t won anything yet.  But we bet he makes it to a Final Four in the next 5 seasons.

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Mike_Ditka2This might have been our favorite one to do.  NFL coaches are probably the most unique individuals out of all of the major sports.  If anyone blames us for putting the guy at the top that we did, you can go sit on a sharp knife.

1.)  Mike “DA COACH” Ditka – That’s right.  We said it.  Da Coach.  Hurricane Ditka.  Ditka vs. God.  Eff it.  Ditka is God.  We were really, really young when the Bears won the Super Bowl with Ditka but we’ve seen the footage.  The intensity.  The mustache.  The sweater.  Even the waterboy got jacked up for game day on the Bears.  Ditka pissed intensity and fire every morning.  The man is a legend.  And, he’s got his own kick-ass Bloody Mary Mix and Cigars!  But seriously, the 46 defense with Buddy Ryan?  No one could stop it.  Except for a table….

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john-mcgraw-1Continuing the theme…This was the hardest list to come up with though.  Baseball’s history is so deep that it’s tough to pick just five.  We went into the wayback machine for some of these guys.

1.)  John McGraw –If you’ve never read the book Crazy ’08, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.  Playing for McGraw is the same reason we’d want to play for Schembechler.  McGraw used to fight umpires.  Not argue, fight.  He tripped opposing players when they were running down the basepath.  He’s 2nd all-time in ejections, only because Bobby Cox recently passed him.  McGraw also famously influenced fans of the New York Giants to bring bottles to the stadium to throw at opposing players.  You’d have to want to play for him because you certainly don’t want to play against him.

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chuck dalyWe’re continuing our series and jumping into the pros.  Basketball was one of the few sports we were ever really good at.  Our High School had an…eccentric coach, we’ll say.  He owned a turquoise blazer and wore a pink shirt under it.  None of the following guys did that.

1.)  Chuck Daly – Now, up until his death, we probably wouldn’t have placed him #1.  But, from everything we’ve heard about Chuck Daly, he made his locker room like a family room.  Every player that has ever played under Daly said it was like being a part of a family.  Chuck liked to have fun.  And, he was the first guy to ever really conquer Dennis Rodman.  Daly wasn’t a control freak and always thought that his players would find a way to win.  He let the players play.  Great quality in our mind.

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pete carrollWe’re starting our theme off today with NCAA Football.  We’re going to be running a series on each sport and the coaches that we’d ideally like to play for if we had the talent to compete in said sport.  Each list will be an all-time list and not limited to just active coaches.  These are purely subjective lists as there is no real criteria other than gut feeling.  As always, let us know who you think we left out or what you agree with in the comments.

1.)  Pete Carroll – We’re not sure anyone can question this pick.  After seeing his April Fool’s prank and just his all-around demeanor, there is no way we could place anyone else atop this list.  Carroll recruits All-Americans and competes for National Titles every single season.  He also happens to coach at one of the most prestigious schools of tail in the entire country.  How could you not want to play at USC for this guy?  (And no, we did not make the adjustments to the picture.  Found it that way.)

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Kelvin SampsonWhy even bother Kelvin?  You torched two programs and left them years behind from the date you were hired.  There is no chance that this guy is seen in an NCAA coaching role ever again.  He can recruit, but not without cheating to get the guys he wants.  Sampson is currently with the Milwaukee Bucks in an assistant coach role.

Seems about right.

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