Hindsight DOESN’T Make You Smart

Posted: November 17, 2011 in sports
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“Mike Smith is an idiot.”

“Gary Patterson is a genius.”

I’ve heard those two comments several times over the last several days.

Smith, coach of the Atlanta Falcons, gambled in overtime against the Saints, going for a 4th-and-short 1” from his own 29. The Falcons failed and the Saints kicked a short field goal moments later for the victory.

Patterson, coach of the TCU Horned Frogs, gambled with just over a minute to play at Boise State by going for a 2-point conversion and a 36-35 lead rather than kicking the PAT for a 35-35 tie. TCU succeeded and then celebrated when Boise State missed a mid-range field goal as time expired.

Both coaches made unconventional decisions in a sport – like most sports – where conventional thinking nearly always prevails. What I find interesting is how fans and so-called experts alike are as predictable as most coaches.

I respect anyone who believes in a more conservative style. I don’t have a problem with anyone who prefers thinking outside of the box.

What I don’t respect is someone, particularly someone whose job it is to provide insight, who waits until after the fact and before throwing roses or dropping the hammer.

The way I see it, either you agree with both decisions or you disagree with both. To label one stupid and the other genius reveals the insight of a flea. For the record, I LIKED BOTH CALLS BEFORE THE PLAYS WERE RUN.

Indeed, hindsight is 20-20. It can be used to help us make smarter decisions in the future. But to use it to try and reveal wisdom shows how little wisdom you really possess.


  1. klownboy says:

    Why Mike Smith went for it on his own 30 yard line in overtime is beyond me. He may need an intervention…

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