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.

 

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Comments
  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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