Thursday, February 18, 2010

There Is No Name On My Jersey

Tradition is a big part of what makes sports great. The jerseys of the Yankees and Penn State are classic. They have no name on the back of there jerseys because this is the way it has always been. This is perfectly acceptable. What is not acceptable and what is stupid, is when a new coach comes in and speaks about team unity. He then proceeds to take the names off the back of the jersey in the spirit of working as one. It's bullshit and it happens every year in college football. Turner Gill is the latest to apply the method.

When you step out of the prep ranks and into big time college football you earn the right to have the name on the back of your jersey. It's cool and it's a big deal. Players are not playing for the team anymore because you are doing this. The players that were about the team before will still be about the team, and those that were about themselves will stay the course. Coaches need to get off their high horses and build team unity in the weight room and on the practice field, not by stripping the name plate.

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