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Friday, January 22, 2010

Inspire the Aeros

Now this is crunch time.
No more talk about "this is just another game."
That time has come and gone and since the Aeros did almost nothing with their favorable schedule in December, they are going to have to play some very good hockey in the next 3-5 weeks to make a move.

Schedule wise, they have Five in a row on the road, and then five of seven at home. That is 12 games, and frankly the Aeros need to win about 7 of them.

What can inspire the Aeros?
Post your encouraging words here after my offering.

6 comments:

Forecheck said...

Ah, play hard and you might get to the NHL, slack off and your a** is in the ECHL?

Simple enough? Or maybe they need this classic?

BobbyR said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjQiHf3A4hc

Forecheck said...

Bobby - That one was about soccer. Therefore, instead of "Winning Speech" shouldn't it have been called "Whinning Speech"?

BobbyR said...

It is was actually written by Vince Lombardi. I do not know where to find a recording of Mr. Lombardi actually giving it.

Fred Trask said...

One of Lombardi's greatest IMO. He hits the nail on the head.

What It Takes to be Number One
"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he's got to play from the ground up - from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's O.K. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization - an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win - to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there - to compete. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules - but to win.

And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

I don't say these things because I believe in the ‘brute' nature of men or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour -- his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear -- is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious."
- Coach Vincent T. Lombardi

Fred Trask said...

BTW, I LOVE that video Drew!!!!
What an awesome commercial!!!