Free Bagel wrote:Psychology in football is vastly overrated. Sure, maybe the guys feel a little robbed, and maybe they dog it in practice a little bit, but once you get out there onto the field it's another football game like any other, and all that stuff disappears. If it does anything, it would make kids more fired up to show everyone they deserved better, and rub it back in those people's faces.
But really, these kids are playing for their futures. Holiday Bowl or not, this is the best chance these kids have to showcase themselves such that they can have a future in this game, to think that they are going to give that up just because they're playing on December 29th is ludicrous, and to think that Leaf doesn't throw an INT at the 10 yard line against the same team in the same situation just because the title of the game they're playing in is the Fiesta rather than the Holiday is equally ludicrous.
I could find about 75 Division 1-A Head Coaches who disagree with you on this point, as will most any person who has excelled in their chosen sport throughout the past 50 years. If this were true coaches would be more managers, not motivators, and people like Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden, Tom Osborne, Barry Switzer and the like would have been just lucky enough to put more talented players on the field than their counterparts.
It is clearly not enough to simply put talented players on the field and give them a gameplan - you have to provide these players with (among many other things) a truly motivational impetus to inspire them to do greater things than their opponents.
I would further argue that MOST of the kids in these games are NOT playing for their futures. A very small percentage of these players are going pro - the vast majority are playing their final competitive game of football (seniors, that is) and are moving on to a professional life outside of sports.
This is exactly what I'm talking about when I said most people in the Cafe discount the mental aspect of the game.
I think you're missing my point a bit. My point is not that psychology does not matter in football, my point is simply that it's overrated. It has become one of those underrated overrated things where it gets sooooooooo much talk about being underrated that it ends up being overrated, kind of like Steve Mcnair a few years ago. We heard soooooooooooo much about how devastatingly underrated Mcnair was that you would've thought he was leading a team of one-armed monkeys against a team of the NFL's greatest players all in their prime and winning by 300 points in the middle of the desert where no one saw it happen.
Likewise, here we are listening to this ridiculous arguement that the #6 team in the nation beat an unranked team simply because the #6 wasn't in the right mindset. I'm sorry, but that just isn't the case. When a QB drops back to pass and reads the field, he's not thinking about what the name of the bowl game he's in is or how many people are watching. Psychology can't lead a pee-wee team to victory over the Indianapolis Colts, and it is not the difference between an unranked team and the #6 team in the nation. The simple fact of the matter is that psychology didn't make an unranked team beat the 6th best team in the nation, but rather that they weren't actually playing the 6th best team in the nation.
Fact of the matter is the Ducks beat every team they played except one during the regular season earning our spot.
I'm sorry, but I heartily disagree with this fact. The Ducks did NOT earn their spot. The Ducks had a chance to earn their spot against the only ranked team they played all year, and they didn't do it. Beating 10 unranked teams earns nothing, those are gimmies, they only had to win 1 real game all year long and they didn't do it. I have been saying this for years, I know it's not their fault that they had a ridiculously easy schedule, but when you play only 1 ranked team all year, you HAVE to win that game to earn anything. I don't know how else to put it.
I will admit I have developed a bit of a soft spot for Oregon (mostly because I like the style of football they play...and am also probably the only person in the world who actually likes their uni's) despite how much I've been beating them up in these arguments the last few days, but the simple fact of the matter is that from what I've seen of them (which for a team that far away is quite a bit) I don't feel they would've had any business playing in a BCS game, and they certainly haven't done anything this year to show me that they'd be capable of winning one unless they got into the game against FSU
Now just think, if we ever actually got that playoff system what would we all do with all the time we usually spend arguing about this stuff?