0 Comments Published by Salawi on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 1/27/2007 12:52:00 am.
Picture yourself as the head coach of a Basketball team, suffering through a game of outrage:
* Your players are not listening to you
* The refs have it in for you
* The crowd is heckling you
* The opposing coach is gloating about your sorry condition
* All the hours and hours you spent in preparations and game planning are out the window as Your team seems headed for a disappointing result
In a word, you are frustrated. Sure you make a lot of money and have a seemingly glamorous lifestyle. You're under a lot of pressure though and having to wear this David Stern approved suit under the sweltering heat of the lights isn't helping any -- you're about to crack.…'EFF IT
REF, MY GUY GOT FOULED!
…YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, THERE'S NO WAY THAT WAS 3-SECONDS!
…OH COME ON! YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS???
Then suddenly ~TWEET~ goes the whistle, the official makes the T-sign and points to you and you're in the box score on a personal level -- technical foul: Coach X.
A free throw is coming for the other team, and how is that going to play with your players when you've just been lecturing them on the importance of every point, every possession, and how "we" can give nothing away?Ah, but it's widely believed that a coach getting a technical may not be all bad. Indeed you'll hear commentators on occasion remark "That's a good T to take" and a similar view is perhaps reflected in certain veteran coaches who seem more than willing to be 'repeat offenders' if the game calls for it.First off, you have the supposed benefits of sticking up for your players and the team. Sure we may not win this game, but we're sending a message that no one is going to give us a raw deal and not get called on it. Next time out the league will give us respect.
More directly significant though is the notion that a coach getting a "T" can fire up his players for the remainder of the game, and perhaps steer the officiating back to a more shall we say favorable state
Source: NBC Sports