DailyBeast- The legendary Duke coach said Obama is foolishly telling ISIS what the U.S. team will or won’t do – a bad strategy in both war and basketball.
I am not going to sit here and debate every point that Mike Krzyewski made. I truthfully do not care what he has to say. Therein lies the point. Coach K is exactly that; A coach. A coach of a collegiate sports team. He's not a campaign manager. He's not a political activist. He's a coach. Where some people think there should be a strong divide between church and state, I believe there should be a strong divide between sports and politics. After all, we watch sports to stay away from the hardships of reality. Stick to recruiting and drawing up zone defenses, no one wants to hear a college coach discuss military action. Most people barely want to listen to our own president discuss military action.
Trying to use sports analogies doesn't help his case either. Christian Laettner could barely defend the paint. The only thing JJ Redick has ever defended in his life is his lackadaisical defense, and maybe his abortion contract. We are going to compare what they did, or didn't do, on a basketball court to defending our country? I use sports analogies as much as anyone else, but I try to use them in comparison to things of which I am knowledgable. That, more than likely, will never include the front lines.
If the question is as simple as do I think that our president should be giving away our military strategy, then the answer is obviously no. However, if you want a relatable sports analogy then why not consider that coaches deviate from their original game plans all the time. Who knows what's actually going on in the political war room? Regardless, I like to think the leader of our country and his advisors have a better grasp on protecting our civilians than the Duke basketball coach.
The people applauding Coach K are part of the problem as well. They represent people that do not have any respect for Obama as our president. Krzyewski could have stood up there and suggested that we challenge ISIS to a 'winner take all' basketball game and people would have given him a standing ovation. I choose to believe that our government has our country's general well being in mind, whether I agree with their current policies or not. If I can't trust that then I am certainly not going to trust a man that recently lost to Mercer. All the gaudy defensive numbers in the world won't convince me a college basketball coach knows best about protecting our freedom.
And now, to lighten the mood...