I love hearing coaches talk.
We sportswriters call it “coachspeak.”
We hear the same cliches after nearly every game.
But I totally understand.
There’s only so much a coach can say after losing
a game. Coaches don’t want to embarrass their players.
So they’ll usually say their opponent was well-coached. They’ll say it was a hard-fought game. They’ll say nobody deserved to lose. They’ll say their team just came up short. They’ll say they’re proud of their team’s effort. They’ll say hats off to their opponents.
But every now and then you get a nugget that lives on.
One of my favorite responses came from coach John McKay. In October 1975, he became the first-ever coach of the NFL’s newest expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
His team was awful. McKay was asked, “What do you think of your team’s execution, coach?”
To which McKay replied, “I’m in favor of it.”