Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Unmet Expectations

Hey, forget politics for a minute. Below there’s an excerpt of this week’s sports column, The Bounce, which is once again being published by Richmond.com:

“...Expectations, driven in great part by runaway hype and wishful thinking, have a lot to do with how we view almost any news about sports. In short, expectations provide an easy context. For at least half of every college football season we must endure hearing about how teams were seen in preseason polls.

“One of the toughest juggling acts of a head coach’s job - not unlike a campaigning politician - is keeping expectations as low as reasonably possible, while simultaneously building his team's confidence in itself.

“Virginia’s six-year head coach Al Groh is in the midst of a season of expectations collapsing in on themselves.”

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