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« on: May 16, 2020, 04:11:08 AM »

Column | The soul of success - Ed Tait

Earlier this week, yours truly had the chance to have a Zoom conversation with Mike O'Shea, and during our long chat we riffed on a number of different subjects.

We talked about what was scheduled to be the opening of Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp this weekend, about the Snowbirds fly-by over our city on Tuesday, about our families, and about the head coach's belief in the resiliency of the Canadian Football League.

One of the ideas I also wanted to explore was the Bombers' attempt to repeat as Grey Cup champions - whenever that quest may begin - and how coaching a team with that goal, compared to chasing a title in the midst of a decades-long championship drought, like last year, might present different challenges.

This notion had been banging around in my cranium all winter, and was then further fuelled while watching 'The Last Dance' mini-series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls over the last few weeks.

'The Last Dance' has reinforced and rekindled a few talking points for those who remember that era, from the stone-cold killer Jordan was on and off the court, to how unappreciated Scottie Pippen was during the Bulls' run, to the bizarreness of Dennis Rodman.

It also showcased Phil Jackson's uniqueness and skill as a coach, from managing the ego and greatness of Jordan, to giving Rodman the freedom to do his thing, to managing the anger of Pippen as he fought for respect from his own organization, to operating under the thumb of GM Jerry Krause, who made no secret of his desire to punt him from the Bulls' bench the minute his contract expired.

Amidst all that, the Bulls won. They won a lot. And Jackson also worked through the challenge of taking a team that was close to the winner's circle to a title and then through the attempt to repeat again and again.

All that formed part of the backdrop during my chat with O'Shea, who warmed up to exploring the subject.........

More on Ed Tait's article here!
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 04:34:59 AM »

It sure would be nice if they could do a Coach's Show like once a month or something while we're waiting in all this uncertainty.  Maybe a show without much/any talk of the virus or shutdown/reopening: maybe just stuff about the new draftees, or the new guys invited from the USA, thoughts on the big re-signings, or just general musings, maybe more tidbits from the GC run.

Of course if MOS isn't allowed in the CJOB space he could do it by phone.

Just a thought.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 08:07:53 PM »

It sure would be nice if they could do a Coach's Show like once a month or something while we're waiting in all this uncertainty.  Maybe a show without much/any talk of the virus or shutdown/reopening: maybe just stuff about the new draftees, or the new guys invited from the USA, thoughts on the big re-signings, or just general musings, maybe more tidbits from the GC run.

Of course if MOS isn't allowed in the CJOB space he could do it by phone.

Just a thought.

Actually starting Tuesday for the next 2 weeks CJOB is going to have a Bomber show between 7-8 co-hosted by Bob Irving. He said Thursday night that he's hoping to get O'Shea as his first guest.
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2020, 04:54:28 AM »

Actually starting Tuesday for the next 2 weeks CJOB is going to have a Bomber show between 7-8 co-hosted by Bob Irving. He said Thursday night that he's hoping to get O'Shea as his first guest.

Hey that's great news!  Thanks!  Love this forum: I'd never know about such a thing otherwise.  I know where I'll be 7pm Tues!
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2020, 05:08:06 AM »

There are planned communication events originating from the Bombers.  Be assured that fan suggestions posted here are either seen by Bomber management or they are passed on to Bomber management.
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