Bumped. GO BRUINS. - BN Eds.
OK, some people have been taking exception to the talk about a national championship in football and a Heisman for Hundley. The notion is that the players should not think about that and that they should just play hard and let things take care of themselves. I am here to say, "Poppycock!"
There is nothing wrong with the players' envisioning Heismans and championships. In fact visualization is a well-known tool in sports psychology.
There is a time and a place for everything. Thinking about a national championship while going through your reads or protecting the QB from a pass rush? Not the right time or place. Thinking about a national championship to motivate you to spend an extra hour in the film room or to squeeze out one more set in the weight room? Pretty good times and places.
There’s a time and a place to be thinking about what your girlfriend likes in bed, too. And while you are going through your reads in the middle of a football game is not that time or place. Doesn’t mean you should never think about it, though. Unless you want to be single.
One person pointed out:
Alabama ended the season with 2 losses and ranked #7. So much for thinking about a NC all year.
To which I say, FSU ended the season number 1. Shows how helpful it was to be thinking about a national championship all year, if you were FSU.
In fact, before he played a single down of college football, Jameis Winston chose FSU over Alabama and Auburn specifically because he thought he could help revive the program and lead it to a championship:
In a previously unpublished interview with ESPN.com, Winston opened up about his dreams and his burdens. The 18-year-old didn’t have goals. He had a plan. That plan led him to Florida State.
"Can I lead this team to a national championship?" Winston said then. "That’s the most important thing."
Read the whole thing if you don’t believe me.
EVERY team that wins a national championship has been going for it. And quite a few teams usually are. However, only one team actually wins it. All of the others fail. Doesn't mean that those teams should not have been thinking about winning it.