Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Ruck'd: What Might Have Been For Coach Tom Billups!

Hands down Ladies and Germs, Tom Billups has done the best job of any coach the US has connived into attempting to lead the USA Eagles Men's Side against the world in Rugby.

His record for 2004 is a ghastly 1-4, but he has played a brutal schedule and has coached his team to a trio of painful near-misses. The latest 39-31 loss to France proved particularly galling. The Eagles led a Final-Four Team from Rugby World Cup 2003 at the half and couldn't put it away.

The club also has suffered two bitter setbacks against it's neighbor to the North and hated rival The Maple Leafs of Canada. The first loss (23 - 20) was the result of a plethora of dumb mistakes.

The second setback (32-39) hurt worse because the team was getting slammed by 15 points at 20 minutes to go in the match. They pulled it together and returned fire like USA Eagle clubs had never previously done once the other country got clear.

Billups has done a remarkable job with a difficult assignment. He reminds me a lot of either Bill Parcells or Bruce Arena. He has taken a side that was a national embarassment and now has these players representing the USA in a gallant and exciting fashion.

Now Tom Billups needs a marquee victory. He has both Ireland and Italy on the dock this November. He needs this victory to validate all of his hard work and progress. He needs this victory to come back a third year. International rugby is a brutal, Darwinian sport. Like the NFL, victory is all that matters and moral victories don't show up in the win column.


As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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