Jim Irsay (owner of the Indianapolis Colts) said the following about his former QB, and future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning: “You make the playoffs 11 times, and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton Manning and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love this, flashing the ring”.
To many fans and reporters and former employees, this comment was a slight to Peyton Manning. Denver Broncos coach John Fox called Irsay’s quotes “a cheap shot” at Manning. Former Colts general manager Bill Polian said Irsay should be grateful to have a Super Bowl ring at all. And former Colts coach Tony Dungy directly contradicted Irsay, saying that “in hindsight” the owner probably regrets the Manning decision.
What do the comments mean to you? If you listen to the spin, then it would appear the quotes are a slight at the former Colts QB intimating that Peyton couldn’t win when it mattered. Irsay himself said the quote was taken out of context. Of course a lot of the “spin” on the quote has to do with the media’s need to have something to talk about and create interest.
To me, taken at face value, the quote simply asks the question “what’s the point of making the playoffs every year, if you’re only going to lose in the first round?” He also says he enjoyed the remarkable statistics achieved by the team, but that he’d trade that for more championships.
To me, that has nothing to do with insulting Peyton Manning. He is simply saying that the organization had a process that produced a lot of winning seasons but few championships. If he had to do it over again, he might try a different process.
Wait for it…wait for it…
We’ve all heard about the dangers of CrossFit. Too many injuries. Bad trainers. Too intense. If you’re doing CrossFit, you’ve already realized that the rewards are worth the risks. You probably already realize that being fit with a nagging wrist or hip feels better than sitting on a couch eating pizza with no immediate ailments. It’s most likely healthier internally as well.
I’ve come to realize that if every trainer, doctor, or fitness competitor admitted that CrossFit was the best strength and conditioning program, then they’d be de facto admitting that they’ve been doing/preaching something less optimal and awesome in their previous years of experience. This is something extremely difficult for human beings to do. We spend a lot of time trying to become an expert at something whether it be our job, a sport or whatever. When someone comes up with something better, it’s a tough pill to swallow for many of us. I’ve noticed that those in the “fitness” and “medical” community are particularly defensive when their methods are questioned.
Jim Irsay had a plan. It didn’t get him the exact results he wanted. He wanted more super bowl championships. As soon as he said so, he found numerous detractors. People said he was disrespectful, and taking shots at his former QB. To me though, he was identifying his problem, and taking the difficult way out. Revising his process along the way. The easy thing to do would be resign Peyton, or just say thanks for the memories, I’d do it all over the same way. I respect Irsay for having the guts to not take the easy way out. He respectfully says that super bowl championships are his goals rather than regular season wins, and passing stats.
We all have fitness goals. As we get better at CrossFit or movement they get more refined and most likely more sophisticated. I was a former Jim Irsay, being happy with some immediate easy goals and numbers. As I get more exposure to crossfit, I believe that I’m becoming the present Jim Irsay. My old goals need to go in the trash, process become revised and new goals met. In the process, I’d probably insult some conventional bodybuilders, trainers, and doctors if I told them that I no longer held their ideals of fitness.
Further, it’s real easy to say “CrossFit is dangerous, i’m not going to do it.” You’ll find a ton of people to agree with you. If you’re reading this then I’m probably preaching to the choir. But at least you’re in the choir! I’ll let all the people in the world find the easy, injury free, excuse free method to fitness. I’m going to find the excuse to not do something, and then do it anyway.
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Workout of the Day 10/24/2013 – Thursday
Front Squat 5-5-3-3-2-2
10 Air Squats
Time Cap: 15 minutes.
Handstand Wrist Corrections
Bent Arm Strength:
Floor Straddle Leg Lifts