Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio Teaches Lessons

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio experienced major joy and major heartache last Saturday.

Dantonio led his team to an overtime victory past rival Notre Dame and then suffered a mild heart attack later in the evening. Talk about going from the penthouse to the outhouse.

The coach’s situation reminds us that football is just a game. Sometimes football seems bigger than life, but it isn’t. Just ask Dantonio. It’s pretty difficult to coach or even watch a football game if you cannot breathe.

I don’t know much about Dantonio, but I hope he isn’t one of those guys who live at the office during the season. You hear stories about those guys. They are either stupid or truly dedicated coaches depending on your prospective. Football coaches have the reputation of being tough, but that might be questionable when the stadium lights go off.

Dantonio obviously received his wakeup call. Hopefully, he will stay away from the game until he is really ready to coach again. It’s a simple fact of life: football coaches are replaceable just like the rest of us. It only takes a few missed heartbeats to figure that one out.

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