IU Hoosiers Aren't 'Hoosiers'; Need Life Lessons from a Disney Flick Instead

Published on 8-Mar-2013 by Bridgett Davis

Basketball - NCAA Mens    NCAA Basketball Daily Opinion

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IU Hoosiers Aren't 'Hoosiers'; Need Life Lessons from a Disney Flick Instead

We are taught from an early age that if we do our best, then that is good enough. But is that a misguided principle?

Let's be real. It's natural to praise a toddler for doing something that will one day be a part of everyday life. For example, most of us got a hand clap and the "potty dance" when learning to relieve ourselves. But that stopped fairly quickly. 
Apparently The Indiana Hoosiers haven't made it to that point yet. It was bizzare and embarassing when they cut down the nets after a 67-58 upset loss to Ohio State.
I'm all for building up a team's self-confidence and, on some strange level, I even want to applaud Tom Crean for making the effort to do something special for his team. 
But doing it after a devastating loss just seems silly.
This was a co-championship the Hoosiers backed into because of a loss. At most, shouldn't they have only cut down half the nets?
Really, how shallow are you, Coach Crean? Cutting down the nets seems really bogus when its for a 'shared' Big Ten Title ... utterly ridiculous. 
What would Bob Knight have done?  I can assure you it wouldn't have been a celebration. I can only fantisize about the good old days when coaches had balls.
Which brings me to my solution. It's fairly simple and only costs a buck from Redbox. Rent the Disney movie The Incredibles. In it, there's a statement that perfectly describes what happened Monday night.
Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) says, "It’s psychotic! They keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity!" And that's clearly the case here.
Instead of celebrating doing what is expected of you, try to celebrate only when it is merited. Don't devalue accomplishments by making every achievement a theatrical spectical.
If you wanna celebrate like that, go right ahead. And after that, I'm sure there will be orange slices and juice boxes waiting in the locker room, too.