The National Basketball Association’s playoffs are great. They pit players that will their wants, against one another to prove who the best is. In my personal opinion, I believe a team, not the Miami Heat, can win the seat as the best team in the association. This team will face a challenge; they will hit a limit, and see, within their system and skill, a way to clutch that championship.
I love Philadelphia sports. The city’s professional sports teams exist in a tough climate, with pressure from the fans and the media. The five sports teams, in baseball, American football, basketball, hockey and football, or soccer, all must produce championship teams, annually. It has been a while since these teams have won. The Philadelphia Phillies got it in 2008. The team pushed their way into the championship. They got a parade. They won the fan and media praise.
It seems like that one championship, while fun, was not enough for a tough city. Six years later, the five of these teams will again push to get a championship in 2014. The reality is a championship will come if all the components of the team fit. The teams will succeed if they have durability, power, great skill, and more passion than the other teams in their leagues. Every Philadelphia sports team will have to outwork their opponents. From the first game to the final championship game of the season, the team that wills a win will get it. It can be done, but the passion has to be there.
Watch a documentary, We Could Be King. You get to see how a high school, Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia, takes players from another closed school, a hated rival in Germantown High School, and creates a culture that breeds not only a powerful championship football team, but a Mecca for academic success, through the hard times. It makes you wonder what the professional teams can do to one up this success.
It is not an intramural contest. However, it is a question. Can these professional teams get to a certain plateau under their own dire circumstances?
The reality is King High School saw the chance to get a championship and took it under dire circumstances. What can the professional sports teams do to best the teams and players, from their team’s past, for seasons to come? How can players within their organizations push their organizations to make the right decisions for their teams and make a championship the only reality, every year?
It is going to take a different kind of motivation, clearly. I suggest the teams make a pact with one another. I also suggest the teams make a bet with the city’s media.
They can bet the two teams that win a championship in the same season, in the next five years, can determine, for six months after the championships, what the Philadelphia media prints, says, or does in Philadelphia sports media. Philadelphia’s media are as tough, if not tougher than its fans. Their directive is clear. They get the facts and apply the pressure necessary to create a culture for the Philadelphia sports teams to understand they must win it all or lose, while everything else is unacceptable. The teams that will get championships in the next year, or a few years, can disarm this media.
I believe this could be good for the city. It could be good for the sport teams. This can help create a culture where building champions can become a common theme in Philadelphia.