Coach Mike Ditka made the phrase famous in a post game interview after a Bears’ loss. He’s used it numerous times since as a NFL analyst on ESPN.
What he meant was, “I can draw it up for you. I can tell you what to do. But I cannot go block that guy for you, I can’t tackle for you, YOU (the player) have to do it.”
It also meant, in an oh so subtle way with regard to players and their thoughts of his coaching, “Keep your mouths shut.”
So, why all the chatter about the selection of Davis Love III as the 2016 Ryder Cup Captain for the US Team?
Love was successful as Ryder Cup player, wasn’t he?
Uh, in 6 teams as a player (26 matches) he has record of 9-12-5.
He captained us last time to victory at Medinah, right?
No wait, Europe came back from a 10-6 deficit and snatched the cup from the fingertips of the Americans the last time that we were on home soil.
He had Brandel Chamblee’s ringing endorsement, didn’t he?
Well, if you call a endorsing quote “The honor is too big to give somebody who’s only won one major championship that job, twice,” said Chamblee. “I don’t think he got the job done.” Yikes!
Nah, there’s no controversy at all if your last name is Mickelson or Woods, members of the U.S. Ryder Cup Task Force.
Is it now, “Players coach and coaches…..” oh well, never mind.”
Davis was masterful in getting the Americans into position for victory with a 10-6 lead on Saturday night in 2012, but highly criticized after the Euros pulled of the “Miracle at Medinah” comeback on Sunday.
Throw in a few testy remarks from Tom Watson after the loss in 2014, a long plane ride home for the players, and here we are.
In Love’s own words, he is honored to be the captain again. He’s looking to bury the memory of the loss at Medinah and move on to a victory at Hazeltine. Davis is saying all of the right things (listen below) and his heart is in it.
Which is fine.
With all do respect to the Staple Singers in 1975, “Let’s Do it Again.”
But, please. Just one final question to the “U.S. Task Force” team of Lefty, Tiger and Company: Where was the undefeated captain of the past 3 U.S. President’s Cup teams, Mr. Fred Couples, in all of this discussion?
“When they all got home (from the loss in 2014), they said, ‘We need you to do this,’” Couples told Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte in November.
But at the task force’s first meeting, DL III quickly came out as their only choice.
Maybe in 2018 in Versailles?