• Tim Crone: Winning takes much preparation

  • I was asked the other day how the same high school football teams seem to dominate every year.

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  • I was asked the other day how the same high school football teams seem to dominate every year.
    Most people are not aware of the amount of effort, from top to bottom, that goes into a successful program – 24/7 year round. It is the hard work in the offseason that builds a program into a consistent winner.
    It is never a matter of just showing up for practice when the Missouri State High School Activities Association allows the season to actually begin. To win consistently requires a way of life that expects nothing short of success with every single goal. Every member of the program is a fierce competitor who possesses the commitment, work ethic and courage to be great.
    Winston Churchill once stated, “To every man there comes that special moment in his lifetime, when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talent; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which should be his finest hour.”
    Winners possess the heart of a champion. Winners have the ability to step up in each and every situation, particularly in tight and difficult times.
    Great programs rise to the occasion. Winners become fearless in striving to reach their goals. Winners have an attack mentality. Nothing in life is more enjoyable than being a member of a team where all participants compete fearlessly.
    Winners will take a reasonable risk, step out of the box and push the envelope. Winners will play to win rather than to play to avoid failure. Winners are proactive and aggressive. Winners do not fear failure but instead realize the value of hard work and dedication.
    With preparation comes confidence. Winners have a constant eye on the prize – they don’t just turn it on at game time, but rather live it daily.
    It is a ridiculous notion that a winning team is merely lucky and talented – only a loser would hold on to that belief.
    • Kansas State has become the team that is carrying the college football banner for the Midwest.
    • Do not be surprised if Northwest Missouri State and Missouri Western face off once again in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
    • The job of a pro coach would be nearly impossible with so many big egos among the players. Fired in the first five games of the season? Really?
    • My quote this week is from Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw: “When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.”

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