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Sadly, We All Eventually Identify With Coaches

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t's a complicated thing, the sports fan's relationship with a coach. You don't simply wake up on the morning of your ninth birthday primed for some solemn-faced geezer to give you life advice via starkly lit flood-insurance commercial. You don't, the first time you see your basketball idol peel off for some earthshaking dunk, think to yourself, You know what that was about? That was about the guy in the suit and how his 10 keys to leadership apply in a business situation. You need seasoning first. You have to rack up some miles. A kid just wants to fly like LeBron. But one day you get luggage with wheels, and the coach zone claims you too.1

 

I've been thinking a lot about coaches lately, I'm not sure why — probably partly because of the recent explosion in...

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