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    Save Us The Hype On Tice

    This is a reprint of a commertary from Minnespolis Star/Tribune today. I post it only for information not because I agree or disagree with it. I have highlighted the portion I do agree with though and that is about how rotten the Twin Cities Media is...

    [size=18px]Spare us the breathless hype on firing of Tice[/size]
    by Sly Jones

    Given how big businesses are run, it's surprising that the Vikings coach managed to keep his job as long as he did.
    So we're supposed to feel sorry for the professional football coach who got fired after the last game of a season in which he lost control of himself and his team? We're supposed to feel pity because he received the news in a last-minute meeting with team owner Zygi Wilf? We're supposed to weep for him because, according to one breathless reporter, the coach "walked into the cold Minneapolis night, into the arms of his wife and children, who waited for him by his car"?
    I don't think so. Leaving aside the bald-faced hypocrisy of media types who spent the fall and winter blasting Mike Tice's leadership and now say they're sorry to see him go, let's analyze the situation rationally.
    I speak for thousands of average Minnesotans who have been fired every which way: by telegram, by voice mail, in letters that were sent to the wrong address, by secretaries relaying information from their bosses. I speak for those who have been fired while on a luxury cruise, whose names were removed from their doors surreptitiously, whose offices were sealed and later turned into cloak rooms, who were escorted from the workplace by building security on their birthdays.
    The Minnesota Vikings are a big business and those who own that business have a responsibility to the public. Most of us who know a little about how big businesses are run were surprised that Tice managed to keep his job as long as he did. After all, if you'd been caught scalping Super Bowl tickets -- and coercing your employees to give you their tickets -- would you still have your job? I don't think so.
    If you'd approved a trade that brought the Vikings Napoleon Harris for Randy Moss, if you'd imported a trash-talking and now trash-acting Fred Smoot, the king of the illegal downfield chuck, and if you'd lost control of your players to the point that they thought nothing of having a sex party on two boats on Lake Minnetonka, would you still have your job? I don't think so.
    Tice didn't sanction the love boat fiasco, but his lack of leadership allowed it. When you play for a coach, you should respect him so much that everything you do -- everything -- is cast in the light of how he will feel about it, how it reflects on the team, and how it affects the community. That's not what happened. Instead, the knuckleheaded Vikings players who urinated on some poor woman's lawn in Minnetonka ensured that the night would be memorable in other ways. Is Tice blameless for this situation? I don't think so.
    Wilf is an impressive man, a businessperson who not only made the right decision but did it in a businesslike fashion. He kept his word to Tice and let him hang onto his job long after he should have been fired. Tice's affability and his coaching acumen should give him a leg up on other coaching candidates at major Division I football teams, which is where the man belongs.
    Now what we need is a football coach cut from the cloth of Bill Parcells who will whip the team into shape, go toe-to-toe with the owner on player and free agent signings and tell the media to sit down and shut up. The people in this town who make their living covering the Herculean feats and failures of professional athletes mostly resemble the clowns at rodeos: Their job is to attract the bull and distract the crowd. They do it well because they take themselves so seriously.
    It's time for levelheaded business coverage of the Vikings, with business reporters laying out the implications of hiring and firing decisions. How does this move position the Vikings to be a better organization? What was the leadership style of Mike Tice and why didn't it work? What are the implications of the Vikings' failed season on the pending stadium deal in Anoka -- and, by the way, did any stakeholders in that deal tell Wilf that Tice had to go?
    These are the questions that should be asked and answered. Will we get those answers from the sports media of the Twin Cities? I don't think so.

    Syl Jones, Minnetonka, is a journalist, playwright and corporate communications consultant.
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    Re: Save Us The Hype On Tice

    great article,thanks

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    Re: Save Us The Hype On Tice

    I agree with this article, it makes some good sense.
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    Re: Save Us The Hype On Tice

    i hope tom powers read this.negative creep

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    Re: Save Us The Hype On Tice

    Great article and right on the money. :thumbright:

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    Re: Save Us The Hype On Tice

    I agree with some, but not all of it. I agree with what he said about there being no difference when he got fired. On the other hand, I disagree with all he wrote about Tice being responsible for a lack of leadership resulting in the boat thing.

    Memo to Syl Jones - these players are grown men - Tice shouldn't be responsible for babysitting them. I wonder if your editor follows you around on the weekend to make sure that you don't "disgrace" the newspaper.

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    No kidding. Great article outlining an opinion that's hard to argue with.

    How can a parent explain the coach and palyers' actions to their kids?

    They just have to say...."people make mistakes".

    Hopefully our next coach will "get it".

    Tice certainly never did.
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    Re: Save Us The Hype On Tice

    Thank you! Finally someone breathes some sense into the situation and points out the hypocrisy of the media.

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    "canadian_vikes_fan" wrote:
    I agree with some, but not all of it. I agree with what he said about there being no difference when he got fired. On the other hand, I disagree with all he wrote about Tice being responsible for a lack of leadership resulting in the boat thing.

    Memo to Syl Jones - these players are grown men - Tice shouldn't be responsible for babysitting them. I wonder if your editor follows you around on the weekend to make sure that you don't "disgrace" the newspaper.

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    "canadian_vikes_fan" wrote:
    I agree with some, but not all of it. I agree with what he said about there being no difference when he got fired. On the other hand, I disagree with all he wrote about Tice being responsible for a lack of leadership resulting in the boat thing.

    Memo to Syl Jones - these players are grown men - Tice shouldn't be responsible for babysitting them. I wonder if your editor follows you around on the weekend to make sure that you don't "disgrace" the newspaper.

    Tool.
    While I agree with that point to some extent, the incident shows a lack of respect for Tice. It's not his job to babysit them and follow them around and make sure they don't mess up, but they should be instilled with enough resepct for their coach and their organization that they wouldn't want to take a chance on humiliating them. If a player doesn't respect his coach, then how can they listen and learn from him? Yeah sure, all of the players liked him, but there is a big difference between liking someone and respecting someone.

    That's where the responsibility falls on Tice: respect.

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