Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Steelers may stink, but it's nothing a little Leadership can't fix

By Finesse (follow me on Twitter)

When President Franklin Roosevelt felt the winds of war blowing toward the United States in 1940, he did not take concrete steps to prepare the country for eventual victory in the inevitable war, such as instituting a draft or committing to the largest military buildup in U.S. history or funding the Manhattan Project.  No, he did what any good Leader does when faced with a tough situation: he doubled down on Leadership.

Building upon FDR's great lessons in Leadership, America's next great Leader -- Ben -- must Lead his Men out of an 0-2 start.

"Guard the left flank!!!"
In the wake of Monday's embarrassing 20-10 loss to Cincinnati, Ben did not Lead by proposing tactical changes to surprise the enemy Bears this coming Sunday.  Instead, he just stepped back so that he could see his enormous head in the mirror, looked at said enormous head, and thought to himself, "what this team needs is more Leadership."  Taking a cue from that time in 1941 when FDR gathered his military commanders and showed them pictures of Woodrow Wilson, Ben revealed to 93.7 The Fan:
“We’re going to sit down and talk and figure out a way to right the ship and make sure that these young guys know that this is unacceptable,” he says. “And it starts with all of us older guys. Maybe us older guys need to revisit it ourselves, because we need to find a better way of letting these guys know what it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler.” 
“Maybe that means bringing in the Lombardi [trophies] and setting them in the team meeting room and putting up the Hall of Fame pictures and all that stuff.”
To prepare for the confrontation with the young whippersnappers who just don't understand that it is unacceptable to not have a lot of talent, Ben brought muskets from World War 1 to the UPMC practice facility convened his advisory council.  This group of fearless Men is known affectionately as the '08ers because they are the Men who forego no opportunity to remind you that they were on the team for the 2008-09 Super Bowl season.  As explained in the Post-Gazette:
The 0-2 start and how it was achieved prompted two team captains, Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Clark, to call a meeting of the 2008ers -- those 10 remaining players from their most recent Super Bowl victory -- to discuss matters.
"It's not like it's a magic solution and we are going to have a talk in this meeting and everything is going to be fixed," Roethlisberger said. "It's more about getting together, coming up with solutions and things that we can bring to the team. I feel like that's the thing we should do as leaders."
Roethlisberger added that "it's not a panic-type thing."
Ben is right.  There's no need for a panic-type thing when you have the '08ers.  Even if they might soon be the 0-8ers.

Just need some harder hard hats and lunchier lunch pails.
UPDATE: The '08ers have banned anyone with less than 4 years of experience from playing ping pong in the locker room.  This is similar to when, on the eve of the Battle of the Bulge, FDR forbade his Chiefs of Staff from playing Skully in the Situation Room. 

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