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Saban leans on Rivera as example of championship focus

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There’s a football game tonight. Championship of the BCS tournament, or something like that.

And, of course, the Yankees somehow got dragged into this.

“We just watched a video of Mariano Rivera,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said yesterday. “And he talked about when he struggled at some time in his career because he was trying to be a perfectionist. And that when he’s in the bullpen, he sees the crowd, he hears the crowd… but when he runs out and they hand him the ball, he’s got one focus; he’s not worried about the crowd, he’s not worried about any of the external factors. One focus: Three outs. ‘How am I going to get three outs?’ I think a team’s ability to do that, to stay focused on the things that are going to affect the outcome of the game, are critical in games like this.”

If you want to teach you athletes about focus, I’m not sure there’s a better example than Mo.

As for the game itself, I really couldn’t care less who wins. I have a lot of friends who are huge Notre Dame fans — legitimate fans, not folks who have jumped on, off and now back on the bandwagon — but some of them are so obnoxious about it (I’m looking at you, Cory Welker!) that I’m not sure I can handle a Notre Dame championship.

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48 Responses to “Saban leans on Rivera as example of championship focus”

  1. Nick in SF January 7th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Roll Tide.

  2. J. Alfred Prufrock January 7th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    … et facta est lux

  3. The Return of Stoneburner January 7th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    “It’s tough enough to lose the draft pick, but taking that kind of a hit in your bonus pool makes it even harder to justify signing a free agent for big money and a lot of years,” said one AL GM.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z2HJJEtQmi

    Yup – - – -

  4. ac1 January 7th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    The Diamondbacks have felt they have a good potential trade match with Seattle for Justin Upton. But remember: They’re on his no-trade list.
    ___

    Seattle: Where good hitters go to die.

    Free MONTERO!

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock January 7th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    :D

    NY: Where young starters go into the bullpen to die.

    Free JOBA!

  6. Shame Spencer January 7th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    “And he talked about when he struggled at some time in his career..”

    When was this???

    :D

  7. Cashmoney January 7th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Bourne struck me as a tweener offensively, I am still curious who is going to give him the big money.

  8. Shame Spencer January 7th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    YES is airing a new episode of Yankees Baseball Tonight at 6:30pm.

    Not sure I’ll be home in time to count how many more gray hairs Sherman has sprouted. Was a good episode last time.. makes me really feel baseball is right around the corner.

  9. Cashmoney January 7th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Jap, I am not sure joba’s arm can hold up to the rigors of starting.

  10. NYYanksFan January 7th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    HaleMark
    Ben Francisco’s agent, John Boggs, says #Yankees and #Mets have expressed interest in OFer. Three other teams interested too.

  11. blake January 7th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    @YankeesWFAN: Not expecting it but wouldn’t shock me “@tferrante82: Ok. Following Feinstein. Any shot of the Yanks swooping in and dealing for Upton??”

  12. Against All Odds January 7th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Cashmoney January 7th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    Jap, I am not sure joba’s arm can hold up to the rigors of starting.

    ———————

    We’ll never know now

  13. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    “YES is airing a new episode of Yankees Baseball Tonight at 6:30pm.”

    Jack Curry’s homerism is really tough to watch.

  14. austinmac January 7th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Ben Francisco. Once more, echhh.

  15. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    “We’ll never know now”

    I think we will, but he will be wearing another uniform.

  16. Shame Spencer January 7th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I don’t think Jack is awful.. yes, he can be a homer but everyone working for YES can be.

    I remember him ripping them pretty good in the post season.

  17. Cashmoney January 7th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    For those who haven’t seen it, I recommend Django. This is going to one boring team to watch in 13 in the absence of any injections of youth, good thing mlb 13 will be released in March. Blake , you can always trade for Upton in that one.

  18. Cashmoney January 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    WB, Rich.

  19. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    “I remember him ripping them pretty good in the post season.”

    That stands out for its uniqueness. :P

  20. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks, Cash. Liked Django but very bloody.

  21. Cashmoney January 7th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    comes as no surprise since it’s a Q.T. film, but I was entertained.

  22. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    You’re right, Cash, that I should have been forewarned.

  23. luis January 7th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Good afternoon everyone,

    Rich…. Yup, we will know, but he will be with another team.

    Cashmoney…. You are an impatient and entitled fan ;) … I dared to say something along the same lines a few days ago… It is going to be very hard to be excited about this team in 2013… Hopefully a few windows of opportunity appear for the young guys to squeeze in… Provided that Cashman doesn´t go scrap heap swimming like last season.

    JAP,

    Amen.

  24. luis January 7th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    If there is no gruesome or bloody scene, it isn´t a QT film.

  25. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    luis

    The most likely path, imo, to Joba staying is if Mo retires after this season, and his performance this season makes a statement that he should be his successor.

  26. luis January 7th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    luis

    The most likely path, imo, to Joba staying is if Mo retires after this season, and his performance this season makes a statement that he should be his successor.

    =====================
    There is another one, but it is very unlikely…. Hughes signs elsewhere and they keep Joba for a cheaper and shorter deal… I don´t think it will happen, he hasn´t started a single game in a while ( the yankees are very conservative on that regard ), so they probably go for another so so pitcher instead of him.

    So yeah, the only way i see them keeping Joba is if Mo retires, which i think is very likely.

  27. austinmac January 7th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Django was very bloody and very good. I do love the dialogues in Tarentino movies. The German guy is fantastic as he was in Inglorious Basterds.

  28. luis January 7th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    austinmac January 7th, 2013 at 1:38 pm
    Django was very bloody and very good. I do love the dialogues in Tarentino movies. The German guy is fantastic as he was in Inglorious Basterds.

    ———————————

    Yes… he is a very good actor

  29. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Christoph Waltz was terrific.`

  30. luis January 7th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    By the way Mac… good post on Cervelli, the problem is that he has continued to struggle defensively… At this point, provided they don´t get someone from the outside, it is Romine´s job to lose.

  31. austinmac January 7th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Luis,

    I hope Romine can show he is ready. It would be nice to have someone we can hold out hope to be on the upswing of his career. I wish we could say the same at 3B. Instead, we added another player to the long list of those we hope will be healthy enough to play all year. Since Youkilis’ max seems to be 120 games, that is unlikely.

  32. luis January 7th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    austinmac January 7th, 2013 at 1:47 pm
    Luis,

    I hope Romine can show he is ready. It would be nice to have someone we can hold out hope to be on the upswing of his career. I wish we could say the same at 3B. Instead, we added another player to the long list of those we hope will be healthy enough to play all year. Since Youkilis’ max seems to be 120 games, that is unlikely.

    ———————————-

    I am on record about going with Adams at 3B… This Youkilis signing made little sense in my view ( i would have gone after AJP and ease romine in to the job )… Probably this means an opportunity for Adams if Youk goes down with an injury ( I don´t believe he can play 3B anymore ), unless of course they go after the McGehes of the world

  33. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    At this point, it’s reasonable to believe that Youkilis is solely a platoon player until he proves otherwise.

    v. R:

    2011: .234 .349 .415 .764
    2012: .220 .316 .377 .693

  34. luis January 7th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    This is what turns me off the most…. No upside to look forward to… Just waiting for when they fall of a cliff with no detour in sight

  35. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    luis, the upside is dependent on the (tenuous) hope that aging players can recapture their former ability.

  36. luis January 7th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    luis, the upside is dependent on the (tenuous) hope that aging players can recapture their former ability.

    —————————

    Maybe they should send them to the Himalayan valley of Shangri-La, and hope it works ;)

  37. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    And although we can’t count on it, maybe guys like Heathcott and Pineda are ready to contribute post AS break.

  38. Shame Spencer January 7th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I just love this account..

    @MikeFrancesaNY

    WAITASEKEND NOW YOUAH A DOCTAH?!? DO YOUAH KNOW WHO DERE DOCTAH IS? DA MOST RENOWNDED DOCTAH IN SPAWTS! HE WENT IN WITH DOCTAH ANDREWS!!!

  39. luis January 7th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I think Heathcott has a real shot if all goes well… On Pineda´s case, I would like to see him throw high 90´s gas with ease before I declare him a possibility

  40. Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Only in New Yawk, New Yawk.

  41. luis January 7th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    2011: .234 .349 .415 .764
    2012: .220 .316 .377 .693

    2013: ???? if I had to bet, i would bet a slash line along this lines .218 .320 .350 .680

  42. luis January 7th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    670 sorry

  43. Shame Spencer January 7th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Rich in NJ January 7th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    At this point, it’s reasonable to believe that Youkilis is solely a platoon player until he proves otherwise.

    v. R:

    2011: .234 .349 .415 .764
    2012: .220 .316 .377 .693

    ———————–

    I would have much preferred Berkman’s bat.

    I’m gonna root like hell for Youk to do well (POETICS), but his numbers aren’t encouraging.

  44. Shame Spencer January 7th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Mason Williams ?@MjordanW9

    Lol !! RT @AndyInSunnyDB: @MjordanW9 Jeter’s guest house? You would have to make do with 15,000 sq. ft. though…

  45. Jerkface January 7th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Considering we have some RHed guys like Adams & Mustelier & Nunez, it is unfortunate the Yankees needed to go after a RHed 3B. We could have went with Chavez+Homegrown.

  46. Shame Spencer January 7th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Jerkface January 7th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Considering we have some RHed guys like Adams & Mustelier & Nunez, it is unfortunate the Yankees needed to go after a RHed 3B. We could have went with Chavez+Homegrown.

    —————–

    They be dumb.

    I’m praying they rest Youk enough (even though he’s being paid like a starter) that his bat can still be effective. My fear is that Arod is basically a non-factor this year and they’ll ride Youk to the point where he’s useless.

  47. DONNYBROOK January 7th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    You people are missing one hell of a BCS Pre-game on ESPN U. 5 HRS before the game, and the fans are Already pouring into the stadium. Carnival atmosphere outside, including a guy wearing a Coach Sabean mask, and waving a sign reading, “The Incredible Shrinking Man”. Lotta fun, with the crescendo awaiting.

  48. MattFromTO January 7th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I also have a really obnoxious ND loving friend… Let’s go BAMA!


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