I have a confession to make. The Broncos are not my first love. One of my earliest memories is of watching my grandfather, a farmer in rural Illinois, watch the Cubs on WGN. The green grass, the ivy, the look of contentment on my grandpas face, I was hooked. I have loved the Cubs ever since, through good times (granted, few), the bad times, and even through this season. As you may know, the Cubs were supposed to good this year, just like last year and the year before that. The main nucleus of the team was returning and yet again the team had spent big money during the offseason.
Then Milton Bradley happened.
It was a terrible signing. A horrible, season-crushing, get-your-GM-fired kinda signing. Everyone should have seen it coming. A big market team with rabid fans. A fishbowl of a stadium and locker room. The pressure of 100 years of futility. Add to that a selfish, private, sullen, volatile player who had been with 8 teams in 10 years. Someone who quarreled with teammates, the press, the fans in the bleachers and seemingly anyone else within earshot. Needless to say it didn't work out. For those of you that don't follow baseball, Bradley was suspended with two weeks left in the season for ripping the fans and the team in the media. Chances are the Cubs will have to eat some 16-18 million dollars left on his contract just to get rid of him.
But then came Josh McDaniels.
After a rough offseason where they were ripped for trading away the talented, yet selfish, sullen, and volatile quarterback, McDaniels and his staff built a team based on shared goals, shared commitment, and a team first mentality. They let the egos in the locker room know that no one was more important then the team, and brought in Brian Dawkins (who, in my opinion, is a once in a generation teammate) to teach by example. They didn't go get the flashy, overpriced players, they built a TEAM. It was so refreshing, especially after the dark summer here on the North side. There are many organizations that can learn from this approach.
(Are you watching Cubbies?!)