Tuesday, January 5, 2010

National Championship Game: Left-Brain vs. Right Brain

I read the following article on SI.com yesterday. If you’ve participated in our Emergenetics workshop, you’ll get a kick out of this article. I hope you remember when I told you that there is no such thing as having a wrong personality. This story is the perfect example of Left-Brain vs. Right Brain and how we all can be successful just being ourselves. I hope you enjoy.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- While it doesn't formally say so in the name, Thursday's "BCS National Championship Game" is most definitely a bowl game. Alabama and Texas both spent part of the day Saturday at Disneyland (ColtMcCoy's favorite ride was the Tower of Terror) and will both visit Rose Bowl staple Lawry's in the coming days.

Nick Saban and Mack Brown both held their arrival press conferences at Disneyland. If you're familiar with their personalities, you can probably guess which one was happier to be there.

"Is this fun?" Saban replied to that very question from a reporter. "You know, what's fun for me is practice. I really enjoy practice."

Said Brown: "We want them to enjoy Disneyland. It's one of the most wonderful places in the world for entertainment, and this is one of the rewards they get for winning, to be in the last game of the year."

You couldn't ask for two more diametrically opposite coaches on the sidelines Thursday night. Each has been wildly successful -- both have won BCS championships, both have won 25 games over the past two seasons -- but achieved that success with drastically different approaches.

Saban views anything that takes place outside the film room or the practice field as "clutter." He's here on a business trip.

"It was pretty funny when we were on the plane," said Tide linebacker Cory Reamer, "looking back and seeing [Saban] having a computer and watching film while we were flying out here. He's always working."

Saban told his team: "It's all about how important the game is; what winning or losing the game means; the consequences of the game, positively or negatively."

Brown, on the other hand, feels "it's too hard to get here not to enjoy it." His star quarterback feels the same way.

"Our mentality is, No. 1, to have fun," said McCoy, the sport's all-time winningest quarterback. "This whole week we're going to enjoy practice, we're going to enjoy being in the National Championship [Game]. It's been our goal all year long to get here."

Though his attitude may seem casual, past history tells us Brown knows what he's doing. He won back-to-back Rose Bowls in 2005 and '06, the latter a national-title upset of USC. He treats every bowl game the same ("The Fiesta Bowl last year [against Ohio State] was just as important to us as this one. ... I felt the same way for the Alamo Bowl when we played Iowa, and Iowa was 6-6.") and he's got a five-year bowl winning streak to back it up.

"When it is time to work, our guys have to work," said Brown. "When it is time to play and laugh and enjoy it, we can do that. But you have to make sure that you keep your edge and that you keep your focus."

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