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Rocky Not Coachable

After recently watching parts of Rocky II and Rocky III, I’ve concluded that Rocky Balboa had a lot of heart, but he was not coachable.

Take Rocky II. During the pre-fight workouts he learned to box right-handed so he could protect his damaged eye. Good strategy, right? Yeah, except he reverted to left-handed once the fight started.

In Rocky III he got lean and mean. That way he could rely on his quickness rather than try and slug it out against Clubber Lang. Of course, he again bucked his coaching and went rope-a-dope with Clubber.

Lessons learned? I’m still working on that one.

Here’s an old Willie Nelson quote I ran across:

“I think it’s just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved, winning seven Tour de France races while on drugs. When I was on drugs, I couldn’t even find my bike.”

A gentleman moping a bathroom floor warned me about slipping. That prompted me to ask if he’d ever seen anybody slip on a banana peel. He had not. Nor had I. So we shared a moment wondering if anybody — save for cartoon characters or members of the Three Stooges — ever slipped on a banana peel. Deep conversation, huh?

Finally, consider the difficulty of doing nothing. You never know when you’re done.

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