Learning Curve

by - March 26, 2010 - - Comment Now »

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*Update: Kentucky lost. I was wrong. That tends to happen. I still agree with the rest of this*
The coverage of sports has changed dramatically in recent years. Everything now is immediate. Everything is analyzed on a day-to-day and moment-to-moment basis. As a result, sports have changed. There is no more patience. There is no more learning curve. Good or bad, that’s the way it is.

NFL quarterbacks used to have about a three year waiting/development period. Now they are thrown right into the fray (Mark Sanchez and Matt Stafford are the most recent examples). NBA rookies used to be expected to come along slowly. Now, 19-year-olds are expected to contribute immediately. In college sports, seniors used to rule. Now, it’s freshman.

That’s why I’m tired of people talking about Kentucky’s youth like it is a negative. A team that starts freshmen is much more likely to excel nowadays because that means it is a team full of good players. In the case of Kentucky, these are players who are expected to contribute at the NBA level…next year. Why wouldn’t they stomp solid college players?

Like it or not, the learning curve is gone. Experience is nice but not essential. You either produce or you don’t. To sort of quote the Rock…”IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOUR AGE IS!”

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