Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How Did Ryan Lochte Do?: The Viking's Review

"Colonel Fury... tell the execs we can scratch Project Tool Academy.  We found our man."

Now that "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" has premiered, everyone in the world of swimming is feeling the need to declare whether they love it or hate it.  I struggled a bit with what side of the fence I sit on.  At the USA-Swimming website, Gus evidently felt the need to put a disclaimer out there: "The first thing to keep in mind when watching “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?,” is that it is a reality show, and like all reality shows, it has nothing to do with actual reality." 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Dispatches from Denmark Part One: Drums in My Ear

My wife will tell you that the title of this blog reveals my inner cranky old man. That despite only being 29 years old, I possess in many ways the psyche of a suburban grandfather, yelling at children to stay off his lawn. She told me this when I recounted my first Danish swim meet. Coming from the US, where a ban on artificial noisemakers at swim meets was fairly well enforced, the cascade of drums and horns was slightly overwhelming.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Slacker's Guide to Coaching Survival

Many years ago, in a land far far away, I wrote the "Slacker's Guide to College Coaching Survival". It was intended as a companion piece to the excellent "Slacker's Guide[s]" by Mike Gustafson, one for training trip and one for taper survival. Those, entries, sadly, have been lost in the internet void. The Coach's guide, however has not, but when I looked at it recently I realized how sorely it was in need of updating. As I leave the college coaching profession for the time being, I felt it necessary to impart all the lessons I've learned in the last five years about being a slacker coach.