My son is 15, he’s played competitive roller hockey for a number of years — including winning a 12-and-under national championship — and the main thing I’ve learned in that time is that a player’s individual skills are not nearly as important as his ability to play as part of a team.
We know lots of kids with terrific skills but if they just want to do their own thing out there, you put them on a team and they actually make the team worse.
Or to put it in a nutshell: You can’t win with knuckleheads.
I was reminded of that last weekend as I watched Dallas, with talented knuckleheads like Terrell Owens and Pacman Jones, get knocked out of the playoffs with a 44-6 loss to the Eagles, who cut Owens in 2005, and the Jets, who cut Chad Pennington to make room for drama queen Brett Favre, get eliminated with a loss to the Dolphins, who signed Pennington and went from 1-15 to 11-5.
Teamwork always beats individual talent. You can’t win with knuckleheads.