If you like interesting movies, then you might have viewed Brad Pitt playing a character named Lieutenant Aldo Raine, the leader of the Basterds. Raine gave a briefing to several soldiers. The main message, as I perceived it, was "take no prisoners."
An application of this type of "shoring up" the Oakland Raiders so as to strengthen their passion and desire to win is what came to mind.
The movie is fantasy, but wisdom is embedded in the creative arts, if only you have eyes to see and ears to hear. I saw and heard something that I immediately applied to the Oakland Raiders.
In the last few days, the Oakland Raiders have been "shoring up" their defense. They are strengthening and designing a strategy for attack on the football field.
Now in moments of fantasy, I imagine a coach telling the team something that stirs up their passion to win the football war.
In the movie, Raine told his soldiers to scalp their enemies or opponents. He ordered them to leave signs of victory, so that the message would "strike fear" to any one who comes after them.
Raine even left a symbol on the forehead of his opponent, and when he outsmarted the German who was known for his cruelty and intelligent queries to trap others, he "branded" him, too, at the end of the movie.
Well, consider this a metaphor and let's set up some parallels.
The Oakland Raiders have been experiencing a type of "media holocaust" in the past seven years. This experience has inspired some to protest ESPN and some commentators who have not been completely fair and objective in their reporting.
So, the Oakland Raiders are shoring up their defense, and some pep talks are going on.
Adding guys like Rolando McClain, and others will help build a "take no prisoners" attitude on the playing field.
Now don't make the mistake of the female character in the movie, who got rid of her opponent, then became compassionate and went over to check on him, only to be destroyed by her own compassion for her opponent.
It's all fantasy, but it seems that you are more prone to enjoy the victories you attain, if you outsmart them, and defeat them on the playing field. Once you are victorious, move forward and don't look backwards.
Move forward to the next victory with as much passion to win as you had for the first opponent you defeated.
Some very good choices were made in the draft and trades to strengthen the Oakland Raiders.
Now, some very powerful, potent, and smart coaching is necessary to come away from the NFL playing field with victories and with no regrets of having played the game hard and smart.
In 2010, you just may learn something from the theme in Quentin Tarantino's movie.
One lesson that is taught in the style of Tarantino's movie is to "fight back."
A shift from only winning four or five games per season would be a big blow to a commentator who thought it could not be done.
So, win more games in 2010, and those wins will put a symbolic mark on the foreheads of those who were naysayers.