give us a break, Urban

Two recent columns here and here (subscription required for full content) on a subject I couldn’t agree more with: The fallacy of high-visibility roles — in this case athletic coaches — being more stressful than other roles.

This has come up of course because the jackleg  Urban Crier has wrung his hands on the national stage about his health, first quitting a job and then taking it back the next day.  Now make no mistake, a) he’s very entitled to quit if he feels he can’t handle something, and b) no one would doubt that there’s stress in running a major college football program.

But more stress?  No way.

Urban, you’ve got

  • Money to leave your family financially affluent for the rest of your life, even if you never work another day
  • 24/7 access to medical, exercise, and nutrition facilities
  • Legions of ‘minions’ at your beck and call, to handle all tactical needs
  • etc. etc.

You think the guy in the cubicle trying to get off in time to make Jr.’s football practice and figure out how to pay for Janie’s tuition next semester after the transmission just failed, feels sorry for you?


It’s like I’ve always said, about both ‘time’ and ‘stress’:  Go find a lottery winner, from two years or more in past.  Interview them, and listen to how much ‘time’ they don’t have and how ‘stressed’ they are.

In other words, its all relevant.


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