POLL QUESTION – APRIL 25
By ISM & KSP & STAFF

WHAT WAS THE WORST COACHING DECISION IN ALL OF SPORTS?

I KNOW you’ll enjoy this poll question.  A lot of differing opinions which always makes for interesting reading.

So, here’s what our group had to comment on this week.  It’s a little bias because some of us are a wee bit older than others.

WHAT WAS THE WORST COACHING DECISION IN ALL OF SPORTS?

What would yours be?  Enjoy.

STEVE JACOBSON – PHOTO JOURNALIST
Not running Marshawn Lynch in SB49 – regardless of the longshot that Russell Wilson would get picked off that sealed the game for New England. Marshawn was the safer bet.

ANGELO DIBIASE – NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ANALYST
1st thoughts is Seahawks not running the ball at the 2 yard line in Super Bowl but I am sure there are others.

THOMAS HEPLER – CONTRIBUTOR
Ara Parseghian’s decision in 1966 to run out the clock in a 10-10 Notre Dame tie with Michigan State.  The Irish had the ball with scant time left, but enough to at least give it a try.  Don’t be mistaken, I am the consummate Notre Dame fan, and I think Ara was an outstanding coach, but like all of us, not infallible.

JEFFREY NEIL FOX – PUBLISHER
Not resigning Doug Williams as quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

DAVID ALEXANDER – AFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
The Seahawks passing from the one yard line in the Super Bowl. That one play will haunt that franchise forever.

DARREN PODOLAK – NHL HOCKEY ANALYST
Chip Kelly’s decision to be an NFL coach.  Not really a “coaching” decision, more like a “coach’s” decision… 🤣  Honorable mention for Nick Saban doing the same thing, only I’m not a Dolphin’s fan so I wasn’t as personally affected by that one.

JIM CARLSON – CONTRIBUTOR
Love Darren’s answer!

KAZ RIVARD – NFC NORTH CORRESPONDENT
I’m very biased on this one.  LaFleur kicking a field goal late in the 4th in the NFC Championship game last year.  I know it was 4th down, but with 12 as your QB in this situation it is undoubtedly four-down territory. Kicking the field goal still requires needing a TD to win the game.  The odds of GB scoring on 4th & 8 plus converting the 2 point conversion are up for debate, but regardless kicking the field goal was just a bad call.

T.J. SHARPE – AFC CHEF
Man you guys are really good at answering the wrong question considering half of the “Reply to Alls” were about personnel/admin moves and not coaching decisions!!!  At least there’s a good start to that question!  😂  Pete Carroll is the obvious choice, but there’s a better one that reaches outside of sports. Victor Tikhonov made the worst coaching decision I have ever read about (and sort of witnessed, I remember the game vaguely being 4 years old). After the first period of the USA-USSR medal round game, Tikhonov benched arguably the best goalie in the world in Tretiak after he gave up a long, last-second goal to Mark Johnson. The long rebound was on Tretiak, but Johnson outhustled two defensemen and was able to slide it in just before the horn to end the period.  Tikhonov’s hubris in thinking he can win with anyone – and motivating his team through fear of benching – completely backfired; it gave the Americans the confidence they could play with the Russians.  There were also rumors from Slava Fetisov that there was a KGB/Moscow Dynamo and Red Army schism on the team, and Tikhonov was on the KGB side (as was the backup G) and Tretiak was Red Army.  Either way, the Miracle on Ice likely doesn’t happen if Tretiak stays in there, and the Soviet dominance never gets a blemish. It’s certainly not the main factor in the fall of the Iron Curtain, but there is an undercurrent of politics on both sides.  People may remember Carroll called a stupid pass a half-decade ago; the ENTIRE FIRST WORLD remembers The Miracle on Ice *forty years* later.  Worst decision in sports history.

TROY ODEGAARD – AFC SOUTH CORRESPONDENT
Kentucky’s Rick Pitino for not putting ANYBODY on the inbound passer allowing Duke’s Grant Hill to Christian Laettner at the buzzer for the winning basket in the NCAA 1992 East Region finals 104-103 overtime

AL CURTISS – NFC EAST CORRESPONDENT
Troy took mine!!

GABRIEL DIBIASE – NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ANALYST
Pete Carroll throwing the ball on the 2 yard line to lose the Super Bowl.

ABIGAIL HOPE – ISM WRITER
Ray’s Kevin Cash pulling Blake Snell in the 6th inning when he held a 1-0 lead. The star pitcher had struck out nine batters before that. A decision that arguably won the World Series for the Dodgers. The Rays had a shot at standing with the Bucs and Lightning and would have made Champa Bay even sweeter.
LEO HAGGERTY – ISM EDITOR
Coach Al, I’ve got to agree with you.  Troy took ours.  The Wildcats were AHEAD and Pitino did NOT put the biggest man he had on his squad in front of Hill to at LEAST make it a difficult pass.  He hits Laettner and that allowed a great player to make a great play.  Fell sorry for the players because that should have NEVER happened.

Normally, I’m the last one to respond but I HAD to leave Mike’s opinion for the last thing our readers would see.  Priceless and look for the next poll question the first Sunday in May.

MIKE SIMZAK – AFC NORTH CORRESPONDENT
Whoever bought that this was the best way to change a light bulb.