So, do you think Andy Reid has it tough?
You think people are too rough on him here in Philadelphia?
That they don't appreciate the good things?
That their rage in the middle of last season was over the top?
Well, meet Jurgen Klinsmann. He is the coach of Bayern Munich, a big-deal European football power. Klinsmann's team lost a Champions League quarterfinal at Barcelona recently. It lost by 4-0, which is reasonably thorough. Well, Klinsmann's boss has called it the worst game in the team's history -- a mouthful, certainly. And the routine shorthand in Munich for that game has become "the night of shame," which is so very European.
(An aside. There was this German journalist working at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The US hockey team that year stunk. The coach was a guy named Dave Peterson, who would do day-after interviews following each game in a big auditorium. Like I said, they were awful. If memory serves, Mike Richter was the goaltender for at least part of the tournament, and the US goalies saw about 50 shots a night. Anyway, this German guy would take the microphone at every one of these press conferences and recite a litany of all of the problems the US team had, and how disorganized it looked, and this and that, working up to the same closing line, every day: "Coach Peterson, will you now resign in shame?")
Anyway, that was all of it until the above drawing filled the front page of a German newspaper. Now, I have to state here, that seemed a little bit over the top -- and so did Klinsmann; he's suing the paper. But there is a lesson here for all of us, for Reid and for the people who write about him and the people who talk about him on the radio and the people who blog about him and the people who write those friendly comments below the blog posts:
Compared to the Germans, we're amateurs.