All you need to know about one of my most revered coach heroes is that he was known as “Bum.”
I draw on others, too. Mike Shanahan, the former Broncos coach. I look to legendary John Wooden and inspirational Jim Valvano, in college basketball. When I need to be a tactician, a teacher or a motivator, you can’t beat them.
They have an abundance of championships to prove it.
Bum Phillips, though, never won a Super Bowl. Hell, he never even got to one. But any coach who’s been on the hot seat or a lame duck or any such sticky situation must channel his inner Bum now and then. Especially for the beautifully awkward.