The Al Groh poem thing is interesting, to say the least, but six years ago this Wednesday, he offered this absolute gem at a midweek preser: "I understand fans. I don't think fans understand coaches. I know what being a fan is like. I don't think those people know what my life is like -- what I do, why we do what we do. It's a great country. In this country, anybody can say what they want, whether they know the facts or not. That's the great thing about America. Let me put it to you this way. I fly on a lot of airplanes. Just because I fly on airplanes doesn't qualify me to be a pilot. I own stocks. Just because I own stocks doesn't mean I have any idea how and why my broker does things. I don't have any opinion on what the pilot should do, whether he should have flown at 35,000 feet, 15,000 feet. I say, 'He's proven. He's got all the facts. He knows what he's doing. He knows a lot more about it than I do. So let him fly the plane.' I understand a fan. I'm a fan, too. That's why I understand fans. It's what we have in common. What we don't have in common is most fans aren't coaches. I think that's reasonable, don't you?"

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