Caleb and I had an opportunity to see the Oregon Ducks (the new #1 team in college football) play U.S.C. at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday night. We had a great time watching what was a great game through the first 3 quarters. Although USC did not upset the undefeated Ducks, we were impressed with several things we saw from the Oregon team, a team which could become national champions. They are known for the uniforms and some off-the-field troubles, but here are some other interesting things we noticed:
1. They are extremely fast! Due to their playcalling innovation (posterboard instead of hand signals alone – see below), if you blink you will miss the next play.
2. Their offense is extremely fun to watch. As just a football fan, I have to admit, they are incredibly entertaining. Several times we had to watch the replay on the video screen because we bought the fake hand off and didn’t follow the guy that actually had the ball.
3. They never seemed to panic. Even as USC jumped ahead with two quick touchdowns at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, you could just tell that Oregon knew they were able to get back in the game quickly. They actually personified the quote from John Wooden: “Be quick, but don’t hurry.”
4. Before the game, the Oregon coaches lined up and took turns shaking the hands and hugging each of the other coaches. They seemed to have a genuine respect and camaraderie.
In a sport as old as football, innovations still make a big difference.
In what ways has your church, non-profit, or company introduced innovations that made a difference?