Interesting Insight From the Bench Boss

One of my friends, the lovely and talented Sara Bauleke, was recently featured in a Washingtonian article about how locals manage stress. She was one of 23 Washingtonians who were interviewed and rated their stress on a scale of 0-30 via a quiz. After I read her interview on page 5, I continued on to the next one- who happened to be Bruce Boudreau.

Bruce Boudreau, coach of the Washington Capitals

Stress score: 17

My stress: My job is about winning. And I’ve got to make a lot of decisions in the course of the day, so you second-guess yourself sometimes. I think about my job 24 hours a day. But I wouldn’t rather be doing anything else.

How I cope: This is what I’ve been doing for 35 years, and pressure is just part of it. When you give a shit about everything that happens, you want to be in control and make sure the right stuff is going on. So you go over it and over it and over it. If that’s stress—well then, so be it.

Frankly, I was surprised that they left the S-word in there, but that’s Gabby’s typical candor.

Another interviewee was Graham Gano, the kicker for the Redskins. Skins fans will be happy to know that he’s totally at ease on the field- he scored a 4 out of 30.

Want to see if your life is more stressful than Boudreau’s? Take the quiz.

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5 Responses to Interesting Insight From the Bench Boss

  1. sonja says:

    Heh … Gabby’s got it wrong. His job isn’t about winning. It’s about motivation. His job is to make sure his team puts out their best effort every time they take the ice. Given the caliber of the team he’s got, that would probably mean they will win. But right now they are not putting out their best effort and so they are losing.

  2. Geo says:

    While I’m not on the “fire BB!” rants side of things, I do worry sometimes that the players have simply (maybe temporarily) tuned out him, Evason and Woods, and are no longer listening.

    Otherwise, I don’t understand how a largely veteran team (despite Carlson, Alzner, M. Jo etc.) keeps having to have remedial practice sessions to remember how to conduct a power play properly or do other basic things. I have no doubt BB and co. are chewing out the players between periods and trying everything to get them to play with more consistency and passion. Just don’t know if it’s getting through.

  3. Dave says:

    I’ve been saying this since chris clark was traded. I love Ov, but he’s not captain material.

  4. Steve says:

    at the beginning of the year, another hockey blogger listed “coaching change” as a scenario he saw for the Caps. I thought is was utter nonsense at the time, but now…I’m not so sure. It does look ike the Caps have tuned Boudreau out. Save for the 6-0 whitewashing of Tampa, have we seen them play one complete game all year? I can’t recall it…not even the NewJersey nor Calgary beatdowns were full 60 minute efforts.

  5. Dave I’d only point out the teamunaimously voted Ovechkin Captain and there’s no way you or any of the multitude of people who agree with you and disagree with me or even me or any of the folks who agree with me have any idea of what goes on when the lkocker room door is closed so we don’t have the data to make an educated statement either way.

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