Mike Freeman’s 10-Point Stance: Baseball Bats at an NFL Game? No, No, No!

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1. Motivational props can work—and can also be dangerous
The year was 2003, and one of the great motivational-prop fails of all time took place in the Jacksonville locker room.
Then-coach Jack Del Rio, mired in an 0-3 start, decided to take a hunk of wood—a small tree stump—and put it in the locker room. The message: Keep chopping. To emphasize his not-so-subtle point, he placed an ax near the stump.
Boom...boom...chop...chop. Players took their turns chopping wood. Then came punter Chris Hanson's turn. The ax slipped off the wood and went into his non-kicking foot. Blood was everywhere. It was like a scene from a horror movie.
Prop fail. Unbelievable, magnificent prop fail. 
The 2009 Saints used baseball bats as props, and that served to motivate them well.
Then-Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano, after his team got off to an 0-4 start in 2014, buried a football to signal the end of the losing.
Bill Parcells, as coach of t...

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