The image of Jordan leaping into the air to after draining one to advance in the playoffs is forever burned on our retinas. "The Drive" with john Elway. Mark Messier single handedly willing The Rangers to win the Stanley Cup.
Everyone dreams of being that hero.
Wouldn't it be better to not even be in that situation?
Those late game heroics only happen because something was lacking for the entire game. The team didn't follow the game plan right. The coach didn't anticipate his opponent's moves. The quarterback threw that early interception. The team lost focus.
The real heroics are seen when everything seems easy. The firefighters calmly finishing the call. The Red Sox sweeping in four. A team that followed a plan to the letter.
That's why Phil Jackson is going to the Hall of Fame. It is why Bill Parcels is always the comparison for great football coaches.
They had a plan and helped their teams execute it perfectly.