We’ve seen it in every football movie. It’s either halftime or pre-game, usually in the underdog locker room: the coach walks in and galvanizes a room full of muscle bound young men, spurring them to an inspired performance and victory. He uses words like “tenacity” and “toughness,” and phrases like “this is our house.”
It is the most romanticized moment in pop-culture: the half-time speech.
Some are more effective than others. Some are from the heart, some are pure in-your-face energy. There are times when a team is dominated in the first half of the game, then comes out roaring in the second half and wins. You’ll often hear the broadcaster say “what did the coach say to them at halftime?”
While it’s difficult to discredit the emotional boost that an inspiring speech can provide, it’s perhaps irresponsible to attribute a huge swing of momentum to a half-time speech. Speeches are great, but those kinds of things are usually a result of coaches making half-time adjustments in strategy and tactic.
Despite this, I, like most others, love a good ole’ halftime rah rah!