Football Soup 1 TBS of Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 Tsp Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a Cup Warren Buffet..READ!
1 TBS of Pittsburgh Steelers
1 tsp of Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 cup of Warren Buffet
Stir in pot.. simmer for 90 minutes
So what do the Steelers, the Bucs, and Warren Buffet have in common? We’ll get to Mr. Buffet in a bit. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Bucs actually have quite a few things in common aside from the obvious. They both touch a football every week during the season. It all starts a long, long time ago, in 1940 the Steelers got their current name as a change from the Pirates. Not to be confused with Pittsburgh’s current baseball team the Pirates, nicknamed the “the bucs, or buckos” get it? So the Tampa Bay Bucs shared a name with the Pirates and still do… The Steelers went thru many loosing seasons much like Tampa still do to this very day. The Steelers have played at Raymond James in a superbowl as the Bucs play on that same turf, and Coach Mike used to coach the Bucs as a defensive line coach in 2001. Tony Dungy former Bucs coach has a superbowl ring from the Pittsburgh Steelers and coached the Steelers. Then finally in 2013 both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers found themselves 0-4. This is where the similarities end. This is where the organizations start to split and this is where with winners and unfortunately the losers show their true colors.
The Bucs have had 9 coaches soon to be 10 since 1976 that’s a new coach about every 3.5 years.. it takes about 2-3 years to build a team… The Steelers have had 11 coaches in 76 years…that is an average of 7.8 years more importantly since 1969 they have only had 3 coaches. That’s like over 12 years per coach!!!! THREE COACHES. And Tomlin is not going anywhere. So during the teams success from the mid 1970’s to today a 30 plus year run they have only had 3 guys basically carry on a tradition set by ownership. Defense! Physical Football, run it down their throats!
So begs the question ~ is CHANGE a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to organizations? Is turnover good or bad? Does consistency and routine create momentum or stifle it? In Week 5 of this 2013 both teams were riddled with injuries, youth, and struggle. The game plans was not working. The Steelers found a way to create a new game plan, retool and win two in a row while creating some sort of momentum. The Bucs find the Coach on the hot seat, a Quarterback that was let go with a rookie and a salary cap hit and no prospects for the future except for a few draft picks in the upcoming year. Again it begs the question, but what is Tampa’s Mission statement? What kind of Football Team are the Bucs? Are they a defensive unit that is stingy or a west coast offensive play maker? Is the ownership group hands on or off? Do they believe in Character and rally around those that make great community partners. Does anyone care? Does anyone dare ask the questions? This is one of the biggest difference in the mind set of the two organizations. The Owner of the Steelers drives a Buick and is quit a simple fellow when it comes spreading his wealth but believes in sticking with his gut and his coaches. The Bucs are a different animal, they ditched Tony Dungy, the most successful coach in is 9 coach history, and its most successful GM Rich Mckay. Dungy went on to the Colts to multiple Superbowls and other successes with the Colts. Players would lay down for him. All while the Buccaneers settled for a quick fix with coaching staff and management front office that had a short term vision and sought out Drama over Stability.
So what does this have to do with Warren Buffet, Soups, Soupmen, food, your time to read this? Its really quit simple. It has to do with choices. The other day as I was writing I was watching CNN with Warrant buffet on. So happy, so interesting, here is one of the Richest men in the world, one of the biggest success stories in American. So bullish on the future, so in love with this country and when he was asked what’s in his wallet. He explains his wallet is about 15 years old, he has a 20 year old Green American Express card and some cash. Although Mr. Buffet does not drive a Buick, he drives a simple Cadillac DTS himself in the GM family of products much like a Rooney.
So there is a theme here, a retro throwback? A definition of vision, tradition, character, normalcy, tenacity. Its not that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are losers it is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers run the organization like so many organizations. With a lack of purpose, with a lack of long term vision. So what does this have anything to do with The Stone Soup Company or any business for that matter. Well its quit simple, every time we loose an employee, every time we have to retool, we loose a piece of consistency. We have seen food operations in the area come and go and the successful ones are much like the Steelers, they have consistent help, they have solid food, they believe in the long term and they stick to their guns. As Tampa resident of 25 years, we love the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but we challenge them to eat some Stone Soup! To get behind a vision, to organize a long term plan and stick with it, to build something and to be excited once again. We want something delicious not for a few games, a season or a bite but for the FUTURE. We want a simmering pot of wins!
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