YDSMH: Season 2
The locker room was quiet and had more open lockers than ever before. Black tape placed over the name plates of Ash, Bramble and Monkey Mouth. Bonsai and Original Finger Smith had been given their name plates when they had been fired at the end of the season.
The players sat quietly looking around the room waiting for some words of encouragement from their coach. Then he spoke:
“You made it to the semi-finals of the CL and failed. You lost a lot of teammates trying. You are half the team that you showed up with at the beginning of the season. But, you got the change you all wanted. You have the chance to play in the PRO league. This team wanted to make it to the PROs and see if you had what it took to earn the respect of the others. Well, now you have that chance. This season might be your only chance. Now you can start making excuses about how “we only have 1 war dancer” and :coach fired our Treeman cause they didn’t get alone” and “we can’t win against teams that have been around longer and have better coaches that actually know what they are doing.” But, excuses will only lead to failure… you will have already lost and you will never play another season in this league if you show up thinking these things.”
An line elf mutters something under his breathe. Anger flashes in the coaches eyes as he looks in the direction of the gripe.
“WHAT WAS THAT?!?!? SOMEBODY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HOW THINGS ARE RUN HERE??? WE STARTED WITH 11 PLAYERS AND WE ARE DOWNT TO 8. MORE WILL DIE! MORE WILL BE FIRED! YOU ARE ALIVE AND HERE RIGHT NOW AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS! THE PLAYERS THAT AREN’T HERE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO BE HERE. NOW IT’S YOUR JOB TO FINISH WHAT THEY STARTED. YOU CAN HONOR THEM BY WINNING OR DYING TRYING! YOU CAN EITHER GET ON BOARD WITH WHAT WE ARE DOING OR HIT THE ROAD LIKE BONSAI DID.”
Coach Points at the door.
“NO EXCUSES, EITHER LEAVE OR YOU ARE COMMITED TO DOING EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO WIN GAMES!”