Any Given Sunday Analysis

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Inch by Inch: Tony D'Amato's Leadership By: Kevin Agyei-Lamptey Coaching can be defined as a strategic technique wherein a coach instructs, counsels, and tutors his or her athletes in how to improve athletic performance. Effective coaching yields more than improved performance; it also increases personal satisfaction, inspires a commitment to excellence, and fosters the coach's development as a leader. A coaches job extendeds beyond the field/court, a coach can be seen as or play the role of a parental figure. A coach must challenge their athletes to strive to receive maximum potential from an individual aspect or within the team concept. Coaches may have different responsibilities they must display to be considered an effective coach; however, it is extremely important that coaches understand their number one responsibility is to be a leader. The quality of leadership is preached religiously by Coach Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino) in the classic sports drama Any Given Sunday. Any Given Sunday is the athletic masterpiece director Oliver Stone takes on professional football, a sport whose grace and confidence are a good match for his filmmaking style. Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino), the head coach of the Miami Sharks, won back-to-back championships four years ago. Nevertheless, new team owner Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) has the slight interest for the finer points of the game and is concerned only with winning. The longtime ironman of the Sharks has been "Cap" Rooney (Dennis Quaid), a 39-year-old quarterback, but Christina is hesitant at renewing his contract. When Cap is injured during a game, third-string fifth year quarterback that has bounced around the league, Willie Beaman (Jamie Foxx) goes on in his place and becomes a major star. But Beaman is mostly interested in fame and money, and he has little regard for Tony and his teammates. Any Given Sunday also stars

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