How often has a program director said this (or thought it)? When you've become accustomed to winning, but all of a sudden start earning mediocre rating books, the drum beats can become loud and ominous. That might indeed happen to some PDs who are losing Howard Stern over the next few months. And are the expected ratings losses their stations will likely suffer their fault?
A recent article in Sports Illustrated underlines this thought in the sports world. Joe Torre and Bill Belichick haven't gotten "stupid overnight." Nor have Phil Jackson or Larry Brown - two of the most famous, respected coaches in the NBA, each of whom will be lucky if either of the teams they now coach make the playoffs this year.
Did they suddenly become dumb? (Or were they really all that smart when they were winning?) Or is their performance really based a great deal on who's occupying their benches? Perhaps the greatest coach of all time, John Wooden, preaches a simple truth: "The team with the best players usually wins." This is from the coach of all coaches, who has won more rings than we have fingers.
So perhaps the next time management looks at the programmer who's on a bad streak or perhaps is ready to anoint the next genius because of a couple of great books - think about these guys we continue to watch and debate about on the playing fields and courts.