by Ben Volin http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedaily ... he-season/
Tony Sparano didn’t need a Ph.D in psychology to realize his team was down in the dumps after its 16-0 nationally-televised loss to the Bears 12 days ago.
So Sparano temporarily put aside his tough guy act last week and let his hair down, so to speak.
Tony Sparano and his players were loose and fun preparing for the Raiders game, and it paid off / Allen Eyestone, Post staff
“We spent a lot of time this week just really talking about getting back to having some fun,” Sparano said Monday. “Sometimes you got to challenge them a little bit that way, and I did that towards the end of the week and just said, ‘Listen, I mean there’s no law that says that these college guys are the only people that can have fun, and that when you graduate from college to the National Football League the fun meter runs out.’ So, I think you can have a little bit of fun and play with a little bit of passion and I thought those guys — it was contagious yesterday I thought on the sideline.”
Sparano and his players wouldn’t get specific about what he did to allow his team to have fun, but Ronnie Brown said the tactic worked to help the team prepare for the 33-17 win over Oakland.
“We enjoyed it, had a lot of enthusiasm,” Brown said.