'Chemistry' Becomes Familiar Word in Any Team Evaluation
Byline: Bob Frisk Asst. Managing Editor/Sports
'Chemistry' becomes familiar word in any team evaluation
Are you ready for some useless information today that will convince you I need a life?
When I clicked on the electronic library at the Daily Herald and searched the word "chemistry" for 1997, I found 461 references.
The final total for 1998 should be in the same ballpark for all our editions.
OK, I know this sounds like I have too much time on my hands, but there was a legitimate reason for my computer search.
I wanted to see for myself how often "chemistry" appears in our sports stories. I had a feeling I would be surprised.
I was more than surprised.
I was amazed.
Almost half of those 461 references in 1997 were found in Herald sports stories - high school, college and professional - and had nothing to do with real chemistry, that demanding science dealing with the composition and properties of substances.
These are just a few examples from my computer search for 1997 and '98:
- "I'm very concerned with this team's chemistry," said (now the former) Blackhawks coach Craig Hartsburg.
"Our talent level is not that different from about 20 other teams, but a lot of it comes down to chemistry and how players get along with one another.
"If we don't get the commitment here shortly, then something is wrong with the chemistry of this hockey team."
- Even the infamous Dennis Rodman of the Bulls used the word when he took some shots at the Miami Heat.
"There's no chemistry. There's no movement. If those guys (Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway) don't score, they don't win."
- After a big conference victory, Schaumburg girls basketball coach Joe Breault said, "There's a special chemistry with these kids you can't coach. Like I've told them, sometimes things happen that way because of friendships or whatever. It's just a mixture of the kind of players we have."
- "We've got good chemistry, I guess is the right word," said Elgin basketball coach Jim Harrington.
"I really don't know what chemistry means, but I know we've got good chemistry because everybody gets along very well on this team."
- "They expect to do well this year and right now the chemistry is real good," said St. Viator boys basketball coach Joe Majkowski.
- "We have a real nice team chemistry because of leadership," said Fremd girls basketball coach Carol Plodzien.
The word is even creeping into our Daily Herald headlines.
A story on Fremd's girls cross country team offered this headline:
"Vikings' team chemistry helps shake off the ghosts. …