We used to send our elite athletes to the Olympics: the very best, most able, most capable, most trusted. I’ve recently read that these elite players aren’t useful anymore.
We used to send our elite troops into the most challenging situations: the best trained, the most resilient, the most focused and tenacious. I’ve recently read that these elites aren’t useful anymore.
We used to give our elite scientists great prizes: the most thoughtful, innovative, rigorous, insightful, analytical would get Nobels and Fields medals. Apparently that should be a thing of the past.
Now, says one source, we should try to win tournaments by filling our championship team with adversaries. Get rid of our players and replace them with those who play for the other team. The Cubans like this idea, as do the Russians and the Brazilians and Yugoslavs. I understand we should also recruit coaches from abroad especially if they establish no affiliations with local organizing committees, disciplinary bodies or other elite governing bodies. That’ll show ‘em.
It must be my advanced age combined with incipient Alzheimer’s. I admire hard work, dedication, proven track record, effectiveness and devotion to the team’s interests. These things should be rewarded, encouraged and lead to advancement. I suppose that creates an elite. Just like on that ball team. We were champions, manifestly not e-lite.
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