The middle schooler asked for opinions on whether he had run a good time. He got those opinions. You're telling him to never listen to anyone that offers any kind of criticism. Way to coddle the youth. You're certainly correct about one thing, your advice doesn't carry much weight. Do you really think he can continuously improve his time by three seconds a week, every week, for five years? Talk about reality checks. If this kid only listens to people who tell him how good he is, and never listens to anyone with constructive criticism, how do you think he's gonna turn out when he hits the real world, oh wise one?
By the way, aren't you the one who is constantly advocating a "level playing field for the new coaches"? Saying how all the veterans have all the advantages? Talk about wanting to give everyone a blue ribbon. Did you ever stop and think, even for a second, that all the "veterans" who have all the "advantages" were once rookie coaches themselves? Yet they managed to overcome this horrible, unfair setup you keep moaning about and had enough success to get those good jobs. You don't just start at an elite BCS school. You can't pick up an A+ prestige D2 team in your first season. You should really step out of the utopian world you live in and try reality on for a second. If these "rookie" coaches can't hack it, it's not because the system is set up for them to fail, it's because they aren't any good. As I said, all the "veterans" were "rookies" once and they managed to succeed, so why spoonfeed all the newcomers? Blue ribbons, trophies, and cotton candy for everyone.
Oh, and as far as the "back in the day" comment, I'd love to go back and find the thread where you were discussing the baby boomer generation. "Back in the day" being for the most simple of individuals and bored spouses? Wow. Pot meet kettle. And now, I would expect you to do as you did last time when I disagreed with you, which is to send me a sitemail and refer to me with an insulting term and then crying like a little girl with a skinned knee when you got a sitemail back that hurt your sensitive little feelings. Fire away.