What is an easier sport than being an armchair quarterback? All you have to do to succeed is criticize a player, quarterback, pitcher, coach, or manager– or, in the case of Apple, CEO Tim Cook and his executive management staff– for what obviously are blunders of magnitude, and then use comparisons that do not match the situation.
Ben Thompson’s piece on Apple seems appropriate except for going off the rails on so-called errors.
Armchair quarterbacks have one thing in common. Reality. They don’t play the game. They only watch the game and show the quarterbacks, coaches, pitchers, and managers the error of their ways. In the end, reality rules, not citizens of the armchair.
Let’s look at it this way.
If a coach calls a play that fails and his team loses the game, then the coach made a mistake. If a coach calls the same play and it works and his team wins the game, then the coach is brilliant.
Same play, so what’s the difference?