“Towards all this external evil, the man within the breast assumes a warlike attitude, and affirms his ability to cope single-handed with the infinite army of enemies. To this military attitude of the soul we give the name of Heroism.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson,
It was time for Woody Hayes to adjust. Halftime, late October 1967: Hayes’ Ohio State Buckeyes trailed Illinois. Hayes stood at the locker-room chalkboard, like any other football coach, to perform the most basic football-coach task: diagramming a play. And Hayes tried, he really did, but then he caught a glimpse of his fullback, Jim Otis, who had fumbled twice in the first half, and suddenly Hayes wanted to smack Otis.