From the Pattaya Mail, 22/10/00:
"Make no mistake. Willpower will win us every championship," football
coach Bill Cedars told reporters who had gathered to watch the Naklua
soccer team begin their weekly training session in Pattaya, Thailand.
"Youthful, budding players like these need to develop their mental
stamina. And there is no better way to do that than by learning to walk
barefoot over broken glass."
But centre forward Lee Yan Koon was less enthusiastic about Bill
Cedar's revolutionary training methods. "Before Bill got into
meditation, we used to practise shooting, dribbling, and sprinting,
just like other teams. But now he just makes us take our boots off and
walk over broken glass every week, and it's a disaster. Every session
ends with him driving us all to the government hospital in the club
minibus. None of us can kick the ball properly, because our feet are
all cut to ribbons, and most of us can barely walk. We haven't been
able to field a complete team since Easter, and we're the only club in
the league without a single point to its name. Most of the team are
wearing fluffy slippers for comfort during the day, and we look
effeminate. That cannot be right."