The speeches from Adam Hollingsworth were a sports-laden call to put points on the board.
As the newly tapped chief of staff for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Hollingsworth was deeply troubled by his new boss' persistently bad poll numbers in the summer of 2012. In two years' time, Scott would be up for re-election. And the polls indicated the governor would lose.
"If it's halftime in a football game and we're in the locker room, do you think we'd be winning or not?" Hollingsworth asked rhetorically, according to two staffers who heard the same speech at two separate meetings.
"If I was the coach and we had these numbers, I wouldn't be patting people on the back," Hollingsworth reportedly said. "I'd be throwing my chair against the damn wall."
Well, Coach Hollingsworth, it's the third quarter.