Archive for 2012

Sports: Most Inspirational Sports Stories of 2012, It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than These

It’s been an interesting year (2012) of “bad” behavior when it comes to sports and scandals as several high profile cases took precedence, garnering strong media attention. The Sandusky, Penn State disgrace and tragedy certainly topped the headlines for quite a while, as did the Lance Armstrong scandal with all that that encompassed. Seems there... Read more »

Sports: Athletes Seeking Championship Success Start With “ROA”

This past summer we watched some of the very best athletes in the world compete at the London Olympics. Whether it was swimmers Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte or Missy Franklin; gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Alexandra Raisman or Mckayla Maroney; or track’s Usain Bolt, Ashton Eaton or Lolo Jones; all demonstrated the results that unequivocal dedication, commitment,... Read more »

Sports: Should Changing One’s Sex Allow Them to Compete in Sports in Their New Gender?

The world is not a simple place. It never really was, even though many may contend that earlier times were much less complicated. (In reality, difficult issues likely just got, well…buried, or semi-forgotten.) However, technology, science, openness and acceptance to one’s individuality have all sped up the pace. We are moving at warp speed into... Read more »
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Sports: Helping High School Athletes Think Like Champions

Years ago, when I was still coaching, I coached a team that had a great deal of potential. However, as is common with a good number of high school athletes, their confidence was not up to par with that said potential. Their talent was most definitely beyond their current level of performance, and their efforts... Read more »

RE-GIFTING

Being the holiday season of office parties,  Secret Santas, and gift lists for all those who have been naughty and nice, the practice of “re-gifting” gets a  somewhat of a bad wrap. It is not always bad to give something to someone else that has already been given to you. I’m not talking about that... Read more »

Sports: High School Football Team Demonstrates How Deafness is NOT a Handicap

This past week my department head (Scott Lange) shot me an email stating that I might find the link he attached to be, well…interesting. And from my perspective, it was more than just interesting, it was inspiring. The article, titled “California School of the Deaf football team stuns league to win title, nearly lands spot... Read more »
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Sports: Athletic Success Can be Measured by “The Little Things”

How many of you have heard the statement, “It’s the little things that make all the difference?” A lot, I would assume. Whether in this form or another, it is a commonly referenced statement in sports (at least from a coach’s standpoint). And as a former competitive athlete, it is something I subscribed to as... Read more »

Sports & Steroids: Jon Rankin’s ESPN Piece “It’s Up to Athletes to Clean This Up” Partially on Target

In his piece, It’s up to athletes to clean this up at espn.gol.com, Jon Rankin takes issue with the USADA and WADA in regard to their use of “testimony of witnesses rather than test results to validate claims of Armstrong’s use of drugs.” He called it “contradictory to the ideal of fair play that these... Read more »

Bullying: Turn Bullying Into an Advantage…Just Like Taylor Swift!!!

A weekend or two ago, I was flipping through channels on TV looking for something my wife and I could watch while enjoying the take out we had just picked up (love oriental stir-fry). As I bounced around from station to station, I eventually landed on VH1. Noticing that Taylor Swift was on, talking candidly... Read more »
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High School: New York's Jessica Kumari at Channel 1 Highlights Ohio Runner’s Act of Sportsmanship…Awesome!!!

Last June I came across a wonderful story about a runner in a state championship race and how she helped an exhausted competitor, near collapse, toward the end of the race. Her story prompted the writing of a piece for my blog, not only because of its rarity, but also due to a few uneducated... Read more »