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Something Worth Celebrating

July 4th, is, of course, the day that Americans celebrate our country’s freedom. Tomorrow, many Americans will celebrate the 4th by playing softball or golf, or by watching their favorite sports on television. Additionally, on major league baseball diamonds there will be special fireworks displays and flag ceremonies. NASCAR, in fact, always seems to go further than other sports in their…

What’s Next?

One of the most difficult moments for a professional athlete is when they finally come to the time when they must leave the game. Different athletes will talk about the different aspects of this life-transition that are difficult. Some will talk about the paycheck—candidly assessing how hard it is to walk away from such huge amounts of money. Others will…

Qualities of a Trusted Teammate

How many times have we heard it said, “There is no “I” in team.” It’s true. In a sense, it takes a very different mindset to play a team sport (soccer, baseball, football, basketball) than an individual sport (golf, tennis). We have seen this contrast in the Ryder Cup golf competitions where American golfers have struggled to take their individual…

The Calling Of A Dad

When we lived in southern California, I helped coach the Little League teams of two of our sons. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun, but there were also moments of frustration. I was blessed to have great coaches to work with, and we tried our best to be good teachers and encouragers of the kids…

Sexual Purity

The challenge to sexual purity in the midst of the modern sports environment is a huge issue. This challenge begins in middle school and high school and progresses through college and into the professional ranks. Opportunities for sexual activity run rampant, and the higher an athlete’s profile is, the more opportunities there will be. In the professional ranks, this is…

Suit Up

Part of the challenge of playing football is getting used to the gear. Running effectively in a helmet, shoulder pads, and a variety of other protective devices can feel awkward and clumsy at first. But, after time, the padding and equipment become like familiar friends that provide welcome protection in a game filled with violent collisions and the potential for…

Getting It Right

One of the realities of modern sport is the presence and participation of technology. Whether in motorsports, football, baseball, basketball, or soccer, more and more sports are becoming increasingly reliant on technology like instant replay to check calls that have been made on the field by referees or umpires. Rather than viewing replay as a way to be publicly embarrassed,…

Imparting Wisdom

Two of my favorite baseball movies are “The Natural” and “Field of Dreams,” and the two films share a common theme—that, to some extent, baseball is about fathers and sons. In “The Natural,” Roy Hobbs is taught the game as a boy by his father, who then dies prematurely. When Roy reaches big league success, he laments that his father is…

A Salute To Mom

My brother, Dave, went through college on a baseball scholarship—which meant he was busy playing ball most of his time as a kid. As a result, Mom and Dad spent an awful lot of time at Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball fields. And, with that, Mom was the one who would volunteer to work the concession stand or…

Moms Matter

This is a weekend for celebration. Yesterday my wife, Marlene, and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and this weekend we celebrate Mother's Day, a significant time for almost everyone—including athletes.

From NASCAR’s Carl Edwards, whose early career was marked by his ever-present Mom on the pit box, to the football player who looks into the sideline camera to shout “Hi,…