Tags: endurance

The Beginning of a Long Journey

As the 2014 MLB season opens, it is the longest of professional sports seasons. The old cliché that it is a marathon not a sprint could not be more true. Consider what is involved: 30,000 to 40,000 miles of travel. Hundreds of hours on planes and in hotels. Batting practices, stretching exercises, fielding drills. Not…

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It Ain’t Over

Yankee great Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Everyone who watched Saturday night’s Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn would have to agree. It was more than a match-up of in-state rivals, it was also a battle between the #1 and #4 teams in the nation with the chance at the…

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A Sense of Urgency

The Major League Baseball season is a grind—a 162-game schedule with no let up and no opportunity to back off. It is the ultimate test in endurance, as players have to pace themselves and keep an even keel for the long haul. If they get too excited too early, they can easily burn out over…

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The Dog Days of Summer

As we are now almost midway through the month of August, Major League Baseball enters what is known as the “dog days” of summer. The long, grueling nature of a 162-game schedule takes its toll on players and teams—and the heat of August makes it tough sometimes to continue performing at a high level. You…

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A Daunting Challenge

The PGA Championship this past weekend was being contested at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Major championship winner Ernie Els calls it, “The best, fairest, and toughest championship golf course I’ve ever played in all my years as a tour professional.” This is because of a brilliant combination of challenges for…

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Playing Through Pain

This past weekend was notable for its sheer breadth of sporting events—NBA and NHL playoffs, great golf from North Carolina, intense NASCAR racing from Talladega, baseball, soccer, and the Kentucky Derby all combined to make for a smorgasbord of sporting delights. What caught my attention, however, was the reminder that sometimes sports is not about…

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Keeping the Long View

As a fan of Liverpool Football Club, this has been a challenging year. With their fourth manager in the last four years, the storied Reds have not exactly been a model of stability (for that, take a look at the New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers). But when 39-year-old Brendon Rogers was hired last summer,…

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Finish Line

With this weekend’s festivities at Homestead, Florida, the NASCAR season came to an end. A season that had begun in February at Daytona finally concluded when the checkered flag was waved to conclude the Ford Ecoboost 400. But, not only did that checkered flag signal the conclusion of the race, it brought to an end…

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Character and Trials

With NFL training camps underway, some of the best athletes in the USA are being tested in every area of their lives. When we think of training camps, we usually think (appropriately) of the physical tests athletes will endure. Lifting weights, conditioning exercises, grueling drills, hours and hours in the hot summer sun. All those…

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Don’t Quit

In the award-winning film Chariots of Fire, one of the characters chronicled (alongside Scottish sprinter and missionary to China, Eric Liddell) is legendary British sprinter Harold Abrahams. Abrahams is obsessed with winning, but in a preliminary 100-meter dash leading up to the 1924 Olympics, he is soundly beaten by his rival, Liddell. His response is…

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