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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 deep despair. When his…

Endurance In Tough Times

Steve Stricker is one of my favorite golfers, partly because he isn’t a bomber, hitting the ball for miles and miles, and partly because of his calm demeanor. I have constantly heard comments from announcers and PGA players alike as to how respected and liked he is on the tour. Several years ago, it appeared that Stricker’s career was going…

All the Way to the Finish

In NASCAR, there are a lot of things you don’t want to have happen to you, but at the top of the list is being tagged with the dreaded label, “DNF.” DNF stands for “Did Not Finish”—and a handful of DNFs can wreck (both literally and figuratively) your entire season. Whether because of a blown engine or being sent into the…

A Long, Long Wait

This past weekend, the eyes of NASCAR Nation were focused on Talladega, Alabama, as both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series visited the 2.666 mile super-speedway. In Saturday’s Nationwide race, there was plenty of beating and banging in the high speed environment of almost 200mph and, in the end, veteran Elliott Sadler was the first to take the checkered flag.…

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 to mention the raw hours…

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 BCS national championship on the…

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 the course of the marathon-like…

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 just have to gut it…

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 the competitors. The PGA set…

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 what you achieve. Sometimes sports…