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Reflecting On Tragedy

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of one of the great sports tragedies of modern times. On April 15, 1989, 96 supporters of Liverpool Football Club—half of them under the age of 24—were killed while attending an FA Cup match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. Fans were let into a…

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When We Don’t Measure Up

It happens every year in every sport. The process of player selection and evaluation is a painstaking one, where scouts scout, talent evaluators evaluate, coaches coach, and decisions are made. Sometimes those choices are made in the draft, where, in the NFL for instance, mountains of data are accumulated and analyzed, combined results are put…

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Starting Fresh

One of the things that makes football so tough is that when you fail and lose, you usually have to wait an entire week before you can try and make it right. This is where baseball players, I think, have a bit of an emotional advantage. Since they play almost every day, they usually have…

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Postseason Pressure

It has been said that pressure increases proportionally according to how much is at stake. And the ultimate pressure for an NFL player is the Super Bowl—where the championship could hinge on the slightest mistake. This was certainly the case with the Buffalo Bills’ first trip to the big game back in January of 1991….

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Rescue and Reboot

When the Cleveland Browns shocked the world last week by trading their best player Trent Richardson to the Colts, the pundits and talking heads began to rail against the new Cleveland brain-trust. Phrases like “throwing in the towel” and “tanking the season” were used repeatedly as the Browns organization was accused of giving up on the…

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Fear of Failure

Failure is part of life, and it is also part of sports—even at the highest levels. The best NFL quarterbacks throw incomplete passes more than 30% of the time. The best NBA players miss 50% of the shots they take. And the best baseball players in history make outs 65% of the time. In fact,…

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Fourth and Goal

It’s the fourth quarter. The game is tied. You are out of timeouts. It’s fourth and goal on your opponent’s 12-yard line. This is the time when you have to perform. The game is on the line and this one play will likely determine the outcome of the game. For some quarterbacks, this is the…

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Sweet Victory

For years, Elliott Sadler has been a stock car driver. He enjoyed success early, and became a race-winner multiple times while driving for the Wood Brothers and, then, Robert Yates Racing. Driving the #38 Yates Ford, Sadler was one of the elite ten drivers who qualified for the first ever Chase for the Cup in…

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Broken Bones

In my younger days, I played intercollegiate soccer as a goalkeeper. It was more fun than I could ever describe, and the beautiful game still has a very strong place in my heart. But all that fun, excitement, and competitive experience came at a hefty price—one I continue to pay today. Being a goalie means…

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Fear of Failure

Fear of failure is one of the most diabolical mindsets an athlete or team can have. We’ve all seen it, and we see it especially this late in the NFL season when there is so much at stake. As the regular season winds down, the pressure increases for every play of every game, particularly for…

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