Tags: fear

Where Do You Turn?

We are now in the NFL’s equivalent of NASCAR’s silly season, and players are moving from team to team so quickly that it seems impossible to keep up. Some of this is because a certain number of players are highly sought after—but usually it is because the team is wanting to dump some salary, or…

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The Best Kind of Fear

As we prepare for tomorrow and round one of The Open Championship from Muirfield in Scotland, a useful subject to consider is fear. Fear means different things to different people. To professional golfer Padraig Harrington, it is a motivator to help him perform his very best. In 2008, when he won both the British Open…

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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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Time for Reflection

Today marks one week since the bombings at the Boston Marathon, and we continue to find ourselves filled with questions for which we have no answers. Though not an event on the same scale as 9.11, as Americans the tragic loss of life and the senseless cost in human pain brought about by the bombings resurface…

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Hot Stove

For fans of major league baseball, this is a strange time of year—the hot stove league. It is the season of player movement through trades, arbitration, and free agent signings. During the hot stove league, every team is looking for those elusive missing pieces that could put them in position to make a run at…

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Desperate Times

It was the 1993 NFL Playoffs where you’re in if you win or you lose and you go home. The Buffalo Bills were locked in a very one-sided battle with the Houston Oilers and their star quarterback, Warren Moon. Moon and the Oiler offense had dominated the Bills to such a degree that the game…

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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. 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…

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Group of Death

As a soccer fan, it has been exciting these past few days to watch the kickoff of Euro 2012, arguably the top soccer event in the world after the World Cup. National teams from all over Europe played down to the top 16 teams, and then those 16 teams were put into four groups for…

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Courage and Fear

In the realm of sports, we often hear courage discussed and applied to athletes in high-pressure game situations. But I wonder about that. Is that really the best way to think about those things? Courage, it would seem, should be reserved for soldiers on the frontlines, firefighters entering a burning building, or police officers facing…

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Season of Change

For the National Football League, this has been a season of change. New teams and new stars have stepped up to energize the game with a level of excitement not seen in years. What Tim Tebow has done for Denver is the stuff of legends, in spite of the Broncos’ loss to the Patriots on…

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