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Loads of Expectations

Tonight, the US Women’s National Team (soccer) begins its quest for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup as they take on Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Ranked second in the world, the US ladies are clearly one of the favorites to bring home the biggest prize in women’s soccer—and are loaded with talent. With Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, and Carli…

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,…

Overwhelmed

It was a wild and woolly weekend in sports, with an unbelievable amount of top flight sporting events piled one on top of the other. For sports fans who wanted to dine at this smorgasbord, the feast began Thursday night (and continued through Saturday) with the annual NFL draft. On Friday, professional golf took the stage with the World Golf…

Sacrifice That Matters

As the baseball season really cranks up, I find myself thinking about baseball terminology. It is interesting to me that a seriously strategic baseball term is the word sacrifice. In trying to manufacture runs, sacrificing can be critical to success—whether it is a sacrifice bunt to move a runner into scoring position or a sacrifice fly that scores a runner from…

The Long Wait

The opening weekend of this year's NASCAR season, on February 21st, superstar driver Kyle Busch was involved in a horrific accident at Daytona that resulted in a broken right leg and a broken left foot. Following multiple surgeries and extended rehab, Busch is anxiously anticipating his return to the track and the sport he loves. But that return will not…

A Generous Spirit

Last week, it was made known that the late Dean Smith, legendary men’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, had made an unusual designation in his will. Before his passing, Smith had directed his trust to give $200 to every letterman that had played for him during his Tar Heel tenure. Some 180 players will be receiving checks…

Rough And Ragged

Golf fans around the world had waited since August for the Hero World Golf Challenge, played this past weekend at Windermere, Florida. It wasn’t because there had been no golf in the last four months. It was because there had been no Tiger Woods—and Tiger returned at his own select-field tournament this past weekend. After injuries and surgeries had derailed…

Simply Amazing

Amazing. That is the word used repeatedly over the weekend as people tried to describe the performance of Wisconsin running back Marvin Douglas this past Saturday. What was so amazing? He singlehandedly dismantled a pretty good Nebraska defense by running for 408 yards and 4 touchdowns. More amazing? Douglas achieved that on only 25 carries. Even more amazing? He only played…

Who We Can Trust?

As the Major League Baseball regular season winds down into its final days, there are two kinds of teams—the teams that will be playing in the post-season and the teams that will be clearing out their lockers and going home. What makes the difference? Certainly it is a complex question with many possible answers, but, in this age of specialization,…

Walking by Faith

When the Cleveland Browns opened their 2014 NFL season, they did so with a new head coach—Mike Pettine. In fact, they started this campaign with their third new head coach in the last three years. While that kind of instability can produce plenty of uncertainty and a sense of organizational disorientation, it also forces the players into a very difficult…