Tags: perseverance

Patience Rewarded?

Late last week, the Cleveland Browns announced the hiring of new head coach Mike Pettine, who had previously served as defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. For Browns fans, it was the end of a long, nervous time of waiting—exacerbated by the Browns’ prime candidates removing their names from consideration, while secondary targets for the…

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Playing Hard

As we approach the final two weeks of the NFL regular season, the focus is on the teams that are setting themselves up for a Super Bowl run—and rightly so. The Broncos, Seahawks, 49ers, and others have had terrific seasons, and they all want to cap off the campaign by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. At…

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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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Perseverance and Prayer

In a matter of days, major league baseball spring training camps will begin springing to life. Pitchers and catchers will report first, of course, followed by the position players and, with that, the marathon begins. No other sport anywhere in the world plays as many games over as long a period of time as the…

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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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All the Way to the Finish

In NASCAR, there are a lot of things you don’t want to 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…

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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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Going The Distance

How pitching has changed over the years. Cy Young (who has a rather prestigious award that carries his name) won 511 games in his storied career. Bob Gibson, Cardinals great from the 1960s, averaged 270-280 innings pitched in a year. Then came the advent of the modern bullpen with its cadre of specialists. Long relievers….

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Slow Start

Now that we are a couple of weeks into the Major League Baseball season, we are seeing several things—some expected and some unexpected. It was expected that the Tigers would crush the ball, and they are. It was expected that the Rays would pitch well, and they do. What was not expected, however, was that…

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Finding Joy in Disappointment

Steve Stricker is one of my favorite golfers—not just because he is great and levelheaded, but because he has faced adversity and come out better for it. Earlier in his career, Strick seemed poised for a great career—capturing a World Golf Championship title. Then the wheels came off. It was if he were constantly searching…

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