Tags: Perspective

Kicking It into Gear

With the All-Star break behind us, Major League Baseball now begins its marathon dash to the finish line—and the post-season. For teams that are fading out of contention, it is time to ponder whether or not to sell players and bring in young prospects to build with for the future. For teams in contention, it…

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Great Spirit

It was great last week to watch the women’s Olympic bobsled competition from Sochi, Russia—in part because, for me, watching is always more fun when you have a rooting interest. My rooting interest in the bobsleds was Elana Meyers, the pilot of the #1 USA team. Elana was on our Sports Spectrum radio program just…

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When You Cross the Line

In a recent Barclays Premier League soccer match from England, I saw a banner declaring, “Chelsea is our religion. Stamford Bridge is our church.” That catchy motto, however, is not limited to that south London club or its stadium. Most of the teams in the world’s best soccer league have similar sayings. And, while I…

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Behind the Mask

For years, the catcher’s gear was referred to as “the tools of ignorance.” Nothing could seem more off-base to me. There is a reason that some of baseball’s best, brightest, and most successful managers have been former catchers. Joe Torre started his career as a catcher, and Mike Scioscia of the Angels and Joe Girardi…

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When Anger Boils

When we last saw NASCAR at Homestead, Florida, last November, Brad Keselowski was winning his first ever Sprint Cup championship. The back story, however, was all about the growing feud between Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon. Gordon, as you may recall, had intentionally wrecked Bowyer the previous week in Phoenix, resulting in a brawl between…

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Winning at All Costs

In recent years, we have seen a steady stream of sports scandals—all of which seem to point to one thing—the preeminence of winning. It led to recruiting scandals in college football, “video-gate” scandals in the NFL, steroid and PED scandals in baseball, and on and on it goes. Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi…

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Touch ’Em All

The home run trot. There is something rather grand about it, in part because, on the face of it, the home run trot seems unnecessary. I have sometimes wondered why, after hitting a home run, the hitter can’t just walk back to the dugout and be congratulated by his teammates. But there is this huge…

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The Glass Slipper

It’s hard to imagine March Madness without at least one “Cinderella story.” This year, I submit the North Carolina State Wolfpack as the candidate for the proverbial glass slipper. After an average season in the ACC, in which they were barely .500 at 9-7, the Pack was only deemed worthy of an 11-seed. Then, on…

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Know Your Opponent

This Sunday is one of the best days of NFL football for the entire year—with the four best teams squaring off for a chance to compete in the Super Bowl. Chinese philosopher and general Sun Tzu wrote, “If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.” Knowingly or unknowingly,…

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Overreaction

One of the realities of sports is that the officials (referees, umpires, etc.) are most effective when they are barely mentioned. In any game in any sport, the more talk there is of the officiating, the worse the situation will be. No team, or fan, really wants a game’s outcome to be determined by the…

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