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Team Chemistry

The Bronx Zoo New York Yankees of the 1980s were almost more noted for their in-house squabbles and brawls than for their on-field play. That tension and friction between players, and sometimes players and coaches, even flared up in the dugout in view of fans, opponents, and television cameras. There seemed to be more conflict…

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Becoming a Team Player

Sam Snead was one of the greatest golfers of all time, and continues today to hold the record for most career victories in professional golf—a daunting 82 victories, including 7 major championship titles. “Slammin’ Sammy” won his final PGA Tour event in 1965 when, at the age of 53, he captured the Greater Greensboro Open….

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Part of the Team

Baseball is a team game, requiring the successful coordination of players with distinctive roles. Each of the 9 defensive positions on the field demands a particular skillset, which usually means that if you are good at one position, you will struggle at several others. On May 13, 2008, however, a collegiate baseball player named Buster…

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Working Behind the Scenes

Next month, Speedweeks will crank up once again and Daytona will come alive with the roar of engines as NASCAR launches a new season of stock car racing. Having followed NASCAR a bit in recent years, I am continually amazed at how many people it takes to keep a car competing at motor racing’s highest…

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A Team Effort

While much of America’s sporting community were watching college football this weekend, golf fans were fixated on the goings-on “down under” in Australia where the United States won the Presidents Cup again by a tally of 19-15 over a very strong Internationals squad captained by Greg Norman. This was not unusual, as the Americans have…

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Being A Trusted Teammate

How many times have we heard it said, “There is no “I” in team.” It’s true. In a sense, it takes a very different mindset to play a team sport (baseball, football, basketball) than an individual sport (golf, tennis). We have seen this contrast recently in the Ryder Cup golf competitions where American golfers have…

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Commitment to Team

Last Thursday was opening day for Major League Baseball, and, on that day, something happened that had never before occurred in the history of American professional sport—any sport. As the Detroit Tigers took on the New York Yankees at the big ballpark in the Bronx, three Yankees—Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera—began their 17th…

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Defining and Embracing Our Role

As spring training continues and players prepare for the start of the Major League Baseball season, every team has two kinds of players—established starters and role players. The fourth outfielder who also occasionally DHs and the utility infielder are examples. In fact, I have heard big league ballplayers say that the more gloves (infield glove,…

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Making Those Around Us Better

We all know that, in team sports, there are players who are or can be poison in the locker room. They create friction and tension, and can singlehandedly undermine team chemistry and, as a result, team effectiveness. Then there are guys like Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Magic, both at Michigan State and then with the Lakers,…

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Getting It Together

A couple of weeks ago I pointed out that, in spite of the lofty expectations attached to their season, the Miami Heat had begun the season as a very average team—struggling to stay above .500. Since then, however, the Heat have been red-hot, and have been on a tear. According to published reports, at the…

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