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Sports Parenting

Parenting and sports collide to present to us both great challenges and great opportunities. We have all seen the extremely unfortunate expressions of sports parenting, embodied in soccer moms, tyrant dads, and helicopter parents. But those are just the negative extremes. What about the moms and dads (like the parents of Denny Hamlin and Clint…

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Understanding the First Things

In golf, the old saying is that you drive for show but you putt for dough. At the WGC Cadillac Championship in March, this was proven afresh in bold terms. During practice prior to the opening round of the tournament, Tiger Woods recognized that his putting was in trouble and was holding back his opportunities…

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Two-Minute Drill

Last week we discussed the special pressure attached to a fourth and goal situation with the game on the line. Today we examine a somewhat different but, in its own right, equally important pressure-point in a football game—the two-minute drill. As the clock is winding down, the ability to execute on offense becomes more and more…

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Devastating Loss

The NBA playoffs started Saturday, and the Chicago Bulls, while winning their opening game, suffered the most devastating loss of their campaign. With about a minute and a half to go in a game that was pretty much in hand, Derrick Rose, the Bulls’ best player and the reigning NBA MVP, crumpled to the floor…

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A Winning Game Plan

New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick is considered one of the greatest head coaches of his generation, with multiple Super Bowl trophies and, perennially, one of the most dominant teams in the National Football League. He was not always a head coach, however, and the hints of his success at football’s top level were…

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Mixed Emotions

Last Thursday, word began to slip out of the annual baseball winter meetings that a huge free agent signing had taken place. As the day progressed, it became clear that, in fact, two big signings had occurred—both by the Los Angeles Angels. First, arguably baseball’s best player, St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols signed for…

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The Power Of Money

This past weekend, the conference carousel continued to spin—perhaps spinning out of control—as founding member of the Big East Syracuse and long-time Big East school Pitt announced that they were abandoning the conference for the ACC. This marks the second time the ACC has raided the Big East, taking a total of five programs away….

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Covering The Basics

When I play golf, I find that there is a particular problem that I struggle with on a regular basis. At the beginning of a round, I am very conscious of my setup, my grip,  the position of the ball in my stance, where my elbows are, and a variety of other things that need…

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Living With Eternity In Mind

In the world of sports, it seems that everything is temporary—and major league baseball teaches us that by the sheer length of the season. This year’s division champion is next year’s also-ran. This week’s fielding hero is next week’s goat, committing an unthinkable error. Today’s untouchable closer blows tomorrow’s save. As the long season drags…

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The Danger Of Compromise

When we think of compromise in sports, it can appear in several forms. It can take the form of laziness—or, put another way, compromising by not giving our very best. Cutting corners in the film room or in the weight room or on the practice field always comes back to haunt you because eventually your…

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