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Great Talent or Great Influence?

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influenceWithin the arena of sports, coaches are always in search for great talent. Some people believe that great talent is a guarantee to a winning team, but there are coaches who have gone after extreme talent, only to be bitten by the prize winning catch that they reeled in. Continue reading Great Talent or Great Influence?

It’s ok to be Wrong if You’re Right

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clean and jerkIn the 1980’s and 90’s, the Bulgarian weight lifters dominated the rest of the world in the highest levels of competition. Many people within weight lifting circles wondered what it was that led to their incredible strength. Eventually, some American coaches were invited to Bulgaria to take a peak at how the Bulgarian weight lifters trained. They were shocked. Continue reading It’s ok to be Wrong if You’re Right

Follow up and Everyday Life

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Fotolia_96499690_Subscription_Monthly_MI haven’t done a lot of golfing in my life time, but one of my best memories of golfing is when my friend Mike invited me to go with him to a driving range. To me, drives are a demonstration of power and are more spectacular in comparison with the smaller little shots that are a part of the rest of the game. Hitting a ball and chasing after to hit again, and repeating this process over and over again never quite appealed to me, but I loved the driving range. If I were wealthy and had a lot of time on me hands, I would certainly be tempted to visit a driving range on a regular basis. You hit the ball as far as you can and don’t worry about chasing it, then you get to do it again and again. Hitting the ball far is my favorite part of golf, and chasing after the ball is my least favorite part. The driving range is the perfect solution for doing what I like, and eliminating what I don’t like. Continue reading Follow up and Everyday Life

A Common Bond


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Fotolia_78088159_Subscription_Monthly_MIt was my turn for the softball throw. My first two throws were only average, but seemed to warm me up for a third throw that flew way over the heads of the judges who were measuring the distance of the throws. I was in sixth grade at the time and the judges yelled back to the recorders that I had thrown the ball 142 feet, which was the third longest throw for sixth graders at my school that year.

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Stand Out

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Christian McCaffrey

light in darknessUnstoppable. I don’t know how else to describe Christian McCaffrey, the all-purpose running back on Stanford’s football team. I had been hearing about him as he was the runner up for the 2015 Heisman award, but I hadn’t really had a chance to watch him play until the Rose Bowl. I wondered if he would be as good as everyone claimed he was when he faced Iowa’s defense that had proven to be impenetrable for most of the season. Three hundred sixty eight all-purpose yards later, McCaffrey really did seem to be as good as many claimed he was.

He Stands Out 

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The Spirit is Our Oxygen

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runnersWhen a non-exerciser goes out for a jog, they will generally find it difficult to continue jogging for very long without getting out of breath. On the other hand, someone who jogs on a regular basis will generally be able to keep jogging for a substantial distance without getting out of breath. Why is this? Because consistent exercise will produce physiological adaptations that enable a trained runner to utilize oxygen much more efficiently. Continue reading The Spirit is Our Oxygen

God has a Strategy

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A Baffling Strategy

Fotolia_68836956_Subscription_Monthly_MThe hurry up offense, which is also known as the no huddle offense has been around almost as long as football has been around. However, in the earlier years of pro football, the no huddle offense was not a common strategy. Perhaps the first pro team to use it successfully on a consistent basis was the Buffalo Bills who made it to the Super Bowl four years in a row from 1990 to 1993. Their no huddle strategy baffled defenses that were unfamiliar with the fast paced version of football that the Bills used. Continue reading God has a Strategy

Never Stop Praying

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Michael Jordan: “I Can’t Accept Not Trying”

prayerWhat does it take to be the best? Michael Jordan is considered by many to be one of the best, if not the best basketball player in the history of the NBA. He is famous for saying, “I can accept failure; everyone fails at something, but I can’t accept not trying.” This is simple wisdom for how to succeed, you try. One person may try, and it’s possible that they fail to accomplish what they wanted to accomplish. Another person might not try at all. Of course they don’t accomplish anything, but the one who is willing to try will at least give themselves a chance to succeed, whereas the person who never tries has no chance to succeed. Continue reading Never Stop Praying

A Narrow Road

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Long and Narrow

Fotolia_71620044_Subscription_Monthly_MA standard bowling lane is about sixty feet long, but it is only three and a half feet wide. It is long and narrow which makes it fairly easy to throw gutter balls without a focused effort to keep the ball on the lane. Even when the ball seems to be rolling straight, it can have a little side spin and end up veering into the gutter. There isn’t a lot of room for error or carelessness. Continue reading A Narrow Road

A Realistic Perspective

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OuFotolia_50983138_Subscription_Monthly_Mt of all the different types of shots that are attempted in the NBA, the dunk is only attempted 4.5 percent of the time. However, if you watch highlights of basketball games on the news, youtube, or a sports program on TV, dunks are shown over and over again. A shooting coach in basketball decided to take a survey. He asked players and coaches of all ages how often dunks occur in average NBA game. He was shocked at how many players and coaches believed that dunks accounted for 30% to 70% of the total number shots in an average NBA game. Continue reading A Realistic Perspective