Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
in Relational, Sports, Values
Without patriots, peace, prayer and politicians who chose wisely – in the United States and in the former Soviet Union – I would have never worn this jersey of one of my favorite hockey goalies, Russian Vladislav Tretiak.
Thank you Anna for delivering it. It’s still one of my favorite jerseys and symbols of hope.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
in Emotional, How To, Sports, Values
I love baseball. Last night I got home from work in time to watch the end of a great MLB playoff game between the Oakland A’s and the host Kansas City Royals.
At one point in the game the A’s lead over the Royals was so overwhelming statisticians at Fangraphs estimate that the Royals had a 3% (yes, three percent) chance of winning. See chart below.
Did the Royals give up? No. Did they muscle-up and power their way to victory? No, that was unlikely. According to ESPN.com they had the least home runs in all of baseball. What they could do was run. The Royals had the most stolen bases in MLB.
Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2014
in How To, Relational, Reviews, Sports, Values
Making of a Man, by former NFL player Tim Brown, is both autobiographical as well as his perspective on “How Men and Boys Honor God and Live with Integrity.”
As Brown recounts his story he is remarkably honest. With humility and integrity he explains his successes as a professional and the mistakes he made he made in his personal life.
Each chapter either recounts a period of Tim Brown’s life or explains one of the keys he’s found to become a man who honors God with his life.
I don’t always realize how worry and anxiety affect me. In fact, if asked I would say that I don’t worry very often.
But then something happens, it happens most often in competitive settings.
I want to live a joy-filled life, but too often I have settled for wanting to be successful.
Success or Joy?
When have I chosen the pursuit of success over joy?
I complain when I think Halo or Call of Duty is being unfair to me.
I yell at myself – out loud – when I make a mistake playing tennis.
I become commanding when l am playing football. 1
I pout when my teammates make mistakes.
Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Sports, Values
I SCREAMED on Father’s Day.
More than once.
Honestly, it was shocking to me.
And, I was the screamer.
We we having fun as a fam playing tennis.
I know how I play tennis.
But, I haven’t played in a while.
My knowledge and my skills didn’t jive.
One miss-hit led to another and another.
I’m screamed at myself, because…
Yesterday I was playing goalie.
The score was tied.
A minute to play.
The broomball was free on the right side.
I checked my angles. I checked my distance from the goal. I felt confident I was close enough to make a play.
I raced up to the ball.
Vivian (pictured in the back row, second from the left), our best goal scorer was near their goal crease. I knew if I got to the ball and made a good pass, that Vivian could win the game for us.
Yesterday I sat in a chair and cheered.
I sat watching the Olympics. I cheered the Olympic skiers working the half-pipe. They were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.
Yesterday I also sat with several friends. I cheered them on. These friends are working through pain. Like the skiers they were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.
The skiers were surrounded by fans.
My friends were surrounded by friends.
Circumstances are different but the skiers and my friends have some things in common.
They can fall.
They can fail.
They’ve done it before.
Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014
in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Sports, Values
According to a FOX Sports press release there were 115.3 million of us watching Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW.
I love drum solos; and as Bruno Mars began the show with a drum solo, I was like “Woah, he’s good.” As Bruno began to sing the crowd that filled our basement were impressed too: “He’s talented.” “YEAH!” Later my daughter Shannon added, “That’s a sweet voice.”
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
in Reviews, Sports, Values
Steve McMichael was a fierce, funny and fearsome foe for anyone who played the Chicago Bears during the 1980’s.
McMichael’s book – Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline – seems to be an honest assessment of his NFL experience. He explains that his shortcomings with the New England Patriots contributed to his successes with the Chicago Bears.
One of the strengths of McMichael’s account illustrates the challenges that the current NFL faces to alter the physical tole on players. Pride and drive, testosterone and tenacity drive many men to exceed the limitations. It’s one of the things that makes the NFL so great; it’s also one of the things that costs so many so dearly after their playing days are done.
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Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014
in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Spiritual, Sports, Values
Drew Brees had been unemployed, experienced a career-threatening injury, and was filled with self-doubt. Sundays he’s an NFL football player. Here are the insights he gained. 1
“From my perspective, it’s when the rug gets pulled out from under you that you really find your calling in life. Those defining moments don’t have to be tragedies. When they’re viewed through the lens of God’s plans, they can be ‘points of purpose’ in your life.”