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Jan 22

Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline by Steve McMichael

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Reviews, Sports, Values

BearsSteve 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.

Jan 10

Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Spiritual, Sports, Values

BreesDrew 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

Perspective

“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.”

Nov 10

#51

Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values

dick-butkusFormer Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus #51 was arguably the most intimidating player to ever play football. Other players admitted that they were flat-out frightened of him.

Besides being a ferocious and determined player, Butkus was an intelligent player. He had great vision, instincts, and effort, but he also studied game film – long before it was common – so that he knew what the opposition was likely to do on offense. At the snap of the ball, Butkus seemed to fly to wherever the play was headed. He played every game as though it were his last… 1

Aug 5

Finding the Winning Edge by Bill Walsh

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 in How To, Social, Sports, Values

Although many of these factors are discussed in greater detail in subsequent chapters in this text, there are numerous precepts that should be the building blocks of a sound philosophy. As the head coach, you should consider embodying the following points of philosophical counsel:

• Be Yourself

Throughout your career, you will have the opportunity to observe and work with other coaches. While it is important that you learn whatever you can from each one of them, you must recognize the fact that you can’t be any one of them.

Feb 3

Ray Lewis & Curtis Eichelberger

Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 in How To, Relational, Sports, Values

A few months ago I read Men of Sunday: How Faith Guides the Players, Coaches, and Wives of the NFL by Curtis Eichelberger.

I loved the book. This Super Bowl Sunday let me add a quote from to add to your day:

“I close the book with a chapter on leadership, and who better to focus on than Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis?

The former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player built his own leadership style around the tenets of Christianity and God’s teachings. Here, we learn that leadership starts with serving others, not giving commands.

Dec 2

The Dark Side of the Game by Tim Green

Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Reviews, Sports, Values

As most mysilentscream readers know, I love baseball and books about baseball.  If you read my review of Men of Sunday by Curtis Eichelberger, you know I love football too.

Published in 1997 The Dark Side of the Game: My Life in the NFL by Tim Green is a quick read, and a friendly introduction to a sometimes dark and always violent game.

Author Tim Green was an unusual NFL player:  
– He read prolifically
– He went to law school in his spare time

Dark Side of the Game is a series of seventy or so blog-like mini-essays (2-4 pages) covering many topics that interested me.

Oct 9

Right Up Your Alley

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 in Education, Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

When I was a teen I had a conversation with my dad about my future career choices.

Since I was a little boy I was known as “Scotty the Scientist”, so clearly a career in the sciences made sense for me. So it was a surprise to my dad when I mentioned that I thought about becoming a police officer.

That dream was more based on my fantasies about being a hero than understanding the what the job would entail.

Right Up Your Alley - What You Do Reveals Who You Are Becoming 

Sep 20

A Sense Of Peace pt 4

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday reviewed here recounts the story of Trent Dilfer, his son, and his family’s heart-aching, heart-breaking, and inspiring saga. You might want to read part 1 and part 2 and part 3 first.

The Lesson

It’s been nine years since Trevin’s death. He’d be nearly fifteen now and probably following in his daddy’s footsteps playing football in the Stanford area. Instead, Trent and Cass are following Maddie, who has become quite a volleyball player and is being scouted by Division 1 programs.

Sep 19

A Sense Of Peace pt 3

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday reviewed here recounts the story of Trent Dilfer, his son, and his family’s heart-aching, heart-breaking, and inspiring saga. You might want to read part 1 and part 2 first.

“I never asked why,” says Dilfer. “I’ve never been obsessed with what it was or why it happened.”

Dilfer believes that God is loving and merciful and that there must have been something at play that he couldn’t comprehend.

Who could comprehend good coming out of so much suffering?

Sep 18

A Sense Of Peace pt 2

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday reviewed here recounts the story of Trent Dilfer, his son, and his family’s heart-aching, heart-breaking, and inspiring saga. Part 1 was yesterday.

While Cass could patiently sit in the room for hours, Trent had a hard time with it and would go to the hospital’s rooftop garden or to the chapel for prayer.

Dilfer had made millions of dollars. He’d been to the summit of the game he loved. Was God saying, “Wait a minute. Not so fast”? Dilfer says he never went there. He’d recommitted to Christ in college; he’d repented and never looked back.