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Sep 17

A Sense Of Peace pt 1

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

“Trevin was Dilfer’s only son, the only other man in a house full of women. He loved to hang out with his daddy in the locker room and often challenged Trent’s teammates to footraces.”

Curtis Eichelberger interviewed many current and former NFL players including Mike Singletary, Justin Tuck, LaDainian Tomlinson, Oshiomogho Atogwe, and Jay Feely about football’s violent nature, the sacrifices players and families make, adversity they face, temptations they endure, and the call to being leaders and role models.

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. 1

Sep 15

Men of Sunday by Curtis Eichelberger

Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2012 in Reviews, Spiritual, Sports

Football and the Christian faith have often been linked, at least superficially, by players and coaches giving “praise” to God for their successes.

Not knowing, but hoping, that their faith was genuine I was thrilled when I saw Curtis Eichelberger’s book Men of Sunday was being published.  Subtitled “How Faith Guides the Players, Coaches, and Wives of the NFL,” I was excited what I might read.

Men of Sunday is a quick read. 

Eichelberger interviewed and highlights many current and former players including Mike Singletary, Justin Tuck, LaDainian Tomlinson, Oshiomogho Atogwe, and Jay Feely about football’s violent nature, the sacrifices players and families make, adversity they face, temptations they endure, and the call to being leaders and role models.

Sep 14

Faithful Faith

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

In Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday he recounts coaches Tony Dungy, Marvin Lewis, and Brad Childress talking about the importance of having men of faith on their rosters.

“These players understand there is something bigger than themselves and realize that someday they’ll have to answer for their actions. The result is oftentimes a greater sense of humility, a willingness to think about the team over themselves, and the realization that their talent isn’t their due, but rather a gift from God to be used for His purpose.

Faith

Sep 13

Madness, Machismo or Ministry?

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values

I read Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday this weekend.  It’s a compelling book I’ll quote several times this week before I post my full review this weekend. 1

As I read Eichelberger’s piece on former “Pro Bowl Denver Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth I was inspired, awed, and perplexed.

I had to ask, is this man mad, filled with machismo or ministry minded?

Madness, Machismo or Ministry?

Sep 12

Food, Fitness & Four-Packs

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in Sports, Values

As I stepped out of the shower today I looked in the mirror to admire my four-pack. 

Yes, four-pack.  I saw it for a change. 

Usually it’s covered by what used to be piles of pasta, insane amounts of ice cream, or bowls of buffet.

Don’t laugh.  It’s the best it gets at this point: “The food I want or fitness?”

My occasional four-pack used to be a six-pack. And, when I was a skinny kid it was probably an eight-pack, but as Will Ferrell tweeted recently a six-pack on a skinny kid doesn’t really count; it didn’t take any effort.

Sep 6

Fail Quickly

Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 in Education, Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

I had just thrown an interception. In my opinion, throwing an interception was letting my team down. I failed to complete the pass. I failed to help my teammate Madison. She could have caught a good pass, but I threw it where she couldn’t catch it. 

“Other Scott” happily grabbed it. 

“Other Scott” won the game’s MVP award, but I — this Scott — let my team down. I hate when I let my team down.

Fortunately, I was not alone.

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.” 1

Feb 2

Pro Bowl Friendships Need Fresh Gameplans

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Sports, TreeHouse, Values

The Pro Bowl is the NFL’s version of an all-star game. Pro Bowl players are selected by votes from the coaches, players and fans, each of which count for a third of the votes. 

Choosing the best possible players doesn’t guarantee success.  Each player still has the responsibility to perform at his highest level in concert with his fellow teammates.

Game Planning

If you could choose a roster of friends would you have chosen someone like yourself? If you could game plan how you relate to your friends would you make the same choices that you have? If you could game plan how your friends related to you would you make the same choices that they do?

Jan 24

Your Presence Is A Present To The World

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values

Football players cleaning out their lockers feel it.
Presidential hopefuls reviewing the debates feel it.
American Idols wannabes and coulda-beens feel it.

What is “it”?  Self- pity.  Self-doubt.  The curse of “if only.”

Don’t let self-pity take you down!

You are lovable even when your flaws are exposed.
You are capable even when you make mistakes.
You are worthwhile even when you’re struggling to believe it.

Somewhere there is someone that values you abilities.
Somewhere there is someone that sees your talents.
Somewhere there is someone that needs your skills.

Nov 30

Our Character Rises To The Surface

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Values are the things that are most important to us.  Yesterday I challenged you to consider your values and identify a Top 5.  Some of you even made yours public, thank you.

My Top 5 were Family, Friendship, Love, and Religious Beliefs, with Security edging out Peace and Self-Respect for the fifth spot. 1

With that in mind, I would like to think that my values would represent what I did with my time and money.  I’d like to say they do, but as often as my wife has teased me about “my mistress” — the laptop — I must confess to my misplaced priorities.

Nov 10

Appearance Don’t Matter Except When They Do

Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 in Emotional, How To, Sports

Two things change today,  mysilentscream gets a new look and so do I.

It’s my birthday & I have a new shirt.

His Life

While watching NFL Films “The Ray Lewis Coaching Tree” I was inspired.

When I watched I felt Ray Lewis’ passion.

His successes and his shortcomings were discussed.  He spent time in jail.  He works a violent job.  He seems self-centered.

As I watched I felt motivated to remember:
- Be careful with my passion, it can hurt people.
- Lead by example and raise the level of the people around you.
- Embrace what’s true and inspire others with it.