Secretariat – Competitiveness

“You could say, ‘Hey, it’s nothing but a horse race.’  I’m sorry, this horse was an athlete… His heart was well over twice as large as any horse’s heart that we’ve ever seen, which is a fitting metaphor for him.”   When we decided on the most competitive male athlete of all time, Michael Jordan was the obvious choice. When …

The Importance of the Handshake Line #Class #Respect

About a year ago, Michigan played Wisconsin in a men’s basketball game. In the handshake line after the game, the Michigan coach and the Wisconsin coach got into a heated standoff, complete with verbal jarring and physical altercations. It made big headlines. Later that week, Coach Tom Izzo, men’s head basketball coach was asked if we should discontinue the handshake …

A Little Boy and His Temper

There once was a young boy with a very bad temper. The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence. On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had driven 37 …

Outstanding Sportsmanship or Overreaction?

On Monday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals hosted the Buffalo Bills. Early in the first quarter, Tee Higgins caught a pass over the middle and was tackled by Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin. It looked like a regular play, nothing dirty, nothing violent. Damar got up and then immediately fell back to the ground. Within minutes, an ambulance was driven onto …

“We Need One Miracle”

In 2019, Dametrius Walker was a sophomore student-athlete at Muskegon High School in Michigan. He had already received 10 scholarship offers to play college football. The future looked bright for the man nicknamed, “Meechie.”  Then, a nagging knee injury brought him to the medical professionals who diagnosed him with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer. Meechie began his fight with …

Passion Doesn’t Have an Age Limit

Ray Ruschel is 49 years old. He is an Army veteran and he currently serves in the Army National Guard. He works 8-12 hour shifts as an industrial mechanic on the graveyard shift. He is a divorced father of two full-grown children. This would be enough to occupy the time of most humans. However, Ray always had a dream. His …