Jim Brandt – Character

“I was never coached by one of the greats like Phil Jackson, Bill Belichick or Nick Saban, but what I had was even better — a role model named Jim Brandt.” The odds of you knowing the name Jim Brandt are slim and none. As a high school coach, he never won a state championship. The truth is, some years …

Shaq “Blesses” Somebody Every Day

Shaquille O’Neal is a retired NBA Hall of Famer. He is still a commentator on TNT during the NBA season. He is universally liked by people from all ages, races and backgrounds. He has earned a lot of money over the years and has invested wisely. He is wise enough to understand that he could never spend it all, so …

The Opposite of Composure

In a high school track meet in Florida, a competitor sucker-punched another runner in the 1,600 meter run. I dug all day for the back-story on this, but I could not find it. However, the video tells me all that I need to know. Joe’s Perspective: No excuse. If I were the coach, I would kick him off the team. …

The Courage to Be Bad at Something

Gerald Hodges was a very talented athlete in middle school. He played basketball, football and soccer for most of his younger years. However, when he entered high school, he decided to join the swim team. There was just one problem. He could not swim. Why, you might ask, did he decide to do this? His response: “If I couldn’t handle …

High School Team Hugs Mom of Deceased Teammate

Ely Dehart died in 2020 after losing control of his vehicle on a gravel road. He was only 14 years old. He played basketball, football and baseball. When he was alive, he was a hugger, always spreading his joy with others. After his death, his parents donated many of his organs to other needy people who were waiting for such …

Transgender Females in Female Sports: What is Fair?

Very few issues in America have sparked greater debate than the one about transgender females competing in female sports. Emotions are high on both sides of the issue, and many people are just not able to have a civil conversation about the facts of this issue. However, in this post, no daggers will be thrown and there are no hidden …

UofM and Wisconsin Coaches Lose their Cool

On February 20, the Wisconsin Badgers hosted the Michigan Wolverines in a Big 10 battle. It ended up being a blowout win for Wisconsin. However, with 11 seconds remaining, Michigan still had a press on. Wisconsin coach Greg Gard called a timeout to help his subs break the press. Calling a timeout near the end of the game bothered UofM coach …

Eileen Gu: Traitor or Unifier?

Eileen Gu was born and raised in San Francisco. Her mother is originally from China, coming to America as a college student and never moving home to China. Eileen’s father is an American. Eileen also lived about 25% of her time in China (summer vacations and holidays). She speaks fluent English and Chinese. Eileen was introduced to skiing at Lake …