U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Sues for Equal Pay

Members of the Women’s and Men’s National Soccer Team that plays in the World Cup and the Olympics get paid to play. The difference between the men’s team and the women’s team is alarming. If a man makes the roster, he gets paid $68,750 and if a female make the roster, she gets paid $30,000. Men get paid between 6,950 …

Transgender Athletes in High School – “It’s Complicated”

As many of you know, we are partnering with LaDainian Tomlinson to teach character and leadership in an athletic environment. One of the tenets of the program will be ethical dilemmas related to sports. So, I went to an athletic director’s conference in Michigan to learn about the ethical dilemmas they are confronting in sports. The first, last and only dilemma …

Is Cam Newton a Leader?

On Sunday night, the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. The losing quarterback in that game is Cam Newton, the MVP of the league and the new face of the NFL. Fifteen minutes after the biggest loss of his life, he was interviewed by reporters. He took questions for less than 3 minutes, mostly provided one …

“Shaq” Attack in Florida

A police officer named Bobby White, received a call about “disruptive kids playing basketball too loudly in the street.” Officer White responded to the call and arrived on the scene. Instead of lecturing the boys about respecting their elders or threatening to take them to jail for disturbing the peace, he said, “Someone called complaining about kids playing basketball in …

Don’t Be that Guy

On the eve of the Alamo Bowl, Trevone Boykin, the senior quarterback of 9th ranked Texas Christian University, found himself in a bar fight that ended with him getting arrested for 3rd degree felony assault on a police officer. He reportedly made curfew and bed-check and then proceeded to go out on the town in San Antonio to have this happen. …

It Ain’t Over til its Over

It’s ain’t over til it’s over… til the fat lady sings… til the clock reads :00. As a Michigan State University alum and fan I have been taught this lesson over and over again. I’ve seen certain victory turn into heartbreak loss. In recent years, I’ve seen improbable situations turn into thrilling last-second victories. I’ve seen it all. The one …

The Trouble with Travel Sports

Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots made some interesting comments about youth travel leagues. This has created some debate among my friends, but I wonder what the next generation thinks. https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/05/tom-brady-opens-youth-sports-today/aGAPURaESv6hsdCxUDdBTO/story.html Tom Brady: “Youth sports, and what I remember from being in youth sports, everything was really localized. There were no travel teams. My parents always exposed us to …

High School Ref Maliciously Targeted

Recently at a high school football game in San Antonio Texas between  Jay High and Marble Falls High School, two players maliciously attacked a referee in the game. There is no debate about this. The video clearly shows one player hitting him from behind and the next player spearing him with his helmet. This was done on purpose and with …

Talk About Positive Attitude… Let me Introduce You to Nate Boyer

I was watching ESPN Sports Center this morning and I watched this human interest story. I knew I had to introduce you to Nate Boyer. Finding His Rudder: Nate’s mother described him as an “average kid.” At the age of 21, Nate described himself as “rudderless.” While flailing around as an unemployed actor in Hollywood, he glanced through a Time …

Participation Trophies – “Special” or “Harmful”

HBO Real Sports aired a story recently about participation trophies for youth programs, i.e. regardless of winning or losing, everyone gets a trophy. The piece examines the long-term implications of participation trophies, essentially asking is this a good idea for the next generation and our culture. Pro: It’s just a trophy or a ribbon. It makes the kid feel good …