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 …

“I Failed as a Leader”

On October 5, Draymond Green punched his teammate, Jordan Poole, during practice. On Saturday, Draymond Green addressed the media.  He was apologetic, he was introspective and he was honest.  “I am a very flawed human being,” Green said. “I know those flaws better than anyone …  I failed as a leader. I failed as a man.” He apologized. “I apologized …

“We Coach Ball. We Don’t Look at Color”

Tampa Bay Bucaneer Head Coach, Todd Bowles, made headlines the other day when a reporter asked about race. Specifically, the reporter asked the coach how he felt about facing another rival black coach in the NFL (Mike Tomlin) in the upcoming game. Bowles responded, “I have a very good relationship with Tomlin. We don’t look at what color we are …