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 …

Recent Examples of Inspiration: Perseverance, Persistence and Generosity

Need a little inspiration? At the ripe age of 92-years, and 65 days, Harriette Thompson became the oldest woman to ever run a marathon. She finished in a time of 7 hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds. This time is more than 2 hours faster than the previous eldest woman to run a marathon. In Harriette’s free time, she is …

Tom Brady is Guilty: So What?

For those of you non-sports fans, Tom Brady, quarterback of the Superbowl Champion New England Patriots, was accused of leading a conspiracy to deflate footballs to unacceptable levels prior to the AFC Championship Game. For the sake of this blog, I am going to agree with the 242 report (yes I read it) provided by independent council that fully investigated …

Floyd Mayweather is No Role Model!

Did you see the big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao Saturday night? The cheap seats sold for $1,600 and ring-side seats were going for $100,000.  Bars and restaurants had to pay $10,000 to broadcast the fight and you and me could watch the fight at home for the small sum of $99. Millions of people around the world …

Girls High School B-Ball Teams Try to Lose #Sportsmanship

Earlier this month Smyrna met Riverdale High School in one of the Tennessee district finals.  In a weird twist of fate, the winner would soon meet defending state champion, Blackman. The losing team would be sent to the other side of the bracket, avoiding Blackman until the state championship game, assuming they would win out. Apparently, both teams figured out …

Phil Hughes – The Right Thing To Do #$500,000

The Story: Despite the dramatic finish to the baseball season (sorry to my friend Mark Wills, who waited 29 years to see KC return to the post-season), I was more struck by another baseball story that occurred in the final week of the regular season.  Phil Hughes, a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, was pitching his final start of the …

Two Prominent NFL Cases #DomesticViolence

Two prominent NFL players have been severely punished for “off-the-field” family issues. Super Bowl winner, Ray Rice, has been terminated from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the NFL Office after he punched his wife and knocked her out cold in a hotel elevator.  Adrian Peterson, the 2012 league MVP, has been put on the exempt list (suspended with …

The Man Behind The Ice Bucket Challenge – Pete Frates

For the past two weeks, every time I open up my Facebook page, I see a new video of one of my friends accepting the ALS Water Bucket Challenge and then dumping a mixture of ice and water over their heads. In turn, they get to nominate 3 other individuals to do the same thing within 24 hours. It’s interesting …