Students Must Learn from Home, But Athletes Can Play – Is This Okay?

Joe’s Perspective: As part of my job, I talk with teachers and coaches all over the country. In places like Maryland and Washington, almost all kids are home (virtual learning) and almost all sports are cancelled. In places like Idaho and Florida, almost all students are in school and sports are being played. However, in some states, students are not …

Defying the Odds to Become that 1 in 100 Success Story

Nick Andersen is a quiet unassuming 18-year-old freshman at Wake Forest University. If you saw him walking the campus, you would probably guess he was on the chess club or played the saxophone in the band. He’s not real big. He was offered three scholarships to play football at smaller schools, but he just wasn’t enthused. Andersen wanted to play …

It’s Your Duty to be an Informed Voter and Vote

Earlier this year, I was playing in a golf fund-raiser for a local candidate. When we finished, the congressman asked one of the course employees if he was voting. He responded, “No, I don’t know the issues and I don’t want to be an uneducated voter.” Fair enough, the congressman said and asked the employee what he wanted to know. …

Admiring Greatness

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. The French Open is always played in the spring and the NBA Finals is always played in June. However, due to Covid-19, both of these events were played on the same Sunday in October. And, us fans were treated to greatness. On Sunday, Rafael Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam Title tying Roger …

Life Lesson: Never Celebrate Until You are in the End Zone!

On two separate occasions this weekend, college football players with a clear path to the end zone, got caught from behind. Not because they were slower than the defenders, but because they began celebrating too soon. As they celebrate their “would be” touchdown, they slowed up just a bit and got caught from behind. Please watch and learn, what not …

An Unintended Consequence – Tough Decision for High School Athletes

Football Cancelled: On August 15, the MHSAA moved the Michigan high school football season from the fall to a spring sport. This was mainly due to Executive Order 160 from the Michigan governor which essentially stated that contact sports were too dangerous due to Covid-19. Students who played football were devastated, as they had made a commitment to the football …

Should High School Athletes Be Allowed to Exercise First Amendment Rights?

On September 11, 2020, Little Miami High School hosted a football game. When the athletes came running out of the tunnel, Jarad Bentley carried the “Thin Blue Line” flag to honor fallen police officers and Brady Williams carried the “Thin Red Line” flag to honor fallen fire fighters. The boys thought this would be a fitting tribute on the 19th …

“The Bad Guy the Rest of his Career” – Reputation Lessons

The Facts: Novak Djokovic, the number one seeded tennis player in the world, was disqualified from the U.S. Open. After losing a point, he hit a tennis ball toward the back of the court. The ball struck a line’s woman in the neck. She fell to the ground, grasping for air. For this, the umpire essentially ejected Djokovic, ruling that …

2020: You are Living Thru History

When students open history books in 100 years, wide-eyed students will undoubtedly study the year of 2020. They will see pictures of: Covid-19 and American citizens wearing masks Businesses shut down and schools closed professional, college and high school sporting events cancelled George Floyd, protests and cities burning dyer race relations, black lives matter, and political unrest Political races involving …

Welcome Sports Blog – 2020

2020 is turning out to be quite a year. This fall could be the most unique sports season in the history of our country. Many of you are not playing a sport at all. Many are playing with restrictions (masks, no fans allowed…). Regardless, we are hoping that this program will provide continuity for all athletes and coaches. This is …