Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Eyes on the Prize

Swim Character Video

     When I viewed the video it was touching, but when I thought about what to write I didn't know if I could relate it to something profound. I tell players that opportunities to win championships are rare. Also, for us old guys the chances start to diminish as time goes by. If the opportunity came about for myself to capture a trophy like this, all of; the effort, training, and sacrifice would weigh on my mind and departing with the prize would be tough.
     As athletes, forgetting they are not there to hate our opponents, but to raise the level of the abilities they possess. The opponents need to be of quality to set the bar, and push the others to continue to improve. Playing a basketball team that you can dominate leads you to being a team that is not prepared for true tests.
     Also, the ability to be humble, and a gracious winner is more important to me as well as John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood who says:

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think of you."

-John Wooden

     To be able to beat your opponent and be able to walk over and appreciate what they have done that day no matter what transpired shows the heart of a true champion.

Well done young man.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sports Philosopher: Ali Bomaye!!

Sports Philosopher: Ali Bomaye!!: Muhammad Ali Video        Since I was a kid, (my age you will learn later because it is a significant number), this man was one of t...

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Meet Sports Philosopher:

     Chris Powers, is; a high school science teacher, an 18 year basketball coach, a 17 year active basketball player, a graduate student in educational leadership, a biomedical science degree holder, a midwesterner living in the south, and a fan of excellence in sports or life.  He aspires to be a college basketball coach, an educational leader, a published author, and a competitive swimmer. He recently started a non-profit organization called Coop Basketball AAU for kids who can not afford to play on the high profile travel teams.
     Most of all, once his powerful play called life is over, he just wants to contribute a verse.

Ali Bomaye!!

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          Since I was a kid, (my age you will learn later because it is a significant number), this man was one of the most inspiring, enthralling, interesting, funny, and polarizing figure I have ever encountered. I love him, but love him or hate him, during this fight, the underdog comes out on top, and he will shine until his heart stops. (Even after) Like the historical figures I teach in class (see blog post "I have a dream for education.") he provides folks fighting similar odds a model follow.
          When I played basketball I couldn't pull off his style, or his confidence, nor did I agree with him at times but I respected him and tried to understand him when I disagreed. And as for the model to follow, I could never be the best Muhammad Ali but I can glean the elements in him that can get me by. My brother was a bigger fan than me. When I see historical movies about him it makes George Foreman look like the villain, of course. However, if you get to read or hear about Foreman he is a great guy as well.
          The lore is that Wepner, a boxer Ali had a moderately tough time fighting, was the inspiration for the Rocky franchise. Which is the greatest movie of all time, or at least at the moment I am watching the film, and that feeling will last for at least five minutes until after the film is over, but boxing is the best sport that I will never play. I don't know how the greatness of this sport will come back to the inspiration that it used to hold, but at least I got to experience the heyday. One of my favorite quotes from Ali, among many, would be when Howard Cosell called him a truculent man. Ali answered by saying, "I don't know what that is, but if it's good, I'm that."
          Ali believed that the best way to be funny is to tell the truth, because there is not a better form of humor. The problem I have found, although I agree with the statement, is that the truth can be sometimes the most painful for people to hear.

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