Monday, June 29, 2015

This Day in Sports History June 29th

On this day in sports history, Pete Rose plays in record 3,309th game, surpassing Carl Yastrzemski. Pete Rose exemplified how baseball should be played, and he has Hall of Fame statistics.
Let the debate begin again about why he is not in the Hall of Fame. Pete Rose put nothing in his body to enhance his ability to play the game, nor did he cork a bat that I know of, yet he is banned from baseball. Is it because of the Black Sox scandal that baseball is so sensitive to the gambling issue? If you don't know about the Pete Rose story I encourage you to find the history and arguments on both sides. I found this interesting perspective from +ESPN .com.
ESPN Article

Whatever you think is okay, because you will probably find folks in agreement with you. I am simply asking the questions. Besides, you can't deflate a baseball.

Picture Posted On: We Got This Covered

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Non Super Bowl Video

          The +NFL and Johnny Manziel, Basketball Movies Top 5, and MLK Day are the headlines for Sports Philosopher this week. If you feel like you didn't get enough football this can help, but the clip has more of a soap box feel than anything.

          What should Johnny Football do next? Should he quit or try harder? What is the meaning of education?

          Although the +Superbowl was going to be one of the topics it was left out to make the video brief. There will be time to discuss the +NewEnglandPatriots and the +Seattle Seahawks, but the more current news involved the Cleveland Browns (+Cleveland Browns FanPage).
          I hope you enjoy the second Sports Philosopher broadcast, and if you don't it will serve as a good example of what not to do. You learn more from failure than you can from success anyway.


This Day in Sports History June 22nd

From Nationalpastime.com:
1999Although he has been dead for fifty-one years, Hack Wilson is awarded another RBI, increasing his major league RBI record to 191. The commissioner's office revises the total after baseball's historian Jerome Holtzman discovered the Cubs outfielder did not get credit for driving in Kiki Cuyler with a third-inning single in a game played in July of 1930.
From PSACARD.com


Sunday, June 21, 2015

SP NFL and Movie Top 5 SP Video

The +NFL and Johnny Manziel, Basketball Movies Top 5, and MLK Day are the headlines for Sports Philosopher this week. If you feel like you didn't get enough football this can help, but the clip has more of a soap box feel than anything.

          What should Johnny Football do next? Should he quit or try harder? What is the meaning of education?

          Although the +Superbowl was going to be one of the topics it was left out to make the video brief. There will be time to discuss the +NewEnglandPatriots and the +Seattle Seahawks, but the more current news involved the Cleveland Browns (+Cleveland Browns FanPage).
          I hope you enjoy the second Sports Philosopher broadcast, and if you don't it will serve as a good example of what not to do. You learn more from failure than you can from success anyway.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sports Philosopher: Ankle Breakers of the 2015 NBA Season

Sports Philosopher: Ankle Breakers of the 2015 NBA Season: You have to have fun coaching or playing this game. If you don't then it isn't a game and you forget why it was invented in the beg...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Four Corners: Dean Smith

          If you were rooting against the North Carolina Tarheels basketball team in the early 1980s, and you were losing by a couple possessions at the end of the game, it was time to panic. As soon as you would see 4 players get to each corner of the half court from the Tarheels and one guy in the middle, I could hear thousands of remote controls hitting the walls across the country in unison. It was over. There was no shot clock, and the North Carolina Tarheels were not going to give you the ball without shooting some free throws.
          With Dean Smith passing away at the age of 83 today, I have this nostalgic feeling about his coaching and can think of all the great superlatives that I can use to describe his life and coaching. I feel for his family and his players. Dean Smith seemed to be the guy that every coach tried to act or coach like, and the more I coach the more thoughts creep into my head about how in the heck he did it like that, and did it so well.
          I am going to post the video in dedication to Dean Smith, but I will say in this instance for Dean Smith, rest in the peace you brought to those that saw you on that bench and knew you were going to do the best that could be done. The peace was mostly with the Tarheel fans, but the class you brought most everyone who knew of you can appreciate your life and success.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wearing it Out (Video)

         When I played sports in college I was on the track team and walked on to the basketball team at +AquinasCollege. I took a second year premed curriculum, did two sports, and worked 20 hours a week at a retail men's clothing store, +EXPRESS. Back then it was called Structure. I know I could do it then, and I wasn't afraid to do it in the future. How about 20 years from that time?
          I can tell when I am "sucking wind". I start looking for motivational stuff. It is 9PM on the East Coast, and I am just starting my third job. I am a grad student, as well as teaching, and tutoring; but I wouldn't have it any other way, because I love my day. Also, throw in trying to help raise two step sons, and my life is even better. I am not kidding. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I am so optimistic it would make my old self disgusted. In fact, I just gave a pump up speech to a young student who feels overwhelmed. I feel like the new Tony Robbins. (I wish you the best, Nye.)
          However, I sit here tired. I sit here apathetic towards the work that will take me to the next level, although the level I am at is good, in fact, tremendous compared to where I started. My wife knows this feeling as she isn't done from her third job today. Yes, I will get milk, honey.
          The video, thank you +MotivationGrid, will abbreviate and summarize my story, but only because I've got to go to work!!



My Teammate, My Friend, Forever

We started playing against each other in the third grade. For almost a decade in duration we competed against each other on the basketball court. Eventually we enrolled in high school, and our years of being teammates began. And that's where our story begins...

It was 1989 and I had known my teammate for eleven years, but I was always playing against him. My high school had close to 1100 students. There was no diversity whatsoever. My teammate was probably 1 of 10 African-American students that our high school served. However, I am not writing this in regards to race relations but it is more of a story of brotherhood and the connection between teammates.



Growing up, my teammate lived across the street form Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which professed the best basketball in the city. For a white kid walking out to call next was almost a joke to the players around the court. The intensity and the verbal altercations could be predicted by the amount of broken forty ounce beer bottles on the side of the main court. He knew I would not get a team to pick me so he told the teams that would ask him that he would not play unless I was taken with him.

When we got on the court with a team he turned to me and said, "Coop, we got next. Just do what you do best." Which meant to shoot.

In our senior season he and I had to petition the school district to attend, because we moved outside of the school zone. As we started our season we had our normal two-a-day practices. He needed a ride on most mornings. Practices started at 6AM, and it took me an hour to get to practice in the morning, because the adjusted route to pick my teammate up took an extra 30 minutes. At the end of the day I wouldn't get home until 8PM. This would happen every so often throughout the year. 

That year we got deep into the state tournament only to be stopped by a potential NBA Hall of Famer.  We went farther than any team in our school in 20 years, and our school has not gotten that far since we played in 1990.


After high school we ran across each other on three very important times in my life. We survived a gang related ambush, that was regarding one of the people we were with at the time. I have been told what I did saved our lives, but I didn't feel that way.

The second crossing came after my divorce in 1997. I saw him on a playground basketball court where we just shot around, and we discussed our next moves. I don't think it was a coincidence that he showed up to an empty elementary school out of the blue. I don't know why, but I felt better and moved on from the loss with confidence.


13 years from that last meeting, I lost virtually anyone would value as possessions, and another relationship was terminated to compound the issue. I assumed I was at a low that would be a considered the end of the world by most. I did not think I could dip into a deeper hole. I did not think I could recover. I spent hours at night in the local chapel with rosary in hand. Then, out of the blue, I got a message from my teammate. I had not even thought of him in over a decade. In the email he said he heard I was going through a tough time. He said he wanted me to have faith, and that he knew I would get through this. He asked if there was anything he could do for me.

I was touched and the memories of our successes came flooding into my mind, and the positivity began to resurface. As strange as it may seem another teammate emailed me, as well. He wished me well, and said he was doing great. I told him that my friend had emailed me, and he replied that a few weeks before my teammate and friend emailed me, he had lost his home to a fire, and everything was lost. Pictures, papers, and furniture were gone. He and his wife and young children had to move in with his pastor.

When I think about these stories I can't help but to be touched to the point that I am moved to emotion. Maybe someday when I tell this story enough I will be able to fight back tears, but it doesn't get past me that we became teammates in high school. However, I never knew how much his friendship would mean to me throughout my life.

Just because he contacted me at that perceived low in my life, it didn't mean my life was going to get better. However, the memory of us at MLK and his confidence in me reminded me, that; although I was on the sidelines as life went on, I started to gain the confidence that I had next.







Monday, June 15, 2015

Sports Philosopher: This Day in Sports History June 15th

Sports Philosopher: This Day in Sports History June 15th: 1996 — Roy Jones Jr. completes a unique doubleheader, successfully defending his IBF super middleweight title after playing in a pro basketb...

This Day in Sports History June 15th

1996 — Roy Jones Jr. completes a unique doubleheader, successfully defending his IBF super middleweight title after playing in a pro basketball game. Jones stops Eric Lucas in the 11th round after scoring five points in a United States Basketball League game in the afternoon, helping the Jacksonville Barracudas beat Treasure Coast 107-94.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS




Unbroken Passion

Thank you C-Will
       
          "The hardest thing we do as humans is take adversity and willingly take responsibility for what happened. No matter what happened there are things that you could have done differently to alleviate the failure. Trying to stop how you feel, for example; the anger, the depression towards what happened to us controls how we proceed. This will divert us from making the right decision to pursue our passion, and will debilitate us to the point of losing your dreams, and stop growing as individuals. Don't do that, it's that simple." Chris Powers

           Thank you +Mateusz M  for the following video.



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ankle Breakers of the 2015 NBA Season

You have to have fun coaching or playing this game. If you don't then it isn't a game and you forget why it was invented in the beginning when Dr. Naismith hung the first peach basket. With the pressure of winning, which I understand, sometimes as coaches we forget that the game needs to be fun. 
Enjoy the ankle breakers, and I hope that the defenders picked up their jocks where they lost it on the floor.

Thank you Justin Lin for the Photo

Sports Philosopher: Clowney's Jersey to be Retired

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Clowney Town, Be There

Part of being on Sports Philosopher's staff is finding sports organizations that are making a difference. Perry Sutton and his crew have been changing lives for 30 years. It has impacted several NFL players, and have given thousands of kids an opportunity to build their skills and foundations for future success. Football City U.S.A., or better known as the beloved Rock Hill, South Carolina, is steeped in history while promising the best in the progressive spirit and cutting edge forward thinking we love in this country. From sanctioned BMX facilities, Bicycle Velodrome, state of the art soccer/lacrosse center, and a school district that is dedicated to putting a productive electronic device in the hands of all students K-12, most feel this southern city is rising.
Come out and support the tradition of the SC Demons and everything this great city offers, which is more than just football. (Says the basketball coach.) Be there June 18th and 19th. 

A Christmas Miracle

He knows if your J's bad or good.
          I have been living with my wife and step son for the past 12 months. They have been finding out how I operate and things I do and say. Never having a child of my own I was anxious to think about what activities to get involved in with him because he is not really a sports kind of kid. The little guy has been feeling his way on what to talk to me about and what I will bend on and stand firm. I never pushed basketball on the kid but my passion usually flows throw mostly due to job description.
          Little man, being a little obsessive, keeps asking if he is going to be good at basketball. He asks, "Will I be good if I do this?", "Will I be a great player if I work out or shoot around for a couple of days or how many shots a day will make me good?" I usually just say do as much as you can. Knowing that he can't remove himself from the video game room for 3 to 4 hours I didn't really want to force it on him or stress him out about the insanity with which I worked on my game at times.
Recently I took a hiatus from coaching full time to finish a master's degree and I had time to go out back a few days and show him what I learned from my Dad and older brother and millions of other coaches over 35 years. 
          The hardest thing for most kids in his generation is figuring out it takes practice, work, and
repetition to become average. He has been shooting off and on out back. I will ask him every now and then if he got his shots. He still asks how many it takes to be successful. I used to say numbers like 50 to 100 shots, and shock and awe would be written on his face.
Talkin' 'bout practice.
          I came home one Monday night after working late. My beautiful wife was in her chair and my stepson was on the couch. The house was silent, and nothing was stirring not even a mouse. I sat down and looked at them when my wife told me my stepson had some news. After 2.2 million thoughts went through my head, mostly negative, my stepson says, "I shot 100 shots today."
          I was happy but it didn't hit me what the significance was until the next day while I was teaching Character Education the next morning. I was teaching about our generation, and hard work. Jimmy Valvano was the topic that morning, and I always get emotional when I talk about +The V Foundation for Cancer Research. I mentioned to my kids what happened with the little hooper the night before, and before I could finish what my stepson told me, I got a little misty. I paused for a few seconds and walked out in the hall. 
          I knew I did already, in fact there are two great ones, but it occurred to me a little more deeply...I have a son.

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."

- Roy L. Smith

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Career in Review: Reggie Miller

The game was virtually never over with Reggie Miller. He never quit, and he was solely out there to win the game. Okay, and talk a little smack as well. I watched on TV, and I really didn't root for any team. I found myself getting off of my couch in disbelief at the outcome. Enjoy the video.



Bottom




Make It

          If you can be honest with yourself about which one you are from this quote pictured without thinking about how someone else is, then you might be able to decide what you need to adjust. Or you can live, work, grow old, die and never even attempt to accomplish the things you feel you want or think you can do. Trust me, I haven't accomplished a lot of things I want and think I can do. Whether it is going to be the Nike slogan "Just Do It" that gets you going, or the less inspirational "Just Do It Only If It Is On Tuesday After I Finish the Holidays the Day Before I Go On Vacation For A Month So I Forget That I Wanted To Do It In The First Place" slogan brought to you buy everyone else who wants to stay in their comfort zone, but complains they are not doing what they want, then I guess it will happen to you if you want it to happen really slow.
          You don't have to 'just do it' to do what you want, but you need to start doing one thing, that one step to get you started when you aren't listening to others saying that you are not good enough, or crazy.
          "I walk into a college campus pool at middle age with competition shorts, goggles, and a cap. I know there are college kids that look and question my sanity, among other questions, but; when I finish, the only place where they remain in my life is in my head if I let it."
-Chris Powers

          I don't hold a chip on my shoulder. It's really not how I try to think. Every now and then I get that pat on the back, or even a tip or two on how to get better. When you go for what you want, the people that scoff will either go off and do their own thing and you won't see them as much, or there will be those that understand because they are trying to win themselves.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Best Dunks Never Seen

The contests you don't see on TV, can be the best experiences. Especially if you experience them live. The +GusMacker3on3 used to be known 
for this where I am from.


This Day in Sports History June 8th

On this day in sports history for Monday, June 8th, we look back to 1990 where the first day of the World Cup in Soccer took place in Italy. It was the second time Italy hosted the World Cup. At that time it was the only country besides Mexico to do so.
It was the 14th World Cup, and the Italians made the semi-finals and it's opponent was the reigning World Cup Champions, Argentina. The other semi-final saw the Germans battling England. 
The Germans won the tournament by winning the final over Argentina 1-0. Enjoy the video of the 1990 World Cup of Soccer held in Italy that began on this day June 8th, 1990.





1990 FIFA World Cup Highlights Part 1
Brought to you by +batboy359 

Friday, June 5, 2015

The New Shot?!?

"The Drive", "The Fumble", "The Shot". I don't have to explain these to Cleveland fans who are of my age range. However, with the Cavaliers attempting a run at a championship for the city of Cleveland, I thought to myself if this buzzer beater can be referred to as "The Shot". Would you if you were a Cleveland fan? +Cleveland Cavaliers +Cleveland Browns FanPage 

The Fumble
The Shot
The Drive


Cleveland, I propose to you: "The, The Shot".

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sports Philosopher: Sports and The Jedi

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Sports Philosopher: The New Shot?!?

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Sports Philosopher: The MLB Triple Play

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Sports Philosopher: This Day in Sports History June 1st

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Sports Philosopher: It Doesn't End, And Don't Let It

Sports Philosopher: It Doesn't End, And Don't Let It: Things that you need to remember: The number 42, how hard you can take a hit and keep getting up, don't forget to do something for the p...

Sports Philosopher: Curry's Injury and History of NBA Injuries

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This Day in Sports History June 1st

On this day in sports history, Nolan Ryan pitched a no-hitter in his 100th game. It reminds me of a sports director from the YMCA that hired me as a volunteer basketball coach, and I continued to work for him for the next 12 years. He used to catch in the major leagues and his first rookie at bat was against Nolan Ryan. The game was over, and the manager needed a pinch hitter. The manager looked down the dugout, and every player pointed at the the sports director.
The rookie went up to bat.  After three pitches, and he was back where he started in the dugout. The experience and the try was there, but the results didn't work out. That is what keeps some people trying to succeed. You never fail until you quit. Some people don't know how close to success they are when they stop working at their dreams. 

Today in Sports History for June 1st

Nolan Ryan's No-Hitter for his 100th Win