Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sports Philosopher: "Don't Give Up" A Must Holiday Watch

Sports Philosopher: "Don't Give Up" A Must Holiday Watch:           I watch it every year around Thanksgiving, and it gets me into a thankful mood for the holidays to remind me of how important...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sports Philosopher: 5 Reasons Why Men Love Rocky Movies

Sports Philosopher: 5 Reasons Why Men Love Rocky Movies: Have you ever looked at a woman's face when you tell her you want to watch the Rocky marathon on TV? I mean really looked at the woma...

Monday, October 17, 2016

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...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Quote of the Day September 13th

You can only go as far as you can push yourself or fall as far as you let yourself.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

NFL Kick Off Panthers Pump Up Video

The first game of the NFL starts Thursday the 8th and the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos are at it again. This would be your Carolina Panthers Pump up video.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Quote of the Day August 28th

This also includes getting buckets for other players, young ones, who don't see that in what Kyrie truly intends in this comment. If I may speak for him. Sorry #kyrieirving

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Quote of the Day August 27th

This quote, it's what separates the teams that succeed and don't. The ability not just to stick to a game plan but being able to do things that opponents don't want to do within the game plan.
If a team sticks to what it does well it might be playing to the opponents strengths. Of course, sometimes, the strengths of a team is just too good and hard to overcome for opponents because of talent or athleticism or both. It has been said that until you get out of your comfort zone that is when you start to live. In basketball, when you make a team play outside of their comfort zone, that is when you start winning. Winning can provide the life most teams need to thrive as a unit. This has been your Sports Philosophy for the day.
(Thank you General Knight. I sat in a school auditorium at Robert Morris University as a high school player attending at a Five Star Camp. The intensity that you portrayed was inspiring when I was a player.)

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Answer - Sports, Education, & Corporations. Oh my!

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Mr. Jalen Rose did not give me permission to post this but as an educator I felt I needed to bring a philosophy to light.  Educational Acts by the leaders in this country can pass, but that is only one aspect of the wheel that needs to role. We need intelligent cooperation between citizens, government departments, and corporations. Sports leaders are now a legitimate spoke in this wheel as a result of an individual +NBA on ESPN player and sports analyst and their are other players in sports that are doing similar acts. Yes, the academy didn't start smooth and on fire, but what institution does? He just did it, and it is growing.
I was born in Detroit within a year or two from Jalen Rose and faced his teammate at the University of Michigan when I was in high school in the final four in the State of Michigan. Jalen was in the upper division and I watched his team win the title in the Palace of Auburn Hills from the stands. Chris Webber was the player I faced and will never forget the fun that run offered.
As a 6th year science teacher and 17 year basketball coach, with a Masters in Educational Leadership Degree, I am going to throw my hat in the ring and I'm going to do it with basketball clinics. How?with my company Coop Basketball. How will I make this work on a teacher's salary. By hard work and a business background and a little help from my friends. Anything is possible, right +Kevin Garnett?
My thoughts and goals/dreams for this venture are not realized yet but the ball is rolling.
If you tell me I can't do it, then; whether it is prudent or not, that means I will never give up.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tim Duncan #1 All-Time and Why for Sports Philosopher Quote of the Day July 12th

In today's versions of the game of basketball, Tim Duncan is the most under-appreciated, underrated player that exists in our time. I've never had more adverse conversations trying to convince a young basketball player why Tim Duncan is the #1 center/forward in the modern era. You can look up his statistic; without overreacting, to see why, but let me tell you outside of the stats, which are indisputable, why he is the greatest.
You don't see his vibrato on social media nor his significant other. Nor do you see him complain about his plot in life or the unfairness of what the game/life ( +Ballislife ) presents. He accepts that life is unfair and like Jordan's quotes on failure teaching how to be successful, Tim Duncan improves and works on it to make him legendary and unmatched by anyone in the game. This does not diminish the accomplishments of other players that tend to be more loquacious and I wish I could have been able to hear Tim speak to his philosophies more often. Other players do utilize the failures and improve their game but the manner in which it was done by Duncan makes him a great man and in the end the accomplishments are important but being a great man ranks higher in my philosophy. I can list the names of those that fit into the great men category in sports and you still may see failure. However, they tend to get off the ground after being knocked down in a way that makes opponents know that when Tim is across the court looking at you he will not back down no matter how much he gets knocked down. ( +NBA on ESPN ) Shaq, Barkley, Iverson, had their own way and have greatness that has brought smiles to my face many times. Like them, Tim Duncan had his own way.
For the young players, he has been dunked on and he recognized that it still is only two points. He has had his shot blocked and he will go after the loose ball and/or hustle back on defense to stop the next play. If no one says it; I will, thank you Tim Duncan ( +SanAntonioSpurs ) and please don't fade away into the sunset. We could all benefit from you and your philosophy.

Friday, June 17, 2016

This Day in Sports History June 17th

Thank you

1960 - Ted Williams hit his 500th career home run. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pro Quotes May 21st: Bill Russell the Leader

Thank you
"The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I'd made my teammates play."

                       - Bill Russell

That would be a quote from an elder statesmen of the game of basketball. Of course, this quote made me think about one of my developing sports philosophies. I recently took several years off from playing basketball. Of course, my body was not in the right state when I came back and the ability to lead a team offensively and defensively was lessened by the body. However, not the brain. To be able to grow confidence in the players around you is a subtle but mental aspect that can bring an intangible value to a player who can lead the team by intellect and experience.
In my philosophy, I feel that to create longevity the evolution of a player involves the transformation of the body and mind. Thank you for helping me Mr. Russell elaborate on one of your thoughts. I hope I did it justice in this short blog.
Valuable stuff from one of my heroes, Bill Russell.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The More the Better

The Bad Boys battle Jordan and the Bulls

"Any time Detroit scores more than a hundred points and holds the other team below a hundred, they almost always win." 
-Doug Collins
          I used to ask my players what are the keys to our winning a game. The players, omnipotently, used to shout out things like; defense, boxing out, creating turnovers etc...After they were done with shouting out answers, I would simply reply, "Score more points than the other team." I would usually ask that when they were getting too overwhelmed. It served to remind them it is a game and you still need to compete no matter what plays we run or what plays they run.
No easy layups
          The Pistons (+Detroit Pistons FanPage), Bad Boys, of the late '80s and '90s brought my friends and myself an extreme amount of entertainment with back-to-back championships, and in the manner+Detroit Pistons) used to commit hard fouls, get into brawls, and go on tremendous streaks of brilliance during a game. They used to celebrate but it was not extensive, and usually it was about the team. Someone can fact check to see if there are videos to combat this, but touchdown dances were not the way to make fans in Detroit. (+Chicago Bulls)  The rivalry with the Bulls pitted two teams out of a midwest culture that admired hard work, and toughness. In towns like Cleveland, Pittsburgh (+Pittsburgh Steelers FanPage)  , +Detroit Lions  , or even +Chicago Bears FanPage; the prima donna mentality does not go over well.
          Barry Sanders, a Hall of Fame running back for the Lions, scored touchdowns on a weekly basis during the season. He would break the plane of the goal line, look for the official, walk over to
the official, and then hand him the ball. That was his celebration. He exemplified the phrase, "Act like you've been there before."
Gettin' some cold cuts today
         Jim Courier (+Jim Courier), a grand slam tournament winning tennis player stated that he used to love when a player would walk off of a court and you couldn't tell if they won or they lost. Here is my dilemna, I used to like John McEnroe (+John McEnroe Tennis Academy) performing a tirade for the world to see. The Ickey Shuffle used to bring a smile to my face unless they were playing the Browns (+Cleveland Browns FanPage). So how can I decide which side to fall on? Will I waffle for the rest of my life on this scale that requires someone to weigh in from time to time? I'd like to bail out by saying however the mood strikes, in other words, I might be in the mood for Family Guy (+Family Guy) instead of  Masterpiece Theater on PBS (+Masterpiece Theater ). 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rise and Shine

          Thank you Jerry Dobson for creating this video with the "Welcome to the Grind" speech. One day I will actually make it out of my cocoon in the morning. +Triathlon +IRONMAN Triathlon +theraceclub +Swim Smooth

Sunday, April 17, 2016

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 purpose of winning. I remember when I went from a college basketball player to being a office worker in my field of choice. I was an insurance agent for a company which soon become United Healthcare. I was going to enter a 5K race that I trained for, and I went in for a physical with Dr. Johnson. I mentioned the race, and I said to him, "I don't know why I got myself into this." He simply said in response, "To win." I thought to myself that is ridiculous. There were people running 5 minute miles, and I wasn't even close.
What I have found is that you keep stretching, and keep achieving. Even if you don't get there, take a look at where you have gotten, and what you have become. If you are doing it to to do it 'kind of', don't even try. 
You might say, "I am not that way, I just am happy to be doing it." Change your mindset to strive to be the best. You might not get there, and you might not know why, but if you love it...Win It!!!
Enjoy the video.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

What Will Push You?

"Somewhere between the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked for her."

- Mia Hamm 

+U.S. Soccer +USA Volleyball +USA Basketball +Girls on the Run International 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NBA Playoff Time 2015!!

Yes we're talking 'bout playoffs. Watching this best of video from Rohanmital is going to be great for you. You will say things like: "Jordan though, ooh, Kemp though, Barkley though, Steve Kerr!?!?!?" It is a best of video, and a lot of basketball fans start to come out of the woodwork for the +NBA when these rounds start up. For me, the +NCAA March Madness has been over, and I am starting to notice they have different color uniforms in other leagues. 
Thanks for joining us on SP, and enjoy your Saturday morning!!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Surfs Up, Brah!

"Make sure your worst enemy doesn't live between your own two ears." 
-Laird Hamilton

It's summertime, and my kids are at the beach, while I sit at home with my wife completing household projects. They are at the stretch of beach that saw two shark attacks last week, but who's worried?
Anyway Laird Hamilton expresses his sentiment that goes along with worry. I read an article yesterday that talked about how sitting can be unhealthy for anxiety and stress levels. I came to my own conclusion that it's the inactivity that creates the worry. Once you begin the action of completing the task or are in the moment of the event, you experience the release of the stress.
This quote, of course, alludes to the lack of confidence that can fester in your mind. Can I do this? Will I be embarrassed? Am I tackling something that I can not handle?
The only thing I can tell you is that by failing, you don't fail. You only fail if you give up.
Besides worrying works. 99% of the time I worry, the thing I am worried about never happens.

"60 percent of the time, it works every time."

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

World Series of Yogi Quote

"I think the Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house."
-Yogi Berra

          My oldest stepson was a lifelong baseball player who is now in his second year of college. In high school, his team was high achieving and he received accolades for his play statewide. He had an opportunity to play on a small college roster, but his choice of university differed from his baseball opportunities. 
He is older than my younger guy, who you might have read about in earlier blogs, and feels he has outgrown his hometown. My beautiful wife and I attended her alma mater's homecoming recently. As luck would have it, it was fall break for his university leaving him the house for the weekend. 
          Needless to say Yogi's quote struck a comedic heart string. Although, I am fond of the young man, who I really didn't get to know as much as I would like, baseball left us too early. Truthfully, regardless of his university's academic reputation, he may read this, and to say he is not welcome in our home will never be uttered, and I look forward to opportunities that may lend me the chance to get to know him better. (Me and your mother love ya, kid.) Right now, I feel getting to know our local grocer, and handyman may be of more immediate need.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Concussion Rule. The Plea.

          What I have seen in the sports world, although the more that changes the more things stay the same, there are some great advances that I wish I had when I was playing. I intend not to judge others because I never can throw that first stone when it comes to being the one without sin. Although it may have been more, in the '90s I suffered two concussions. I was knocked out for more than 5 minutes each time. Within five minutes of being revived I was ready to play and did. (Please make your comments about how it all makes sense.) Which is why the sacrifices of college and professional athletes do not go unnoticed by myself and I never say that the targeting call in football and the concussion rules are less than
Everyone's tough until they get punched
manly. Mike Tyson said that everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. The pontification from the champ reminds me that I should try not to judge the calls when it comes to safety because even if it brings fame and fortune, my health is more valuable. Even though it is a warrior that can handle the job, but these warriors today usually have, a; wife and kid, or needs to go to class on Monday, or sometimes both. Also, the idea that you should not play the game if you can not handle the contact is akin to peer pressure when you do not want to drink at the party. I never heard a kid say in practice that he wants to be hit in the head several times until he is knocked unconscious to get ready for the next game.
          The most valuable thing I possess, and maybe others, is my mind. Where the mind goes the body follows, and any damage I may have incurred as an athlete that might lead me to a quicker state of dementia, knock on wood, will be something I pray will be avoided. I get angry when watching a game and I hear the yells from fans calling athletes or referees derogatory terms in regards to their sexuality when they look like there may be a safety issue. I tend to value human life and health a lot even if it is a teenager that needs to catch that pass over the middle to make me happy.
Junior Seau

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Madness' Best

When it is all over the dance in March continues in video. I remember when I watched these games, and I remember the thoughts I had. It would be hard to believe there is a world that does not pay attention to this event, but it has meant so much to me over the years. Not just appreciating the games, but the people that caused these moments to occur. Enjoy the trip down the memory lane.

Thank you +Evan Williams

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I Was in the Pool!!!!!!!!

The sea was angry that day, my friends. Like an old man trying to send soup back in a deli.

For the last few months I have been trying to train for a swim meet event in December. Yes a 42 year old man training for a swim meet, but 35 years of basketball doesn't allow myself the courtesy of joining the 2.2 bazillion people that run marathons or other running events so this is what I am doing to alleviate a 75 year old non ligamentous knee in a 42 year old body. It's strange though, that when I go into the locker room after a workout I think of this clip from Seinfeld:

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bring on the Madness

"March is a month without mercy for rabid basketball fans. There is no such thing as a 'gentleman gambler' when the Big Dance rolls around. All sheep will be fleeced, all fools will be punished severely...There are no rules when the deal goes down in the final weeks of March. Even your good friends will turn into monsters."
- Hunter S. Thompson
Say it's not over.

          It's the Christmas/Holiday time of the year, and it is sometimes referred to as the most wonderful time of the year denoted in a title of a holiday song. I call the +NCAA Men's Basketball March Madness  the most wonderful time of the year. 
          For three weeks, it holds my attention, and provides the equivalent of what a person addicted to nicotine goes through during withdrawal when the final second of the championship game ticks off the clock.
          During the tournament, a fan's team might be knocked out, and that might be a good reason not to watch the rest of the dance unfold, but the tournament can provide enough inspirational stories on a yearly basis to provide the non or loyal fan with as much drama as a +TMZ broadcast.
The Texas Western ( +UTEP- The University of Texas at El Paso  ) Miners 1966 by Opie Otterstad
          The champions of the given year may not even be remembered by some, but the stories and events that unfold during the tournament can be recalled by a cavalier observer that has accidentally been caught up in the drama. From +Bo Kimble (+Loyola Marymount University) to Adreian Payne's (+Michigan State University) Princess Lacey, the tournament is a bowl of emotional soup.

"...bowl of emotional soup."

           The positive aspect the tournament can also bring is that the stage can show that these are student athletes and for 95% of the players on any team will not be on TV again to play the game they love. For some players that will not go to the NBA, they show tremendous heart and courage to take on foes that are earmarked for some kind of invitation to play professional sports. That for most is the essence of the tournament, will George Mason really be able to beat UCONN? Will the relatively less touted VCU beat +Duke Basketball? Personally, I come back to watch the next, "I've never seen that before.", moment.

Lacey Holsworth 11/30/2005 to 04/08/2014

Thursday, March 10, 2016

It's Going to Happen

     Many times, sometimes, or seldom it takes people a great deal of internal motivation to get going in the direction they need to go. Negative thoughts, doubts, or just stagnation can become an internal debilitation that can keep each of us from getting something out of ourselves that we are capable. Then there are those stretches that you feel that you are on fire. You are helping others in a positive way, and feeling good about yourself. You feel the things you are doing leads to betterment both emotionally and for your life as a whole. However, it's going to happen. That day that something happens with something or someone that you don't think you deserve. Your faith in others and your own judgement will falter, and the doubt becomes bigger. You question your ability and blame others for your plight as well. You may take a day to say, "I will take a step back", and then a day becomes two, then three, and pretty soon the path you were on starts to fade away with your positivity. It's going to happen, but don't let it.
     I have had enough, for myself; not comparing this to others, but just my own life experience, to say, "when is the falling backwards going to stop." Kind of like the drive through at Starbucks in the morning, it never ends. (Just park the car and go in, it's faster.) When you feel, or hopefully recognize this is happening, put it into perspective, was it me? What is the real effect of what happened? and, How long will it take to resolve?
    Another, "it's going to happen", can work in a way that can handcuff your own path. For example, you feel that when things are going well, you think, what can happen that will derail my good momentum? Self defeating, yes, but those that can overcome this find the path gets better. For a sports blog, for me, it is my path to coaching. The fear that my life will become to difficult for the sacrifices that are needed to do what I am passionate about. Sometimes it may not be practical for kids that may have opportunities overseas to play ball. For that, I have no real solution other than to be honest with yourself and communicate with those who love you to work out what you want to accomplish. Of course, some things aren't feasible and alienation can occur based on your real life responsibilities, but can you sacrifice? that is up to you, but it's going to happen.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Coach's Quotes March 8th, 2016

Coach's Quotes for Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

"A coach must never forget he is a leader and not merely a person with authority." - John Wooden

The first thing that came to mind was to be a leader and not a boss. When a player comes to you with problems or criticism think first how you were fallible. Look for your internal faults then learn with the player. There are more than one perspective but it is important to make the decision when it comes to leading. Choosing the right decision after the reflection separates the successful coaches from the others.
It is easy to look back and choose John Wooden and see where he would be the gold standard of coaches. Measuring yourself and altering your style is not advisable. To thyne own self be true. Put your stamp on your teams. You don't need to be brash or obnoxious, just diligent in your pursuit with your players to achieve their full potential. John Wooden alliterated that his teams success wasn't measure by championship by his standards, rather for him it was whether his team reached their full potential.

Learn to Play the Clarett

     Watching the ESPN 30 for 30 episode called "Youngstown Boys" I saw a story that I see almost every day. Kids, like Clarett, grow up in adverse conditions that were not created by themselves or their choices. They are produced by an environment in which they are born. I was raised in the midst of a suburban area of middle to upper middle class families. Doug Gottlieb, of the Doug Gottlieb Show, mentions that kids that grow up in suburbia tend not to understand or have a fire to work hard at life including athletics or if they work hard have an easier route to success. If kids like Clarett are given any way out of their situation or perceived path, whether legal or illegal, will fight hard for success in that direction.

     If you have been watching the news you may have come across the new psychological term affluenza; that gives kids that are of families with means, an excuse for breaking the law. You may have formulated your own opinion. If you have poor families at one extreme, and affluent families on the other then the "excuse" should be applied to both extremes. The same lenience we give the affluent need to be given to the less than affluent in my opinion or the distance between the two will increase.

     I do not know every single detail of what transpired with Clarett and Ohio State University. Even if I watched the documentary I can not get full accounts to make more than a superficial assessment. What I gathered from the film is that the smaller entity was overpowered by a larger entity that had nothing to lose but their reputation. My feeling on educational leadership and educators is that they should always act in a manner that benefits the student or at least does the least amount of harm. If anything an institution that involves shaping young minds should try to act as advocates to the fullest extent possible if there is not significant irreparable damage imposed on the university in serving as that advocate. I saw no lasting damage that would have been done to OSU because of Clarett's situation. What did Ohio State gain by putting the restraints on his student athlete status? Really, the events unfolded the way they unfolded by the natural course of two different cultures not being able come to an understanding that would benefit the person who had the least resources to lose, but unfortunately everything to gain.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Act an Age

"I was a young lad when I was growing up."
- David O'Leary 
(ex-Irish Soccer Manager)
Will you guys let me retire yet?
          Have you heard phrases like; age isn't anything but a number, or; age is all in your head? I believe the statements are accurate, but being old isn't like it used to be when I was young.
          When I have a vigorous workout, not only does it take longer to recover, but it takes longer to get sore from the workout. I don't know which workout I am sore from the next day.    
           Speaking of professional athletes, it is obvious that some fans don't appreciate a whole body of work when a professional athlete, or even an athlete that never made it from out of the amatuer ranks, becomes ancient in the sports world. In any professional sport, if you last more than three years as a large contributor of a team, you usually can be considered as above average. The players that last 5 years or more have really accomplished more than what is the norm. Kids don't understand the normal longevity of a pro athelete, and the elite players are only the 1 percenters. Kids dream about being an athlete mostly because they see dollar signs more than personal achievement.

"Being old isn't like it used to be when I was young."

If you could, wouldn't you?
 The fact that the salaries for players, though they are what the market will bear, lures kids to focus on priorities that lead them away from what will benefit them throughout life. It is positive if the pursuit of sports greatness leads to an accomplishment of an education they would normally not be able to achieve. Living off of an +NFL+NBA, +NHL, +PGA TOUR, or +MLB salary can be lucrative but still probably will not last a lifetime, however; a skill, or developing an ability to be a lifelong learner can carry a person through a prosperous life. An average person's education ends after school, but learning does not, and the ability to figure things out on one's own is the most valuable thing one can get out of an education. If that is missed, you will be following people looking for a fish instead of catching fish on your own.

          "I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person." - Socrates, quoted by Plato, "The Death of Socrates"

Thursday, March 3, 2016

This Day in Sports History March 3rd

1990 - Hakeem (Then Akeem) has a box score line of 29 points, 18 rebounds, 11 blocks, 10 assists, and 5 steals. That is called a quadruple double. This quadruple double has only been duplicate 2 other times in NBA History.
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1875 - Today in 1875 marked the first indoor hockey game in Montreal, Canada at the Victoria Skating Rink. Were they quoted as saying, "I went to a fight, and a hockey game broke out."

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