Thoughts regarding sports and mentoring.
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Best Red – Believe

May 26th, 2013 | Comments Off on Best Red – Believe

Best Red shares the best sports articles or inspiring videos of the week.

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1. The Block
Courtesy of CBS Sports and Roy Hibbert

Defense in any sport is a precious and sadly fleeting commodity. In the NBA, a growing fear of posterization has led many players to not take the risk this Pacer did.

2. People are Awesome
Courtesy of YouTube and Andreas Norholt

Visual proof that anything is possible.

3. High School Training Ground
Courtesy of TED and Malcolm London

“Young poet, educator and talented activist Malcolm London performs his stirring poem about life on the front lines of high school.” Words cannot describe his words.

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Bucking Bronco

January 16th, 2012 | Comments Off on Bucking Bronco

Maintaining composure and playing hard in a losing effort shows toughness.

The Denver Broncos were already off the map. Few expected them to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers the previous week, and even fewer considered them much of a threat to the seemingly invincible New England Patriots, led by Tom Brady.

After a quick start for the Pats, the Broncos appeared to weather Brady’s opening salvo in a game that again looked poised to live up to all the pregame hype.

One quarter and 28 unanswered points later, this rematch (like the first game) was once again out of reach for any Tebow Time heroics. Spurring tweets like…


and…

To be fair, no team needs to explain building a large lead in the first half of a playoff game. And to quote Herm Edwards… the Patriots were playing to win the game.

Winning and losing are guaranteed in competitive sports.

Fortunately, winning and losing has nothing to do with character or toughness.

But, what happens when the losses are by large margins?

This week I witnessed first hand a high school basketball team beating a rival by more than 50 points. It was an uncomfortable situation to experience as a fan.

Both coaches struggled to manage the passions of their players. The winning coach demanded humility – the losing coach, hustle and heart. The final minute of the game awkwardly ran down with a player standing with the ball on his hip unguarded.

At least football has the kneel down.

Unfortunately, the aggressiveness and passion required to play competitive sports with heart and hustle sometimes overwhelm humility and result in ugly displays.

On Saturday, rookie linebacker Von Miller allowed frustration to get the best him.

Come on, Von. You are the Defensive Rookie of the Year and already demand the respect of peers, experts, and fans with your toughness and quality of play.

Losing with humility shows toughness.

Don’t be that guy.

The Lead Block challenges players to play with humility, heart, and hustle regardless the score. To find out how you or your organization can become a part, click ABOUT.

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Best Red – Putter Slinging

August 5th, 2011 | 2 comments

Every Friday, Best Red will list the best sports articles (or videos) of the week.

1. Jim Nantz Interview
Courtesy of YouTube, CBS, and The Greenbrier Classic

A great interview with the 2011 Greenbrier Champ.  Although, a quick look at the view count only furthers my suspicions there is a conspiracy to not promote Scott.

2. The Proud Parents
Courtesy of WBIR.com and Tim & Cheryl Stallings

My favorite part was Tim (Scott’s father) declaring to those in the Greeenbrier stands around him, “That’s my son!”  The family picture on the bridge is an instant classic.

3. The Value of a Win
Courtesy of Scott Stallings and BNet.com

When he is not making dramatic comebacks, taking victory laps around the green, and slinging putters, Stallings writes for an awesome blog over on BNet.com.

4. The Big Moment
Courtesy of YouTube and the PGA Tour

Congrats again, Scott and Jennifer.  I may or may not be trying to copyright the ‘Putter Sling’ celebration and would greatly appreciate tips for proper technique.

 


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Weekly Block – Top Titan Moves

August 3rd, 2011 | Comments Off on Weekly Block – Top Titan Moves

Each Wednesday, the Weekly Block will cover everything that matters in the world of sports.  To me.  And maybe you, too.

1. Scott Stallings (Won Greenbrier Classic)(26th in FedExCup Points)

Maybe now PGATour.com, CBS, the Golf Channel, ESPN, and Yahoo! Sports will figure out that Stallings is for real.  Congrats and see you on the leaderboard, Scott!

2. Chicago Cubs (45-65)(5th in NL Central)

The trade of Kosuke Fukudome and the lack of free agency moves raise red flags.  Maybe ownership and the front office are contemplating a change.

3. Memphis Grizzlies (What Could Have Been…)

Apparently, there was a trade lined up in February that would have sent O.J. Mayo away for… well, something better.  Isn’t it sad that NBA news comes from February?

4. Tennessee Titans (The Holdout: Part 2)

The only thing worse than the horrific cinematic sequels being forced on the general public this summer, is an equally draining contract drama with Chris Johnson, again.

5. Final Block (Top Titan Moves)

Like most NFL teams, the Tennessee Titans made a flurry of moves last week after the NFL lockout wall came down.  Here are their moves (so far) graded and profiled.

(A-) Matt Hasselbeck (Signed in Free Agency – Seattle Seahawks)
The addition of this veteran passer from Seattle has been the haul of the preseason.  He will be a great mentor for the new #10 and solve the QB problem this year.

(B+) Barrett Ruud (Signed in Free Agency – Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Six months ago this guy was a top linebacker prospect by this expert.  Ruud brings leadership, experience, and size to a linebacking corps that was lacking.

( B ) Akeem Ayers (Drafted 2nd Round – 39th overall)
Already the rave of training camp, Ayers will have plenty of opportunities to become a force in Jerry Gray’s new defense.  Defensive Rookie of the Year?

(B-) Jake Locker (Drafted 1st Round – 8th overall) (The new #10)
The Titans have received an unjustifiable amount of flack for their 8th overall pick.  But, what Locker lacks in polish he makes up for in work ethic and desire.

(C+) Daniel Graham (Signed in Free Agency – Denver Broncos)
Jared Cook and Craig Stevens are making leaps and bounds in camp, but it never hurts to bring in a veteran tight end with playoff experience that weighs 257 pounds.

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Scott Stallings is a Champ

August 1st, 2011 | 7 comments

Yesterday, I did something I have never done before… I watched golf with the passion that I normally watch an NFL game (and the occasional World Cup match).

He did it.

Oak Ridge native, Scott Stallings, won the Greenbrier Classic for his first PGA Tour victory.

What’s more, he won in one of the most dramatic come from behind wins of the 2011 PGA season.  On the back nine holes of the final round, Stallings demonstrated resilience and commanding poise.

Counting the playoff hole, Stallings had 7 birdies in the last 10 holes.  Two of which, were back-to-back on the 18th hole with everyone watching (both in the stands and across the country).

On a day where Stallings was in the final pairing with Anthony Kim, the tournament looked to be well within his grasp.  But, after 4 bogeys in the first 9 holes, this blogger and many others (including CBS) reluctantly counted the lurking champ out.

But not Scott.  Resilience is a powerful weapon in the hands of a champ.

The critical sequence of the round for Stallings was an errant tee shot on hole 17, most likely because play was virtually stopped for 20 minutes as groups piled up waiting to finish the hole.

After a penalty stroke, Stallings’ two approach shots left him with too long a putt for par and he settled for a bogey that would drop him one shot off a shared lead with only one hole to make up the difference.

Birdieing a par-3 with the pressure of everyone watching and the all-too-recent memory of what just happened at hole 17, is too much for most PGA rookies.

And when Stallings made birdie, his only reward was a sudden death playoff against 2 players (Bob Estes and Bill Haas) already waiting.

Then, as casually as I type this sentence, Stallings did this.

He did it.

Scott Stallings was a champ long before this win at Greenbrier.  But, it is nice now that everyone else knows it.  See you at the Masters, Mr. Stallings.

 

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