Thoughts regarding sports and mentoring.
Caution: Severe Tennessee Titan, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Cubs, and Scott Stallings bias.


January 21st, 2014 | Comments Off on Respectworthy

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman ruffled a few feathers with the post game press conference screamed round the world.

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Is there anything wrong with Sherman’s passion?

Not really. Players that make big plays on big stages in big moments should be allowed to celebrate those moments appropriately with their teammates and fans.

Still, it would be wise for the NFL and every sporting league to consider adding a buffering time after competition for players and coaches to reflect before responding to questions. Fans and media alike can still drink in the raw emotions, after the adrenaline is drained.

Is Sherman ‘classless’, ‘a thug’, or ‘a human piece of garbage’?

Not exactly. Hardly. And obviously not, although I do enjoy the quite ironic description.

Apparently, the high road is closed in more places than just Seattle.

Did Sherman miss an opportunity?


It is clear after watching, reading, and observing Sherman on the football field that respect is a hot button issue for him. Respect for his game, his character, his education, his accomplishments. Disrespect him and be prepared for the business end of his bravado.

For the record, I do respect all of the above. He is a first team Pro Bowl talent who passionately volunteers and generously gives to charities in his community, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Stanford University, and is what I consider a genuine success story.

Still, Richard missed an opportunity to demonstrate transcendent character on Sunday. Showing others the respect they have refused you is both noble and inspiring. Any observer would recognize that posture of humility and grace as a position held by someone of power, worthy of emulation and respect.

The fundamental misunderstanding of respect is its origins. The giver creates respect, as the result of observing someone worthy of the gift.

Unlike a Kaepernick pass fluttering back to earth, respect is not something to be snatched out of air in a show of superior strength, intelligence, or chest thumping.

Respect can only be given.

So, the real question is…

Is Sherman worthy? And are you?

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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, 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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