Thoughts regarding sports and mentoring.
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Disappointing

October 7th, 2014 | Comments Off on Disappointing

University of Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp delivers a quote that reveals the ugly landscape in competitive collegiate sports.

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Just two Saturdays ago, University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt delivered this wise observation following an exciting win over the University of Tennessee.

Well said, Coach.

Sadly, the battle of mutual respect between players appears lost with examples like this and this. The next front appears to be coaches, after this emotionally-powered blast from University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp on Saturday just moments after Florida defeated Tennessee 10-9 in Neyland Stadium.

First off, it is worth mentioning that Muschamp is on the coaching hot seat and this win could go a long way in helping him keep his job through the end of the season.

Also, sometimes it seems baiting by media and the fans that consume it, to ram a microphone in the face of a player or coach immediately following a mentally and emotionally taxing marathon of physical competition.

Finally, as consumers of competitive collegiate sports, it is important to be honest with ourselves. If we expect collegiate sports to be about character, education, teamwork, and the molding of young minds, then we need to begin behaving as though values matter more than recruiting classes, wins, and championships.

Coaches and athletic directors are paid by you and I (with our cable subscriptions, tickets, and sports apparel) to win games and championships. Everything else is a peripheral luxury that we blindly hope happens, while fearfully suspecting it is not.

We cannot have it both ways.
We must choose one over the other.
That is how values work.

Just ask University of Texas football fans about their season.

Does Coach Muschamp deserve a pass for his disrespectful and immature snipe?

Not at all, but maybe the blame for a man like Will Muschamp being given an opportunity to influence so many and be heard on national television does not reside in Gainesville, but somewhere a bit closer to home.

Encouraging coaches and players to give and earn respect is what The Lead Block is all about. To find out more about how you can become a part, click HERE.

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#100 – Manning vs. Tebow

March 14th, 2012 | Comments Off on #100 – Manning vs. Tebow

After ten months, The Lead Block mentoring movement is impacting the lives of players at the high school and college level with  6 athletic programs.

Here are the readers’ top picks from the 100 blog posts along the way.

10. More than a Handshake
The Lions and 49ers each had great seasons, but the most interesting occurrence for each team was this post-game exchange between their young head coaches.

9. Everything You Hate About Pro Athletes
Athletic stereotypes are difficult to overcome, especially for professional athletes. One of The Lead Block‘s goals is to help players overcome these misconceptions.

8. Sure Bet
Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) demonstrates good humor during the NFL Lockout, EA delivers a top-notch commercial, and Michael Jordan wins a golf bet with a fan.

7. Field of Dreams 2
Another Best Red in the Top 10 (should bring this back), complete with the most clutch golf shot I have ever seen, the human homerun, and the sports video of 2011.

6. Pursuit of Perfection
Nobody is perfect. However, one NFL quarterback achieved perfection in his career. Tom Brady’s career is a testimony to the rewards of a commitment to excellence.

5. Join The Lead Block
The Lead Block would not be possible without a community of supporters and partners. By the way, becoming a partner might be easier than you think.

4. Putter Slinging
Scott Stallings trot around the 18th hole at the Greenbrier Classic, leading to his putter fling in jubilation is one of the best live sports moments of 2011.

3. Lead Blocking
This updated and in-depth description of the personal mentoring offered by The Lead Block is the best page to share with friends and family who are interested.

2. Scott Stallings is a Champ
One of the best final round comebacks of 2011, Scott forever stamped his name on the Greenbrier Trophy. I am already looking forward to seeing him at The Masters.

1. The Thing About Tim Tebow
Tebow-mania may be so 2011, if John Elway and the Denver Broncos mange to land the biggest free agent signing in my lifetime. Only Peyton could unseat Tebow.

 

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Titan Thursday – Week 14 Predictions

December 8th, 2011 | 1 comment

Every week, Titan Thursday will share predictions of each week’s NFL match-ups.

Overall Record: 123-69

Week 13 (Record: 10-6)

Shame of the Week: Kansas City Chiefs over the Chicago Bears
The similarity in name of Tyler Palko and Shane Falco was hard enough to ignore. Then, the quarterback Kansas City team management brought in to “solve” the situation leaves the game and the replacement Chiefs win like this?! Classic.

Pick ‘Em Again: Falcons over Texans
If the NFL played these games again this weekend, under the same conditions, I would pick the exact same way.  And I genuinely believe I would be right this time.

Shoulda’ Known Better: Seahawks over Eagles, Dolphins over Raiders
On any given Sunday… ah, this is the only way this game could ever end.

 

Week 14

New Orleans Saints over the Tennessee Titans
The Titans are 0-4 when allowing more than 17 points this season. And since New Orleans has not been held to less than 21 points in any game, the Titans will have to score early and often. The Saints are a mere 3-3 away and in the elements this year.

Dallas Cowboys over the New York Giants
This is by far the biggest risk of a pick this week. Everything points to a predicatable Dallas December meltdown and Giant resurrection looking eerily similar to the 2007 Super Bowl squad. Regardless the outcome, this is hardly the NFC East clincher.

 

Steelers over Browns
Just when I thought recklessly capturing the Cleveland market was a memory.

Patriots over Redskins
Rex Grossman should have a great [fantasy] day, that inevitably will go up in flames.

Dolphins over Eagles
Who am I to argue with Karlos Dansby’s divine theory of Tebow-time transference?

Falcons over Panthers
This is the biggest game of Newton’s rookie season. Winning would send a message.

Buccaneers over Jaguars
This game is a toss up and not in the good way. Both teams are struggling right now.

Bengals over Texans
A.J. Yates received the benefit of one of Atlanta’s worst offensive games of the year.

Lions over Vikings
Christian Ponder will shred a defense on Sunday. Then again, so will Matt Stafford.

Jets over Chiefs
Fireman Ed hopes the Chief huddle looks something like this on Sunday afternoon.

Ravens over Colts
Baltimore has some history of losing these kinds of games and Orvlosky looks great.

Broncos over Bears
Look for another 4th quarter featuring Tebow-time. The Bears’ injuries are just sad.

49ers over Cardinals
With the division clinched, Jim Harbaugh and Co. are more vulnerable to letdowns.

Chargers over Bills
The Bolts playoff hopes are probably far-fetched, but hope floats for another week.

Packers over Raiders
Are there more disappointing teams than the Raiders, Bills, and Lions this season?

Seahawks over Rams
Underestimating the Seahawks and overestimating the Rams was my mistake.

 

 

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Tough to Understand

October 24th, 2011 | 1 comment

[cue heavy sigh] Ndamukong Suh is one of a growing number of young players in professional sports that does not understand the true meaning of toughness.

On Sunday, Suh along with a Detroit Lion teammate, mocked injured Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan as he writhed on the ground after suffering an ankle injury.

This was not a display of toughness.

 

Toughness IS NOT

mindlessly breaking rules designed to increase player safety.

insulting your opponent, fool-hearty fans, or any NFL authority.

allowing your frustration or emotions get the best of you.

instigating a physical altercation to “motivate” your teammates or coaches.

 

For players like Suh and James Harrison toughness and respect are apparently earned through brutal or excessive penalties and chest thumping in interviews and on-field antics. In reality, demonstrating true toughness is far more challenging.

 

Toughness IS

finishing a game injured.

showing restraint following a late hit or opponent’s taunt.

believing in yourself and your team when no one else does.

finishing games that are lost causes.

 

Toughness is an inner-strength that is outwardly apparent.

Hopefully, this is just a phase for Suh, who is both a gifted and dominant young NFL defensive star that could set a great example of true toughness for years to come.


At The Lead Block, we encourage and expect toughness from our players and create opportunities for those players to use that toughness in pursuit of their destiny.

Be sure to check out the ABOUT page to find out more about how you can join a mentoring movement that changes the world.  One destiny at a time.

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More than a Handshake

October 17th, 2011 | 3 comments

The Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers are off to hot starts. Sadly, the two squads head coaches’ post-game handshake turned into an ugly scene on Sunday.

Three years ago, Jim Schwartz left an NFL best Tennessee Titan team (as defensive coordinator) to become a head coach for the Ford family in Detroit. A decision that seemed foolhardy, especially after two seasons with a combined 6-24 record.

But, 2011 is a totally different story. The Lions look like a legitimate NFC power and real threat to challenge the daunted division rival Green Bay Packers. Stafford, Johnson, and Best provide more than enough offense for Schwartz’s defense.

Schwartz is a good up-and-coming coach with a lot of unchecked passion.

This year is Jim Harbaugh’s rookie season as an NFL coach and to say he has overachieved would be an understatement. A frontrunner for NFL Coach of the Year, Harbaugh has cemented and ignited a 49er team everyone slept on.

But, Harbaugh has a history of his own for violating coaching decorum and until recently had a well-documented history with Pete Carroll. Ironically, now that Carroll and Harbaugh are reunited in the NFC West, the hard-feelings appear softened.

Harbaugh is simply a new NFL coach trying to earn respect from his peers.

Put these two emotionally charged teams and young coaches together for the best early season game of the year and enjoy, right? Unfortunately, a great conference showdown will be obscured by experts and columnists alike for this fracas.

And all because Harbaugh and Schwartz neglected humility in their handshake.

Just look at their resumes. Accomplishment and achievement through hard work and determination drip from each of their stories. They are more similar than different.

Humility does not require restraining emotion, rather valuing respect more.

Mr. Harbaugh, why not honor a coach like you that has worked hard with his players to become one of the best teams in the NFL for a city that desperately needs it?

Mr. Schwartz, why not humbly accept defeat and realize that your opponent is passionately celebrating this win because of his respect for the caliber of your team?

I believe the growing lack of humility in players at every level is directly proportional to the growing lack of mutual respect amongst coaches.

At The Lead Block, we strive to encourage and value humility from players, while supporting and promoting coaches that demand respect in themselves.

Be sure to check out the ABOUT page to find out more about how you can join a mentoring movement that changes the world.  One destiny at a time.

 

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Titan Thursday – Week 6 Predictions

October 13th, 2011 | 1 comment

Every week, Titan Thursday will share predictions of each week’s NFL match-ups.


Overall Record: 48-29

Week 5 (Record: 8-5)

Shame of the Week: Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants
Are you kidding me, Eli Manning?! First you say that you are in the class of Tom Brady, then you start the season head of the class with Tom Brady, and now you lose to the Seahawks?! Unbelievable.

Pick ‘Em Again: Eagles over Bills
If the NFL played these games again this weekend, under the same conditions, I would pick the exact same way.  And I genuinely believe I would be right this time.

Shoulda’ Known Better: Raiders over Texans, Steelers over Titans
On any given Sunday… ah, this is the only way these games could ever end.


Week 6

Detroit Lions over the San Francisco 49ers
The Lion bandwagon is crowded, which means a letdown is imminent. And if any team can sneak up on the Lions, its Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers. This has all the makings of a trap game, but the Lions will extend their winning streak to 10 games.

Philadelphia Eagles over the Washington Redskins
What is wrong with the Eagles, right now? Exactly. There really is no explanation for the underachievement of this squad. The NFC Chargers are off to a slow start, but I still do not trust the Redskins and this game is very intriguing…

 

Packers over Rams
Ahem, fantasy owners. Should the NFL institute a mercy rule just for this game?

Bengals over Colts
I am buying the conspiracy theorists. “Suck for Luck” is in full effect for Indy.

Bills over Giants
Does this count as a trap game for the Bills? It should. Manning is the wildcard.

Falcons over Panthers
Could Atlanta really be 4th in the NFC South after this week? Surely not.

Steelers over Jaguars
Ben Roethlisberger woke up last week. Ironically, this game will put you to sleep.

Raiders over Browns
A tribute season for Al Davis just launched this team into overdrive. Lookout.

Ravens over Texans
Houston is not ready to win the AFC South. In this season, how is that possible?

Saints over Buccaneers
The Saints are vulnerable, but the Bucs have much bigger problems to sort out.

Patriots over Cowboys
I would love to pick the Cowboys here, but I have absolutely no faith in Romo.

Bears over Vikings
The Bears will play angry and might just launch Ponder-time in Minnesota early.

Jets over Dolphins
Against all odds, Mark Sanchez will not be the worst QB on the field next Monday.

Byes: Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks

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