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Historic Venue

This past weekend, NASCAR made its once-a-year visit to the most famous and historic race track in the world—the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The site of the legendary pagoda tower overseeing the 2.5 mile oval is one that stirs the hearts of racers and race fans alike. Like Yankee Stadium in baseball, Anfield Stadium in English…

The Importance Of Recognition

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The Importance Of Recognition

Last week, NFL training camps got into full swing and that meant that rookies—especially rookie quarterbacks—were drinking from a fire hose. For rookies (and players who have switched teams), there is an enormous amount of playbook information to process. There is a huge amount of vocabulary and terminology to learn. And, for quarterbacks, there is…

Making the Move

I think the very first time that I ever understood the reality that sports is a business was as a boy of thirteen when Frank Robinson, my favorite player at that time, was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles. Robinson was outstanding in every phase of the game, and played with a…

The Whole Package

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The Whole Package

One of the ads run on TV in advance of the All Star was promoting baseball’s best player, Mike Trout of the LA Angels. The promo said that Trout, “Hits like Mickey. Runs like Rickey. Fields like Willie.” By the way, that would be Mickey Mantle, Rickey Henderson, and Willie Mays. To call that high…

Kicking It into Gear

With the All-Star break behind us, Major League Baseball now begins its marathon dash to the finish line—and the post-season. For teams that are fading out of contention, it is time to ponder whether or not to sell players and bring in young prospects to build with for the future. For teams in contention, it…

Maintaining Self-Control

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Maintaining Self-Control

In every sport, there are moments where there could potentially be a flashpoint. A moment where tempers can easily boil over because the individuals involved snap—they react to the moment, rather than stop and think it over before acting. In NASCAR, it’s when someone else’s mistake wrecks your car. In football, that flashpoint may come…

Ageless Wonder

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Ageless Wonder

Beginning tomorrow, the world’s greatest golfers will assemble at Royal Liverpool Golf Club for golf’s oldest major, The Open Championship. American Phil Mickelson will be defending the Claret Jug that he won last year at Muirfield, making him but one of the previous winners to be part of the field. Among those previous winners will…

The Global Game

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The Global Game

Yesterday, the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, the World Cup, came to a conclusion with the final match being played at the Estadio de Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. What began with 32 teams from across the globe was settled with Germany defeating Argentina for the Cup. The 2014 edition has been widely praised as one…

The Ultimate Reward

There can be no argument that John Wooden has been the most successful college basketball coach of all time. Certainly, other coaches have surpassed him in total wins and winning percentage, but in a sport (like so many sports) where winning is lifted above all else, Wooden nevertheless stands alone. During his extraordinary coaching career…

Midsummer Classics

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup draws to a conclusion, Major League Baseball is driving toward its annual All Star break. This year, while world footballers labor in Brazil, the best players in the National and American Leagues will convene at target Field in Minneapolis next Tuesday, July 15, and the festivities will, as always,…

Back In The Race

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Back In The Race

The last two years have been quite a struggle for players and fans of the Los Angeles Angels. With sometimes ineffective starting pitching, a shaky bullpen, and a string of ongoing injuries to key position players, the Halos were hurting—both physically and metaphorically. After 10 years of division titles and playoff appearances, the last few…

Free Indeed

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Free Indeed

The Fourth of July weekend in the United States is always a time of celebration—and that celebration includes sports. Baseball games will have special tributes, fireworks displays, and patriotic gear for players and fans alike. This weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Motor Speedway, will also carry a decidedly patriotic…

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Difficult Days

This past weekend, Tiger Woods played in a PGA Tour event for the first time since undergoing back surgery in March. The scene was the extremely difficult Congressional Country Club in Bethesda MD, and Woods looked like he had been away for a while. At one point in his opening round, he was +6 before…

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A Giant Leap

With the conclusion of group stage play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the US Men’s National Team has gone from many, many small steps of progress to a giant leap forward—not only in their place in world football (soccer) but also in a vastly heightened awareness among American sports fans. The USMNT not only…

Leading By Example

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Leading By Example

In a few weeks, NFL training camps will open and the summer grind of heat, humidity, and hard work will begin for players anticipating the 2014 season. The coaches will be there—some of them (like Mike Pettine in Cleveland) will be leading their first ever NFL camp and others (like Bill Belichick in New England)…