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Published continually since 1998 -it was a Blog before there was such a word! Presenting news and views - often outrageous, always thought-provoking - on a wide variety of topics, usually related in some way to coaching, to leadership, to citizenship. Items cover coaching, football, football history, education, parenting, kids, other sports, leadership, patriotism - even, sometimes, my Double Wing!
flagTUESDAY,  APRIL  28,  2015-   "Four brave men who do not know each other will not dare to attack a  lion.  Four less brave, but knowing each other well, sure of their reliability and  consequentially of mutual aid, will attack resolutely."   Ardent du Picq, French Military Officer

*********** In our win-at-all-costs society, few kids are ever given a chance to learn about sportsmanship.  In professional sports especially, there’s little left  that has anything to do with sportsmanship, with respect for the game and one’s opponents.  But there stands hockey, a sport that in my estimation few athletes from other sports would have the toughness to play, as  an example to the others.

Easily the noblest tradition in all of sports is hockey’s handshake line, which takes place after the final game of a series.  None of the “good job…good job…good job” or “nice game… nice game…nice game” insincerity of the high school football walk-through. Those guys, who only minutes before were committing mayhem in a manner unseen in any of the other team sports - and on skates, yet - actually take the time to talk to each other.

It’s one of my favorite moments in sports. It’s everything that sports ought to be about.


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