The Blues Go Marching In

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“When the Blues go marching in, oh when the Blues go marching in. Oh Lord, I want to me in that number, when the Blues go marching in.” I’ve been singing that song for decades. Actually, I’ve been singing that song for 52 years. Over the past few weeks I’d find myself singing it on bike rides as the Blues…

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The Warriors Are Warriors

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There is a lot to admire from watching the run of the 2-time defending NBA Champions. They exemplify so much grit and determination in their attempt at winning the NBA title for the third consecutive year. The truth is the NBA season should be over. The Toronto Raptors should be NBA Champions by now. The Golden State Warriors have been…

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The Tiger Comeback

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The amazing happened at the Masters Golf Tournament in early April. Tiger Woods won the tournament. By all accounts a couple years ago most people, including myself, thought Tiger Woods would never win a major tournament again. Tiger has had to overcome so much adversity over the past many years. Some of which was within his control, but much of…

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Leadership 101

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This “course”, has no real manual. Much of what you learn is through your own experience. You can gain more insight by reading about the topic or by discussing real experiences with other people in a leadership position. The journey should likely have so many positive experiences and interactions with the players on a team or with employees in an…

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Two Deadly Mistakes

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This past weekend I attended the United States Professional Tennis Association/Missouri Valley Division Annual Convention in Wichita, KS. I gave an on-court presentation that was tennis specific entitled “Coaching Dynamic Team Practices the Bruin Way.” There was also a presentation given that included some valuable tips on the mental side of sports. The presentation was given by Jeff Salzenstein (www.tennisevolution.com)…

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Leadership and The Roller Coaster Ride of Managing Emotions

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The 22nd Annual WIN (Women’s Intersport Network) Luncheon was held today, February 5, in Columbia, Missouri. The feature guest speaker was Katrina Adams. Katrina is the Immediate Past President and Chairman of the Board of the United States Tennis Association. She shared her personal story about how she grew up on the west side of Chicago and her road the…

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It’s Taken From You – Now What?

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Both the NFC and the AFC Championship Games on January 20 were instant classics as they both were decided in overtime. The competitive fight and spirit by the players in each game was at such a high level. We all know the more you put into it, the more it hurts when the outcome does not go your way. These…

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Feeling Blue

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How do you as a coach, player, or fan deal with a team that lacks enough talent to win? It’s a tough situation to deal with in a sports world of constant comparison. I’ll use one of my two favorite sports teams as an example. I’m feeling blue about the St. Louis Blues. The organization tries so hard. They get…

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Patrick Mahomes – Mr. Resilient

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Why is This Quarterback So Good? It’s amazing what Patrick Mahomes has accomplished as a quarterback in the NFL this season. He’s in his second year in the League and his first year as a starter. What makes him so great and likely to be great for many years ahead? Talent Patrick has so much talent and accuracy in his…

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Creating the Right Mind-Set for the End

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Our Rock Bridge High School Girls Tennis Team won the state title in Class 2 Tennis in Missouri for the fifth consecutive year on Thursday, October 18. There were a few things that stand out to me that helped put us in a position to be a contender this season. First of all we had some very good players at…

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