I found an incredible article from the New York Times about two female softball players who helped a girl from the opposing team around the bases after she blasted a home run.
“She hit it over the fence,” Holtman said Tuesday. “She deserved it. Anybody would have done it. I just beat them to it.” She said she had been taught by her coach, Gary Frederick, that “winning is not everything.”
Many athletes, parents, coaches and fans should read this story and take a lesson from it.
Detroit Free Press on former coach and long-time Detroit Pistons scout Will Robinson has passed away. Robinson was 96. TNT announcer Doug Collins on Robinson.
“I remember meeting Coach for the first time, and I was just swept away by his dignity and his class,” Collins said. “When you looked into his eyes, you saw a man who had it. He had charisma and I’ll never forget, he called me ‘Champ,’ and he said: ‘Champ, I looked at some tape watching you play and if you want to go to where I think you want to go, if you listen to me, I’ll help get you there. I believed him from the moment I met him, and I believed him every day since.”
NBC SPORTS is reporting that Larry Brown will be named head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. Pretty ironic that the greatest basketball player of all-time wants Mr. Brown to run the show. If you know anything about Brown, you know he wants his players t play the right way.
Coaching Better basketball is a solid website that really breaks down the game. They use clips from various outlets to explain certain situations. it’s worth the double-click.
As many of you know, I have been a huge New York Knicks fan since 1970. One season, I attended 39 out of 41 home games at 33rd and 8th. The New York Daily News is telling us that Kenny Smith, formerly of Archbishop Molloy is going to interview for the GM position with the Knickerbockers.
The same article also states that Mark Jackson interviewed for the head coaching position. For all non-New York basketball fans, it should be noted that both Jackson and Smith graduated high school the same year. I think both of these CHSAA alumni would be great fits for the Knicks.
Now all they need is Chris Mullin to come back in some capacity.
Frank Deford, a sports writer who I admire dearly and love his work once said, “to me, the most nonsensical remark in sports is that ‘the best team didn’t win.’ Listen, the best team always wins; otherwise, there is no point keeping score.”
Amen Frankie baby, amen!
Suzanne Yoculan is going for her 9th NCAA title at the University of Georgia. USA Today takes us inside and lets us know what it’s like being ‘loved’ and ‘hated’. Isn’t that what most coaches go through?
“They already know what they are doing; they know the fundamentals, and have worked very hard before they come to Georgia,” says Yoculan, who says she makes about $350,000 a year, including income from her camps. “What these girls need is somebody to motivate them, to teach them how to be prepared, to bring them together as a team, and how to eat right because most of them, when they get here, have been deprived of food.
“The fundamentals? I know the fundamentals, but I also have to be a fundraiser and fight for the program”
How about how people perceive her?
“If you look in the chat rooms, they hate me,” Yoculan says. “I used to look on the Internet at the things people would say about me, then I would cry. A lot of people support me; some hate me.”
Coach Yoculan, I support you. Keep kicking ass… that’s all she wrote!