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Archive for March, 2010

Are You Great?

Spring has brought the usual array of new baseball books, and one of them should catch the eye of coaches everywhere. It’s called “The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong,” by David Shenk. The content shouldn’t come as any surprise if you’ve read books […]

The Agony of Defeat

ABC’s Wide World of Spots had it right years ago when it opened the show with the phrase “The Thrill of Victory, and the Agony of Defeat.” You see it all through March Madness as one team advances and the other goes home. It’s sad but true: the more time, effort and passion you invest […]

Another Blot on Women’s Sports

Female athletes are acting more and more like their male counterparts. And that’s not good. Wednesday night provided the latest example, when Baylor’s Brittney Griner punched Texas Tech’s Jordan Barncastle in the face. Griner will be sitting out two games. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said in a statement issued late Thursday that Griner will be […]

Being the Best

We just finished two weeks of watching athletes who fought to be the best. Now March Madness gives us another example. Tina Charles recently became UConn’s career leader in scoring and rebounds and stands as quite possibly the best player in the country entering the tournament season. “She told me when she came to Connecticut, […]

Problems and Possibilities

Every problem disguises a possibility. And so it is with all the snowstorms, which, among other things, have complicated life for baseball and softball coaches around large parts of the United States. Fields are covered with snow. One coach in Virginia told me he doesn’t expect to even see green until April. Even so, the […]

Canada’s New Hero

I first heard of Sidney Crosby years ago when a sports writer friend mentioned a young man who was supposed to be the next Wayne Gretzky. Hockey insiders had even anointed him “The Next One.” Now, of course, this young man no longer has to be the next Gretzky. It’s quite enough for him to […]