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Pat Summitt

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Unspoken Understandings

Over the weekend, my family went for dessert at Holsten’s, the ice cream parlor where they filmed the final episode of “The Sopranos.” It was my first trip there since the series ended, and, upon walking in, I asked the waitress, “Where was Tony?” There were no more words needed. She knew that I was […]

Sorry State of Affairs

’Twas the season for apologies. First, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and Giants quarterback Eli Manning apologized to fans for the team’s brutal performance against the Atlanta Falcons. Then yesterday, University of Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl issued an apology after four of his players were arrested in a traffic stop and […]

Teaching Values

Every time you see a sports team with an extraordinary winning streak, you immediately ask, “How do they do it?” Thanks to the eagle eye of Larry O’Connor, who pointed out a recent story in the New York Times, we get another chance to analyze the question. This time it’s Smith Center, Kan., home to […]

Lessons from a Legend

Like the rest of us, Pat Summitt, legendary coach of the Tennessee women’s basketball team, finds lessons everywhere. She recently ran into one in her own life. As she mentions in this video clip, Summitt came home one day to find her son had been cut from his basketball team. He was in tears. Summitt’s […]

Winning Made Simple

“Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition — in having put forth the best within you.” — Henry J. Kaiser Coaches and players often make things too complicated. It’s this simple: In order to win, you simply must play better than the opponent. You don’t have to be bigger, stronger […]

Accepting Responsibility

  “The price of greatness is responsibility.” — Winston Churchill   The next victory for Pat Summitt will be the 1000th of her career. Summitt, coach of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team, goes after the milestone Monday night at  Oklahoma. Just trying to comprehend that many victories strains the imagination. Even winning 30 […]