Source: Pixabay/Pexels Michael Bennett thought he was going to die on August 26, 2017. Bennett, a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks at the time, was in Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, and afterward he was spending time in a casino when someone screamed “shots fired!” setting off a stampede. As he tells the story in his new book Things That Make White People Uncomfortable, As I was scrambling to safety, police pursued me and forced me to the ground. They cussed me, as I lay on my stomach, and put a weapon to the back of my head. An officer said if I moved he would ‘blow [my] f---ing head off.’ At the same time another office jammed his knee into my back and cinched the handcuffs on me so tightly my fingers went numb. The knee in my back made me want to squirm involuntarily, but I was scared that if I moved, that could be the only excuse needed to send me to the next life. Eventually, he was roughly shoved into the back of a … [Read more...] about When Who You Are Is Hazardous to Your Health
The game was over, a thriller that went down to the last minute. The 75,000 fans were heading for the exits. Then something strange happened that made them stop. Every single player, on both teams, linked arms in the center of the field. Even the coaches were there. Source: AFC.com.au In an unexpected scene that floored the nation, the Hawthorn and Collingwood teams offered a silent moving tribute to the players and coaches at the Adelaide Crows, who had suffered the unimaginable: their head coach, Phil Walsh, had been murdered only days earlier. The football world was stunned. Source: footysocial.com Other teams in every match since have paid tribute in the same fashion. Fellow players have reached out the Crows in a show of solidarity. The media praised their courage. The fans of both Adelaide teams, where Walsh worked, have been amazing. And the response from the Crows players and coaches themselves? Emotional. Gripping. Raw. But positive and … [Read more...] about Tribes Always Triumph
Source: Image by Stux, pixabay, CC0 How on earth do athletes handle it when they’re in the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the World Series, the NCAA tournament, or any big competition? How do coaches keep their players motivated and focused under stress? Here are eight brief motivational messages that superstar coaches tell their players and that players tell themselves. These messages are not for athletes only! You can use them to fulfill your business plan, finish a work or home project, make a contribution to your community, or persist with any creative project. 1. "Do it for love." Reminding yourself that you love your book project, your sport, or your team can be a powerful motivator. During the team competition at the 2014 Olympics, I overheard (on TV) coach Frank Carroll tell nervous 18-year-old U.S. skater Gracie Gold words to this effect as she glided onto the ice for her performance: “Think about how much you love skating!” Phil Jackson, the renowned NBA … [Read more...] about 8 Great Motivating Messages that Guide Superstar Athletes
For Pete Carroll, head coach of the world's best football team, the answer involves a practice that dates back thousands of years: meditation. Since 2011, Carroll has encouraged all his athletes to meditate. In fact, he hired a sports psychologist to teach team members mindfulness exercises. One of the objectives of exposing his athletes to meditation has to do with its proven ability to increase happiness and decrease stress. In addition, research is showing the benefits of being "in the zone," which explains a mental state that top athletes reach. A "peak experience" is another way to describe this state. The zone is how an NBA star can score a series of three-point shots that seem humanly impossible. Or how an Olympic sprinter can break a world record that was previously thought to have been unbeatable. It's a state of consciousnes where one isn't concerned about winning or losing. Instead a person is fully engaged in an activity without mental commentary. The zone … [Read more...] about How Meditation Won the Super Bowl
In this column I focus on the topic of “foolish action.” So, in spite of the fact that I am hardly an expert on football (or some other topics I have written about, such as avalanche fatalities) it is not inappropriate for me try and understand a football decision that many analysts (most of them former players or coaches) are calling profoundly foolish. I am referring, of course, to the decision by the Seattle Seahawks—with the ball on the Patriots half yard line with three plays, one time-out, and 26 seconds remaining in the game—to throw a slant pass over the middle, rather than hand the ball off to their very hard-to-stop running back Marshawn Lynch (whose nickname is “Beast Mode”). The result of that decision was that the ball was intercepted and the game ended with the Patriots winning their fourth Super Bowl. The reason why the decision by the Seahawks offensive coordinator, but authorized by their head coach Pete Carroll, is … [Read more...] about A Foolish Football Call?