Why Not

I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.

Team Game

When did sports become more about the individual then the team?  Other then maybe tennis, swimming, track and field and gymnastics, sports is about working together as a team. I was brought up that no one man was bigger then the team.

When we see commercials on TV for an upcoming game, the individuals are highlighted, not the team.  It is not the individual who wins or loses games, it is the team that wins and loses games.  At times, it makes coaching difficult. Kids see how the individual is highlighted for their accomplishments, yet they rarely see the consequences of failure.

Early in our marriage, Angie asked me why Indiana University had no players names on the back of their jersey's. I told her that Bobby Knight believed that an athlete was playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back.  The motto in the IU basketball department is as follows:

CHAMPIONS do not become champions on the court. They are merely RECOGNIZED on the court.  They become champions in their DAILY ROUTINE.  PLAYERS do not really decide their future. They decide their habits, then their HABITS DECIDE THEIR FUTURE.

We now have another Favre retirement to contemplate.  While I will agree that he was a great quartback statistcally, what has he done to teams in the last 3 or 4 years.  Teams have had to wait on his very word before moving forward.  I give the Packers credit for cutting ties and moving on when they did.  For the last 5 or 6 years I would ask Packer fans when does the time come to move forward without Favre?  As we look back now, I would guess that the Packers made the right decision at the right time for the Packers, not for Favre.

The sum of the parts make up the whole outcome of the game.

People can not succeed in life alone, a President or Mayor is only as successful as the Congress or the Common Council. Children will not do well in school without strong parental and teacher support.  If somebody can relate to me a story where an individual went out alone and succeed without any help or support, I will be amazed.  Individuals can make a difference in somebody's life or success story, but they had some help along the way to make them the person that they have become.

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