Podcast Of The Week: Matt Turner On Going From Internet Screw-Up To National Team Player

I already linked to this story earlier this week, but do give this American States United podcast a listen. What Matt Turner overcame by being a late starter to his sport, then a disgraced player, and now an international star - this is about hard work people. His story is truly inspired. I love this … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Matt Turner On Going From Internet Screw-Up To National Team Player

Fail > Learn > Persist (USMNT’s Matt Turner)

The first time any national media outlet ever talked about current USMNT goalie Matt Turner, they reported this: NCAA goalkeeper commits an all-time great howler I hope everyone this guy knows gives him a hug every day for the rest of his life. Matt Turner is a goalkeeper for Fairfield, who plays in the MAAC … Continue reading Fail > Learn > Persist (USMNT’s Matt Turner)

Podcast Of The Week: Rebecca Lowe – American Soccer Commentator Extraordinaire

The Press Box is one of my favorite podcast feeds to browse for conversations like this.  Bryan Curtis sat with Rebecca Lowe, English Premier League commentator extraordinaire, to talk about how she learned to balance talking to hardcore fans and brand new fans alike in NBC’s American coverage of the top English league.  She talks … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Rebecca Lowe – American Soccer Commentator Extraordinaire

Soccer Star Lucy Bronze’s Letter To Herself

I’m endlessly fascinated by how people at the top of their game keep going.  Lucy Bronze is an English Women’s Soccer legend, and she shared this letter she wrote to herself before England’s dramatic win against Spain in the 2022 Euros.  It’s full of reminders about how she uses the hardest parts of life for … Continue reading Soccer Star Lucy Bronze’s Letter To Herself

Trust Your Gut (Secret Stadium Sauce Edition)

Somebody once told me, “You have to care about something to be good at it. Once you’re good, if you still care, you’ll only be great if you start trusting your gut about what to do next.” Here’s a story about ballpark condiments that encompasses this idea as good as any. Rick Abramson was a … Continue reading Trust Your Gut (Secret Stadium Sauce Edition)

The Power Of Daily Reminders (Rickey Henderson’s Un-Cashed $1m Check)

Baseball legend, Rickey Henderson, wanted to remind himself he “made it.”  He wanted, daily, to walk past the check for $1 million - from the Oakland A’s - marking the point his life changed forever.  And not just because of the amount of money, but because of the validation the check represented. So he framed … Continue reading The Power Of Daily Reminders (Rickey Henderson’s Un-Cashed $1m Check)

Podcast Of The Week: WTF Tony Hawk

The Tony Hawk documentary (Until The Wheels Fall Off) kicked my ass. It’s not just fan worship, and it’s also not whatever you’d call The Last Dance. It’s a story about life, families, trying hard, working harder, and how a little luck can do wonders for a persistent spirit.  I didn’t want the documentary to … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: WTF Tony Hawk

How A Deaf Football Team Turned Disadvantages Into Advantages

The California School for the Deaf made headlines in 2021. Their high school football team, never before on much of anyone’s radar except for as a thing that existed, made it to their division's state championship. Their story is full of lessons in how any disadvantage can be flipped to be an advantage. When asked … Continue reading How A Deaf Football Team Turned Disadvantages Into Advantages

Why Teams Bond (And How They Can Bond Stronger)

In my great tradition of watching things way after seemingly everyone else but me has seen them, I just got into Friday Night Lights. Yes, that means inevitably there will be a “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” post in the near future, but as of right now, I’m thinking of it (a lot) in … Continue reading Why Teams Bond (And How They Can Bond Stronger)