Here are four anecdotes about hockey. If a GPS were writing this story, it might be saying “recalculating’ or even “make a U-turn.”
I hate that phrase but I am not absolutely sure why. Anti-authority? Anti-sanctimonious? The feeling that it is generally untrue or that my safety is probably none of the speaker’s business? Safety Nazis? All of the above?
Do coaches have any power at all when star players earn several multiples what they do? Who wins in a battle between Coach — Please Fire Me — Shanahan and King Robert Griffin The Third? When can the coach bench the king?
I don’t know anyone who thinks winning is “the only thing”. Not even Vince Lombardi, to whom that mis-used quote is credited, believed that.
Civility, integrity, and gallantry constrain the amoral drive to simply win or succeed, whether on Wall Street, the football field, or in battle.
It’s rare to find oneself in a crowd that size, especially when YOU ARE the sporting event, not there to watch one.
In the process of creating WellPlayed.US, my cofounder, Dan, and I got into a conversation about the number of sports we had tried in our lives. What makes an activity a sport in your mind?
Sports fans have seen things like this before, when a team or player is playing for something bigger than itself, a town, a cause, or in honor of someone special to them.
“I love his game,” Mickelson said. “I love everything about it. It’s not about pretty. It’s not about making the most perfect swing. It’s about hitting shots. And that’s what he did under pressure. I love and respect that.”