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  • Monday Pep Talk: 4|14|14

    Monday Pep Talk: 4|14|14

    We enjoy sports because they really are stranger than fiction. They include story lines like any blockbuster film or best-selling novel, but they’re all based in reality. We enjoy sports because it’s inspiring to see someone do the unthinkable and that’s what frequently happens. It happened again this weekend when […]

  • Derek Mason Dominant Defenses

    I went to Vanderbilt’s campus to learn from the Commodores’ new head coach, Derek Mason, and to watch one of their spring practices. Coach doesn’t waste any time when training his defense to be one of the nation’s elite. A defense will only be able to compete and sustain during […]

  • Monday Pep Talk 04|07|14

    Monday Pep Talk 04|07|14

    What do you say when things don’t work out? Handling adversity is one of the toughest things we face in our lives, and really, that’s because we rarely expect to fail or have defeat thrown our way. The unexpected is hard to deal with, but Creighton’s basketball coach Greg McDermott gave his […]

  • Monday Pep Talk 3|31|14

    Monday Pep Talk 3|31|14

    Taking a break from basketball to remind you of the now-retired Michael Phelps. You’ve probably heard of him.  At 19, he dominated the Olympic games in Athens and took home six golds and eight total medals, setting time records left and right. A video of an interview Phelps did when […]

  • Monday Pep Talk: 3|24|14

    Monday Pep Talk: 3|24|14

    This is the dance of Cinderella’s hard work paying off.  In the world of March college basketball, things can get a little crazy and this year’s second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament didn’t disappoint. In the first game of the tournament, Dayton pulled off a surprising upset of […]

Through The Wire

Monday Pep Talk: 3|17|14

Monday Pep Talk: 3|17|14

Inspiration March 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm 0 comments

Today’s pep talk has a little basketball flavor, in honor, obviously, of the beginning of the NCAA Tournament in a few days, easily the craziest series of days in sports. Basketball locker rooms are a little different from football locker rooms. They seem to be a little less lively, but […]

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Monday Pep Talk: 3|10|14

Monday Pep Talk: 3|10|14

Inspiration March 10, 2014 at 2:04 pm 0 comments

Today’s pep talk is one of the many unforgettable speeches that legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi gave during his nine years as head coach. It’s barely over one minute long, but it’s a message that goes well beyond the gridiron. Lombardi was helping his players understand what […]

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Monday Pep Talk

Monday Pep Talk

Inspiration March 3, 2014 at 2:08 pm 0 comments

This pep talk is too epic to pass up. It’s a mashup of locker room speeches and pre-glory moments, many of which I’ve written about here in the Monday Pep Talk. It’s filled with one-liners, stand-outs from the movies they’re featured in and when put together, the result is fantastic. […]

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Monday Pep Talk

Monday Pep Talk

Inspiration February 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm 0 comments

In the world of the NFL and all the mania that follows it, this week is a big week. It’s the week of the NFL Combine, the Indianapolis-based event that showcases all the top draftable players in this year’s NFL Draft. Some call it the “Underwear Olympics” but it’s a […]

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Monday Pep Talk

Monday Pep Talk

Inspiration February 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm 0 comments

It’s President’s Day, but presidents aren’t typically known for their locker room speeches. However, they are known for great speeches and that’s what I have for you today. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson gave a speech about civil rights that would serve as the springboard to radically changing the ways […]

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Video: Michael Sam Will Become the First Openly Gay Player in the NFL

Video: Michael Sam Will Become the First Openly Gay Player in the NFL

Michael Sam is ferocious on the field. And now, he’s told the world he’s gay. Read the editorial piece written by Coy Wire HERE The All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri could be the first openly gay football player drafted by the NFL in May. But this news isn’t […]

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Michael Sam Smashes Status Quo

Michael Sam Smashes Status Quo

A year ago in an interview with CNN’s Carol Costello, I said it would take a difference-maker, a Rosa Parks or a Jackie Robinson-like figure, to stand up for what is right and break the ice so real progress can be made in the battle for equality in professional sports. […]

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Monday Pep Talk

Monday Pep Talk

Inspiration February 10, 2014 at 11:43 am 0 comments

By now, the film Hoosiers is probably considered “old”. While I’m not ready to concede to that term just yet, I do love the film, starring Gene Hackman as an Indiana high school basketball coach that turns a disadvantaged team into a real team that makes the state playoffs. I’m not […]

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Monday Pep Talk

Monday Pep Talk

Inspiration February 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm 0 comments

Today the Seattle Seahawks are champions. If you’re like at least 100 million other people in the world, you saw them accomplish this in the Super Bowl last night. Today’s locker room talk will look similar to last week’s feature of the Seattle and Denver Broncos post-game locker rooms because once […]

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Coy Wire of FOX Sports with Barry Sanders

Coy Wire of FOX Sports with Barry Sanders

Appearances, Current Events, Through the Wire February 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm 0 comments

I met Barry in the FOX Sports green room in the middle of Times Square. We have something in common in that we are both connected to Stanford University. I went to school there and Barry’s son, Barry Sanders, Jr., is currently a redshirt freshman there. Barry Jr. plays running […]

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