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Geoff Pekarek with Mohammad Ali - Olympics 1984 -

Mohammad Ali with Geoff PekarekGeoff Pekarek said, "...one of the top moments of my career was meeting The Greatest at gold's gym in LA during the 84 olympics."

Detroit's Sports Broadcasters: On the Air [Images of Sports: Michigan] Paperback -

Detroit's Sports BroadcastersSports are as much a part of the fabric of Detroit, Michigan, as is the automobile. From its professional teams such as the Red Wings, Lions, Pistons, and Tigers, to its local collegiate programs, the Motor City takes its sports seriously. Television and radio stations blanket the area with coverage of the games, players, and off-the-field goings-on affecting these teams. Men and women behind the microphones provide the link between Detroit teams and Detroit fans, offering play-by-play, analysis, interviews, and candid comments. Detroit's Sports Broadcasters: On the Air takes the reader behind the scenes, tracing nearly 80 years of electronic reportingófrom broadcast pioneer Ty Tyson to the talk show hosts and anchors of today. Recall Detroit's great sports moments through the eyes and words of the legendary Ernie Harwell, Van Patrick, Budd Lynch, Bruce Martyn, Bob Reynolds, Dave Diles, Al Ackerman, Ray Lane, Frank Beckmann, and George Blaha.

Tales from Michigan Stadium -

Tales from the Michigan StadiumTales from Michigan Stadium tells the stories of the people who built the tradition of University of Michigan football.  These aren't game recaps from the Sunday paper - These stories come from the players who were involved.  They come from the practice fields, the locker room, and the inner sanctum of the meeting rooms.  The legendary plays - good and bad - are relived by the players who were there and who remember in vivid detail everything that happened - even things fans and coaches don't know.

The Basketball Team that Eats Together is Winning Together -

Eating togetherThe Golden State Warriors team of the National Basketball Association is doing extremely well. They began the season with a league leading record of 41 wins against only nine losses. They have the No. 1 defense in the league and the No. 2 offense. Yes, they have good players and good coaches, but the thing that makes all the difference on the court is their team chemistry—this is a very close-knit team which means they all get along. According to an article by Ben Cohen, which appeared in a recent issue of The Wall Street Journal, one of the key reasons for their tight chemistry is that the team eats together every night when they’re on the road. Spending non-working time together like the Warriors do is what builds camaraderie which results in a tight team chemistry. This, in turn, leads to an unselfish style of play that not only wins ball games, but is truly a joy to watch. This is the same reason that successful companies like Google strongly encourage their employees to eat lunch together on a daily basis. If you would like to read Mr. Cohen’s entire article, here’s the link.

Terry Pochert while Working at the 1984 Olympics -

Terry Pochert at the 1984 Summer OlympicsA few great shots while working at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.

Timeless Wisdom from a Long Time Baseball Executive -

The SABR Office derivative work: Delaywaves (John_Schuerholz_2010.jpg) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsSeveral years ago, I had the privilege of sitting next to a fellow named Jeff Cox on a flight from Chicago to Phoenix. At the time he was the third base coach for the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball team. For much of the flight, we traded baseball stories laughed. Then I asked him what it was like to deal with all the large and delicate egos that seem to be so common in professional sports. At this point, he shared a piece of wisdom he received many years earlier from his mentor, John Schuerholz, who is currently the president of the Atlanta Braves. The wisdom is in the form of a poem:

I and me are words oft used,
By people who are themselves confused.
Why can’t these super egos trust,
The use of words like we and us.

Understanding this nugget of wisdom is the key to getting along with just about everyone.

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court -

John Wooden"I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs."--John Wooden

Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.

In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.

These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob Costas, among others, have made Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court an inspirational classic.

Mens Arizona Cardinals Carson Palmer Nike Black Game Jersey by Nike -

Carson Palmer JerseyProve you are the #1 Arizona Cardinals fan with this Nike Game Football jersey! You can boast your team spirit while wearing this Arizona Cardinals jersey. It features printed Arizona Cardinals and Carson Palmer graphics: showing the world who you cheer for. NFL Shop is your source for officially licensed Arizona Cardinals gear.

Penny Pulz - Interview with Become A Better Athlete -

Rise Above the Burn

Golf Handbook for Women: The Complete Guide to Improving Your Game [Paperback] -

The Golf Handbook for Women takes you through every aspect of golf, whether you are just starting out or want to raise your game to a new level.

Movements and shots are carefully detailed, using photographs and illustrations, with helpful suggestions on how to ensure you'll hit your best shot every time.

Trilogy Athletes - Trilogy AthletesTrilogy is an organization for active and retired professional athletes and Olympians. Trilogy's 'Locker Room for Life' program offers a lifetime of opportunity in sport, business and life.

Bicycling For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) [Paperback] -

Allen St. John is a contributing editor at Bike magazine and has written about road cycling, mountain biking, and other active sports for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Men's Journal, Los Angeles Magazine, and Condé Nast Women's Sports & Fitness, where he also worked as senior editor. He is an avid road cyclist and mountain biker, having raced and ridden throughout the United States and in Europe.

Flagstaff Hikes, Revised 6th Edition; 97 Day Hikes around Flagstaff, Arizona [Perfect Paperback] -

HikesThe best Flagstaff hiking guide! The 97 hikes in this edition have been totally revamped to include GPS coordinates. Each hike now features a color photograph and color map. The very user-friendly format features each hike shown on facing pages with complete directions to the trailhead, description of the hike, photograph and map. Also included is an elevation change graph, season-to-hike chart, difficulty/mileage graph and how-crowded icon. First released in 1992, the authors have worked constantly to keep this guide updated and current through this latest edition.

CNN: Church cancels man after Collins tweet -

Ex-NFL player LeRoy Butler was going to speak about bullying, but the church canceled because he supports Jason Collins.

Stan Musial--A Role Model for All of Us -

Stan MusialBaseball legend Stan Musial, who played 22 years for the St. Louis Cardinals Major League baseball team, passed away this week at the age of 92. During his career, he was named the National League's Most Valuable Player three times, made the All-Star team 24 times and held 55 baseball records when he retired in 1963. Yet through it all, Stan Musial remained a humble person who was nice to everyone--so much so that fans in opposing stadiums couldn't bring themselves to "boo" him when he came up to bat. In February, 2011 President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is America's highest civilian honor for contributions to society. During the presentation ceremony, President Obama had this to say about Mr. Musial: "Stan remains to this day an icon untarnished, a beloved pillar of the community, a gentleman you'd want your kids to emulate." We should all strive to go out this way. - Ross Reck - RossReck.com

Stan Musial--A Role Model for All of Us -

Stan MusialBaseball legend Stan Musial, who played 22 years for the St. Louis Cardinals Major League baseball team, passed away this week at the age of 92. During his career, he was named the National League's Most Valuable Player three times, made the All-Star team 24 times and held 55 baseball records when he retired in 1963. Yet through it all, Stan Musial remained a humble person who was nice to everyone--so much so that fans in opposing stadiums couldn't bring themselves to "boo" him when he came up to bat. In February, 2011 President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is America's highest civilian honor for contributions to society. During the presentation ceremony, President Obama had this to say about Mr. Musial: "Stan remains to this day an icon untarnished, a beloved pillar of the community, a gentleman you'd want your kids to emulate." We should all strive to go out this way.

A Caring Approach To Dealing With People Pays Off In A Big Way -

Football - Ross Reck and AssociatesEarly in 2007, Tom Coughlin, head coach of the New York Giants of the National Football League, was in danger of losing his job.  His team had lost seven of their last nine games and was characterized by in-fighting and bickering.

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Winners Overcome Adversity While Losers Blame Others For Their Misfortune -

Dr. Wayne DyerThis morning while driving, I was listening to a sports talk show hosted by Colin Cowherd.

The Example of Sparky Anderson -

BaseballAs a long time resident of Michigan while Sparky Anderson managed the Detroit Tiger's, I'll always remember his dedication to the individual team members. One of our Connert Media clients, Ross Reck, also commented, "Baseball Hall of Famer, Sparky Anderson, who won three World Series Titles managing the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers, died recently. In spite of all his success, he is most remembered as an unpretentious and gracious human being. He loved and cared about people and treated everyone as an old friend whether they were a celebrity or a janitor. When people asked him for an autograph, he thanked them rather than vice versa. He often quoted something his father told him, ��Being nice to people is the only thing in life that will never cost you a dime. Treat them nice and they will treat you the same.�" Sparky lived that quote and for that reason every one of his former players and colleagues whom I saw interviewed the day after he died cried when the talked about him. I think that�s the way all of us want to be remembered."

Sound Advice From A Legendary Basketball Coach -

John WoodenJohn Wooden, legendary basketball coach at UCLA, died recently at the age of 99.  While Coach Wooden was known for winning (10 NCAA titles in 12 years), he never once stressed winning with his players.  His philosophy was, "Always do your best and the winning will take care of itself."  He also believed his players should be good citizens.  He repeatedly told them, "What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player."  Several years ago, when asked about the secret to his long life, he responded with some sage advice that all of us should probably take to heart: "Not being afraid of death and having peace within yourself.  All of life is peaks and valleys.  Don't let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low."

Your Very Best -

Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo

I was watching the finals of the women's figure skating competition of the Vancouver Olympics on TV and  one skater after another performed at a higher level than they had ever achieved in their lifetime of competition. Wow!  What a thrill it was for me watching this happen.  Of course, one skater stood out way up above the others and received the gold medal.  When is the last time you did something that could be measured that way and you knew in your heart that it was your very best performance?  Of course, you have to have some luck and the gods have to smile on you that day.  It is so easy to choke up or let your doubt get in the way.  It might just be a presentation you make for your boss; it could be a memo you wrote or a phone call that resulted in a really positive result.  There is a price to be paid to achieve such a feeling. The road to excellence is not an easy one but the rewards cannot be measured in dollars or awards or applause or plaudits, no, it is something you cannot see, it is a feeling that makes your soar inside knowing that you did your very best.

Your Very Best -

Art Fettig's Monday Morning MemoI was watching the finals of the women's figure skating competition of the Vancouver Olympics on TV and  one skater after another performed at a higher level than they had ever achieved in their lifetime of competition. Wow!  What a thrill it was for me watching this happen.  Of course, one skater stood out way up above the others and received the gold medal.  When is the last time you did something that could be measured that way and you knew in your heart that it was your very best performance?  Of course, you have to have some luck and the gods have to smile on you that day.  It is so easy to choke up or let your doubt get in the way.  It might just be a presentation you make for your boss; it could be a memo you wrote or a phone call that resulted in a really positive result.  There is a price to be paid to achieve such a feeling. The road to excellence is not an easy one but the rewards cannot be measured in dollars or awards or applause or plaudits, no, it is something you cannot see, it is a feeling that makes your soar inside knowing that you did your very best.


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