Governors’ Classic honors memory of Vick
Published 04/27/2011 at 3 p.m.
A relatively few people have played golf at William Blount High School. Even fewer have an annual golf tournament played in their honor. Fewer still have had such a profound and lasting impact on the entire program. Former Governor Brandon ...
Selfish pursuit of selfless achievement
Published 04/14/2011 at 10:13 a.m.
The pristine locker room shakes with the pulsing beat of the blaring music. You’re all suited up in a sweet, brand-sponsored uniform and pumped from your pre-game meal. As you make your way through the tunnel, you can hear the ...
Are we having fun yet?
Published 01/19/2011 at 4:17 p.m.
“NEVER QUIT. No matter what, you NEVER quit.” This is not really a specified quote because it is an ubiquitous phrase used tirelessly among coaches in every sport on every level. From tee-ball to the big leagues, this ideal is ...
Fishing for what really matters
Published 11/10/2010 at 2:24 p.m.
“Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.” I don’t know who said this, and I haven’t bothered to look it up, but I like it. (If you haven’t noticed, I’m a ...
Winning the waiting game
Published 10/27/2010 at 3:29 p.m.
I have a question. It’s one of those random thoughts that cross my mind every now and again when I’m faced with the subject at hand: patience. If patience is a virtue, then why are we all expected to possess ...
The new morning run
Published 10/20/2010 at 1:05 p.m.
Beep-beep-beep! The vexatious blare of my alarm resonated in my quiet bedroom. The indiglo on the clock indicated that it was indeed 5:40 am.
‘A date which will live in infamy’
Published 10/14/2010 at 3:06 p.m.
The Mayans were wrong. The apocalypse has already come. My world came to a fiery and brutal end much worse than the author of Revelations could have possibly imagined. Aug. 26, 2010: Crack goes the breaking bone. Sizzle goes the ...
When all seems lost, keep swinging
Published 10/06/2010 at 4:26 p.m.
“Never give up.” Talk about the cliché of all pep talks. Those words inevitably will come out of every coach’s mouth when they are at a loss of anything better to say. I’ve played on countless teams with coaches who ...
Up, up and a way up!
Published 05/24/2010 at 11:03 a.m.
There is usually a turning point in life of an athlete that commits them to lead an athletic lifestyle. A certain event, game, motion, or feat that makes them realize that this is what they were born to do. Ask ...
Suck it up; feed the rat
Published 05/10/2010 at 1:58 p.m.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Those immortal words spoken by the legendary Eleanor Roosevelt are ones that have lingered in my mind since I heard them. I am both inspired and perplexed by this simple quote. Fear ...
Eeny … meeny … miny — no!
Published 04/12/2010 at 10:10 a.m.
“What’s your favorite sport?” It’s one of those inevitable questions that come with the mundane inquiry behind every-day small talk. Most can answer it without much thought. Some, though, find this an especially difficult question to answer truthfully. Those who ...
Chicks dig scars
Published 04/08/2010 at 11:01 a.m.
Man has been running ever since a pre-historic creature chased him down for his food. It is the oldest sport known to man. It is also the simplest; no fancy equipment is needed, no skill is required. It is so ...
Learning to run your own race
Published 03/29/2010 at 10:57 a.m.
Both of my parents run. They’ve been married for twenty-five years, both been running nearly that long, and yet they never run together. I wondered why. I’ve had the privilege of running with both of my parents and I soon ...