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No One to Call: A Call to Legacy

No One to Call I have no one to call. I know I’m supposed to call. I always have. But not anymore. I have no one to call. This Sunday is Father’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate fatherhood. It’s a day to call your dad and check in and let him know you’re thinking […]

Manhood Journey Day 3: Lead Courageously

Lead Courageously

Manhood Journey Day 3: Lead Courageously We slept in a little on Day 3 of our journey. The boys both crashed not long after we returned to the hotel last night, and I was up late blogging. Our first stop of the day was the Noah’s Ark Encounter. We had intentionally avoided advertisements for the […]

Manhood Journey Day 2: Accept Responsibility

Accept responsibility

Manhood Journey Day 2: Accept Responsibility Day 2 was moving day. Before driving north to the Cincinnati area, we walked down the street a few blocks from our hotel in Louisville to the Louisville Slugger Museum. Every baseball fan like Older Brother, the Little Fella, and me should take that tour if we have the […]

Manhood Journey Day 1: Reject Passivity

Lead Courageously

Manhood Journey Day 1: Reject Passivity Day 1’s first leg was a surprise stop (to the Little Fella) at the National Corvette Museum. He loves cars, particularly the high-priced sporty ones. A late-model Corvette has–on more than one occasion–served as a welcomed change of subject on the dreaded ride home from a ball game. It […]

Life: Marathon or Series of Sprints?

Life: Marathon or Series of Sprints? “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” –Unknown I’ll admit, I’m not much on cliches and trite sayings. Some of them serve a purpose, I suppose. As an athlete and as a coach, what would I have learned about teamwork if the word team had an i in it, for […]

A Summer Reading List With Purpose

A Summer Reading List With Purpose In looking back at last summer’s reading list, I noticed that my reading was only somewhat focused. I read for pleasure, for inspiration, and for education. Particularly, I read about writing. This summer, my reading list is very intentional with a goal of learning the conventions sports biography in […]

A Pro Scout at a 13-Year-Old Tournament?!?

A Pro Scout at a 13-Year-Old Tournament Would you expect to see a professional baseball scout at a 13-year-old summer baseball tournament? That seems to be the direction baseball is heading. Take the case of Luke Alexander, an infielder on the current Mississippi State roster. He committed to the Bulldogs in 2011 and graduated from Belmont […]

Why I Return to Work Refreshed Today

Why I Return to Work Refreshed Today This morning, I return to work refreshed. I didn’t forget that research papers and senioritis await me. I remember that I return to a scheduled softball game and a weather forecast that puts it in jeopardy and that my role as sports information in the midst of the […]