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Coaching from the Rearview Mirror

Coaching from the Rearview Mirror Coaching from the rearview mirror is a phrase I use to describe when a coach yells at a player for something he did wrong…but the coach hasn’t taught that player the correct way to execute in that situation. Here’s a baseball example: A batter squares to bunt, causing the third […]

Coach Dave Is Going to Spring Training

Coach Dave Is Going to Spring Training

Coach Dave Is Going to Spring Training This week, in hamlets and burgs all over the fruited plain, the arrival of spring will arrive with the magic words that defrost the coldest winter chill: Pitchers and catchers report. No matter if my local weather forecast portends wintry precip or an unseasonable warm front, pitchers and […]

Groundhog Day and a Decades-Old Debate

Groundhog Day and a Decades-Old Debate For most of my readers, Groundhog Day came and went with not so much as a minor news blip indicating a particular rodent’s prognostication regarding spring. Or maybe you tuned in to see if Groundhog Day held hopeful news in the midst of wintry weather forecasts. But it probably […]

Obligatory Scenes from A Life Intercepted

> Obligatory Scenes in A Life Intercepted I was prepared not to like Charles Martin’s A Life Intercepted. I’ve been studying obligatory scenes, defined by Shawn Coyne in The Story Grid as “elements…so familiar and identifiable to the listener/reader that they immediately induce an expectation.” As much I love sports and the values that they teach, […]