Archive for the ‘The Mind Side Blog’ Category

‘The Games You Remember Are Played in November’

Sam Obitz / November 15th, 2012 / No Comments »

I first heard this phrase used in describing college football when I was a teenager. I’m not sure who originated this saying, but I have seen this play out year after year since then. This clearly applies to the Heisman

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Who Is A Better Leader – Chip Kelly or Lane Kiffin?

Sam Obitz / November 1st, 2012 / No Comments »

Let’s start with the similarities: both coach top national football programs. Both are known for their offensive mind. Both refuse to talk about player injuries. Both work for athletic directors that did not hire them. Both have big egos. Both

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Mindset’s Role in Professional Athletes Going Broke

Sam Obitz / October 18th, 2012 / No Comments »

I recently saw the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Broke” about how millionaire athletes end up broke within a few years of retiring from their sport. As I watched it, I kept thinking about how each individual player’s mindset affects

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Imitators Can Never Achieve the Highest Level of Success

Sam Obitz / October 4th, 2012 / No Comments »

I have never understood why people tend to be followers and generally want to fit into groups. Or why people are afraid to be called out for being “different”? I have run across a multitude of people over the years

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Matt Barkley vs. Gangnam Style Rapper PSY

Sam Obitz / September 20th, 2012 / No Comments »

If you asked me a month ago if I would ever write about a Korean rapper on my blog, I would have been highly confident in answering no. I would have been even more cocksure that I would never write

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Tyrann Mathieu Takes the Road Less Traveled

Sam Obitz / September 6th, 2012 / No Comments »

Less than one month ago Tyrann Mathieu, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, who is also known as the Honey Badger, was dismissed from the LSU football team for failed drug tests. He’s not the first high level college athlete to

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New Pac-12 Coaches Bring Swift Culture Changes

Sam Obitz / August 23rd, 2012 / No Comments »

Four Pac-12 schools will begin this season with new head coaches running their respective programs: Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington State. When a new coach arrives, he normally not only brings an entirely new staff with him, but also

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Belief and Perspective Lead to Medal Breakthrough for USA Distance Running

Sam Obitz / August 9th, 2012 / No Comments »

Leo Manzano and Galen Rupp of the United States Olympic team each won a silver medal in their individual events this past week in London. On the surface this may not sound too impressive, as Americans routinely bring home gold

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As the Olympics Begin, Mindset Will Play a Large Role in Who Medals

Sam Obitz / July 26th, 2012 / No Comments »

Since the Olympics only come around once every four years, they often wreak havoc on many athletes’ mental game. For some athletes,  just the knowledge that failing to medal means four more years until their next opportunity to compete for

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Offseason Work is What Leads to Athletic Breakthroughs

Sam Obitz / July 12th, 2012 / No Comments »

As is the case with most things in life, it is the unseen work that people put in that leads to major breakthroughs in whatever they are pursuing. As Michelangelo said, “If people knew how hard I had to work

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