Archive for the ‘The Mind Side Blog’ Category



HAVING A GREAT MEMORY IS A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

Sam Obitz / April 21st, 2011 / No Comments »

There have been several articles written that chronicle the rising stock of Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert in next week’s NFL draft. Most of the recent articles attribute this rise in stock to his great memory. While I do not question

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YELLING AT PLAYERS DURING A GAME IS COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE

Sam Obitz / April 14th, 2011 / No Comments »

I wish more coaches would realize that once a game starts, errors from a lack of proper preparation cannot be corrected until the game is over. Yet, you continually see coaches reprimanding players during the games. Some coaches are notorious

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MOST GOLFER’S PLACE TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON THEIR SWING – TO THEIR OWN DETRIMENT

Sam Obitz / April 6th, 2011 / No Comments »

If you have ever spent any time on a golf course, you have likely heard numerous golfers complaining about their golf swing. Often if they are not complaining about it, they are busy over-analyzing it and focusing on what they

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RISING STARS IN COLLEGE COACHING SHARE SIMILAR TRAITS

Sam Obitz / March 31st, 2011 / No Comments »

Brad Stevens of Butler, Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth and Chip Kelly of Oregon are arguably the three hottest coaches in major collegiate sports right now. Stevens lead Butler to the 2010 Championship final in basketball and Kelly led Oregon

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TALENT, STEROIDS AND CHARACTER

Sam Obitz / March 23rd, 2011 / No Comments »

With Barry Bonds’ perjury trial relating to his use of steroids at the front and center of this week’s news, I figured it would be a good time to wade into this problem. Successes that are earned through your own personal

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DEPRESSION MAY BE A BIGGER THREAT TO SERENA WILLIAMS THAN PHYSICAL AILMENTS

Sam Obitz / March 17th, 2011 / No Comments »

Clearly Serena Williams has gone through a lot in the past year and a half. From the confrontation with a line judge at the US Open, to cutting her foot on glass last summer, (and the two surgeries that followed),

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CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS: WHY ARE THERE SO MANY UPSETS EVERY YEAR?

Sam Obitz / March 9th, 2011 / No Comments »

Obviously there is no single reason that applies to all the upsets we see. One common denominator is that some of the teams that finish in the lower half of their conference begin to gel and play their best basketball

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WHY DO GIMMICK PRODUCTS SEEM TO WORK FOR SOME PEOPLE?

Sam Obitz / March 3rd, 2011 / No Comments »

Whether it’s the snake oil of days gone by, the modern day Power Balance bracelets or Phiten titanium necklaces, people are always trying to get an edge. Occasionally people will get results from these products, but it has nothing to

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REAL TEST FOR CAM NEWTON WILL BE BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE COMBINE

Sam Obitz / February 24th, 2011 / No Comments »

I think it’s great that Cam Newton is planning on going through all the drills at the combine. I also think he has little to lose and a lot to gain in doing so. Make no mistake, Cam Newton is

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THE HEAT’S LOSSES TO THE CELTICS NOT A MENTAL BLOCK…YET

Sam Obitz / February 17th, 2011 / No Comments »

Many people are calling the Heat’s third loss this season to the Celtics, this past Sunday in Boston, proof that the Miami Heat players have a mental block about Boston. Let’s look at the two losses that were played in

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