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Walking Your Talk

Sam Obitz / May 12th, 2011 / No Comments »

It’s easy to talk the talk, but much more difficult to walk your talk. By walking your talk, I mean putting actions that match your words behind them, and living your life in a way that is consistent with your

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Time to Review a Few Previous Pertinent Blog Entries

Sam Obitz / May 4th, 2011 / No Comments »

Last night Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox. Interestingly, in a professional career that has spanned over ten-years, Liriano had never thrown a shutout or even pitched a complete game. It was the

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Too Much is Riding on First Round Picks to Take Chances Based on Potential

Sam Obitz / April 27th, 2011 / No Comments »

If I am an NFL general manager spending first round dollars, I want my pick to go for a proven player that has shown a great work ethic throughout his college career. I’m a fan of players with big upsides,

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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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