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Don Yaeger, Experts - Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:50 - 1 Comment
The storyline has gotten a lot of attention these last couple of weeks, but as most anyone who follows sports knows, this weekend’s Super Bowl will be the first ever pitting two brothers against each other as head coaches of the competing teams. Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers are slight favorites over older brother John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens. When this matchup began to look real, I imagined what it would be like to sit in the skybox at this game with Harbaughs’ parents. You look at one team and see your son making the game’s big decision. You look at the other team and feel the same anxiety. Then, if you’re Jack Harbaugh, the family patriarch, you realize that something you said consistently during the childhood of both men has translated into this Great Moment. Continue…
- Don Yaeger: Lombardi Time
As the NFL Playoffs continue to take us further from the regular-season routine and closer to Super Bowl dreams, I can’t help but tap into my appreciation for the iconic figure who won the very first Super Bowl in NFL history. Back in January of 1967, Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi captured the [...]
- Rudolph: One of the Great Leaders of All Time!
The holiday season merrily provokes the decking of halls and the jingling of bells. There’s something about Christmas that programs our brains to focus on questionable sweater patterns and multicolored light decorations. Beyond Yuletide carols and roasted chestnuts, the Christmas spirit gives us the chance to tap into the purity and passion of our childhood [...]
- Don Yaeger: “Today, I’m going to pinch myself.”
Naturally, the holiday season takes our busy lifestyle and revs it into a new gear. We’ve pre-ordered this and re-ordered that… We’ve probably even started dropping hints to loved ones about a desired gift or two. But I want to urge you to reserve some of your time for pinching this holiday season. No, I’m [...]
- Don Yaeger: 5 Things We Can Learn from the Downfall of the Boston Red Sox
My grade school teachers severely undersold the lessons on compound words. While “downfall” fits the grammatical parameters of a compound word, its definition in the business world is complex mostly because it is often the result of a series of compounded mistakes. I often look to sports for lessons that can be useful across a [...]
- Committing to Great Change
Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interview many of the world’s top athletes and champions. While their greatness had more to do with their inner characteristics than their ability to touch their toes, I’d be out of touch if I completely overlooked the physical conditioning of the great ones. To this [...]
- Are You Getting in Your Opponent’s Head?
College football has once again intercepted a powerful life lesson in the quest for greatness. This week, the value comes with one glance at the Top 5 Associated Press rankings. Alabama is the top-rated team in college football, followed by LSU, Oregon, Florida State and Georgia–a list of powerhouses that are dreaded matchups for every [...]
- Taking Advantage of Second Chances
The U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows gave me the chance to have a true New York City experience, filled with stars and one of the city’s most historic sporting events…. Where else can you go in the Big Apple where backhands, smashes and faults aren’t followed by flashing lights and police sirens? While I admit [...]
- Never Out of It
Life has once again given us a crystal-clear reminder that competition reigns supreme… and that you’re only out of a game when you decide you are (or the buzzer sounds!). Every summer the Little League World Series showcases the best of the best on both the domestic and international fronts. Pre-adolescent baseball players take their [...]
- LeBron’s Leap Year
The closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics capped off an athletic celebration of more than 40 world records being etched in history, and more than 100 Olympic records being shattered. In a span of 17 days, thousands of the top athletes on the planet showcased what had been, in most cases, at least four [...]
- Doing the Right Thing All The Way to The Gold
Through my experiences writing about some of the greatest athletes the sports world has ever known, I’ve learned that greatness doesn’t happen by chance. Sometimes it’s the ability to do the “Right Thing” at the “Right Time” that makes one truly great. Take Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber for instance; at age 17, she defined greatness [...]
- A Moment of Reflection
Last Saturday, my wife and I were in Salt Lake City with thousands of others to attend the memorial service for Stephen Covey. Covey was one of the most influential business authors of our generation, having penned the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in 1989 and then watched as the book sold more than [...]
- Thinking Your Way Out of a Slump
Former Yankees catcher Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” Yogi, one of the best interviews you could ever imagine, was clearly not a math major. But he did have a point. Mental strength is a huge differentiator between winners and losers. How many times in your life [...]
- Have You Thanked Your Competition Today?
I had a speech last week in Nebraska and before I caught my flight home, I made my way over to the US Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha to catch up with two of the greatest competitors on the planet. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have established in the pool what Jack Nicklaus and Arnold [...]
- High-Fiving Your Way to a Championship
With the NBA playoffs in full bloom, I’m looking for something a little different as I try to assess who might win this year’s title. I’m looking for high fives, butt pats and chest bumps. During last year’s championships, The Wall Street Journal wrote about a study done by researchers at Cal-Berkeley. The VERY academic [...]
- Check Your Ego at the Door
Every Saturday during the college football season, millions of fans tune in to ESPN’s College Football GameDay. On the set are four of the most well-known faces in all of college football. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, former Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard and Lee Corso entertain fans from their traveling desk—usually at the best game [...]
- Don’t Let Others Take You to Where They Are
Full disclosure: This was not one of my finer moments. I was in New York recently for meetings and walked to Starbucks for my morning “starter.” As I was standing in line, a call came in from someone I had been trying to connect with for a few days. I took the call. Two minutes [...]
- “Man, I’m under a lot of pressure.” Really??
To the casual fan flipping channels, Sunday in Major League Baseball must have appeared confusing. EVERY player on EVERY team was wearing the same jersey number: 42. This was the fifth year that MLB has celebrated April 15 as the day that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in what was then the most popular [...]
- The Blessings We Take for Granted
In New Orleans last weekend, I had the opportunity to celebrate former Louisiana State University basketball coach Dale Brown for his lifetime of achievement in basketball. Before Dale stepped up to accept the crystal, Tim Brando of CBS, a TV legend in his own right, introduced Dale. Brando noted that he had been a young [...]
- Why March Madness Pits David Against Goliath
It’s my favorite sporting “event” of year. March Madness, the NCAA Basketball tournament, is in full force. Some call it the Big Dance and one reason is that some of America’s smallest colleges get to appear at the ball like Cinderella. You get to pull for teams with mascots like Greyhounds, Jackrabbits, Racers, Catamounts, Zags, [...]
- When a Loss Doesn’t Have to Be a Loss
With all due respect to my friends in Alabama, it is “The greatest rivalry in all of sports.” That’s how Dick Vitale refers to the legendary tussles between Duke and the University of North Carolina basketball teams and I agree with him. You have a private school in Duke less than fifteen miles away from [...]
- How a Homeless Man Reminded Me of My Why
In the discussion about chasing greatness, there really is a starting point. Anyone who is in the pursuit of a champion’s life has to know their “Why.” No one has ever sustained Greatness without a strong sense of why they were driven to it. Week in and week out, I will tell you some great [...]
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