Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Prayers for Pat Summit

Prayers, thoughts, peace go to the loved ones of Pat Summit.

The University of Tennessee coach left us too after a brave battle with early onset dementia.  She was 64.

Summit was considered the winningest basketball coach in the NCAA and a pioneer for womens' sports.

She will be dearly and deeply missed.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Farewell Mr. Hockey

As the Hockey Community and countless Red Wings fans around the world pay their last respects, prayers, thoughts, peace go to the loved ones of Gordie Howe.

Howe also known as Mr. Hockey left us too soon last week. he was 88.

Howe played hockey in some professional form during the years 1946 - 1980.  

Howe played with the Red Wings for several years and won 4 Stanley Cups with the team. He was also part of the Production Line in the 50'. The Production line also included Ted Lindsey and Sid Abel. They were called this because of their ability to score. 

Howe was a pioneer in hockey and a hero to many. Hockey will never be the same. 

He will be dearly and deeply missed.



Friday, June 10, 2016

Farewell To An Icon, Prayers For Ali

As family, friends and fans gather in Louisville to say goodbye to a legend, the nation joins them in mourning a boxing icon. Prayers, thoughts, peace to his loved ones and his many fans. 

Muhammad Ali left us way too soon last week after a long brave battle with Parkinson's disease.

Ali, who was a Olympic gold medalist, former heavy weight world champ and fearless activist for civil rights passed away from septic shock. Many considered Ali the greatest of boxers. 

Ali was a true champ in every sense of the word. He will be deeply missed.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Join the Team To Help Flint

Once again, we are all reminded that life can be fleeting and when disasters strike, it affects us all.

Prayers, thoughts for the residents of Flint as they continue to deal with the aftermath of a water crisis. Everyone deserves to have access to safe water. 

On the left side of this website are links to some organizations under the heading of Pay It Forward To Teammates In Life.  Some of these organizations are maybhelping in the relief efforts. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

You can go to flintwaterinfo.com for more information.

Thank you for making a difference.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tom Lewand, Martin Mayhew Fired: Is This The Right Move

Bad news, Lions couldn't score. The good news, the team didn't play today.

A bag of rocks has more life than the Lions this season. 

Here we go again, the Lions can't get their act together. After an amazing 11 - 5 season and reaching the playoffs, the Lions have only won one game this season. The team had their butts handed to them by the Kansas City Chiefs 45 - 10 during a game in London. With all the ups and down of the team over the past several seasons, some fans feel like they're on a bad roller coaster ride.

This season so far is so bad, the team owner Martha Ford had to finally put her foot down. In a move that shocked many last week, she fired team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew. While some see this move a step in the right direction, should she have waited until the end of the season to see if they improve? Was firing them the answer or are there deeper problems in the organization instead?

To many the Lions problems began when William Clay Ford Sr. purchased the team. For several years the teams seasons were so bad that too many to count players, coaches team presidents, and assistants were have come and gone from the Lions.

Although the Lions were in the playoffs a few times, they have never made it beyond the NFC Conference Championship. The Lions even when 0 - 16 during the historic 2008 season. Many blamed Matt Millen who was team president at the time for the season. Even after Millen was fired, the team kept going downhill. 

Finally after the historic season a new head coach, team president and general manager were named. The Lions even got the first pick in the draft. The Lions chose Matthew Stafford as quarterback. The team even hired Super Bowl champion Jim Cauldwell as head coach. Some improvements were made and the Lions reached the playoffs a couple of times. Still the Lions couldn't win a playoff game. Even with all the changes made, can the Lions be a sucessful team or are we cursed by the football gods?

If I had all the answers why the Lions can't win, I'd be running the team. However I can only give my observations. First: hire a team president and general manager who know what they're are doing and have the winning record to prove it. my suggestion if he's available Bill Parcels or someone like him. 

Second, hire coaches who have head coaching experiences and a winning record. I'd give Jim Cauldwell time to regroup his players and see how the season plays out. 

Third, get good quarterbacks and players. Do or pay whatever it takes to keep Calvin Johnson as a Lion. 

Fourth: The team has to act like a unit. Group dynamics, group cohesiveness plays a large part in the way a team operates. Good teams look after each other. 

Finally: We can never go back to being a losing team again. We fans are tired of having our playoff hopes dashed. 

Let's hope the Lions can finally start winning games again
















  






Friday, October 30, 2015

Is High School Football Safe Enough

This week, the quest for a high school football championship begins. 

All over the United States on Friday nights, many communities are going to be watching their local high school varsity football teams play. While many players play without injuries, seven high school players this year were not as fortunate. 

For the 18th time in the last 2 years a high school football players has left this world way too soon. Chicago area high school student Andre Smith was the most recent. Smith passed away after suffering head trauma during a game last Thursday. 

Some deaths were head trauma related. Others were caused by previous undetected health issues.

Could his passing have been prevented? Are school doing enough to keep their students who participate in sports safe? Are schools equipped enough to handle emergencies?

Athlete heart and health checks should be mandatory or made available at low cost to parents for students who want to participate in contact and high intensity sports. By having health checks  they can weed out students are at risk or at least take precautions for the students. 

Coaches and staff should be better trained to handle emergencies and have access to equipment to handle any emergency that occurs. The school should have a policy in place for dealing with head trauma and injury protocol. There should be access to safer sports equipment and techniques on how to reduce injuries before they happen.

Sports can unite and inspire a community. Let's hope no more communities have to unite to mourn. 




























Monday, October 26, 2015

Prayers for Flip Saunders

Prayers, thoughts for the loved ones of former Pistons coach and Minnesota Timberwolves president and minority owner Flip Saunders.

Saunders who was the Pistons head coach from 2005 - 2008 left us too soon after a brief battle with cancer.

Saunders was a true gentleman who will be deeply missed.
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