Mental Stretch of the Day

FIELD: Acting/Football DATE: 1950-1980
PLACE: Florida State
PLAYERS:
• Burt Reynolds, Vernon Ross, Ray Nitschke, Pervis Atkins, Lee Corso
STORY LINE:
Reynolds was in 8th grade PE class and out ran everyone in the gym. He was asked afterwards if he could outrun a guy in high school named Vernon Ross, nicknamed the “Flash.” At 730 a.m. the next day he beat him too. He went on to play football at Florida State and the only two freshmen to make the team were him and Lee Corso. “Football and sports taught me that you can crash and burn and then come back from that,” said Reynolds whose athletic career ended in a car crash while at FSU. Reynolds went on to win the Florida State Drama Award for his performance in Outward Bound in 1956.
Reynolds, the son of the chief of police, was saved by football from the rougher crowd of friends he had. Reynolds is mostly known for making the movies, Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and The Longest Yard, a film that transcended acting and sports. Along with Pervis Atkins, a former Frank Kush player and Ray Nitschke, a former Green Bay Packer the game scenes were just like a playoff. Nitschke and company were on the opposite team and they wanted to kill Reynolds. “Kill the movie actor, and don’t put that helmet on unless you are ready to go to war, “said Ray.
To the guys it was not a movie. When they filmed the scene from the one yard line they were on the field for hours. Reynolds’ teammate, Pervis Atkins, stepped up and told him to step on his back and jump into the end zone so they could go home. Burt sailed over the goal line and that was the last take. This was not acting it was reacting!

10-2-Winning point: Real Talent is about practicing like you play. It is not acting but reacting.

10-2 Win Wickets:
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Reference: The Games Do Count, Brian Kilmeade

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Mind Stretch

FIELD: Business/ Football DATE:
PLACE: Brooklyn, NY, Seattle, WA
PLAYERS:
• Howard Schultz- founder of Starbucks, former owner of Seattle Supersonics
STORY LINE:
Howard Schultz grew up in a blue collar neighborhood in Canarsie, Brooklyn playing in the streets with folks from all walks of life.
He played football for Canarsie High School which played on a dirt field in Seaview Park. “I was tougher, smarter than I was athletic, and I could get out of jams.”
He started his senior year at qb and got accepted to play for Northern Michigan University on a scholarship and majored in business. He had a tough go, and he ended up playing behind a guy named Steve Mariucci, former Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions, but his education propelled him to where he is today.
Sports taught Schultz to use what he had to work with others collectively, and make connections that later on helped him in his business career. In 1979 he worked for a Sweedish drip coffee maker and traveled to Seattle to visit Starbucks which he bought out after learning the market potential in Italy. Starbucks kept their store, Peet’s coffee and the rest is history.

10-2-Winning point: Real Talent is about staying with your core values and using what you have to gain an advantage one step at a time.

10-2 Win Wickets:
Train/Trust-dream-practice-mental routines-fitness-positive-relax-team-core values-confidence

Reference: The Games Do Count, Brian Kilmeade

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Mind Matters

FIELD: Golf DATE: 1913
PLACE: Brookline, MA
PLAYERS:
• Francis Ouimet, Ted Ray, Harry Vardon
STORY LINE:
Francis Ouimet developed a love of golf at an early age when his relatively poor family moved into a house adjacent to the 17th hole of the Brookline Country Club. Ouimet was shamed as “caddy boy” by the local members but the club’s caddy master and another member sponsored Ouimet to play in the US Amateur which he lost. He gave his word to his dad, a blue collar worker, that he would give up golf if he lost. In despair he went to work for a dry-goods store, and pined away at not being able to play golf. He could not take the anguish any more when British legend Harry Vardon showed up on his home town course for the 1913 US Open. Ouimet shunned his father’s beliefs in the folly of golf and found a way to enter the tournament. He practiced with his caddy master and ended up tied at the end of tournament with Harry Vardon, and Ted Ray, both big stars from across the pond.
The match went down to the 17th hole where Francis made a birdie to Ray’s bogie and Vardon’s par. Ouimet parred the final hole to win the 1913 US Open.

10-2-Winning point: Real Talent transcends wealth, and tradition by passion.

10-2 Win Wickets:
Train/Trust-dream-practice-mental routines-fitness-positive-relax-team-core values-confidence

Reference: The Greatest Game Ever Played by Mark Frost

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Story of the Day (SOD) Dedication and Inspiration Fuel Creativity

FIELD: Modern Art DATE: 1950’s
PLACE: Cody, Wyoming & Springs, New York
PLAYERS:
• Jackson Pollock ( Jack the “Dripper” )
STORY LINE:
Jackson Pollock developed a sense of no fear when it came to painting techniques. He tried new approaches to modern art without the use of brush and easel and instead dripped paint on canvas tacked to the floor. He also did not have any preconceived ideas about what the paintings would turn into and did not give those works titles but numbers.
Pollock began his painting career with little native talent. His early works were ordinary and it was not until his passion caught up with his dedication that he became a master of modern art.
Pollock, like many high achievers had role models. Mexican muralist and Indian sand paintings inspired him to use unconventional techniques and keep him in love with being an artist.

10-2-Winning point: Real Talent is not “natural.” It is about dedication and inspiration from role models to foster one’s own creativity.

10-2 Win Wickets:
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Reference: Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

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Story of the Day (S.O.D.) Talent is what you make of it.

SPORT: Track and Field DATE: 1980’s-1990’s
PLACE: Olympics, East St. Louis, Illinois, Beaumont, Texas
PLAYERS:
• Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Babe Didrikson Zaharias
STORY LINE:
• Jackie Joyner-Kersee hailed as the greatest female athlete of all time competed in the heptathlon which is a two day event of 100 meter hurdles, high jump, javelin, 200 meter sprint, long jump, shotput, 800 meter run. Joyner set world records, won Olympic gold medals and world championships. She was also a basketball star for UCLA and Richmond Rage of the defunct ABL. She became a consistent winner in her prime, winning silver in the 1984 games and gold in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic games, but before her glory days, she was a consistent loser finishing last in most of her competitions in her youth. In 1975 she watched a made for TV movie about Babe Didrikson Zaharias, the Jim Thorpe of womens sports, from Beaumont. Babe Didrikson, the track athlete , basketball player, and pro golfer, was chosen the “Greatest Female Athlete of the First Half of the 20th Century. Fifty years later, “Sports Illustrated for Women” magazine voted Joyner-Kersee the greatest female athlete of “all time”. Role models can make a difference especially when you find it tough going in the trenches.

10-2-Winning point: Real Talent is not “natural.” It is about improving what you are born with from work. Role models can keep you going when times are tough.

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Reference: Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

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Story of the Day- persistence with the dream

SPORT: Baseball DATE: 1996-2000
PLACE: Byram, Miss TEAM: Hind Community College, White Sox, Oakland A’s
PLAYERS:
• Chad Bradford, Billy Bean, Moose Perry
STORY LINE:
• before his 2nd birthday dad suffers a stroke,
• Dad act of will can only throw underhand to Chad
• Made Chad the happiest when throwing with Dad
• Goal was to be a shotestop, marry and have kids—did the latter
• Between 8th grade and big leagues- Chad was not any good
• 15 year old sophomore- lucky to make high school team
• Did not exhibit any natural athletic ability from a school that graduated hundreds of “talented” players
• Told people his dream of playing professional and they laughed at him
• Wanted to be a pitcher and asked Coach Moose, but his fastball hung up there like in tball
• Moose gets Chad to try something new—drop his arm and throw 12-2
• Fastball started to move
• Moose could now use him but he looked silly—toughened him up by making him cuss while he throws
• Dad made a mound in front yard—broke windows
• Never an all-star, and did not get any offers-went to Hinds Community College
• A crazy scout watched him and the White Sox picked him up for 12,500.00
• He was a “fringe prospect”
• Moose took him from 12 to 2 and then he started going lower
• Got a call to go up to triple A but in Calgary- Mtn air, got put in as the 3rd pitcher down 12-0. He got his team back in the game 14-12.
• Got moved up to the bigs a few times but he had such a weird delivery that the White Sox did not want to keep him for long.
• Kept dropping release and that made it closer to the hitter just enough to make up for the lack of a 90 mph fastball . Called up for Rangers game and struck out 7
• Still went under appreciated by the Sox
• Billy Bean- former great talented athlete and Oakland A’s manager- wanted Chad and convinced Chicago that he was worthless, because they overlooked a very important stat: Chad Bradford did not give up many hits in the air and gave his defense a chance to make outs.

Winning point: Real Talent can be unconventional. Desire and persistence of staying on the course will get you to your dream.

Reference: Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball”

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S. O. D. (Story of the Day)

Story of the Day (SOD)

Summary of Gary Smith’s July 26, 1999 Sports Illustrated story.

• TCU locker room prior to 1957 Cotton Bowl vs Syracuse- snuck in as SWC runner up because A&M was hit with NCAA sanctions
• 49 players
• 1955-1958 TCU was in 3 Cotton Bowls under Orthol Martin ( Honest Abe )
• Possum Elenburg, a sub on the team: “…It’s funny, but all your life people tell you that football’s just a game, that so many things more important will happen to you in life that’ll make the sports seem insignificant.” I’m fixing to be tested in this moment, and I’m gonna be tested again and again in my life, and I’m gonna get nervous and wonder about myself every single time. Your priorities as a kid are just as important to you as your priorities as a 60 year old man, because all your aspirations and goals are on the line. At any age, each thing that’s important you.. is important to you, and each fight needs to be fought with every effort.”
• 1956 Cotton bowl Harold (Toad) Pollard- missed the extra point the year before to Mississippi
• Marvin Newman- photographer- had to take the picture without a flash as not to disturb the pre-game tension and still get enough light into the camera
• What is waiting the Horn Frogs- Jim Brown 6’2” 225lb average of 35 lbs heavier than the average halfback and 22 lbs heavier than the average lineman. High jumps 6’3” throw discuss 155 ft, drafted by the NBA, and the greatest lacrosse player ever.
• 70,000 attendance
• TCU could not tackle Brown the conventional way (hitting in the thighs and wrapping up)—it took a team to put him down- high and low “Norman Hamilton was an All-American and could not tackle him.”
• TCU went up 14-0
• Just before half time, Syracuse tied it up at 14 on Brown’s run, extra point, pass and another td run and kick.
• Later in the game, Buddy Dike- ailing kidney- hit Brown head on with a sound like thunder, split his face mask in two… and the pigskin slipped from Brown and TCU recovered it.
• TCU scored on that drive Toad Pollard made the extra point just in case Brown would run back the kick off. And he almost did and then the Orangemen scored on the next possession to make it 28-27 Frogs. Brown set up to kick the extra point and it was deflected by one Chico Mendoza.

Teaching point: Teams win games, not individuals. Keep swinging and the giant will eventually wear down and fall.

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