The Wright Attitude

It's been quite a run for Villanova Men's Basketball Coach, Jay Wright. In 2016, he won the NCAA ChampionshipIn 2018, he won the NCAA ChampionshipEarlier this summer, he was one of the coaches for the USA Men's team that an Olympic Gold medalA month ago he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame You … Continue reading The Wright Attitude

Talk about Having a High Opinion of Yourself…

With the Olympics drawing to a close, I found the results of a recent survey quite fascinating. The survey of 1,000 U.S. residents revealed that 40 percent think they’re fit enough to compete in at least one summer or winter sport at the Olympics. That includes three times as many men as women (60% vs. … Continue reading Talk about Having a High Opinion of Yourself…

Blogging on NES

I'll never forget the chant. It was at one of the four state swimming championship events I attended while in college, but I can't remember which year. But I do remember the chant from the swimmers of Edinboro State College, loud and clear: "Oh Dee" (clap-clap) "ON NED" (clap-clap) "Oh Dee" (clap-clap) "ON NED" (clap-clap) … Continue reading Blogging on NES

The Answer Is a Resounding Yes!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post with the title: If You Win Gold at the Olympics, but There Are No Fans There, Did It Really Happen?. Well, after two nights of watching the Olympics, I can confirm the answer I gave two weeks ago with a resounding yes! There is just something … Continue reading The Answer Is a Resounding Yes!

If You Win Gold at the Olympics, but There Are No Fans There, Did It Really Happen?

Japan has announced that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead under a state of emergency and without any spectators at events in the capital in an attempt to prevent another nationwide outbreak of COVID-19. Athletes, staff, media, and other participants will be kept in a "bubble." Other areas outside the capital that are hosting events … Continue reading If You Win Gold at the Olympics, but There Are No Fans There, Did It Really Happen?

This Might Be One of the Best Months for Sports, Ever

In no particular order: Wimbledon. (tennis) Tour de France. (cycling) The British Open (or more correctly, The Open). (golf) The European Championships. (football/soccer) The NBA Finals. (basketball) The NHL Finals. (ice hockey) The Olympics. (multiple sports) Copa América. (football/soccer) MLB All-Star Game (OK, this might be stretching it a bit...) (baseball) And thanks to my … Continue reading This Might Be One of the Best Months for Sports, Ever

Who Is the G.O.A.T.?

It was the kind of tweet guaranteed to get a lot of responses: https://twitter.com/goldmedalmind/status/1364778667528781829 And the answers contained some obvious choices: Roger Bannister (first person to break the 4-minute barrier in the mileCal Ripken (baseball player who played in 2,632 straight games)Michael Phelps, swimmerJesse Owen, track and fieldAleksandr Karelin, a wrestler with 13 year undefeated … Continue reading Who Is the G.O.A.T.?

Before Katie Ledecky, Before Michael Phelps, Before Mark Spitz, There Was…

Don Schollander. Schollander was the first swimmer to win four Gold Medals in one Olympics, doing so in Tokyo in 1964 at the young age of 18.  Schollander also won the 1964 James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, and the AP Athlete of the Year, easily defeating runner-up Johnny Unitas. Schollander followed … Continue reading Before Katie Ledecky, Before Michael Phelps, Before Mark Spitz, There Was…

Team U.S.A. – You’re the Finest

This is the 72nd in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. In just 200 years, your country, through freedom and hard work, has changed the … Continue reading Team U.S.A. – You’re the Finest

Why I Don’t Always Root for the Underdog

It's hard to do sometimes, to go against the grain, to not root for the feel good story competitor, the one who is clearly an underdog. After all, everybody loves an underdog. There have been many great sports movies that featured an underdog, and while the underdog may not always win, the audience is unanimous … Continue reading Why I Don’t Always Root for the Underdog