There was a time in this country when making a HS varsity basketball team was a fairly simple process. That is, hopeful kids tried out for the team under the watchful eyes of the head coach and his staff, in the hope that one would impress enough with one’s skills, size, experience, and speed .... More »
It was a real stunner when Mack Breed, the defensive coach at John Jay HS, came forth and acknowledged that he instructed his two defensive backs, Moreno and Rojas, to “hit” the ref and make him pay because the ref had made bad calls against John Jay all game.
And the two football player.... More »
Coaches & Friends, Not Parents, Pressure Sports Kids, Says Study
The number of kids playing team sports is dropping quickly…
To understand the factors behind this drop off, Yellowbrick Treatment Program surveyed 1,000 Americans about pressure in youth sports, says Matt Zajechowski, senior.... More »
Over the years, I have received lots of requests from my WFAN listeners regarding booking guests for this show, but I have to admit, I received more requests for a book called THE ARM than for any other author.
THE ARM, which is subtitled Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commod.... More »
We spent five weeks searching for the answer to the question: Who is the greatest fictional coach? The people have spoken! Mickey Goldmill received 52% of the vote compared to Eric Taylor’s 48%. Click play, and read up on Mickey Goldmill, the greatest fictional coach of all time. (SEE FULL BR.... More »
We have written here over the years about our concerns around bullying and hazing. The attitude that creates that bullying mindset still seems to exist in the high school and youth sports culture.A recent series of stories in the U.S. national media (here is a link to a story on ESPN) revealed that a decision was made to cancel the football season of a prominent local high school in New Jersey as a result of an investigation into bullying behaviour…
Making sports easy for kids has become a national sports parenting past time. Our youth sports culture has become enamored with the Fun Philosophy, the idea that sports must be a blast or kids will not want to play. PSHHAW. That’s what I say. What a Saturday Morning Bootcamp Taught Me It took a Saturday morning workout…
Thursday was the 10th anniversary of Lionel Messi’s debut with Barcelona. Bleacher Report covered that milestone in four ways, and I think they’re a nice cross-section of some of the different types of content available as you think about how to cover any event or topic.
There were two fairly traditional pieces, one looking back and one looking forward:
Lionel Messi Travels 10 Years from Shy Uncertainty to Stellar Name at Barcelona by Guillem Balague…
The new shoes are laced up. The old bicycle pump remedies the under-inflated ball after a long search for the needle. The sound of dribbling is heard with rhythmic regularity. It can only mean one thing. Basketball season has begun.
Basketball is the most popular youth sport
At YMCA’s, school gyms and community rec centers across the country, boys and girls basketball teams are starting their first practices of the season…