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Practice? We’re Talking About Practice?

Photo: Brian Spurlock

Human beings have a lot of choice about how we are going to live.  Here in America people are guaranteed certain freedoms, and those freedoms when acted upon, largely determine the kind of life that a person will live.

You and I each have the freedom to do what we want, when we want to do it.  While we understand that how we choose to employ this personal liberty will play a role in what happens to us, we often forget that how we act upon our freedoms also plays a role in how others get to live their lives as well.

In short, we don’t get to pick what happens to us, we only get to pick our response to what happens to us.

Peyton Manning wanted to spend his entire professional career as the Quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts and he exercised his personal freedoms and responsibilities to that end.  In doing so he started 200 games for the team, amassing over 50,000 yards passing, a world championship and 4 League Most Valuable Player awards.

Today, Colt’s owner Jim Irsay fired Peyton Manning.

He didn’t want to, he had to.

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Saying Goodbye To Yesterday

Dan Powers

There’s been so much talk about “what might happen” with Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning that a lot of people didn’t realize that what they feared for Peyton was actually happening to Hines Ward.

Yesterday Hines Ward, the Pittsburgh Steeler’s all-time leading receiver got fired.

It wasn’t because the Steelers don’t like him, in fact people everywhere (Baltimore & Cincinnati excluded) seem to love Hines Ward.

Even on Dancing with the Stars.

While Ward isn’t necessarily the most graceful dancer, he has been an incredibly productive athlete.

Born in Korea to an African American Father and a Korean mother, the chances of becoming a Hall of Fame football player probably seemed slim for a child who never fit in anywhere, even after emigrating to the United States.

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It’s Not Really Lin-Sane.

Pop Quiz!

Did the man pictured here:
a.) Graduate from Harvard
II.) Grow up in the Bay Area of California
3.) Recently drop 38 points on the L.A. Lakers
D.) All of the above

While you may have known that the correct answer is “all of the above”, I have a hard time imagining that you’d have been able to correctly determine the answer less than a week ago… mostly because he doesn’t “look” like a basketball player to us.

Just 13 days ago Jeremy Lin was a man sitting on the end of an NBA bench, looking very much like a fish out of water. Even he knew that he was about to be cut from his team. Then the Knicks put him in the game at pointguard.

He scored 25 points and the Knicks won. In the next week he scored 28, 23, 38, and 20 points as he led his team to 5 straight victories.

Nobody could explain how it happened, not even Jeremy Lin.

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