Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Dec
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Teddy Bear Tossing

The mayhem of 25,000 teddy bears flying through the air + children at local hospitals receiving all of them = Beautiful Things.

 

May
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Coach Q

Imagine you’re putting together a basketball team. You’re the coach and the GM. Over the course of a year you hand-pick your players from the best schools and playgrounds you know of. Some are more talented than others. Some are a little raw but have potential. You don’t get every player you try to recruit, but you do the best you can to construct the best team possible.

This team means a lot to you, and you are dedicated. Throughout the year you spend every spare moment you can with the players. Usually you work one-on-one with them, spending hours and hours in the gym, on the playground, anywhere there’s a hoop. You make them do drills. You see them getting better. Sometimes they disappoint you. Sometimes they amaze you. Sometimes you practice for hours and you don’t make any progress at all. If anything, it looks like they’ve gotten worse.

You sacrifice time with your family in an effort to make these players the best they can be. Often the players confide in you, and in the role of counselor and friend you stay up late with them, giving them as much time as they need. You spend entire weekends with them traveling to exhibition tournaments.

In these experiences you laugh together. You cry together. You share moments and make memories. You become close. Each player becomes part of your life. Part of you. You love them. You want them to succeed more than anything. Continue Reading…

Feb
0

Way Back Home

This video hit me on a lot of levels. As a kid that watched “Rad” hundreds of times and lived on a bike for years (and still attends the X-games most summers in LA), I can tell you that the bike stunts are amazing, but you won’t need me to tell you that when you see it. There is also much artistry to behold in the scenery, the music, and the camera work.

You know how it’s almost discouraging when you see the awe-inspiring things that other people can create? This is one of those times.

 

 

Original link: Danny MacAskill’s “Way Back Home”

Jun
2

Beautiful Imperfection

On June 2, Major League Baseball pitcher Armando Galarraga was one out away from pitching the first perfect game in Detroit Tigers history. In 135 years of MLB there have been only 20 perfect games thrown – fewer than people that have orbited the moon. Its the feat of a lifetime for a pitcher.

The 27th and would-be-final batter hit a routine ground ball which was fielded and thrown to first in time to get the runner out. However, the umpire incorrectly called the play safe, single-handedly stealing the perfect game from Galarraga. The New York Times called it “easily the most egregious blown call in baseball over the last 25 years”. The Tigers’ manager and many players were understandably upset and immediately began arguing the call in defense of their teammate. Anyone who’s played competitive sports knows how upsetting it can be when umpires or referees make a bad call, and this was the worst of calls on the largest stage.

Galarraga must have gone crazy right? Nope. He offered a sheepish smile, collected himself, and calmly retired the next batter to end the game. Because of the the way he conducted himself in recording the first ever “28-out perfect game”, he will be remembered more in the hearts of many than if the umpire had made the correct call. Asked about it after the game he said “I got a perfect game. Maybe it’s not in the book, but I’m going to show my son someday.” Asked about the umpire, he said “nobody is perfect… Inside of my heart, I don’t have any problem.”

Quite the contrast from the actions we’ve been seeing from other pro athletes recently.

Its worth mentioning that the umpire involved, Jim Joyce, also handled it well. He immediately owned up to his mistake after seeing the replay, and was very apologetic to Galarraga. The next day at Comerica Park the two would shake hands as Tigers fans stood in recognition of the great sportsmanship on display. Joyce wiped tears from his eyes when the crowd serenaded him onto the stadium field with applause in a sympathetic show of forgiveness and understanding.

I just wanted to give props to both and say thanks for being good examples. I’m going to try to do the same going forward when in similar situations.