What if fans made the NFL draft picks?

By | 2018-04-22T13:09:48+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

The day might come when you and I make our teams’ draft picks. The popularity of fantasy football, and the opportunity some fans are getting to call plays mid-game on their smart phones, point in that direction. So when the day comes, what’s our draft strategy? Best available athlete? Draft a specialist to fit our [...]

Character matters on and off the football field

By | 2018-04-15T08:04:24+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

It was foolish of me to hope that the NFL’s off-season domestic violence stories would stop triggering flashbacks. The 49ers tone deaf response to Reuben Foster’s DV charges remind me some wounds don’t heal. But I will not quit on my belief that the many good people in professional football deserve better. I will not [...]

Prologue to Born Fanatic

By | 2018-04-12T12:59:45+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

My high school buddies called him Big Mike. One of them said after meeting him, That was like shaking hands with a package of iron hot dogs. In his heyday, he was a 6'4", 260-pound World Champion, All-Pro offensive tackle, destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He had a big meaty head that [...]

The Path of Teamwork: Out of the Darkness . . .

By | 2018-04-12T12:47:42+00:00 April 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Studying sports fanaticism for my memoir taught me a lot about fanaticism across the whole American landscape, especially considering my research took place during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Just like being part of a football team’s fan base, when you’re part of any “tribe,” you belong with passion. For extreme sports fans, that passion [...]

#Teamwork: What, you thought it was easy?!

By | 2018-04-01T10:02:39+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Having grown up in the belly of the NFL beast on my father’s coattails, I developed strong, mixed feelings about football. Not unlike any father/son relationship, it’s a complicated story. But my grievances aside, the old man knew a thing or two about teamwork. He shared this lesson once [MORE]

Teamwork without boundaries

By | 2018-03-25T10:17:51+00:00 March 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

My friend and colleague Dr. Ralph Kilmann, author of Quantum Organizations and The Courageous Mosaic among other texts, says that the greatest human invention is the organization. It’s the tool for getting meaningful things accomplished. Translating Dr. Kilmann’s belief into my own vocabulary, I agree with him: Teamwork is the greatest human invention. I will [...]

One Important Part . . .

By | 2018-03-05T07:42:11+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Here in the Born Fanatic space, the theme is always team, where everyone is an important part of something greater than themselves. I like to focus on the something greater, the goal teammates work to achieve, the adversity they join to overcome. But today is one of those days to celebrate an example of someone [...]