What if fans made the NFL draft picks?

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 [...]

By | 2018-04-22T13:09:48+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Prologue to Born Fanatic

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 [...]

By | 2018-04-12T12:59:45+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | 2018-04-12T12:47:42+00:00 April 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Teamwork without boundaries

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-25T10:17:51+00:00 March 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

One Important Part . . .

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-05T07:42:11+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments