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One Reason For Hate

4 undefeated seasons, 19 Conference Championships, an 88 straight game winning streak, and 7 straight National Championships….no that’s not a typo…that’s right 7 in….a…row.

The late John Wooden, for a man who won, and won a whole heck of a lot as head coach of the UCLA Bruins basketball team not once talked about winning during practice.

Instead, he taught boys to become men

He taught his students to have character, discipline, and respect.  They hated it.

When someone showed up late, they were kicked out of practice.  If a player’s hair was too long, he was sent home.  If a player cursed, he was done for the day.

Can you imagine this working in a society like today?  I can picture the parents now coming to the coach complaining about how their son or daughter was sent home from practice for swearing, or kicked off the team for drinking.

Granted Coach Wooden was teaching some of the best college basketball players in the country.  However, I believe his teachings are universal.  Many of the youth today need a kick in the butt whether they realize it or not.

From personal experience, I was pushed to the limit with my basketball coach in high school.  At the time I hated it.

Over time, the experience made me realize to never settle for less than my best.  This coach is now one of my role models and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without knowing him.

People like Wooden and coach make me wonder:

If it weren’t for them, how would we ever know what we are capable of?

And then I realize.

We wouldn’t.




July 22, 2010 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Ogre Believer

Louis Oosthuizen….wait…who?  How do I say that? How could this man be ranked #54 in the world and I have never heard one person in the golf world even whisper his name??

  • Maybe because his name is Louis Oosthuizen
  • Maybe it is because he is just plain ugly.
  • Maybe it is because he has only made the cut in a major 1 of 8 times.
  • Maybe because he looks like…..Shrek?

Either way, he’s now known!

This Shrek-like creature made his way around St. Andrews on Friday with a sneaky 67 for a two round total of 132.  For a man who once shot 57 on his windy sea course Mossel Bay Club he will – Hide no more

Louis will not be able to sneak around on Saturday or Sunday at the Old Course as he will stand out as if Shrek and Princess Fiona were to attend “The Decision” live on ESPN.

Yes, the decision.  Louis will have to make his decision over the next two days.  Will he be a Rory, and follow a 65 – 67 with a round of 82 – 84 or will he take the golfing world and all Shrek fans by storm by holding the Claret Jug up on Sunday. 

Bold Prediction:  Shrek and Princess Fiona A.K.A. The Claret Jug will be greater than “The Tiger” and the rest of the field and….live happily ever after come Sunday evening.

P.S. Major props to Ernie Els for funding Oosthuizen’s start in golf through the Els Foundation.  Oosthuizen even said about Els, “Without him, I wouldn’t be here now.”  You can learn more about the Els Foundation at



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July 17, 2010 at 12:44 am 4 comments

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