Mind Over Sports

Archive for September 2011

We all know how much revenue is generated for our colleges and universities by their football and basketball programs, and yet the average college athlete who participates in these programs often doesn’t have enough money in his pocket to buy himself a pizza. Playing football or basketball in college is a full-time job, sometimes requiring up to 8 hours per day, and yet these same athletes aren’t allowed to even hold down a part time job. It’s no wonder that the idea of receiving some extra cash under the table is highly tempting to them.

If we want to dramatically reduce the cheating that goes in college sports, here’s one idea. First, this should be done initially on a test basis and should only apply to those athletes who are recruited and receive scholarships in sports that produce substantial revenues for their schools, such as football and basketball. Athletes would receive $1,000 per month during their four years of eligibility, PROVIDING they maintain a pre-determined grade point average. If their grades fall below a certain average, they automatically lose their $1,000 per month payments. Expensive you say? Perhaps, but who would be in the best position to help pay the athletes? The NFL and the NBA. After all, colleges and universities are essentially farm systems for these highly profitable sport franchises and they are presently getting a free ride.


Let me repeat that because it’s so important: WHEN YOU GET ANGRY, YOU GIVE AWAY YOUR POWER.  And most of the time, the anger is misdirected and has little or nothing to do with the sporting event. For example, let’s assume that Serena Williams had an issue (argument?) with a friend the night before competing against Samantha Stosur in the US Open women’s final. Because she didn’t clear the issue with her friend, she erupted in anger at the chair umpire, just as she had done before, and also just as before, she was defeated. You often see this in other sports as well, such as when a defensive tackle in the NFL gets into an altercation with the offensive tackle on the other team, or an NBA basketball player gets into a fight with a member of the other team. These types of outbursts take the focus off winning and create baggage that affects performance. So the lesson to be learned is, never allow an issue to fester since it will never go away. It will only become more intense.  Issues must be addressed directly and resolved. Or at least, begin the process of resolving them.

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