Archive for March 2016
I’m a big Perry Ellis fan. So when Villanova’s men’s basketball team beat Kansas University last night, March 26th, I and a lot of other people were asking: “What happened to Perry Ellis?” KU’s leading scorer had no points in the first half (20-minutes) and ended up with just four. Now there are those who will say that it was Villanova’s excellent defensive effort but I watched the game and Ellis missed some pretty easy shots that he normally makes. So the question is: why? I’m an avid believer in: what takes place away from the basketball court affects what takes place on the basketball court. Is it possible Perry had some type of personal problem the night before the Villanova game that he didn’t share with anyone? Very often, male college players have issues with their girlfriends; sometimes they are good issues and sometimes they are not so good issues, like an argument (which doesn’t help their game.) And when an athlete withholds (bottles-up) the issue and doesn’t tell anyone, it’s a form of lying that affects his or her ability to focus. I guess we’ll never know why Perry was off his game last night. But it can be a learning experience for all of us. That is: DO NOT WITHHOLD YOUR FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS. CLEAR THEM AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE.
The reason why KU should win the 2016 NCAA national championship is similar to what happened in 2008. On Sunday Feb. 24th 2008 the team held a team meeting (players only) and did not lose a game for the rest of the season. (See below) On January 22nd, 2016, Coach Self held a meeting with Ellis, Mason, Selden and Graham to help him determine who the fifth starter should be and they haven’t lost a game since.
Following is what I published on my blog back in 2008.
Those of you who are familiar with my training program know how important I believe it is for teams to have team meetings at least once a week (without coaches present.) This allows team members to speak frankly and clear the air and not withhold (or repress) their feelings.
When athletes repress or withhold their feelings it’s a form of lying that demeans them and lowers their self-esteem, creating psychological baggage and affects their ability to focus and process information. So when Head Coach Bill Self gave his blessing for the Kansas Jayhawks Basketball team to hold a players-only team meeting, Kansas City Star writer J. Brady McCollough wrote that some thought it might have been the chicken wings they ate at Henry Ts Bar & Grill that helped them make the final four, and to ultimately win the NCAA tournament. Here’s what McCullough wrote:
“Ryan Robertson had to laugh when he first heard that the Kansas Jayhawks turned their season around over chicken wings.
It wasn’t that the players chose to eat at Henry T’s Bar & Grill. Guys have been doing that for the last 15 years or so. It was more that, well, he hadn’t ever thought of having a players-only meeting in a public place before…Around 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, the entire KU team pushed open the doors of Henry T’s. Situated on the west side of town, the restaurant is far removed from the peering eyes of campus or Massachusetts Street, where the Jayhawks would undoubtedly be hounded if seen together as a team.
Less than a day had passed since they had lost their third game of the season in ugly fashion, 61-60 to Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Kansas, once 20-0, was suddenly 24-3 and appeared to be playing its way out of the Big 12 regular-season title race and a high NCAA Tournament seed.
According to KU guard Sherron Collins, the Jayhawks had some chemistry issues, and there were some things that needed to be said. ‘Everyone got their feelings out,’ Collins said, ‘and no feelings were hurt. Everyone understood it was for the good of the team. Once we got over that, people started listening to each other and didn’t take things the wrong way.’”
The Jayhawks, 35-3, hadn’t lost since. Eleven wins later, they played in their first Final Four game since 2003, and then went on to win the national championship. The owners of Henry T’s are giddy over the possibility of marketing their establishment as “the place where champions come to eat” or something like that.