Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go

Magazines

Service

The second time [Golden State Warriors coach Steve] Kerr and I talked happened to be roughly the day his symptoms — which include headaches and neck pain — began worsening. Yet, being Kerr, he still ran practice that morning and showed for our lunch interview. As we walked through downtown Oakland, a disheveled man across […]

Joy

To which [Tim] Tebow responds: “Why not? Why does everything start out with a negative connotation? Unfortunately, sometimes we look at things in a negative way, rather than striving for what we want to do, and what we believe in, and lifting each other up, and building each other up.” He’s getting fired up again. […]

Self

“As a manager, [Japanese pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani’s departure to the majors], it’s going to hurt the team,” says [Nippon Ham Fighters’ Hideki] Kuriyama. “But I want him to succeed.” Then he adds this advice to the next manager who will oversee Ohtani: “Please trust him all the way through.” -Jon Wertheim, “Showei Ohtani — Japan’s Babe Ruth — […]

Purpose

Strength coach Jay Cardiello asks people to “establish a sense of purpose rather than setting a goal. ‘You have to be pulled toward something. Goals are pushing. I want to lose 25 pounds. That’s boring. That pushes you away,’ he says. ‘I want to avoid getting diabetes, I want to walk my daughter down the […]

Love

Philip Shepherd: “In our ‘doing’ society, we have a zeal for sorting out our agenda and implementing it. But in my experience the world is there to guide you at every moment. The world is calling you to come play, to come risk, to let your heart burn with a passion that will make sense […]

Discipline

“When you get fatigued, usually it’s your mind that goes,” [Nashville Predators forward Mike] Fisher said. “You start making those decisions that you normally wouldn’t make. If you can control your mind when you get tired, that’s half the battle.” -Jared Clinton, “Drink Yourself Smarter,” The Hockey News (Playoff Preview 2017)

Self

Tom Brady: “When you play professional sports … there’s a choice that you’re going to be … you subject yourself to a lot of criticism. After 17 years in the NFL, there’s a lot of criticism. I started experiencing that in college. College wasn’t an easy go for me … But I guess the point is, when […]

Work

Dick Vermeil: “I mellowed. I realized I needed to discipline the things that made a difference, and let the things that don’t matter go.” David Maraniss (on Vince Lombardi): “He was brilliant at mixing hate with love.” Bill Parcells: “I could not pretend to be someone else. I had to be what I was.” -Jack […]

Authenticity

The nightly talk shows, as well as the morning news shows, came calling again last month after [Theo] Epstein, in his fifth year as president of baseball operations of the [Chicago] Cubs, ended an even bigger drought than the one in Boston: He presided over their first World Series title in 108 years. Again, he […]

Health

In yearlong trials of the diet [nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare] Morris has conducted to deter [cognitive] decline among those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, green leafy veggies … had the highest positive correlation with brain function. “The rate of decline among those who consumed one to two servings per day was the equivalent of being […]

Perspective

Do not presume to know what it’s like to live in your subject’s skin. Or your subject’s world. Do not presume that his [or her] worldview is your worldview. [Michigan basketball player Jalen] Rose was an African-American just-past-teenager from Detroit. I was a white, well-past-teenager from the coast. It would take work for me to […]

The Moment

The final step of the three ‘R’ approach, refocus, is one of the most important aspects of goaltending in general. [Sports psychologist John] Stevenson likes to use the visual of a flashlight and explains that the beam of light needs to be pointed toward all the things happening in front of a goaltender rather than […]

Strength

You get stronger after all the things you go through, especially with battling for a net and also being a good teammate and a good partner. Mentally, it serves you well. I’ve seen everything the last five years, and having that experience in my back pocket really prepares me for what’s to come. – Brian […]

Authenticity

Sometime after the season starts, Auston, I’m sure we will meet up and chat. But for now, here is my advice: Don’t change your personality. If you try to be something you’re not, you can’t keep that up. It’s an act. I came into Toronto planning to fight, score, hit, and throw everything I had […]