Last year after suffering a shocking and humiliating defeat in the first game of the NCAA basketball tournament, last night the University of Virginia Cavaliers won their first NCAA basketball championship.
“It was a painful gift,” said Cavaliers’ coach Tony Bennett as he reflected on being the first #1 seeded team to lose to a #16 seeded team in the 2018 tournament.
Last year the Cavaliers were the favorites to win the title. But the unthinkable happened. The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) blew out the UVA by 20 points.
How do you recover and return from such an epic fall? Continue reading
Last night I watched the Indiana-Purdue basketball game. It is one of the most intense and heated rivalries in college basketball.
They have played 203 times since 1901. The rivalry even has its own Wikepedia page describing notable disputes, technical fouls, ejection of coaches, overtime games and of course, the famous Bob Knight chair-throwing incident that happened 31 years ago today.
Last night I watched the #22 ranked Hoosiers match up with the #17 ranked Boilermakers with complete confidence that Indiana would win the game. Continue reading
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Twenty-five years ago the advertising agency of Wieden and Kennedy teamed up with a fast growing shoe company, Nike, to produce the most iconic slogan in all of sports “Just Do It.”
To celebrate and commemorate this anniversary, Nike has recently launched a new ad campaign called “Possibilities.” The first 90 second commercial featured NBA super-star LeBron James and Tennis champion Serena Williams with actor Bradley Cooper narrating. More ads have been released in the past few weeks.
The “Possibilities” ads proclaim you are capable of more. Push your perceived limitations. Overcome your challenges. Just Do It!
The commercials are engaging. Motivating! Inspiring! A brilliant move by Nike. But do you know what Nike means? Did you know Nike is a Bible word? Continue reading
Tonight the San Antonio Spurs play the Miami Heat in the final game for the NBA Championship. The series should have finished Tuesday night. But the Spurs didn’t finish!
The Spurs were in control with a 10 point lead going into the fourth quarter. And with 28 seconds to play they were up five points. Security guards were lining the floor. Yellow tape was being stretched around the court to keep the crowd from coming onto the floor. The victory platform was ready to be rolled out on the court. In 28 seconds the Spurs would celebrate their fifth championship. But something happened on the way to the victory stand. Continue reading
I’ve watched a lot of college basketball games. But none like the one Sunday evening between the University of Louisville and Duke.
It was the most shocking moment I’ve ever seen on a basketball court. It literally sucked the energy out of the arena as 35, 657 fans who were wildly cheering one moment sat in stunned silence the next. Continue reading
Do you wear Nike shoes? If you watch TV, I know you’ve seen a Nike commercial and heard the slogan “Just Do It.” But do you know what Nike means? Did you know it is a Bible word?
In Greek mythology Nike was the goddess of victory, who presided over all military and athletic contests. The Greek word nike” (nee’kay) is the word for victory in I John 5:4. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.” Continue reading
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