A Letter to Myself: Turning 25 and Perfecting the Pursuit

birthdaycake3

Adam Ornelas takes stock of his first quarter century. Despite setbacks in love and work, what he finds is inspiration to be the best man he can be.

What Losing Taught Me About Winning

2What-Losing-Taught-Me-About-Winning-Photo-by-Photo-by-lumpytrout-wikimedia

A high school basketball coach talks about the sophomore slump that saved his family.

The Competitive Edge: Why It’s Imperative We Teach Our Sons and Daughters To Compete

soccer photo by aidanmorgan

Alan Bishop worries we talk too much about the negative aspects of competition instead of focusing on all the positives.

Love and Losing: A Bonding Story

philly, philadelphia, love

What is more important when picking a favorite sports team: tradition or location? Larry Bernstein shares losing, love, and baseball with his 9-year-old son.

Striving To Be The Best… And Failing

Defeat

Why you need to let go of your need to always win.

Be Nice, You Rancid Little Punk!

father and son smoke pipes

The impatient father of a young perfectionist finds “Do as I say, not as I do,” is easier said than done.

3 Things We Can Learn From U7 Basketball

Kids playing basketball

Parents and coaches have invaluable opportunities to teach and apply real-life lessons within the fun of organized sports. Unfortunately, many of us miss out on the opportunity.

Batter Up

837352206_fd439a587f

My girlfriend’s 15 year old kid had played a year of Little League and hadn’t picked up a bat or glove since. This was an opportunity for us to bond, but the odds were stacked against us.

Unconquered

2065355170_37e86993d4_o

Jeff Swain defines ‘unconquered,’ with some help from his friends: William Ernest ‘Captain of My Soul’ Henley and Tom Petty.

Outside the Cage

Charlie_Brenneman

Cameron Conaway fights envy when his friend Charlie Brenneman finds victory in the UFC.

Connect Four

4836636938_1ea1390763_b

Connect with the ones you love, every chance you can.

Up Shit Creek

shutterstock_66700207

Chuck Ross knows what it’s like to be in over your head.

Losing a Game You Didn’t Play In

Mark Sanchez

Last night, as I watched Rashard Mendenhall hump his quarterback, every potentially crucial play of the game and of the season ran through my mind.

Boise, Cathreen, and a Circuit Board of Dreams

Matt Salesses on winning, losing, fighting, and making up.