Football

On Life and Football – An Interview with Referee Rant

Over at my buddy, Ralph’s, “Referee Rant” podcast series, my latest entry: https://refereerant.com/episode-252-the-rant-kene-erike/ We explore my thoughts on COVID, real-world conflict resolution, and navigating the games—within the game—of football. Some time stamps below….

Blame Games: Personal Accountability in the Context of Group Performance

[Listen to the audio version here: https://soundcloud.com/user-31492767/blame-games-jttg-september-2020] Over at Women 2.0, a look at the relationship between finger-pointing and group performance: You’ve got to decide how important winning is to you. Weigh the long-term risk of fracturing team chemistry with the here-and-now threat of losing the current skirmish. This can be particularly-tough when dealing with one-off competitions …

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Can You Ever Be Too Careful?: The Case for Calculated Aggression

  Over at Women 2.0, a look at one of the biggest questions arising from the current state of affairs: The following is inspired by the Coronavirus saga. Rather than explore the news and responses related to the events — -which would require some dialogue centered on pathology, confounding variables, and journalistic integrity — -we’ll springboard to a more …

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Three Exercises to Build Speed and Quickness (Vertical Jump, too)

(Disclaimer: Consult a doctor before starting any new fitness initiative.) Last time, we talked about the importance of transferable athletic training and why speed ladders are a waste of time. Here are three exercises that’ll deliver results, no matter what sport you play. They can be incorporated into any training program.

Underdogs in Education (Part 1): For-Profit Schools as a Case Study in Game Theory

This is Part 1 of a Two-Part Post on Education in America. David and Goliath, one of the most well-known stories in the bible, provides a good framework for evaluating competition between asymmetrical combatants. When you’re an underdog, you don’t win by playing by the book. You have to take risks and embrace schemes that may increase …

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Mating Calls of The Irrational Sports Fan: NCAA Edition

Note: When I mention “college sports” in this article, I am talking about sports at major Division I programs. The Alabamas and Notre Dames of the world, not the Claremont Mckennas. The difference between the athletic-academic-financial atmosphere at major D1 schools and everywhere else is a chasm. To paraphrase Shannon Sharpe, it’s like comparing “Titanic” …

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