High School Athletes! Are you being recruited?

Many high school athletes dream of continuing their sport in college.  Most never get a chance for a variety of reasons.  If you have the skill to play in college there IS a college out there where you can play and get scholarship money.  As an Area Scout for National Scouting Report I talk to college coaches across the country looking to fill their rosters with qualified student athletes.  If you want to play in college, here are a few key things you must have:

  1. A burning desire to play your sport in college
  2. Good Grades!  Coaches do not want to worry about whether they can keep you in school.  Additionally, if you have good grades you can get a combination of academic and athletic money and possibly get all your tuition paid for
  3. No geographic restrictions.  The more places you are willing to enroll, the more options you will have athletically.

Biggest myth high school athletes and their parents believe is that if they are good enough they will be found by colleges.  Not true.  The number one factor you must know…”If you are not TALKING to college coaches then you are not being recruited”  Bottom line.  Questionnaires are great but did you know that in 2011 after they won the 2010 BCS Football title Auburn sent out 3400 questionnaires.  They could only sign 25 players.  You do the math!

You can play in college.  You have to be scouted and have the right plan in place!  Don’t delay, do it now!

Great Movie Lines! Part 2

In that great football movie “Any Given Sunday” Coach Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino) is addressing his team before they take the field against Dallas in a first round playoff game. Now the Sharks (Tony’s team) have lost 5 of their last 7 and the most recent loss, which denied them a first round bye and home field advantage, was particularly disturbing as the team lost faith in their star QB Willie Beaman who, like many young stars, became a little too enamored with himself and his value.

D’Amato knows that if his team does not come together NOW they will get demolished. He gives one of the greatest speeches in pre-game history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9CD7uj2TL0 His most revealing line is “We can either stay here and get the S#*@ kicked out of us or we can fight our way back, into the light”. That’s what life is all about. Business, school, sports, relationships, etc all will beat us down. We will encounter times when everything seems to be crumbling around us. We have 2 choices. Stay there, continue to spiral downward and get the S#*@ kicked out of us OR fight our way back into the light. Inch by inch, yard by yard, sales deal by sales deal, test by test, conversation by conversation. It’s what champions are made of. That inward flame that says “I will not be beaten, I will not be trampled upon but I will FIGHT my way back!”

The sooner we embrace this philosophy the quicker our lives will have meaning and we WILL achieve our goals while better dealing with the inevitable downs. But no one can do it for you-it has to come from within. Preach on Coach D’Amato!!

Next: “Bane’s men are not your average brawlers…neither am I”

Great Movie Lines! We can live our lives by them!

This is the first in a series of “Great Movie Lines” and how they really can affect our lives.

May 8, 2015

Remember the last Rocky movie in 2006?  Rocky is counseling his son who thinks the world, and his dad, gave him a bad break.  The son just can’t seem to break out because Dad’s (Rocky) shadow is too encompassing.  Rocky tells his son: “If you know what you are worth then go out and get what you’re worth”  What great advice.  Most of us languish in dead end jobs, or in bad situations thinking “If only”  Well its time to make “If only” happen.  Go get what you’re worth but you have to be willing to take the hits.

Rocky then tells his son “It ain’t about how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done”  Sales people can benefit from this line more than any other profession.  Sales is about rejection, and how you deal with it.  How many “no’s” can you take before you get that first “yes”.  It’s not about the successes, anyone can deal with those–it’s about the REJECTION.  How hard can you get hit and keep moving forward!  That’s how budgets are met, clients are added, sales are closed—WINNING IS DONE!

 

NEXT WEEK–“We can stay here and get the crap beat out of us or we can fight our way back, into the light”

 

Sports General Management

Why do so many NFL teams get “enamored” with the hot college QB of the day each draft season?  It is obvious that to win a championship in the NFL you need a pocket passer with mobility-not a runner that might be able to find an open receiver.  Take the Bills and Jets for example.  Both drafted questionable pro-style QB’s in 2013 in the 1st or 2nd round and both of those guys are riding the pine while journeyman QB’s run the franchise.  What a waste.  Why not sign the journeyman to start with, use the high pick for talent at other positions and wait until a franchise type QB is in the draft.  You waste money and franchise time by jumping the gun.  Who are the QB’s that have won the last 10 Super Bowls?  In order, last to first: Brady, Rothloesberger, P. Manning, E. Manning, Rothloesberger, Brees, Rodgers, E. Manning, Flacco, Wilson.  See a pattern? Guys who stay in the pocket and go through their progressions before running.  With the exception of the Mannings none of these guys were highly touted out of college.  Solid scouting departments did their due diligence and found guys that were NFL ready, not over hyped!

Local and Digital

As we become a nation of more and more information the dilemma for advertisers is how best to get their message across to their potential customers.  With newspaper readership down and TV becoming more segmented, how do media companies bridge the gap for their clients?

Local content, in fact hyper-local, is the key.  Some combination of local sports, human interest, business infomercials and shows delivered to customers through a combination of digital interaction (twitter, mobile apps) and video (local TV and online) will be the vehicle of the future.  This will be the best way to deliver what customers want and advertisers need in a format that fits our ever busier schedules!

Stay tuned!!!

Season Heating Up

To quote Arnold…”I’m Back!”   It has been a while since my last post.  The 2013 season is heating up.  Chiefs and Broncos headed for a collision course in the AFC West.  The NFC East has become the NFC Least and the Niners and Seahawks look to be the class of the NFC.  Should be an exciting finish!!!

Merry Christmas!!

As we approach the blessed day of Christmas let us all remember the reason for the season.  God in his infinite justice, love and wisdom sent his only begotten son to earth.  Born of a virgin in the city of Bethlehem He set for us an example by which we too can become like him and approach the father.  Were it not for Jesus we would be lost in our sins.  Because of Jesus we can have eternal life with the Father!!  How wonderful, humbling and beautiful.

Our world faces hatred, crime and and an overall lack of respect for the sanctity of life.  If we would all turn our hearts to Jesus and follow his example we can recapture the love for each other regardless of race, creed or status and the respect for the individual.  We are all equal in God’s eyes and when we look through those eyes we will stop, bend down and lend a helping hand to our brothers.  In this way we glorify the Father and, in a beautiful way, lend a helping hand to ourselves.

God Bless everyone and Merry Christmas!!

NFL Power Poll through Week #15

Here is my updated NFL Power Poll through week #15.  Keep in mind this poll does not only factor in team records but also strength of schedule remaining, how team is playing right now, injuries and a Trending component.  Defense factors in heavily as defense wins championships!  Enjoy!

1. 49ers  TREND-UP

2. Broncos  TREND-UP

3. Patriots  TREND-FLAT

4. Falcons  TREND-UP

5. Seahawks  TREND-UP

6. Packers   TREND-UP

7. Redskins  TREND-UP

8. Texans   TREND-FLAT

9. Giants   TREND-DOWN

10. Cowboys  TREND-UP

11. Ravens  TREND-DOWN

12. Bengals  TREND-FLAT

“Fiscal Cliff” Approaches

There has been much talk of the approaching “fiscal cliff” and the ongoing negotiations in Washington to avoid it.  Fact is we should never have gotten this close.  The Fiscal Cliff for those who may not know is the name for the simultaneous expiration of the Bush era payroll tax cuts enacted in 2003 and serious cuts in government spending on 1/1/13.  This double whammy to the economy will shove the country over “the cliff” and into a double dip recession.  More payroll taxes on workers will reduce take-home pay and limit economic spending.  Less government spending, while inherently good, will reduce inflows into the economy and while coupled with less family spending will put the brakes on economic expansion.  One of the issues here is that the Federal Reserve has approached previous economic slow downs by lowering interest rates.  This makes money cheaper to borrow and encourages economic activity.  But now rates are already close to zero, so how can you lower them?

Suggestion?  Keep the tax-cuts in place, cut government spending gradually over 2013, lower business tax rates to encourage hiring and expansion and revise the tax code to limit loop holes which will pour revenue into the government coffers.  A flat tax would solve all problems immediately but that will never happen-too much politics!

NFL Power Poll through Week #14

Here is my updated NFL Power Poll through week #14.  Keep in mind this poll does not only factor in team records but also strength of schedule remaining, how team is playing right now, injuries and a Trending component.  Defense factors in heavily as defense wins championships!  Enjoy!

1. Broncos  TREND-UP

2. Patriots  TREND-UP

3. 49ers  TREND-UP

4. Giants  TREND-UP

5. Seahawks  TREND-UP

6. Colts   TREND-UP

7. Packers  TREND-UP

8. Redskins   TREND-UP

9. Ravens  TREND-DOWN

10. Cowboys  TREND-UP

11. Falcons  TREND-FLAT

12. Texans  TREND-DOWN

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