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More than just special

One of the downsides of being a Little League president is that I fall behind on the latest subjects of water cooler chat. I didn’t see President Obama’s interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show until last night. (Thank goodness for DVR.) This is when the president made that infamous crack about the “Special Olympics” and his bowling score.

I’m sure that a Special Olympian could have beaten Obama’s bowling score by a wide margin, and a Special Olympic basketball player wouldn’t be afraid to give him “hard fouls.”

But the faux pas isn’t just a commentary about Special Olympics. It shows some misconceptions we have about the nature of sports and competition. Read more »

When it was all worth it

My speech at Opening Day

My speech at our Little League’s Opening Day. Photo by Rob Steaffens.

To me, the most significant part of last Saturday’s Opening Day came late in the day. I was sitting in the bleachers of one of the fields where a AA game was taking place. The ceremony that I spoke at had long since ended. My son’s game wouldn’t be for another half an hour. I had a moment to sit quietly by myself. Read more »

My greatest fear in Little League

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon

You don’t go into anything significant and worthwhile such as being a Little League president without having a certain amount of fear. If you don’t have fear, it means you’re not paying attention. So, what is my biggest fear? Read more »

Evaluation: The inaugural speech

A commentator wrote that he expected President Obama to say something in his inaugural speech that “would be worthy of being carved into marble.” This was an unfair expectation, but Obama’s speech offered plenty to inspire. Read more »

Happy birthday, Mom

My son at the Pre-Tryout Clinic

My son at the pre-tryout clinic. Photo by Matthew Stern.

Saturday, January 10 would have been my mother’s 80th birthday. I spent it with an activity that she loved, baseball. Read more »