Need for anger management?

On the TunneySide of Sports December 11, 2017 #670 Up next… Need for Anger Management?On the TunneySide of Sports December 11, 2017 #670 Up next…Need For Anger Management?

After further review…As we have watched the National Football League 2017 season develop, it is apparent that violence has escalated from past years. Many of the many recent comments from our readers of the TunneySide are concerned with the increase in violent behavior across the league. These readers love this game of football, but are concerned that the brutality of contact will destroy the game. Some ask: “Don’t players realize the NFL is just that – a game?”

Football has always been a violent game. More than 100 years ago President Theodore Roosevelt threatened to abolish the sport unless changes were made to the way it was played. This issue is highlighted in an upcoming docustory titled: ‘Through the Eyes of the Referee’. Stay tuned. But the emphasis on hitting today has escalated the physicality of football and turned it from being a contact sport into that of a collision sport. However, it is the contact after the whistle or contact on a defenseless player that is of utmost concern. What constitutes a defenseless player? Everyone on the field between the lines is reminded to be aware of a block or tackle until the whistle, which by rule stops play. Contact after the whistle has mounted.

New England tight-end Rob Gronkowski’s retaliation hit on a player lying on the ground after the play is the type of contact that needs strict legislation. That hit resulted in Gronkowski being suspended, without pay, for one game. Gronk has subsequently apologized and served his suspension. We’ve also seen other incidents like the fight between Oakland Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos defensive player Aqib Talib, which started on the field and spilled into the bench, in full view of everyone resulting in a two-game suspension for both. The ruling was appealed, and the ruling body reduced it to a one game suspension. It’s hard to understand why the punishment for a non-football altercation – that’s what a fist-fight is – should not have stood as adjudicated.

Having been on the field for more than 500 NFL games, I do understand the passion a player must channel to compete in today’s game. A major concern is that it appears players are hitting with intention to hurt an opponent. These players forget that all 1700 NFL players have the same goal every week – to play the game hard but emerge with their health intact. I am also troubled by the apparent lack of respect for opponents in the same brotherhood.

Will you log-in your concerns about today’s NFL game?

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To contact Jim, go to JimTunney.com or email Jim@JimTunney.com.

Jim’s books are full of inspiration and interesting stories. Please visit his online store to learn more.

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These TunneySides take issues from real-life situations and relate them as inspiration for the betterment of others.

Jim is available for speaking engagements on leadership and T*E*A*M Building. His books are available for $20 which includes shipping and tax. The Tunney Bobblehead is available for $30. Please visit JimTunney.com. Thank you!

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Jim Nabors – A Tribute

Jim Nabors - A Tribute to a Dear FriendOn the TunneySide of Sports December 4, 2017 #669 Up next… Jim Nabors – A Tribute To a Dear Friend

After further review…It was never the intention of these TunneySides to write tributes, but when longtime friends pass away, the memories remain. Some of them may not be well-known, others more famous. I just wrote a eulogy for a college classmate that I played ball with at Occidental College – Dr. Ray Henderson. While maybe not well-known outside of our circle of friends, we had known each other for 70 years. You miss someone you’ve known that long.

The tribute today is for my friend of 40 years, the world- known singer/actor, Jim Nabors, who died November 30, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jim had contracted Hepatitis B while on a singing tour in India several years ago. That illness eventually required a liver transplant, which was arranged for by his good friend, Carol Burnett. In recent years he suffered from the shingles which lingered for some months prior to his death. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

If the TunneySides are sports stories, how then does Jim Nabors, an actor, and singer, fit this description? I met Nabors on the Los Angeles Coliseum football field in the mid-sixties, where he was singing the National Anthem prior to a game for the Los Angeles Rams. I was on that field as the NFL referee, and, ironically, it happened often. We were just occasional co-participants in a football game, until Nabors became aware that I was the principal at Fairfax High School on the corner of Fairfax and Melrose Avenues, in West Hollywood just three blocks from the CBS studio, where he was doing the Andy Griffith Show, playing the role of Gomer Pyle, a high-pitched, bumbling mechanic. I often called him “Gomer” as our friendship grew.

When Nabors found out that Fairfax High School was just a few blocks away, he invited me to attend his Jim Nabors Hour show at the CBS studios, which I did on several occasions. I invited him to visit our school, thinking he would decline. However, one mid-day, he just walked into my office and, since it was lunchtime, he and I strolled through the campus. What a hit I was! But more than that, it shows the down-home person Nabors was.

My wife and I invited him to dinner at our South Pasadena home. One Sunday he drove his fancy bright-red Corvette into our driveway and had dinner with our family. My children told me later that the whole neighborhood was agog. He and I stayed in touch regularly. I will miss him.

Are you the kind of down-home person that helps you easily become friends with others?

Listen to Jim Nabors sing “The Impossible” Dream on the Gomer Pyle show. This incredible rendition always sends shivers down my spine.

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To contact Jim, go to JimTunney.com or email Jim@JimTunney.com.

Jim’s books are full of inspiration and interesting stories. Please visit his online store to learn more.

Another 101 Best of TunneySide of Sports

Be sure to get Jim’s book ‘Another 101 Best of TunneySide of Sports’ by clicking this link or using the email above to contact Jim directly.

These TunneySides take issues from real-life situations and relate them as inspiration for the betterment of others.

Jim is available for speaking engagements on leadership and T*E*A*M Building. His books are available for $20 which includes shipping and tax. The Tunney Bobblehead is available for $30. Please visit JimTunney.com. Thank you!

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Will Gambling Be An Issue for Pro Sports In Vegas?

On the TunneySide of Sports November 27, 2017 #668 Up next... Gambling in Las Vegas!On the TunneySide of Sports November 27, 2017 #668 Up next… Will Gambling Be An Issue for Pro Sports In Vegas?

After further review…With the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas to join the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights as the second professional sports franchises in the city, there are many skeptics. The major concern with any professional team operating out of “Sin City” is the prospect of gamblers having a close relationship with sports teams and their athletes. The idea is that such proximity could increase the susceptibility of athletes and coaches to gamblers with designs on influencing the outcome of games. Although there are high school and college athletic programs that exist in and around the Las Vegas area, those programs are of less interest to the gambling industry.

The HBO show, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, recently had journalist Andrea Kremer research this issue. She reported that there was less concern today about gamblers being able to influence professional athletes with monetary bribes than in the past. The reason given in Kramer’s report was that athletes are now making so much money that, as one interviewee stated, “the athlete would ask for a billion dollars” to influence or “fix” a game, an amount so ridiculous that no gambler would consider it.

If players and coaches seem to be beyond the concern of gamblers, the next question to arise was, “How about the game officials?”

While it might seem to be an unnecessary question, one must consider the problem created by Tim Donaghy, the former NBA referee who was found guilty of betting on games he officiated and informing gambler friends of his plans. Donaghy was an on-court official for 13 years where he made an annual salary of more than $150,000, at that time. His crime has been considered as a “lone wolf” action and not relevant to today’s officials. Yet, his malfeasance hit me right in the pit of my stomach, to think that someone in my profession would do that.

I was part of the on-field NFL officiating staff for the 31 years. We were not permitted to even be in Las Vegas during the season. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was adamant about that. NFL officials are under the watchful eye of the FBI before and after games. More than that, they are so closely vetted in the hiring process that today’s officials would not be vulnerable to such corruption. While I had never met Donaghy, I have known professional officials in the NFL, NBA, and MLB for many years and can absolutely guarantee that their integrity is of the highest caliber.

Will you log-in your belief about professional sports and their relationship to gambling?

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To contact Jim, go to JimTunney.com or email Jim@JimTunney.com.

Jim’s books are full of inspiration and interesting stories. Please visit his online store to learn more.

Another 101 Best of TunneySide of Sports

Be sure to get Jim’s book ‘Another 101 Best of TunneySide of Sports’ by clicking this link or using the email above to contact Jim directly.

These TunneySides take issues from real-life situations and relate them as inspiration for the betterment of others.

Jim is available for speaking engagements on leadership and T*E*A*M Building. His books are available for $20 which includes shipping and tax. The Tunney Bobblehead is available for $30. Please visit JimTunney.com. Thank you!

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