The Philosophy of Kerr!

On the TunneySide of Sports February 19, 2018 # 680 Up Next…The Philosophy of Kerr!On The TunneySide of Sports February 19,  2018 #680 Up next…The Philosophy of Kerr!

After further review…Steve Kerr is the head basketball coach of the Golden State Warriors playing in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association. I guess you knew that. He is 65, married to Margot and has three kids. He played basketball at Pali (Pacific Palisades) High in the Los Angeles School District and was recruited by the University of Arizona, where he played four years helping the Wildcats reach the Final Four In 1988. He was selected in the NBA second round by the Phoenix Suns and played for the Suns, Cavaliers, Magic, Bulls, and Spurs before becoming an analyst for TNT; then worked in the Suns front office. He is in his fourth year as Warriors head coach and has won two NBA championships.

Kerr is currently being criticized for delegating his time-out coaching responsibilities to his players on the Warriors T*E*A*M. This writer thinks that’s a brilliant move. First and foremost, by doing so he involves ownership of his on-court system to the players themselves. It doesn’t mean Kerr takes a seat in “nose-bleed” section of Oracle Arena. Far from that, he is sitting on the bench alongside his assistant coaches and within earshot of that designated player. We all learn better by doing (vs just listening) and understand better when we teach!

Some critics, particularly opponents, said it is disrespectful to them by allowing a player to discuss and explain on-court strategy to the five who are in-the-game. Nonsense! How much coaching do NBA players need anyway? These are the most gifted athletes playing the game. They have played since they were kids, all-through school games, with most playing in college and now in the NBA. They know how to play the game! Further, some say anybody can coach an NBA T*E*A*M. Hmm! Wonder why head coaches are fired so often?

Moreover, as Coach John Wooden of the U.C.L.A. Bruins (whose games I refereed for 11 years) would often say “Coaching takes place primarily in practice, in the meeting room, and on the court before the game. If you haven’t prepared your T*E*A*M well before the game, trying to do so during the game often becomes futile.” In this writer’s opinion, coaches ought to be seated on the bench and enjoy their preparatory efforts.

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A Philadelphia Story

On the TunneySide of Sports February 12, 2018 #679 Up next…A Philadelphia Story

On The TunneySide of Sports February 12,  2018 #679 Up next…A Philadelphia Story

After further review…Whether your T*E*A*M won or lost Super Bowl LII, credit must be given to Philadelphia – “Fly Eagles Fly.” Most fans I talked to liked that the game was free scoring with the lead changing back and forth. The game had thrills, and some chills (it was 8 degrees outside). It was a fun game.

The question I’m always asked, prior to every game, is” who you like,” as if being an NFL referee for 31 years gives me inside information. It doesn’t! But my answer to the question is always the same, “since there are three teams on the field, I root for the officials.” The crew for Super Bowl LII did a great job, but always with the concern “did we get the calls right.” Questionable catches and calls were handled professionally. Credit or discredit usually focuses on the referee (white hat), aka crew chief. Referee Gene Steratore #114 in his 15th year, but his first Super Bowl, handled all calls and announcements expertly. NBC’s Chris Collingsworth commented on air, “Steratore always looks like he is having fun.” Good observation, since this is a g-a-m-e, officials, as well as players and coaches, should be having fun!

Just as important as Steratore, were the other 6 officials in Super Bowl LII. Umpire Roy Ellison worked on Steratore’s crew during the 2017 season, but the rest did not. The crew of DJ Jerry Bergman, LJ Byron Boston, FJ Tom Hill, SJ Scott Edwards, and BJ Perry Paganelli, were given the assignment because of their body of work this year. They worked together as if they had been with each other all season. You probably noticed on several plays officials conferring, being sure they made the correct call.

Philadelphia has been part of my 31 years on the NFL field. In my first year (1960) I was a field judge when the Eagles, with Norm Van Brocklin at quarterback, played the Los Angeles Rams in the L.A. Coliseum; then followed them to San Francisco where they played the next week against the 49ers in Kezar Stadium. Later that year I had the privilege of officiating the Eagles in Franklin Field on the University Pennsylvania campus — loved that venue. I didn’t officiate that infamous December game when the Eagles weren’t very good, and the fans threw snowballs at Santa Claus during halftime. At least a million others told me they were there!

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

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A Cure for Disappointment!

On the TunneySide of Sports February 5, 2018 #678 Up next…A Cure for Disappointment! On The TunneySide of Sports February 5,  2018 #678 Up next…A Cure for Disappointment!

After further review…Listening to Olympic Swim Champion Michael Phelps as he spoke to the 1000 members of the Monterey (CA.) community attending the Montage Health annual luncheon recently, I was impressed with his message to young and old: “Don’t Give Up and don’t be afraid to ask for help,” when needed. Seemed like an unusual talk for an athlete who won 23 Olympic Gold medals, yet Phelps was open to discussing his own anxiety and depression history. He related how helping others has been important in restoring his healthy lifestyle. Phelps was asked if swimming wasn’t his sport, what sport would he want to participate in? He said he’d like to be a pro golfer. His story reminded me of this story about Jeff Sluman.

This week the PGA Golf tour is in Pebble Beach for the AT&T Pro-Am.

Clay Larson tells this story about his friend, professional golfer Jeff Sluman, playing in this tournament. Some years ago, Clay’s son, Derek, then about 17 years of age, was struggling with his game. Sluman volunteered to help Derek, after the final round of this tournament. As Clay and Derek were watching the final round on television, Sluman was tied with Mark O’Meara, when the match went to sudden death. In the first playoff hole, Jeff and Mark both reached the fringe of the sixteenth green at Pebble in two. Mark chipped his ball in for a birdie. Jeff’s 40-foot putt died short; Mark won the playoff and the tournament.

The Larsons’ groaned in sympathy as they headed off to another golf course to play, knowing that Sluman had to be disappointed and would not be able to join them. As they were putting out on the fifteenth green, Sluman came walking up and said, “Hi guys, I thought I’d find you here, and said to Derek, come on “D” grab your clubs, let’s play the last three holes, I want to see your golf swing.” As Clay walked along with them, he proudly watched as Sluman assessed and critiqued Derek’s every shot, making a few minor improvements.

Sluman had just lost a major PGA tournament by one stroke, one he had won two years back, and yet was willing to spend the time to help a young kid. Clay said to Jeff that they would understand if Jeff had passed on the golf lesson, Sluman remarked, “Ah, nah, nothing better for getting rid of disappointment than helping someone else”

Will you follow Phelps and Sluman’s example to help someone when you least feel up to it?

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NEW: Jim’s new Podcast ‘TunneySide of Sports’ will be up and running shortly. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, he is available for speaking engagements. His bobblehead and books are listed on his website.

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.comThank you!

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