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ESPN: How one USC-Alabama game changed the Crimson Tide, college football

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Fifty years ago, Sam Cunningham and the USC Trojans ran all over Alabama, helping push the Crimson Tide toward integrating their all-white football team.

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Bear Bryant’s Genius Decision 50 Years Ago Shaped College Football Today

Bear Bryant’s Genius Decision 50 Years Ago Shaped College Football Today

If you’re a college football enthusiast, like I am, then this is the most beautiful time of the year (fingers firmly crossed!). It’s when the clash of helmets and shoulder pads gives you a jolt better than doubling up on morning coffee. It’s when rooting for your favorite school becomes an opportunity to witness, in unison, a significant moment that will be remembered forever. This decade is easily linked to the University of Alabama and head coach Nick Saban. The Tide has won four National Championships in the past 10 seasons—five in the past 11.

And I don’t believe it would have happened if the Tide hadn’t first made a groundbreaking decision a half-century ago. It was 50 years ago this week that two legendary college football programs played a game in Birmingham that many argue completely altered the course of college football.

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2020: The Year Professional Athletes Fully Embraced Their Freedom Of Speech

2020: The Year Professional Athletes Fully Embraced Their Freedom Of Speech

Few athletes have ever had a bigger voice than Michael Jordan. His, no doubt, still haunts opponents yet commands respect. MJ’s voice is so valuable that in the 38 years since he hit the game-winning shot against Georgetown to capture the 1982 NCAA Title for the North Carolina Tar Heels, he’s been sought after to influence your purchases of everything from shoes and underwear to restaurants and car dealerships.

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Zoom Fatigue? Here’s How To Avoid Becoming Lunch For The Competition

Zoom Fatigue? Here’s How To Avoid Becoming Lunch For The Competition

Call it a hunch but I imagine as you begin this new “work week,” many of you are familiar with this kind of morning ritual: Wake up… Get dressed from the waist up… Then sit and Zoom through a morning meeting mocked by the need for an extra cup of coffee. Let’s face it, our lives have resembled a 2020 version of the movie Groundhog’s Day where the role of Bill Murray has been replaced by the swivel chair in our home office, and the redundancy of a daily commute from the bedroom to a converted guest room. The initial 2-week COVID lockdown back in March to “flatten the curve” has seen its shadow and turned into 6 months of Zoom fatigue. So what are you doing to push through?

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Every Win Is Worth So Much More: How To Deal With The Pressure Of A Shortened “Season”

Every Win Is Worth So Much More: How To Deal With The Pressure Of A Shortened Season

More than 4-million people savored the chance Thursday to watch live sports as Major League Baseball’s opening night of a coronavirus-condensed season quickly became the most-watched baseball telecast in the last nine years. I delighted in reuniting my tv remote with ESPN—one of the millions who enjoyed finding something other than the American Cornhole Championships or the Drone Racing League broadcasts that had been featured in the absence of professional sports over the past 4-5 months. Nothing replaces the thrill of gameday.

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The Rush To Reopen: Impatience Disguised As Enthusiasm

The Rush To Reopen: Impatience Disguised As Enthusiasm

If you love the games let’s not push the players.

I love live sports. I crave the sights and sounds of competition. And I can’t stand to watch another replay of the 2017 American Cornhole League Championships. In fact, it’s been so long since I watched sports, I will need to retrain my fingers to find ESPN on the TV remote. But as we enthusiastically hope for the chance to fill up the stadiums and arenas again without the trusty masks and gloves, we must make sure we’re doing the right thing. We must make sure that our enthusiasm isn’t merely impatience.

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