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Lakers’ Legend Kobe Bryant Continues To Shape The NBA Finals…And The Philippines

Lakers’ Legend Kobe Bryant Continues To Shape The NBA Finals…And The Philippines

It is completely appropriate that this might be the year the Los Angeles Lakers became champions again. In the same year, he was due for induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, a malfunctioning helicopter resulted in the death of Laker legend Kobe Bryant—one of the greatest players ever to wear the purple and gold uniform – setting off worldwide reminiscence worthy of a political or social leader. Here we are 10 months later watching a determined Lebron James attempting to will the Lakers to their first NBA title since the Black Mamba era, and I’m reminded that the “Mamba mentality” didn’t disappear in that California hillside crash.

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How The Brady-Belichick Split Could Lead To A Reunion

How The Brady-Belichick Split Could Lead To A Reunion

It was the most talked-about breakup since Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s highly publicized “de-coupling.” After nearly two decades and six Super Bowl Championship rings with the New England Patriots and longtime head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady left Boston’s trademark chowder in favor of stone crabs, key lime pie, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For the record, I live in Florida and have tasted my fair share of key lime pie—it’s quite the delectable recruiting pitch. But football fans nationwide questioned the split and then speculated over which party would find success and which would fall flat.

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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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Don Yaeger is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, 11-time New York Times best-selling author, leadership expert and executive coach.

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