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The Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl Hangover: How Do You Maintain Success?

The Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl Hangover: How Do You Maintain Success?

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve known about curses.

No, not the kind that the microphones accidentally pick up during a game broadcast—the kind that prohibits your favorite team or athlete from achieving success. Once upon a time, the sports landscape seemed to be littered with supernatural efforts against certain folks.

One of the most famous was The Curse of the Bambino, which kept the Red Sox from enjoying a World Series title from 1918 until 2004. Close on its heels was The Curse of the Billy Goat, the genesis of Chicago’s lovable losers, the Cubs, from 1908 until 2016.

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Playing For More Than A Paycheck: Bruce Irvin Joins The Atlanta Falcons

Sometimes, a tweet can say it all.

After being released from the slow-moving train wreck that is the Oakland Raiders franchise, defensive end Bruce Irvin did what many people expected he would: he signed a contract with a potential playoff team.

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The 500 Club: The Secret Drew Brees Used To Join Elite NFL Company

This past Saturday, while the Purdue Boilermakers were stunning the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 49-20 win, one of the most famous Boilermakers was probably finishing up his own game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay, Drew Brees was leading his New Orleans Saints to a victory.

Now, before you think I’ve lost my mind, I’m aware that the Saints and Ravens didn’t meet on a football field on Saturday. They met on Sunday night, when Brees joined Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre as the only QBs in NFL history to throw for 500 touchdowns.

And, more importantly, Brees helped New Orleans win a nail-biter decided by the first missed PAT of Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker’s professional career.

(October—not so kind to NFL kickers.)

So, no, the physical game wasn’t on Saturday.

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Fired Up Or Phoning It In? Lessons From The Oakland Raiders Debacle

This past Sunday, I sat down to watch a little bit of the Oakland Raiders game. I’ll be honest—I wasn’t planning on watching the game; it was what was on when I flipped the television on. After all, not even Oakland Raiders fans want to watch the Raiders play these days.

That might sound harsh if you’re not an NFL fan; and if you’re not a fan, you might not know that Oakland has undergone a bit of a rebuild this season. After luring former coach Jon Gruden back to the Bay this offseason, the Raiders have turned their eye toward the future—namely 2020, when they officially become the Las Vegas Raiders.

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Culture Club: Boston Built Another Championship By Building A Better Environment

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard this saying: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

It’s become quite popular in recent years, and regardless of whether or not Peter Drucker actually said it, the Boston Red Sox are giving ample reason for any leader to stop and re-examine the sentiment behind the statement.

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How Greatness Rises From Devastation: Hurricane Michael First Responders

I love writing for Forbes. It’s an incredible platform, and they are incredible partners—with them, I have a well-defined lane: the intersection of leadership, sports and business. And most of the time, I stay in my lane because that’s what I’m supposed to do.

This isn’t one of those times.

Last week, Hurricane Michael ripped into the state I call home. Florida’s Gulf Coast and Panhandle regions were obliterated by the first category four hurricane in recorded history to make landfall on our shore, and the devastation is evident everywhere.

The loss of life may not be as catastrophic as with other storms, but I assure you, Michael’s aftermath is no joke.

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Don Yaeger - 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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