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March Madness and the Value of Continuity

March Madness and the Value of Continuity

EDITOR’S NOTE: The contest we are currently running (check it out here) inspired me to write this blog.


These are my favorite four days of the sporting calendar.

As the NCAA Basketball Tournament tipped off yesterday, the little guys got the chance to pull back their slingshots while the big guys had to remain focused and keep momentum. What makes March Madness so exciting is that we can all bear witness to the incredible upsets by smaller teams against the powerhouses. We’re just one day into the 2015 tournament, and Georgia State and UAB have already sent heavily favored opponents home well before they were expected to bow out.

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Shane Battier

Ultimate Teammate
They will assume whatever role is necessary to win…

Tomorrow night, the Memphis Grizzlies have a chance to become only the second team in NBA history to upset the top-seed in a seven-game first-round playoff series. That incredible journey began two weeks ago when Memphis forward Shane Battier hit a game-winning shot to give the franchise its first ever win in a playoff game.

After that first win, Battier found himself in unfamiliar territory: surrounded by reporters barking questions and photographers flashing cameras. It wasn’t unfamiliar

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Building A World-Class Team

Mike Krzyzewski’s principles for building a world-class team may not surprise you. Even so, how is Coach K able to do it year after year, team after team?

Most coaches would consider leading a team to an Olympic gold medal a capper for a pretty good year. The same goes for winning an NCAA national championship. Or a FIBA world championship. Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke Blue Devils and Team USA, led teams to each of these honors… within about 24 months.

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Jason McElwain

Contagious Enthusiasm
They are positive thinkers, they are enthusiastic and that enthusiasm rubs off!

We are coming off of my favorite sports weekend of the entire year: March Madness! Honestly, who out there had VCU and Richmond in the Sweet Sixteen? But with all the talk of Bracket Busters and Cinderella teams, nothing that happened this weekend compares to my favorite springtime basketball story which occurred on a far smaller stage five years ago. It started at a high school in upstate New York, where a very unlikely hero emerged in the sectionals championship — and then went on to do something even GREATER after the game was over.

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