FOR FEB. 26, 2018
THE FOOTBALL GODS HAVE SPOKEN
In S.L. Price's story on Jon Gruden, Raiders owner Mark Davis says the hiring of Gruden "ain't just some cakewalk, like hiring a teacher." A comment like this reflects our society's misplaced priorities, elevating professional sports over a field that truly touches lives: education. As an elementary school principal for 30 years I can assure Mr. Davis that hiring teachers is no cakewalk; it's our most important job. Football is a game (one I played and love), but teachers shape lives.
LOVE OF THE GAMES
Thank you very much for sharing the stories of the five less-renowned U.S. Olympians. It's important to understand that the journeys of the also-rans are just as impressive and inspiring as those of the few glorified and well-financed elites perched on the pedestal.
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
MLB TOP 100
I couldn't believe your list of baseball's best players right now didn't have the Brewers' Travis Shaw—who last season had more home runs (31) and RBIs (101) than almost every third baseman on the list—but did include Todd Frazier (.213), Matt Carpenter (.241) and Kyle Seager (.249). I would bet if Shaw had never been traded by Boston, his numbers would have been good enough to make the cut.
"WE CAN'T LET THESE KIDS DIE IN VAIN"
For six days I was with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and the community of Parkland, Fla., through the work of Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog Ministry. On my return trip home I found it difficult to capture my thoughts on this and other shooting incidents. Then I read coach Frank Hall's comments in Chris Ballard's SCORECARD essay ("An AR-15 isn't the cause. But it is the means. Let's take away the means and then work on the cause") and everything fell into place. No talking points, no politics, just common sense. It was an outstanding article.
SCHOOL OF JOCK
In Tom Crean's article I found more ideas and lessons to embrace as I continue my 30-plus-year career than I have in any how-to business book. And at seven magazine pages, compared with several hundred in a book, it was quicker read too.
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