This and That

Well it has been nearly a year since my son Jack died. The experience changed me, I still think about him often. His smile, his sense of humor, and his way with people. I try to focus on the good times we had together. The ballgames were treat, Jack loved sports. I know I’m biased but he was a great kid. He had a lot of friends and was always on the go. Life has a way of reminding you this is all temporary. Even the kind souls leave us, sooner or later. I just wish it had been later. I still miss you, Jack.


It’s never Easy

I’m watching the NBA Finals and wondering if it will be as easy as Warriors fans think. Best record in the NBA, League MVP, strong bench. While the scribes and the pundits believe LeBron James is the biggest obstacle in the way, he is not. Execution and focus are the biggest obstacles. Steph Curry will not play that badly again in this series. But will Klay Thompson play that well again? I hope so, this is a fun team to watch and I’m not a die hard Warrior fan. Will Draymond be Draymond? Or Iggy contribute like he did in game one? We’ll find out. I selfishly want a more pretty game to watch Tuesday. But is LeBron’s will stronger than the Dubs? Possibly.

The Stages of Grief or what can be learned from The Sopranos

I knew as far back as sixteen what job I wanted. I wanted to be a coach. A coach could hold an early practice and watch the sun rise. Some coaches travel for their meets. There are not that many adults who want to work with kids. Cool. What an opinion. It is true. Most adults prefer to work around adults. Athletes(or champions of themselves ) remember that attitude matters. Who wants to train around someone who makes them comfortable? Team matters look at the #SFGiants. Not exactly an All-Star team, right? But they can win the World Series? Attitude makes a big difference in athletic performance.

The Field

Four years ago, the School across the street revamped a cow pasture into a soccer field. It is used for school games, Adult League, and at times it becomes an informal neighborhood park. What has interested me about these activities is the informal soccer practices that happen nearly everyday. When the weather is nice, these sessions include some of my former students. These kids hang out, flirt with girls, and play soccer. Something for the the love of sport. No one requires these kids to show up, they show up because they love the game. It is not organized or publicized but it is a positive in these kids lives. Most come from various apartment complexes near the school. Not the greatest places in town. I hope these kids turn out to be great people, they are off to a great start.

Dear Jack

Dear Jack

The Giants did it. They won the World Series! It was unexpected, they got hot at the right time. Madison Bumgarner’s post season will be in the Baseball History books. A new hero every day, plus the Panda was brilliant. Parade down Market Street again. It never gets old. I am sorry you are not here to share the Championship with me. I missed you every single playoff game, I even started a twitter hashtag. The acronym was #WOFJ. Win one for Jack. Damn it son ,I miss you every day.



Bochy: How Many Misjudged You

I’m guessing you’ve seen The Godfather. If you haven’t, Sonny Corleone is scolded by his father Vito for “letting anyone outside the family know what you’re thinking.” Well Bruce Bochy never lets anyone outside the Giant family know what he’s thinking. He plays it close to the vest. Every manager wants to get the most out of a player, but what sets “Boch” apart is the ability to get that maximum performance. Overlooked is the need for some level of relaxation even during a sport. I’m not there –but it looks like there is a relaxed atmosphere in the dugout, club house, and who knows even maybe the charter plane.