We brought on Former Major League baseball player Buddy Biancalana (starting shortstop on the 1985 World Series champion Kansas City Royals squad) and his business partner Steven Yellin of PMPM Sports to provide their insight about motion in sports and zone training on Access Athletes. Be sure to check out their first column. We will be adding several new expert contributors in the coming weeks.

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of having lunch with legendary Baltimore Colts running back Tom Matte. He was voted one of the top-10 most versatile players in NFL history. The guy did everything on the field, including filling in as an emergency quarterback when Johnny Unitas and Gary Cuozzo went down with season-ending injuries. In fact, Colts head coach Don Shula put a list of plays on a wristband that Matte wore during those games, which is now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was incredible hearing his stories about playing under Woody Hayes at The Ohio State University, as well as his tremendous feats during his 12-year NFL career and two Super Bowl appearances.

Human Relations expert, Dr. Tim Thompson, had an excellent commentary this week about pro athletes and infidelity. We will also be posting a commentary about Cam Newton tomorrow prior to the Heisman Trophy Presentation.

Athlete Development

  • Charlotte Bobcats Gerald Wallace questions his teammate D.J. Augustin and his leadership abilities. Calling out your point guard in the media may be motivational, but it also may backfire and result in turmoil. [Key players ask: What saves season?]
  • Will Blake Griffin end up being another casualty of the Los Angeles Clippers' dysfunction or will he be the franchise-saving player they have desperately needed for years? [Lakers give Griffin his Clippers initiation]
  • As a top athlete, you're always under a microscope and you need to be vigilant of your actions even when you're on the bench. Lesson = Don't laugh when your team is getting killed, especially when you're the leader of the team. If you give them fodder, the media will report it. [Was ESPN fair to Derek Anderson?]


Human Relations