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Tim Brown wants to take candy from your baby

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ESPN today [March 23] posted an interview with shoulda-been-a-first-ballot-Hall-of-Famer wide receiver Tim Brown, and the second question was:

What cause is most important to you?

Right now, I’m working diligently on childhood obesity and trying to help prevent that. We’ve teamed up with youth sports organizations all around the country, trying to change their fundraising habits. A lot of these organizations fundraise by selling cookies and candies and all that kind of stuff. So we’ve brought in some alternative ideas for them to be able to use that would actually produce more money for them and also be a lot lighter on the belt. … Childhood obesity turns into adult obesity, and then diabetes is a risk.

Yes, that’s right, folks: Tim Brown, one of the most dynamic receivers of all time, has been reduced to taking candy from your children.

Tim Brown was here. (Photo from Flickr)

Actually, for the last few years Brown, through his Locker81 Fundraising Solutions, has tried to sell youth sports organizations on branding their own gift cards or prepaid Visa cards that would kick some cabbage to the local league every time someone made a purchase with those cards. Or, for even more rewards, the cards could be used to purchase other noncandy items Brown’s organization could get you.

I’m completely for this. Not because I have a deep, overriding concern for childhood obesity. Hey, it takes a lot more than kids buying and selling candy bars to create an obese population. I don’t even hate being approached by kids in downtown Chicago selling me M&M’s for “the team,” the name of such team never revealed.

No, I support it because every year through my local baseball and softball league, I’m forced to sell at least one box of candy for each kid, or pay $40 a box NOT to sell it.

With two kids, I’m up to $80 to not go through the hassle of trying to figure out on whom I can pawn off candy, a task made more important because it seems like everyone else in the world is selling candy at about the same time. My 4-year-old daughter likely will play T-ball next year as a 5-year-old, and then I’ll be stuck with $120 on top of what I’ll already have to pay to have three kids in softball and baseball.

So, Tim Brown, please sell my league on your gift cards. It seems like an easier and more painless way that telling a parent volunteer that, no, I’m not selling candy, and I’ll have your check soon. Maybe I’ll use the gift card to buy myself, oh, I don’t know, a candy bar.

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Written by rkcookjr

March 23, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Charlie Weis not fired as online coach

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home_MeetCCBrian Kelly might have Charlie Weis’ old job as head football coach at Notre Dame, but Weis is still give you child a decided schematic advantage at CampWeis.com. It’s the only online football game where your kid can brush up on skills like hiding who your starting quarterback will be.

Weis says “you might even find me inside playing the game, too!” Yeah, especially now that he’s got so much time on his hands.

Weis’ attempted influence over child comes from a company called Play Action Online Kids Camps, which also features virtual camps run by USC coach Pete Carroll, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer. I believe the Carroll and Spurrier games involve screwing up a pro coaching gig to land yourself a sweet college deal, while Switzer’s games allow you to either get your team on probation or fall ass-backwards into winning a Super Bowl with someone else’s veteran players.

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December 12, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Charlie Weis: your youth coaching anti-role model

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Notre Dame Weis FootballI could do this piece about any of the arrogant incompetents who have fallen on their heads out of the Bill Belichick coaching tree (Mangenius, anyone?). But given the epic way Notre Dame football coach snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory thanks to his decision-making, Charlie Weis becomes the A-1 exhibit of how not to coach.

Weis is an abject lesson that no matter what level you coach, the moment you put the need to show off your genius before the needs of helping your team, you and your team are both sunk.

Today was but one example: leading 34-31 at Michigan with 2:29 to go, Notre Dame has the ball on its own 29-yard line. A first-down run had just gotten stuffed, though the previous run gained a first down. Anyway, Michigan calls time out. You’re in serious time-killing mode here if you’re Notre Dame. Worst-case scenario (other than a fumble), is two runs that get stuffed, two more timeouts called by Michigan, and the Wolverines have to drive without benefit of a time out. Best-case scenario is you pick up another first down and run out the clock.

Instead, Weis has to show what a genius he is, and calls (note — he took over offensive play-calling this year) a long pass down the sideline. Yes, Notre Dame’s passing game had worked well, and if the pass is complete the game is as good as done. But the running game had average more than 5 yards per rush. You have the lead, and you’re trying to kill the clock, not win the game. So the pass is incomplete, and Weis, now on 3rd-and-10, calls another long pass. Michigan gets the ball back at its own 42 on a punt, with 2:13 to go, and two timeouts. Michigan scores the game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds left — 11 seconds it would not have had if Notre Dame at least had run the ball twice and forced the Wolverines to take two time outs.

The reason why that sequence, as the one that will probably get Weis fired at year’s end at Notre Dame, is such an example of how not to coach goes beyond whether Notre Dame won or lost. Instead working with his team to put it in a position to do its best, Weis’ ego took over. He figured he was genius enough to come up with the play that would get him backslaps from all over about how smart he is. Now, he’s looking very, very dumb.

What does this mean for a youth coach? The lesson, as always, is that you as a coach are not the supposed to be the reason your team wins or loses, or why your players succeed or don’t. Your job as a coach is to teach your players the best you know how, and put them in the best position to succeed.

Certainly, when you’re coaching the girls’ fourth-grade basketball team the issues are different than when you’re coaching Notre Dame football. But the point is that you shouldn’t coach in a way that puts the spotlight on you. Success is not a group of parents giving you a backslap because you’re such a great tactician. You know you’re doing a great job when everyone is happy, and no one is sending you nasty emails about what an asshole you are.

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September 12, 2009 at 10:38 pm