|March 7, 2019
What's on my mind
I am not mad at Bryce Harper for taking long term financial
security over continuous evaluation of play. As someone who has
studied the topic of motivation for over 20,000 hours, I bring a
different viewpoint than some of the talking heads. Based on
interviews and other reporting it seems that Bryce wanted to be
at one location, who wanted to compensate him for what he
believed he was worth. The Nationals made an initial offer and
then held firm. In my opinion, that turned Bryce off. The LA
Dodgers offered more money, and a chance to be closer to Las
Vegas, but that deal was over a shorter period of time. I would
never advise a client to sign for more than 4-5 years, but Bryce
said for 13 years, with o opt out or trade clause. Although I do
not think it is a good deal, Bryce has a lot of opportunity in
Philadelphia and I will be rooting for him.
This kid has just hit the jackpot. I never knew being 5'10 could
be so profitable. I believe he made the right decision for him
and I am interested to see if he goes number 1 to Arizona. What
teams have to realize is that for Kyler to be successful, a
total commitment has to be made from day 1 to live with his
mistakes and growing pains. I do not believe he will be put in
the best possible position for success, but I am rooting for him
Zion Williamson should sit out until the opening round of the
NCAA Tournament. There is no need to put him in a situation
where he has to play back to back games in the ACC Tournament.
It should be about winning a national title and nothing else.
Just my opinion.
The Los Angeles Lakers were a flawed team in October and a
flawed team now. Lebron James got hurt, missed a lot of games,
and now they won't make the playoffs...so what. LBJ gets a full
summer to rest, they have an opportunity to prepare their
roster, address their coaching situation, etc. It's not like
they were going to win a title anyway. Everyone is being short
Kyrie Irving is not crazy, he is frustrated. Last year the
Celtics won without him and Gordon Hayward. This year they are
struggling and now they want to blow everything up....slow down.
Play out the process and just enjoy the ride. Let the off-season
be the off season and just focus on winning games now.
The Pacers are still winning and the "big teams" in the East are
having locker room drama. In the West, too much LA noise and not
enough focus on Denver.
There is so much parody this season. I am looking forward to
this tournament more than I have in recent memory.
Leave Anthony Davis alone. I would look at him as a senior in
college who won't be back next season and move on. You are
already in the lottery and have a next to nothing chance of
getting the number one pick. Let it go.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. is fascinating me in terms of how the
first year Congresswomen is dealing with the spotlight. I am
Sad to hear about the passings of both Luke Perry and King Kong
Bundy. My thoughts go out to their families and loved ones. 5
Southern Vermont College is closing for financial reasons. As
someone that worked for a small liberal arts college for 8
years, I saw tremendous benefit in the academic and social
programs provided by Hood College. SVC had a lot of great people
who worked for the betterment of students and have gone on to do
amazing things. I hope somehow it could stay afloat.
Students have the choice to pick any schools they like, as you
apply to schools, think about a small college over Insert Sate
U...it could be a rewarding experience.
Be Easy and Stay Flam.
Feb. 21, 2019
What's on my mindFeb. 15, 2019
Baseball Free Agency
Baseball free agency has always baffled me. I would not sign
anyone to a 10 year contract in any sport. The history of sports
is littered with bad long term contracts (Remember Bret
Hart-wrestling fans?). The longest I would sign anyone to a
contract is 5 years, with a mutual outlet for the team a 4 years
with a no trade clause. If it's me, I'm not paying that type of
money, but get as much as you can.
Antonio Brown is a quality player, who could not play in my
organization. It is challenging enough managing a team under
"normal" circumstances, but he brings a lot of undue attention
to himself. In addition, I am not changing or modifying his
contract so right there we have a problem. Antonio needs to go
to a team that has strong structures in place because he is a
Top 5 NBA
This is when the fun begins. We have about 30 games left in the
season and the top 4 teams in each conference now have a
bulls-eye placed directly on them. Can they handle the spotlight
and the pressure? I am rooting for the Bucks, Raptors and
Nuggets to throw a wrench in the plans of the "Big Market"
teams. It will be fun.
Top 5 NCAA
Selection Sunday is less than one month away. I am starting to
watch out for more teams west of the Mississippi to avoid my
east coast bias. Nevada and Gonzaga are on my weekly watch list.
However, the PAC 12 is really bad this year. Again, it will be
fun to watch.
Fastlane was a solid pay per view. The women's tag title match
was fun and Kofi Kingston has elevated his performance over the
last few weeks. Not a lot of true hype for Wrestlemaina other
than the Becky Lynch storyline. I am enjoying the Austin type
interaction between Becky, Rhonda, and Charlotte, but it is not
moving me to must see TV.
There is an ongoing debate between starting school before or
after Labor Day. Research indicates that students need more not
less education, however, I do understand the need for vacation,
family time, relaxation, etc. I do know that the majority of my
students are not taking beach vacations with their families,
that their families struggle with childcare expenses, and the
learning gap between June and September is real. I am a fan of
year-round schooling following a 10-2 model (10 weeks on/2 weeks
off). I believe it provides the best balance for academic
progress, intervention, and remediation.
As we approach the month of March, it is a good time to see how
we are doing with our New Year's resolutions. I am still losing
weight and modifying my meals and increasing my aerobic
activity. Hopefully, I can continue on a positive journey.
Enjoy your week.
Be Easy and Stay Flam!.
What's on my mind
I have no problem with Kyler Murray selecting football over
baseball. He plays Quarterback which puts him in an elite class.
First Round QBs will get a second contract unless something
drastically happens. I wish him luck.
The Cleveland Browns signed troubled running back Kareem Hunt to
a one-year contract. He will be a restricted free agent after
the contract expires, meaning the Browns will control his rights
after next season. Mr. Hunt was released in December by the
Kansas City Chiefs after a video surfaced that showed him
shoving and kicking a woman last February at his residence in
The question is, "Should he get another chance?" I am a public
educator and everyday for close to 25 years, I see students
receive 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th chances. If this was brought to
my attention as an athletic director or an administrator, we
would be reminded that he was neither arrested nor faced
charges. Thus, we would suspend him, he would appeal and get his
suspension reduced. So I will hold him to that standard. I would
love to hear your thoughts.
The American Alliance of Football (AAF) was fun to watch. I will
continue to check out the product over the next few weeks.
I had the opportunity to converse with Jay Bilas and he believes
in student-athletes having a free market. I do not believe in
athletic restrictions, only academic restrictions, If you a
student-athlete, in good academic standing, making measure
progress to degree requirements, you should be able to transfer
anywhere without restrictions. We do not prevent coaches from
leaving, we do not prevent general students from leaving, so why
do we put restrictions on student-athletes?
1. Golden State
NCAA Top 5
I really enjoy this time of year as a sports fan, a lot of
basketball (High School, College and Pro). Football positioning
(College recruiting, Draft preparation, NFL Roster Moves),
Baseball about to start, the sprint to the end of the winter
sports seasons and more. I enjoy it a little more these days
than I did before.
A word of advice to student-athletes, find a better balance
between academics and athletics, it will help you in the long
Be Easy and Stay FLAM!
Feb. 7, 2019
What's on my mind
I watched the Super Bowl and thought that although the score was
not high, the game was compelling. You have to tip your cap the
the Patriot organization. 9 Super Bowls, with a 6-3 record. Well
NBA Free Agency
I am upset with all of the negativity around NBA players and
their contracts. Anthony Davis simply informed his employer that
he would seek employment elsewhere at the conclusion of his
contract. It happens everyday folks. Kyrie Irvin changed his
mind, once again, it happens every day. Every season is its own
season. Ease up and enjoy the journey.
I am sadden to report that Jordan Radway and Christian Roberts,
two alumni of the Paint Branch High School Basketball Family,
were shot and killed this past week. Our thoughts and prayers go
out to their families and friends.
I am also saddened to hear that a former colleague of mine at
Kennedy High School Brad Watts passed away in a car crash. Mr.
Watts was an outstanding math teacher who was well liked by his
students, and well respected by his colleagues. Brad had
recently moved to a central office position. He will be missed.
NBA Top 5
All students and student-athletes should like at each school's
first to second-year student retention rate as they begin to
make their final college selections. Good luck to everyone.
Smaller colleges need to make better decision in terms of
enrollment and how they spend their money if the want to survive
in today's marketplace.
This time next week, I will speak on the NBA Trade Deadline and
College Basketball begins to prepare for March Maddness.
That's all for now.
Be Easy and Stay FLAM.
Jan. 31, 2019
Happy New Year!
It was a wonderful feeling heading into 2019 as Dr. Keith Adams.
My doctoral journey took six years with a lot joy, pain,
sunshine, and rain (sing a long with me). As I head into the new
year I am excited about several opportunities that will be
available to me now that I am a published researcher. I am
trying to establish a weekly Wednesday column. Hopefully I can
keep it up. Here we go.
Anthony Davis wanting a trade does not bother me. I applaud him
being up front with New Orleans. If I am the Pelicans, I would
wait until the summer to make a deal after seeing who is
available. There is no need to rush. I would also keep playing
him and trying to win. It is important to know that sometimes
things do not work, but you can be a professional about it. I am
looking forward to seeing how this ends.
The Royal Rumble was entirely too long. It is hard sustaining
attention for 5 hours. I applaud the performers and look forward
to seeing the happenings on the Road to Wrestlemania.
It is a shame that Dewan Hernandez, formerly of the Miami
Hurricanes, lost his NCAA career. I wish him well in the NBA
I have New England winning the Super Bowl in a close game.
However, I would be re-missed if I did not mention how horrible
the no call was and the NFL's silence made it worse. Just admit
that the call was missed and that you are looking into ways to
improve and move on.
*CKA NBA Top 5*
1. Golden State
It is GSW's world and we are just living in it.
*CKA NCAA Top 5*
I think Duke is the best team in the country, but I hope UVA
gets a long tournament run.
*Quick Hitters *
I am interested in starting a podcast using Zoom. Send any
suggestions to me.
I am starting to write a book on everyday motivation.
It's cool to have my life back again.
Enjoy your week.
Be Easy and Stay Flam.