STRAIGHT TALK
 
March 7, 2019

What's on my mind

Bryce Harper
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.

Kyler Murray
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 too.

Zion Williamson
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 Lakers
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 sighted.

Kyrie Irving
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.

Top 5

NBA
1. Bucks
2. Warriors
3. Raptors
4. Nuggets
5. Pacers
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.

NCAA
1, Virginia
2. Gonzaga
3. Duke
4. UNC
5. Kentucky
There is so much parody this season. I am looking forward to this tournament more than I have in recent memory.

Quick Hitters
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 staying tuned.

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 Count.

Final Thoughts
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 mind

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
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 phenomenal talent.

Top 5 NBA
1. Bucks
2. Warriors
3. Raptors
4. Nuggets
5. OKC

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
1. Duke
2. UVA
3. Gonzaga
4. Kentucky
5. Nevada

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.

Quick Hitters
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.

Final Thoughts
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!.

Feb. 15, 2019

What's on my mind

Kyler Murray
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.

Kareem Hunt
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 Cleveland.

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.

AAF
The American Alliance of Football (AAF) was fun to watch. I will continue to check out the product over the next few weeks.

Transfer Portal
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?

Top 5

NBA
1. Golden State
2. Milwaukee
3. Toronto
4. Denver
5. OKC

NCAA Top 5
1. Tennessee
2. Duke
3. Virginia
4. Gonzaga
5. Nevada

Quick Hitters
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.

Final Thoughts
A word of advice to student-athletes, find a better balance between academics and athletics, it will help you in the long run.

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 done gentlemen.

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.

PB Deaths
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.

Watts Death
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.

Top 5
NBA Top 5
1. Warriors
2. Bucks
3. Raptors
4. Nuggets
5. Celtics

College Basketball
1. Duke
2. Virginia
3. Tennessee
4. Gonzaga
5. Kentucky

Academics
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.

Quick Hitters
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.

Final Thoughts
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.

*Random Thoughts*
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 Draft.

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
2. Milwaukee
3. Toronto
4. Denver
5. OKC

It is GSW's world and we are just living in it.

*CKA NCAA Top 5*
1. Duke
2. Michigan
3. Tennessee
4. Virginia
5. Gonzaga

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.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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