Tag Archives: Zen soccer

A Certain Lack of Pep

I enjoy watching Barcelona because they play with an unusual style and approach to the game. Where most clubs try to buy the best players they can afford, Barcelona attempts to grow them from their youth ranks and supplement with … Continue reading

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Re-creation and recreation

I was reading a thinky article I found online about corporate culture, innovation and positivity, posted here on a site called “Bigthink.” It highlights the linkage between happiness, creativity and innovation, which is a key attribute for corporate survival and … Continue reading

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Jonah Hill right on the Money.

When I read Moneyball I knew it had an impact on me. I thought it was because as a mediocre athlete, I was constantly looking for ways to play better by being smarter, and this is a key theme of … Continue reading

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Dispensability

dis·pen·sa·ble/disˈpensəbəl/Adjective: Able to be replaced or done without; superfluous. I’m thinking about what doing a good job means. For example, athletes are measured by their impact. In the Fink Tank and other analytical sports columns, use statistics showing how well … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s All-Weather Training Facility

Everyone in the Bay Area knows real estate is frighteningly expensive. Houses sell for upwards of $500k. Not everyone connects this to the fact that we have very little open space for sports teams to train and play. But it … Continue reading

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Zen, carrots, and coaching

Chopping carrots is a lot like coaching soccer. I’ve been a long-time fan of the writing of Edward Espe Brown, also the documentary that portrayed his work at Tassajara’s kitchen. He sometimes offers a class there that I was checking … Continue reading

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