Archive for May 2015

Marlins and Other Sucker Fish

Miami Marlins Uniform

As I sit here looking at the paper (yes, I still read the paper when I’m on the road), I note the Miami Marlins are in full command of the NL East basement. Right now, the best thing they have going for them is their spiffy logo. Still, they are major league ball players, many of them are multi-millionaires and they possess a skill set that most of us mere mortals can only dream about. I need to say something else at the outset of this blog without sounding like […]

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Ray McDonald’s Ethics and Good Riddance!

Ray McDonald

For the past 20 years I have devoted my life to speaking, consulting and helping others make good ethical choices. I speak publicly and I consult privately on ethics. I believe I have made a difference in the lives of people. I love sports and I know the business world, and at the professional level, they are not all that far apart. Once, a very long time ago, I made some bad choices and I paid for them. It is public knowledge. When the full weight of my actions came crashing […]

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Ryan Braun: Is it enough to be talented and rich?

Ryan Braun

He is a phenomenal ball player who is having (for him) a down year along with the rest of the Milwaukee Brewers team. As I sit here and write this blog, the Brewers are about to get beat by the Braves, reassuring everyone in the good City of Milwaukee that their last place standing in the NL Central is for real. Ironically, as I start this blog and watch the game-cast, Ryan Braun, Brewers outfielder and superstar just lined out. His lackluster performance so far this season (.294) keep the Braun trade […]

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Ray Rice and His Choices: No one has helped him

Ray Rice in Court

The news of the day is that the domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, former NFL running back have been dropped. What began in February 2014, has come to an end on May 20, 2015. Many things have happened in the past year plus three months; a great many of them much more important than football or even sports. However, within this small world it can be argued that the former Baltimore Ravens player brought many people face-to-face with the ugly face of domestic violence and the indifference of those […]

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What’s NFL Love Got to do with it?

While we hate to say, “I told you so,” the Deflate-gate drama is pretty much unfolding as we kind of predicted. Before we go any further, we need to stress that the latest wrinkle in the saga is strictly between Robert Kraft and the league. Tom Brady has not yet emerged on the scene to plead his case, though we will have a quick and easy theory on that as well. The very latest is that Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, has met with NFL commissioner […]

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Brittney and Glory: Times Have Changed, Ethical Principles Have Not

In less than 25 years, our society has witnessed incredible change. Who would have imagined in 1990 a women’s professional basketball league? Maybe just a few of us. Who would have imagined a legal, same-sex marriage between two women playing in that league? I would venture to say, “no one.” Attitudes and societal values have radically shifted; many of us would agree that the changes have been positive and necessary. The fact that two women met, fell in love and married is not the domain of Sports Ethics – and […]

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Why I Teach and Believe in Sports Ethics

My passion is in teaching and consulting on one simple topic: helping others to make good choices and good decisions. I also teach a related concept: bad choices lead to negative consequences. My work takes me all over the country and it sometimes takes me overseas. I have taught and consulted to the very wealthy and to men and women just starting out. I have taught people with incredible, natural talent and people who have had to struggle and fight for anything and everything they have ever received. I have […]

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Sports Ethics: Deflate-gate, Deflated

Tom Brady Deflate-gate

Could we be the last people to comment on “the report” and the probable deflation of the New England Patriots game balls? Hopefully, yes. In case anyone believes we know something that you don’t; we don’t. As a public service (and our guess is as good as yours), here is how we see this whole thing unfolding: The NFL will come around to saying something about Brady; we figure it will cost Brady between 2 and 4 games. A lot of New England fans will rant and rave. That’s what […]

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Take a Chance on Randy Gregory? You know I would.

Randy Gregory was a legitimate top 10, first round draft pick. He was finally picked up by the Dallas Cowboys at 60. If all goes well (and yes, I know that “If” is a damn big word), the Dallas Cowboys will have the steal of the draft. How does a young man slip about 50 places on draft night? Two reasons. The first reason says something about him, and the second reason might say a lot about us. Gregory was a standout defensive end at the University of Nebraska. He […]

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