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THE FULL 90 with Mike Avery

90 word reflections on coaching. (Not as easy as it sounds, but neither is coaching.)

REGULAR TIME (90): 90 words on "Getting Back Into The Game".

Somewhere along the way the honest, educated, experienced, faithful, well-intentioned people; those that love their family, friends, and are generally kind to others (read: most of us) decided that it’s “poor form” to debate.

Curiosity muted, can’t be impolite.

In the vacuum, sensationalism has found voice while polite society sits idly by with a quiet shake of the head and a turn of the channel.

It’s time to get back in the game.

Not to fight, but to engage. Thoughtfully. Compassionately. Rigorously.

“Isn’t that interesting? Here’s what I think…”


We were always organized without the ball, but to describe Notre Dame as only that, 'an organized team', was missing the best parts. Our players were excellent in organization, yes, but also in anticipation. We defended not to just protect or destroy, but to attack.
You can hear Bobby Clark still in your head, with everything you do in life. 'On the front studs, lads. Step before the pass!' Being proactive by reading what was about to happen and then engaging first so you dictated play, even when you didn't have the ball - these are lessons about not letting life happen to you but, instead, taking control.
We can all do with a little more "stepping before the pass" right now. - MIKE AVERY

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