Saturday night I had the opportunity watch the Wisconsin – LSU game from Athletic Director (and former head coach) Barry Alvarez’s box. I had to chance to ask Coach Alvarez about football, about leadership, and about success.1. You Have to Make the CallI told Coach Alvarez that at Ohio State an 11-1 season results in people calling for you to be fired (actually, losing to Michigan means calls for you to be shot, then hung, then drawn and quartered, then burned, and then having your limbs cut off and buried in the four corners of the state).Coach Alvarez said, “You run about 75 plays in a football game. That’s 150 total. There are 70,000 people here, all of whom know how to your job better than you do. If you run, you should have passed. If you pass and it’s incomplete, you should have run. If you blitz, you should have been in zone. If you’re in zone, you should have blitzed.”You have to make the call. You have to play your game. Ignore the Monday Morning Quarterbacks, and those that don’t play the game or who never have.2. The Key to Success Is ConsistencyI sent this one to my newsletter subscribers this morning. I asked the coach to share with me what he believed the key to success was for student athletes. He thought about it for a minute, and then he said one word: “Consistency.” I said, “Self-discipline?” He said, “That’s part of it. But it’s performing every time.”Consistency is a great attribute. It’s not the ability to generate a great performance once, or even make the big play. It’s the ability to consistently produce results that leads to success. That’s a complicated idea. It’s part discipline, part mental state, part effort, part resourcefulness, part initiative, and part determination.3. Just Get Four YardsPassing plays weren’t working. Coach Alvarez wasn’t known for running a passing game offense. He was known for running the ball straight at you and pounding you down, betting his big guys could wear down your big guys. He won a bunch of games that way, including three Rose Bowls.He told me he wanted four yards. Three yards a play doesn’t get you enough for a first down over three plays. But four yards gets you the first down. I like that kind of smash mouth football, and I like the lesson.Sometimes the best way to produce results is to grind it out. Dig in, push hard, and gain a little bit of ground. Then, refusing to give up what you’ve taken, push forward and do it again. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Eight vehicles, which were part of NCP MP Supriya Sule’s convoy, were fined after being found parked in a no-parking area in Solapur city, the police said on Sunday.Ms. Sule on Tuesday evening participated in an event, ‘Sanvad Taishi’, a mass outreach campaign, ahead of the Assembly polls, at the Indian Medical Association’s hall at Dufferin Chowk in Solapur.As the programme started, there was a traffic jam in the area following which the police asked the event organisers to remove some vehicles parked in the no-parking area outside the premises, a traffic police official said. However, despite repeated warnings, the vehicles were not removed.Subsequently, eight vehicles, including some SUVs, which were part of Ms. Sule’s convoy, were fined under provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act.These included a four-wheeler registered in the NCP’s name and another vehicle in which Ms. Sule, the Lok Sabha member from Baramati (Pune district), arrived for the event, he said. “We are not sure if any of the vehicles belonged to the MP,” the official said.However, some members of the NCP’s youth wing claimed there was no other place in the area to park the vehicles and alleged the action was taken “deliberately” by the police.Ms. Sule on Friday launched her ‘Sanvad’ (dialogue) campaign to reach out to the public ahead of the Assembly elections. In the first phase, Ms. Sule, who is the daughter of NCP chief and former Union Minister Sharad Pawar, will cover Ahmednagar, Solapur, Jalgon, Nashik, Thane and Navi Mumbai, a party leader said.
Arunima SinhaAmid the outpouring of sympathy and financial aid for injured national volleyball and football player Arunima Sinha, generous amounts of which were doled out to score political brownie points, a crucial aspect was bypassed – the quality of medical attention being delivered to her.The 23-year-old athlete, who lost her left leg after being pushed off a moving train by goons, underwent a second surgery at Lucknow’s Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) on Sunday owing to an infection in the amputated limb. She was shifted from Bareilly District Hospital on Saturday noon after developing multiple complications.Apart from the swelling and infection, Arunima’s haemoglobin level had plummeted because of excessive bleeding.This necessitated an emergency blood transfusion on Saturday night. She has been given two bottles of blood since she was admitted to the Lucknow hospital.Officially, her condition continued to be serious but stable. Earlier, however, CSMMU chief medical superintendent Prof SN Shankhwar said a team of doctors decided to re-perate the athlete’s left leg to save her life.The doctors revealed that she had undergone debridement under general anesthesia. Debridement surgery is done to help wounds heal quickly. She was also found to have suffered multiple fractures on her right leg.Shankhwar said she had been admitted under Prof Vineet Sharma and Dr Santosh Kumar of the department of orthopaedic surgery. Her case was that of traumatic below- knee amputation on the left leg with compound fracture on the right leg.No wonder Arunima’s mother Gyanbala had a sinking feeling when she saw her at CSMMU. “I was horrified by what I saw when the doctors were cleaning the wounds on her amputated left leg. It was rotten up to her knee. There was moist dead tissue around the area. That portion of her limb has become numb. I am a health supervisor in Ambedkar Nagar and realised that the situation is serious,” Gyanbala said, recounting her brief meeting with her daughter who was in agony.advertisementThe medical teams treating Arunima inexplicably kept her family members in the dark. “I fail to understand why the doctors are not telling me the actual condition of my daughter. Late on Friday night, all of a sudden I was told by the Bareilly doctors that she would have to be shifted to CSMMU’s Trauma Centre at Lucknow. Although they were very supportive, they didn’t tell me what the problem was. I also overheard some doctors saying that she should be shifted to a Delhi hospital,” a worried Gyanbala said.”The authorities took five days to shift her from Bareilly to Lucknow. It is only five days after the incident that we have come to know that she has fractured her right leg as well,” she added.”While we are receiving help from all quarters, I’m just hoping that my daughter survives this ordeal. I want people to pray for her recovery. The Railways and CISF have agreed to give her a job. The Union sports ministry, UP government, Samajwadi Party, two cricket players and many individuals have extended their support to us,” she said.Arunima’s elder sister Lakshmi Sinha said: “The attention of the entire nation is fixed on her. We believe the doctors would have saved her leg if she was directly brought to Lucknow. But this is not the time for levelling allegations.”Divulging details of the treatment, Shankhwar said: “The left leg stump wound was full of slough and necrotic tissue. All superficial debris was removed. The patient was then planned for debridement under general anesthesia after her haemoglobin built up. She is currently admitted in the high dependency ward of the Trauma Centre.”For his part, Bareilly District Hospital medical superintendent Dr Vijay Yadav said: “We did our best and recommended that she be shifted to Lucknow as soon as we saw some improvement in her health. A doctor and a pharmacist here even donated blood for Arunima.”At Lucknow, Prof. Abbas Ali Mehdi, who is in charge of the Trauma Centre, said: “The hospital authorities have decided to treat her free of cost. We are giving her the best possible medical care.” The doctors also said that two CISF jawans, Ram Pal and Thakur Das, had given their blood for Arunima on Saturday.The victim and her family have indeed been flooded with offers of help. In the latest such case, the IIIT, Allahabad, announced that it would give her a highly advanced artificial limb free of cost. IIIT director M. D. Tiwari said: “We have developed an artificial leg which would even enable her to run as fast as she used to. We want her to resume playing.”advertisementEarlier, cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh offered her Rs 1 lakh each in aid. Union sports minister Ajay Maken also announced a medical compensation of Rs 2 lakh and an immediate ex gratia of Rs 25,000 for her.Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said Arunima would be given financial assistance to the tune of Rs 1 lakh by her government.Apart from this, Arunima has been offered jobs by the Railways and CRPF. The internationally acclaimed artificial limbs provider, Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, also volunteered to equip her with the Jaipur Foot free of cost.Meanwhile, even after a lapse of five days, the GRP has failed to identify the miscreants who had thrown Arunima out of the train.Additional director general of Railways AK Jain had said the culprits would be nabbed with the help of sketches and announced a reward of Rs 15,000 to those who would help in catching them.
Chief badminton national coach Pullela Gopichand has tagged Kidambi Srikanth’s performance in 2017 as some of the best badminton he has seen after the Indian won his fourth Super Series title of the year.Srikanth thrashed Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in just 34 minutes to win the French Open Super Series title on Sunday.”I think it has been an awesome performance. I think some of the best badminton I have seen, not only from Srikanth but I think from anyone. It’s a superb demonstration of some great attacking game from Srikanth,” Gopichand said to India Today.With Srikanth winning the French Open, this is the second instance this year when Srikanth has won back-to-back Super Series titles. The 24-year-old won the Denmark Super Series Premier last Sunday and lifted the titles in Indonesia and Australia consecutively in June earlier in 2017. Only Lee Chong Wei has achieved this feat earlier.???in ???? ???in ????Âº???in ???????in ????Srikanth Kidambi wins successive Superseries titles for the 2nd time in 2017 by clinching the #FrenchSS title! pic.twitter.com/aVzneRb4wq- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 2017″Overall it’s amazing to see Srikanth win two back-to-back Super Series twice this year. I think what he has achieved is something phenomenal and for me would go down in history of Indian sports as one of the best performances in a year,” Gopichand expressed.Gopichand said that Srikanth’s aggressive display of badminton was some of the finest in the world of badminton. Srikanth became only the fourth male player in history, after Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long, to win four Super Series titles in a calendar year.advertisement”I think definitely today, he has shown some of the finest aggressive badminton that the world of badminton, in fact, has seen.Gopichand also applauded the performances of HS Prannoy, who lost to Srikanth in the semi-final on Satuday and B Sai Praneeth for winning titles this year and taking Indian badminton forward.”It’s wonderful to see Srikanth win again but also credit to Prannoy for knocking out half the draw for him.”It’s also great to overall have these results because to have Srikanth, Prannoy and Sai actually reach the later stages of the tournament so frequently this year has been something amazing. Overall, very happy with the way the boys have taken Indian badminton forward.”Srikanth looked like a man on mission as he dismantled Nishimoto in just over half an hour.Despite some fightbacks from the Japanese and a bit of struggle early on, Srikanth well and truly settled in the game to march ahead to lift the title.
VANCOUVER – More than four people a day on average died in British Columbia in May from illicit drugs, a death toll the coroner’s service says should serve as a warning to people who are not drug-dependent to avoid experimentation.The service says provisional data show 129 persons died in May, down slightly from 136 who died in April.It says until November 2016, there had never been as many as 100 drug deaths in the province for a single month, but in every month since then the number of deaths has exceeded 110.The highest number of deaths came in December, when 159 died.The service says the powerful painkiller fentanyl was detected in 72 per cent of people who died in the first four months of this year, up from 60 per cent last year.Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said people should not casually use illicit drugs because of the risk.“The number of deaths shows that the risks remain extreme,” she said in a news release on Friday. “The drug supply is unsafe, and casual and occasional users are at high risk of overdose due to their opioid naivete.”The highest numbers of deaths were in Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria.Last year, 967 people died in B.C. from illicit drug overdoses. In the first five months of this year, 640 have died.