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Ed Smith, What Sport Tells Us About Life

Posted on : February 29, 2020

The first thing a coach can do in any sport is to provide a defensive structure. Attack and flair, which rely more on instinct, are harder to sytematize. But defence is more a question of alignment and tactics - which means that even a quite a small degree of thinking and planning can make a big difference.


Posted on : September 01, 2019

Three-peat is an amazing, radical, glorious word. It is at the same time
testimony to the malleability of the English language and to the habit
of continuous invention and reinvention by the American people.

For some exhibitors of sporting prowess, it’s not enough to win
back-to-back victories, to repeat their success. They go one better,
winning three-in-a-row, the three-peat.

For me, the fact that three-peat is the addition of a suffix to a word
that immediately conveys the meaning of the word while also conveying
the root of the inspiration is almost too perfect.

It feels as natural as the progression of billion to trillion, and
bigger to biggest. It also illustrates the inventiveness of US sporting
journalism, that it can concoct these words and make new additions –
like ‘winningest’ for example – to an already vast lexicon of sporting descriptors.

Long may it continue, or repeat.

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