Time Out by John Bernhardt

Time Out: July 28, 2010

The difference between average and superior performance is much narrower than the average person thinks. Often superior teams have an aura of invincibility, a swagger that builds an impression that they simply cannot be beaten. On the surface, average performing teams don’t seem to match up. Actually, the gap between the two performance levels is not nearly as large as most people believe.


Time Out: July 21, 2010

The King’s crown is showing tarnish. America’s love affair with professional basketball icon, LeBron James hit its first big time snag last week as James orchestrated a free agency free-for-all involving at least six cities that dominated the sports world for a week and sure wasn’t basketball’s or the young star’s one shining moment.


Time Out: June 9, 2010

The death of basketball’s legendary coach John Wooden this weekend caused me to pause and take stock of time. Wooden was 99 years old when he passed. His legacy on and off the basketball court may never be matched and is sure to withstand the test of time. Wooden’s passing transported me back to a time many years ago when the magnetic allure of the UCLA coaching great would almost be transforming to me.


Time Out: June 2, 2010

He is a cat with nine lives, and the New York Met manager will have used up at least three or four of them by the end of May. Manuel, who guides New York’s “other” baseball team, has been the subject of almost daily media speculation as the baseball season unfolds.


Time Out: May 5, 2010

A Big League Show at a Small Town Price!  In an era of super-priced professional sports entertainment, minor league baseball is still a bargain for the baseball-loving sports fan or people simply looking for an inexpensive night to watch a game at the park.


Time Out: April 14, 2010

“If you could take out athletics and transportation, this job wouldn’t be half bad.”
I’ve never forgotten that advice, delivered by a wise old sage during my first days serving as a superintendent of schools. I was the newly appointed superintendent at Andover Central School, a small rural school in New York’s Allegany County. The board of education had hired Ed Husted, a retired superintendent from Houghton to serve as a mentor during my transition.


Time Out: April 7, 2010

“New York, New York, it’s a beautiful town, The Mets are up, and the Yankees are down.”
For one day this week it was great to be a Mets’ fan. Monday, the Mets opened the 2010 season by logging an impressive 6-1 win over Florida at Citi Field. The previous day, the Yankees squandered a 5-1 lead, losing their opener at Fenway Park in Boston, leaving the Mets atop New York’s baseball world for a single day.


Time Out: March 31, 2010

“It’s a well researched fact that the team that takes the most foul shots wins 90 percent of the games in the NBA.” That tidbit was passed along by one of basketball’s legendary coaches, a man respected as one of the game’s greatest teachers, in a Championship Production instructional video titled, “How To Win With Less Talent.”


Time Out: March 24, 2010

It was a visit to York, Pennsylvania; many years ago that introduced me to the passion many women have for baseball. My wife and I were engaged to be married and we were visiting her Aunt Rose Hollander, a retired schoolteacher, a widower, who lived alone. I had never met Aunt Rose before and was a bit nervous anticipating how I would be received.


Time Out: March 17, 2010

Sometimes if we’re not slapped in the face by the significance of an event, we take for granted the very things we most enjoy. For dye-in-the-wool Delaware County basketball fans, that has to be the case with the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Men’s Basketball Championships held at SUNY Delhi.


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