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It’s a heart thing

September 10, 2012
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor ( , The Herald-Star

"Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart. If your attitude stinks, it means your heart's not right." - Grant Taylor, "Facing the Giants."

Entering Week 4 of the high school fall sports seasons, minus golf, which started in early August, one can see the good, bad and ugly if you attend a handful of sporting events.

And, that's just the parents.

I have said it before and will again, if you get tossed out of any sporting event, you should be banned from all games for the rest of the season.


You want to know about the game, listen to it on radio.

Other than that, go stand at the cemetery and watch the game being played at Harding Stadium.

Since it's not high school sports, for all kids to not get in a youth football game, minus disciplinary measures, is unacceptable. Winning at all costs is the reason why measures have been put into Little League.

Love Peyton Manning's humbleness. Way too many athletes need to watch how he handles himself. He gets it. All class and treats people with respect.

Whether the team is 3-0, 0-3, 7-1 or 0-8, the rest of the season is all about heart - just as the early part of the season.

Will teammates spend the rest of the season whining about this or that, putting themselves about the rest of the team, or will they choose to put the team above themselves and do whatever is asked of them?

Since I did it, and still regret it to this day, all things being equal, I still do not understand quitting a team.

I watched two 0-3 teams play Friday night - Toronto and Weir High. Although both teams lost, the Red Knights and Red Riders did some really good things on both sides of the ball while I was in attendance.

I know that may be hard to see sometimes considering the 0-3 start, but, both are getting better.

High school coaches do not implement a game plan for it to fail.

Sometimes, the other team is just better and that's OK.

I really like the back of the Air Force football uniforms.

"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes." - John Wooden.

If your athletic team is struggling, I can promise you not one opponent feels sorry for you.

By the way, yes, officials are going to make mistakes and there will be times those mistakes are going to be huge. Anybody see the call Jerry Meals made at first base to end Saturday's Orioles win over the Yankees?

It was brutal.

Yes, that's the same Jerry Meals.

And, go ahead baseball, keep your head in the sand and say the instant replay is not needed.

On Saturday at the U.S. Open tennis, Bill McAtee said "Ivan Lendl's expression hasn't changed in the last 3 hours." In reality, Lendl's expression hasn't changed since he was 3 years old.

I am glad to see that ACC football continues to prove its large measure of mediocrity.

Dear Arkansas fans, at some point in time your defense has to make a play after your offensive line did it's best to ensure stud quarterback Trevor Wilson was hit every time he went back to pass.

One motorcycle ride later, the Razorbacks are out of the top 25.

From Mike Tirico on Twitter ... "Officiating, like playing, like announcing, like anything without an eraser .. Never perfect."

Did the NFL replacement refs makes mistakes? Yes. Did it cost any team a game? No. NFL brass likes this because it's better leverage for them.

Curious about this "heart" thing, check on Herod, Lot's wife, Nebuchadnezzar, Abraham and Daniel.

Penn State sophomore kicker Sam Ficken had a terrible Saturday, going 1-for-5 on field goals, missing from 20 and from 42 on the last play of the game.

An extra point was also blocked.

Ficken wasn't made available to the media after the loss.

"This certainly isn't on him. It's on all of us as a team," junior guard John Urschel said he told Ficken after the game.

"He was obviously down on himself. He's a good football player. He's a team player. He's a great team guy, so he's obviously going to feel bad and try to take responsibility, but it's not on him at all. We lost this as a team today."

As a team.

It's really obvious parents have zero idea what their kids post on social media sites.

It's OK when we get out of our comfort zones. It's how we get better.

In today's world of social media and "I want it now" attitude, patience is getting harder and harder to find.

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." - Proverbs 16:18.

If John Wooden was willing to kick Bill Walton, at the time the best collegiate basketball player in the nation, off the team, then all athletes are game.

The Pirates are 3-11 against the Padres, Cubs, Astros and Brewers lately. They are 9-20 since Aug. 8. Can anyone find that fork?

How many people trust Elijah Otis now?

Comfortable and convenient are not always good things.

Selflessness beats selfishness every time.

The absence of self is wonderful.

Listen the first time.

If your parents get on your nerves, there is a really good chance you get on theirs.

It's not my job to be a friend to my teenage daughter and son.

Really nice to see Peyton Manning back in uniform.

Yes, RGIII is going to be more successful this year than Andrew Luck.

Madonna will hold its annual homecoming game Friday night.

One week later, Rory McIlroy is still really good.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at and can be followed on Twitter at @MathisonMike).

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