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The Press Stops Here

Greetings readers,

The website known as daytonprosports.com will soon be no more. The author Jeff Kuntz is moving to the sunny side of Florida for his business.

If you never been to the site, it was a cornucopia of things about pro sports in Dayton. From basketball, to hockey, baseball, and all sports in between, it was mentioned on the website. The Air Strikers, the Gems, the Dutch Lions, the Dragons, and the Silverbacks were the stars of the webpage. Even the Gem City Hall O’ Famers were on the site despite nobody knowing a thing on the team (turns out they played a couple of games in Lima and then folded.)

I first talked to Jeff back before the 2012 Air Strikers season began on Twitter, and right away I liked the site. Nobody else gave complete coverage of the teams that called the Dayton area home. Sure, Channel 7 might have had one or two clips of the first Air Strikers game, but not much else. The Dayton Daily News had a few articles, but coverage dropped as the season went by. Who kept the coverage going? Yep, daytonprosports.com.

It was around the time the Air Strikers moved out of Trent Arena and looking for a new home when I was first put into an article. I received word that the game would be played at the Dayton Boys Prep Academy. Although the plan was to not play the whole season there and just go back to Trent Arena, that didn’t happen and we played half of the games at The Prep.

The second time Jeff mentioned me was about the February 22nd game, where I believe the Air Strikers were supposed to play that day, then I tweeted about how that wasn’t going to be the case. He backed up the tweet saying that I was associated with the organization. Jeff then wrote an article later that day, stating that I said that game was now off (he then went on and put in a good word and asked people to follow me on Twitter.)

Then on March 8th, I send a slightly-edited copy of the press release to Jeff, and he publishes it on the website. That was the first game in Moraine (and my first game as the PA Announcer for the Air Strikers, as well.) Another press release was published, as well as a paragraph update in the General section for March 13th.

The last article was published June 1st, mentioning that the Dayton Gems have folded, as well as the Dayton Air Strikers (which I honestly didn’t know happened.) He also mentions the Silverbacks making the CIFL Championship game (which Dayton lost to Saginaw, by the way.) He also mentions the new hockey team arriving in Dayton, as well.

Jeff got my name out in a lot of Dayton Air Strikers articles, as well as Twitter too. He told me I got a shout-out on WONE when I wasn’t able to listen (I think I had work that day, I don’t remember at this point.) He also wished me luck finding a broadcasting job and told me to never give up in his previous tweets.

Since the website will be shut off in a couple of weeks, I’d like to post a snippet of the last article, with the people that Jeff thanks.

Last article (5/31/2012): …I’d like to thank Mister Askew, Anthony Byrd, Clint Davis, David DiCenzo, Brij Desai, Rob Garfield, Brian Gratz, Joe Greene, Sev Hrywnak, Michael Lause, Duane Lewis, Mike Mossel, Lee W. Mowen, Paul Nitz, Kathy Rupp, James Scott, April Shellenberger, JT Szabo, Ivar van Dinteren, Cor van Hoeven and various anonymous sources for all they’ve done for me and/or this website…

Good luck in everything you do Jeff, thanks for the coverage of Dayton sports and thank you for publishing my press releases when I was with the Strikers!

Folks, take a visit to daytonprosports.com before it’s too late.

Source of information from Dayton Pro Sports and writer Jeff Kuntz.

Until next time,

-Lee

Write For Long Periods of Time

Greetings readers,

I recently bought the book “Win Forever”, wrote by current Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Being a fan of Coach Carroll at Southern California, I wanted to get the book. However, I had to buy it online just because I’m also a fan of saving money.

The book, written by Pete Carroll with Yogi Roth (a former assistant with Carroll at USC), is split up into a couple of parts. From the early days, to the start of his NFL coaching career, and to his second crack at being a head coach in New England takes up the beginning.

During the beginning, he doesn’t have his coaching philosophy written down (advice given to him when we worked in Arkansas if I’m remembering right.) Even without this, he still cared about the players and wasn’t seen as a coach that just wanted to yell and make players feel bad for mistakes. He got two head coaching chances before snagging the Southern California job with the Jets and Patriots.

After a 6-10 season with New York, Carroll was fired and replaced with Kotite. He’d later have a three year stint with the New England Patriots before being replaced by Bill Belichick in 2000.

This is where the philosophy begins. He talks about what he plans out and (without spoiling too much of the book) he learns that he is a competitor. He then goes step-by-step plotting out his philosophy and then uses it to get the head coaching job at USC.

During the latter of the book, he goes over everyday practices and saying moments that made him happy to be the coach at USC. He doesn’t go over every single game, but he covers a few that have a special place (yes, he does talk about winning over Ohio State 35-3.) There’s even a whole chapter labeled “Fourth and Nine” which deals with a game I won’t say because I won’t spoil the whole book.

At the end of the book, he goes over things that don’t depend on football, but on life. Yes, the philosophy isn’t just used in coaching but it can be used to find who you are in life. Before the conclusion section, he writes “You too can Win Forever.”

Overall: this is a great book to pick up. I know some of you might be saying “Didn’t he cheat at USC?” or “How’d USC do in their bowl *snicker*”, which is fine. I am a fan of Coach Carroll and have been since the 55-19 win over Oklahoma. No matter what your opinion is on that whole mess, it’s still a great read. Yes, some ideas are from John Wooden. Some amazon.com reviews say that this book is almost like John Wooden’s book updated for 2010. Carroll admits that some ideas are from his book too. Either way, this book opens your eyes on ways to always compete. The coach also lists some of his childhood heroes and how they always competed.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. It is a good read for football fans, for Pete Carroll fans, and for others that want to learn about how coaches tick. In bookstores, this book will run you about $27 plus tax. Online, I bought mine for $17 (shipping and all.)

Until next time,

-Lee