A Chat with Kimberly

I had a long chat with Kimberly Archie of the National Cheer Safety Foundation yesterday. For those of you that don’t know her story, I suggest Googling it, but in short she is a mom that is on a crusade to combat cheerleading injuries. She understands participating in anything athletic is going to lead, or at least contribute to, some injuries, but we agree many of the injuries, and most of the catastrophic injuries can be prevented. The problem is we don’t know how to prevent them.

Saying we don’t know how to prevent them may have been a poor choice of words. I should have said we don’t know how to get others involved in helping to prevent them. It’s not the we think people want to injure cheerleaders, but the people involved are not being intelligent about what they have the kids do. As a coach I need to teach kids in a logical, progressive manner. I need to teach them in a manner that readies them, mentally and physically, to perform each skill I ask of them. This isn’t being done by everyone. They also aren’t evaluating their surroundings in relation to what they are asking the kids to do. The skills the Kentucky kids can safely perform on a basketball court are far more advanced than what my Mini 1 team or even my Junior 5 team should attempt.

Safety comes down to a few things. The first of which is common sense and the second is training. We can’t and shouldn’t have to create rules to combat stupidity. If you aren’t smart enough to realize and reduce the potential risks of an activity, you don’t need to be involved with it. The second is training, because once we have people with a natural aversion to (unnecessary) risk, we need to train them to help keep the kids safe.


Kentucky introduced John Calipari as the new basketball coach today. Calipari left Memphis to take a job he says he’s been dreaming about. He’ll do a good job. He’s a good coach, a good recruiter, and a good spokesperson. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this later.

CBS published an interesting article about Memphis and Kentucky fans’ reactions to a few events. ESPN raises the question (and concerns) I have about Calipari.

CBS Sports & ESPN

Spirit Post

I received a phone call this morning about a blog I’m involved with called Spirit Post. The point of the call was to get an email, deemed confidential by the caller, taken off the site. I’m not certain his claim that I legally needed to take it down was valid, but it didn’t matter enough to me to argue that point. When I later contacted the author of the post, we were in agreement that the old post wasn’t worth fighting over.

It did make me wonder if the notes on the bottom of many emails really mean anything, legally. If you send me an email with a note that says I cannot share it, but we don’t have any official agreement that the email or content is covered by, does that note mean anything? Can I post something that says any email sent to me can be made public and have that statement supercede the note on the bottom of an email.

If the note does hold up who is in trouble? Let say a confidential email is sent from Amy to Brian. Brian then sends Amy’s email to me without the note saying it’s confidential and should not be shared. If I make it public am I in trouble or is Brian? Or is it both of us?

Coach Billy G.

It seems like Coach Billy G. will soon be looking for a new job. If he is fired the reason given will be off the court stuff like his partying antics and inability to “relate” to the major donors, but reality is it comes down to wins. He isn’t getting the job done on the court. If he had 2 consecutive Final Four appearances he would have certain job security. I have to point out I was not a fan of the hiring of Billy G., but don’t think he should be fired either. I think firing a coach after 2 seasons is a black mark for the University doing it. It promotes the win at all costs sentiment that is damaging college athletics. 2 seasons isn’t enough time to get the players needed to run your system and if you are going to hire a coach you need to give him enough time to impact the program. If you can’t do that you failed in your hiring process. I do feel 3 seasons is enough time to tell if the program is going in the right direction, so if Billy isn’t soon jobless he needs to realize the seat is hot.

Billy G. led major turnarounds at the 2 schools he coached prior to Kentucky, but neither put him in the spotlight as being Kentucky’s coach did, and he didn’t have a long track record to look at. The other candidates that were getting press for Kentucky’s new coach after Tubby (Billy Donovan & John Calipari) have longer records. I think the person Kentucky should make a run for, assuming Billy the Kid doesn’t plan on leaving the Sunshine State, is Gonzaga’s Mark Few.

Congratulation Marty

Martin Brodeur became the NHL’s all time regular season winning goalie last night. Congrats!