Confidence and Conviction

This week’s links feature confidence and conviction in coaching and in sports.

Olympic qualifying for CONCACAF started last night and continues until next week. You can find the schedule below in one of the links.



First female NFL coach sees video-game appearance as another sign of progress (Lethbridge News Now)

“Practising (answering people) ‘Yeah, I’m a coach,’ . . . and then just really having confidence and conviction in what you do,” she said. “Because we never give ourselves credit for things that we’ve actually done.”

Tony Dungy talks Rooney Rule evolution and more (NBC)

Vlatko Andonovski’s path to coaching the USWNT was unlikely and uniquely American (Yahoo)

A Conversation With New Cowboys Staffer Rob Davis On His Role (

First female NFL coach, Jen Welter, talks about featuring in video game (Give MeSport)

Why aren’t there more African-Americans in MLB? A conversation with ESPN’s Howard Bryant (beyondtheboxscore)

Twitter Break


Beth England leading Chelsea’s title charge after coming in from the cold (The Guardian)

Good read for players working on letting go of doubt and perfectionism.

She “burst out crying”, the self-doubt setting in. “I doubted I would come back,” she says. “But, yeah, I did. Every other player that’s gone on loan from Chelsea hasn’t come back. I’m the only player that’s managed to go away and get a recall.”

Christine Sinclair goes for milestone goal in Texas as Canadian women look to Tokyo (Globe and Mail)

2020 Olympic Qualifying (KeeperNotes)

Concacaf Olympic qualifying, Day 1: Rusty USWNT defeats Haiti (Equalizer)

Rangers Sign Indian International Bala Devi (

Ellen DeGeneres Unveils Secret’s Super Bowl Ad with Soccer Stars Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn (People)

Major League Baseball to sponsor U.S. Olympic softball team (ESPN)

Women may run faster than men over this distance, research suggests (BrisbanePost)

Confidence and Conviction

Former UConn star Maya Moore ‘grateful’ for time away from hoops as she fights to free incarcerated man (Hartford Courant)

“Everything that was being done, she had to win,” Auriemma said. “So for somebody like that to step away means it had to be something that was so powerful and so personal to her that she’d be willing to give up the one thing that I think has defined her life for most of her life.”

Geno Auriemma

Alexander Zverev has 4 million reasons why he keeps winning at the Australian Open (ESPN)

“Be Confident” Is Bad Advice (Basketball is Psychology)

The case for contextual intelligence: horses for courses (Medium)

Everything centers around an understanding of context. We cannot evaluate the usefulness of a method or tool independent from the context in which it will be applied

Equal Rights Amendment advances with Virginia’s ratification. The nearly century-long push to get it added to the Constitution continues (News and Record)

The Little Light (Slate) Expand your life

Do people put on weight in the winter and if so why? (Guardian)

How Will You Measure Your Life? (HBR)

Please take some time to read this essay. I read it via Daniel Pink’s newsletter which I also recommend.

I apply the tools of econometrics a few times a year, but I apply my knowledge of the purpose of my life every day. It’s the single most useful thing I’ve ever learned. I promise my students that if they take the time to figure out their life purpose, they’ll look back on it as the most important thing they discovered at HBS. If they don’t figure it out, they will just sail off without a rudder and get buffeted in the very rough seas of life.

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