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Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Now, That's What I'm Talking About!
Over the past five years, while banging out some rambling thoughts to help fill the empty spaces on SportsCow.com, I have often made referrrence to athletes that step up and make a play, coaches who go the extra mile, and fans who support their teams with such a frenzy that you wonder what drives their motor.

It seems like we get more of that from our local athletes than we do from the overpaid prima donnas.

But how about Curt Schilling's effort in Game 6 of the ALCS?! Inning after inning, making his way from the dugout to the field, with the blood soaked sock...handcuffing the Bronx Bombers.

Look...once we included a blood soaked sock, I was impressed. Anything blood soaked kind of gets my attention!

I know he gets paid a lot and I know that win or lose, he will be okay. But that's what I'm talking about. Draw a line in the sand....make a big play...push yourself to the max! Curt Schilling doesn't have anything to prove to anyone. But for a couple hours on a Tuesday night in New York, he carried his team.

100 years from now, no one will know, or care, but that's what makes it so great. These great athletic efforts are being made just because.

And you can see it in central Minnesota on any given night...when Verndale's Tyler Fisher runs hard on every play....when Bertha Hewitt's Nick Grewe lunges for an extra yard...

Recently I have been able to watch Hannah Landecker and Dan Huebsch of Staples-Motley run in cross country and the Cardinals' Jake Wagner turn in an impressive performance on the football field.

I think I see it in some of the great coaches in central Minnesota...the way New York Mills football coach Matt Radniecki talks about life...how there is more to working with young people than wins and losses.

Now that's what I'm talking about!

You have to understand...this stuff is not new. People have been making the big plays in sports, jobs, and in life since the beginning of time. We will all get a chance to wear the blood soaked sock one day...wear it with pride, wear it for loved ones, for teammates and for co-workers.

Take your turn. Carry the water for awhile. In life, at the job, in athletic competition...be willing to wear the bloody sock.

Now that's what I'm talking about!
Posted By Dan Skogen
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