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Thursday, June 24, 2010


Summer Baseball and Basketball Coaches - WOODEN lesson is delivered. Please contact me at 714-334-4023 if you didn't get it. The lesson is an article about Coach John Wooden, written by Rick Reilly.

Incidentally, Rick has a new book out: Sports From Hell ( In conversations with him about the book, he said ithat it was likely age-appropriate for adults, and maybe kids aged 12 and over (you might want to review a few of the "sports" before handing it over to your kid).

I've ordered my copy - if it's anything like his other books, I plan on a few long reading nights when it's delivered...


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Welcome Summer Sports Teams...

In this shortened casual summer season, we'll be giving you an abbreviated BALL lesson plan. Appropriately enough, we'll be kicking things off with ESPN/SI author and TV personality Rick Reilly's excellent visit with John Wooden. Expect it in your e-mail box early this week...and make sure your parents read it with their kids.

As a bonus to your readings, you might want to pick up Rick's new book, Sports From Hell. I just ordered it on Amazon. I spoke to him about the book. He said that there's nothing in it that's inappropriate for high school kids, but you might want to preview it for your pre-teen. If it's anything like his previous books, we're in for a bunch of late nights with the lights on at the Browne House...

Make each day your masterpiece!

Ted Browne

Friday, June 4, 2010

Don't Look Back

Don't Look Back
by John Wooden
May 2003

The years have left their imprint
On my hands and on my face.
Erect no longer is my walk
...And slower is my pace.

But there is no fear within my heart
because I'm growing old
I only wish I had more time
To better serve my Lord.

When I've gone to Him in prayer
He has brought me inner peace
And soon my cares and worries
And other problems cease.

He has helped me in so many ways
He has never let me down,
Why should I fear the future
When soon I could be near His crown.

Though I know down here my time is short
There is endless time up there.
And He will forgive and keep me
Forever in His loving care.

May I not waste an hour
That's left to glorify the Name
Of the One Who died, that we might live
And for our sins, took all the blame.

God bless you and keep you, sweet man. You will be greatly missed!

John Wooden Hospitalized

UCLA: Former UCLA coach John Wooden hospitalized

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer – Fri Jun 4, 3:10 am ET

LOS ANGELES – Former UCLA basketball coach and Hall of Famer John Wooden has been hospitalized in Los Angeles. The university said in an e-mail late Thursday night that Wooden is at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center but that his family didn't want anyone with the school to comment on his condition.

Former UCLA star Bill Walton said earlier Thursday that he visited with the 99-year-old Wooden at the hospital two days ago.

Walton spoke at the NBA finals, where he declined to comment on Wooden's condition. "He's the greatest," Walton said, his voice catching. "We love him."

Los Angeles television station KCAL and the Los Angeles Times first reported that Wooden was in "grave" condition. The Times cited an anonymous school source who said Wooden's health has been an issue in recent weeks and that he was briefly hospitalized about a month ago.

Wooden led the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships — at one time winning seven in a row — during a 27-year run that ended with his team cutting down the nets one last time in 1975. The Bruins won 88 consecutive games from 1971-74 and 38 consecutive NCAA tournament games from 1964-74, both records.

NBA commissioner David Stern was asked about Wooden's contributions to the sport of basketball before Game 1 of the NBA finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

"We decided that we would not declare his obituary now, other than to say that he's the winningest coach in our history, four 30-0 seasons, and the ultimate aficionado of our game," Stern said. "We hope he's in peace right now, and we'll wait on events."