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Mike and CusThe athlete or team that learns to work within the framework of its personality or underlying character is the one that will experience the likeliest chance of success.

Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning were the first team in the history of the NFL to win 12 games in six straight seasons. Dungy is one of the most phlegmatic and calm coaches and Peyton Manning is one of the most intellectual practitioners of his position. Together they were a magical fit.

Tom Landry and Roger Staubach were another great team. John Madden along with Ken Stabler and the loose cannons on the Oakland Raiders were also terrific. Marvelous Marvin Hagler had the Petronelli Brothers to look after him. He was a cold calculating, efficient master of the "sweet science" . They were great businessmen and trainers.

Muhammad Ali had Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, Bundini Brown and Angelo Dundee in his corner during fights. All characters in their own way. Mike Tyson had Cus D'Amato. He was the father Tyson never had, who also trained Floyd Patterson, another youth in search of a father figure. Cus brought Bill Cayton and Jim Jacobs as manager and Kevin Rooney as trainer. Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion and quite possibly the most lethal. When he lost Cus, Don King took over, it was the end of his meteoric rise.

Ivan Lendl and Tony Roche were a great fit both technically and methodically. Bjorn Borg and Lennart Bergelin were another. They both had even tempers and demeanors. The free-spirited Williams sisters have their father Richard, a renowned character, in the stands, cheering them on. John McEnroe, on the other hand, was largely of his own creation. His New York attitude and epithet-filled insults, his "Mac attacks," were legend. His talent and success were undeniable.

Tiger Woods is quite similar to Jack Nicklaus in course management and demeanor. They were always under control — icemen on the golf course. They prowl and hang around like a nuisance until the other players start to crack and then they close the deal. Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, is more of a risk-taker and has stated that his idol growing up was Arnold Palmer, another guy who took chances.

For the speculator, businessman, or anyone to find success in his chosen field, it is critical he understand who he is first as a person and surround himself with others who can work within that specific framework. He must incorporate the strategy that best uses his specific skills and work tirelessly to perfect those skills. Finally, he must unleash it in the public forum which will drive him over the top of the mountain and toward great reward.


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  1. Craig Bowles on May 26, 2009 6:15 am

    My father-in-law and his buddies knew Tyson as a good kid who was into pigeons, too. Pigeons and boxing was a pretty simple life when he was at his best.

  2. Steve Leslie on May 26, 2009 10:10 am

    I have no knowledge of Tyson except of what I read and hear from others. I will not question the veracity of the claim that he was a "good kid who was into pigeons." However I have never seen such a claim before. I do question how your father-in-law got to know Tyson as he grew up obscurely in Bed-Stuy and later moved to Brownsville a low income housing project area in Brooklyn. At 13 he was sent to reform school in upstate NY.

    I have heard Teddy Atlas publicly state that Tyson was largely a thug who used to help old ladies across the street and then hit them over the head and steal their food.

    He also said that Tyson had a propensity to assault young girls which prompted Atlas to confront him and put a gun to Tyson's head threatening him to blow out his brains should he ever do it again.

    Without question he was arrested numerous times according to Wikipedia, 38 for petty crimes and sent to reform school where he emerged as a boxer and met D'Amato who adopted him and developed him.

    And after the death of D'Amato, his life unraveled in a failed marriage to Robin Givens who exposed him on Barbara Walters as quite disturbed to losing his championship to Buster Douglas in Japan in one of the greatest upsets in boxing history and later on as a convicted rapist in Indiana spending 3 years incarcerated.

    His second fight with Holyfield ended in a disqualification when Tyson bit Holyfield on both ears.

    My theme stands that great teams are forged and when held intact can produce staggering results. When the opposite occurs disaster looms.

  3. John Watson on May 26, 2009 4:06 pm

    I like to surf, and even though surfing is a solitary sport, there have been a few successful teams in surfing. In the 1990s-2000s, there has been the Lopez and Hobgood Brothers who excelled. In the 1970s, there was Gerry Lopez and Rory Russell, who ruled Hawaiian surfing for a short time. The team of Steve and Barrie Boehne have ruled tandem surfing since 1961. John

  4. Craig Bowles on May 26, 2009 4:45 pm

    Maybe some folks have two sides. My father-in-law grew up in Brooklyn and was cop, so got around pretty well. He knew all kinds of things. One time, my wife's sister got a new car and parked it outside. Sal got up periodically during the night to check it. Finally, he got up and it was gone. He got Margarita in the car and took her up to the Bronx where he knew they stripped cars. Her car was in line to be stripped before he took it back. Not too many pigeon people in Brooklyn anymore and the place Tyson and Sal used to go has since closed. The guy moved to Florida a few years ago I believe. A kid to Sal was anyone younger than he. Tyson's pigeons where not very good but interesting that he liked such a sport.

  5. vniederhoffer on May 27, 2009 1:32 am

    Artie was a cop who collected pigeons. Grandpa Martie told me often how Artie would stay up with the pigeons all night to keep them warm and help the sick ones. Artie's experiences with gangs, similar to West Side Story, is related in one of his best books, The Gang. vic

  6. david higgs on May 27, 2009 7:23 am

    Pigeons helped put Tyson in the poor house, Time Mag. wrote he spend near half a million on the birds… As a kid we had pigeons, fan tails, homing and tumblers. the tumblers were cool as they would suddenly tumble in mid air. During the middle of the night, someone stole the pair of tumblers. But we never paid a fortune for them…

  7. vic niederhoffer on May 27, 2009 10:28 am

    One would appreciate it if you didn't bait and goad certain parties along here as it just leads me to be the butt of outrage to the dysfunction and disharmony of all. One can't monitor all your subtle ripostes and humiliations until it's too late. One appreciates your humour and erudition, but please, enough. Thanks. vic

  8. Mark Johnson/White Glove Moving on May 27, 2009 12:18 pm

    Hi Steve,

    The 1972 Miami Dolphins get my vote as one of the greatest teams.
    They were not the fastest, they were not the biggest, there defense had no stars and thus the “no name defense”

    The Dolphins were methodical, sharp and extremely disciplined. They were able to overcome, bigger and faster teams, the ups and downs of the game and anything that seemed to get in there way they seemingly overcame it.

    Madden, Lamonica and Stabler were always fun to watch though. these guys always seemed to pull the rabbit out of the ole hat time and time again. Madden the gambler LOL.

    Noll and Bradshaw during the Pittsburgh era with Franco Harris were right up there.

    Of course many great teams thru the years.

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