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Aug 31, 2014
Ann Thompson

Florida State Has Work to Do If It Wants to Be a Playoff Team in 2014

Jimbo Fisher still gets fired up and gives motivational speeches. But he’s big on the short mantras that more often stick with teenagers and 20- and 21-year-olds who prefer Twitter-like bursts of conversation.

Last year, the Florida State coach embraced “find me a crumb,” a saying meant to emphasize making the little plays, fighting for extra yards and forcing turnovers. He used “play don’t care who makes it” to encourage freshmen and sophomores to not just learn on the fly but also deliver results on the field.

This year, it’s “don’t eat the cheese.” Fisher doesn’t want FSU to buy into the hype, the No. 1 ranking, the “repeat” talk. He wants his group to focus on the next play, not look past an opponent and stack up wins on Saturdays. It’s fancier (and less boring) than saying “take care of business” or “play one game at a time.”

Following an offseason in which Fisher preached focus and did whatever he could to warn the Seminoles against complacency, FSU was sluggish and clearly took Oklahoma State for granted.

This was a wake-up call. That’s true despite the fact that the Seminoles never trailed on Saturday night and eventually escaped with a 37-31 win over Oklahoma State.

But FSU nibbled at the cheese before realizing what it had done.

The lesson to be learned needs to be this: Games like these, against better, deeper, more experienced teams, will be losses. FSU won’t win anything in 2014 based on its 2013 resume. It’s just one game into the season, but the Seminoles still clearly have improvements to make if they want to earn a spot in the four-team playoff.

FSU’s 2013 team was one that systematically dominated teams, winning nine of 14 games by 30 or more points. Will the 2014 team be one that fights to win games? Or does this game cause the Seminoles to rededicate themselves and focus on playing up to their potential each Saturday?

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Fisher said this week that he hates season openers, and then softened that comment before explaining. There are too many concerns and not enough game film, especially of a team like the Cowboys, who lost so many starters. He said season openers are like “chasing ghosts.”

FSU spent much of Saturday night chasing Tyreek Hill, who ran for 44 yards, caught six passes for 62 yards and had 140 yards in kickoff returns. Those numbers may not seem like a lot, but he kept extending drives and breaking the FSU defense’s back.

Shaky play at defensive tackle, a concern the coaches knew could be an issue following the early departure of junior Timmy Jernigan to the NFL, often hurt Florida State. That’s something the Seminoles will need to shore up in the weeks ahead.

The defense certainly made plays. Safety Nate Andrews’ nine-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter gave FSU the early momentum. Cornerback P.J. Williams forced a crucial fourth-quarter fumble of Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh, and defensive end Mario Edwards was disruptive against the pass.

But there was inconsistent play at receiver, where Jameis Winston seemed to drop back and look for Rashad Greene as often as possible. These two have always had great chemistry, and on Saturday, last year’s Heisman winner completed 11 passes to Greene for 203 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. However, while Winston threw for 370 yards—and had a critical, leaping 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter—there were two head-scratching interceptions, perhaps because he had trouble finding anyone else to throw to.

Karlos Williams, the starting tailback, was the second-leading receiver, with five receptions. Christian Green had two catches early. Tight end Nick O’Leary had three receptions. Winston needs to establish more chemistry with FSU’s young receivers and spread the ball around better.

Perhaps the most stunning development was that the Seminoles offensive line was pushed around. Five seniors, four of them veteran starters, and FSU struggled to protect Winston. And the running game was ineffective, as FSU had just 106 rushing yards on 31 carries.

Last year, Winston won a Heisman, but FSU won games with a balanced attack. There was no balance on offense on Saturday. Williams ran for 66 yards but averaged just 2.9 yards per carry.

Florida State was just too flat on Saturday. Too many penalties (eight for 71 yards), and the offense was awful on third down (4-of-14). By contrast, Oklahoma State was able to sustain drives and convert on eight of 16 third-down plays.

The “Dallas to Dallas” mantra that FSU embraced in the offseason was all well and good. But Fisher rightly has asked the Seminoles to let that chatter go in August. 

FSU is 1-0. Forget “Dallas to Dallas.” The Seminoles need to remember not to eat the cheese.


Bob Ferrante is the Florida State Lead Writer for Bleacher Report, all quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow Bob on Twitter.

Aug 31, 2014
Jane Underwood

Blue Chip awards celebrate 20 years of honoring success – The News

It’s been two decades since insurance executive Gary V. Trippe created the Blue Chip Community Business Award, a program designed to shine the spotlight on successful small business owners.

The former CEO of Oswald Trippe and Co. (now BBT-Oswald Trippe and Co.) wanted to recognize entrepreneurs who had triumphed over adversity as a way of honoring them and inspiring others at the same time. Over the past 20 years, the program has honored businesses that have found innovative ways to rise above financial calamity, hurricanes, economic downturns, racism, illness, unethical partners, maddening bureaucracy and a host of other adversities.

Winners have included restaurateurs, service companies, jewelers, book stores, media and marketing firms, health services companies, accountants, financial advisors and a veterinarian.

“I am proud of all of the award winners,” said Trippe. “The concept of the Blue Chip Award was to call attention to small business owners who have found ways in which to overcome the many obstacles that can derail a business. It recognizes their ingenuity and telling their stories helps inspire others to persevere and succeed as well.”

Today, the Blue Chip Community Business Award is a well-respected and much sought-after honor and one that has recognized entrepreneurs throughout Southwest Florida for their success.

Fireservice Disaster Kleenup, based in Fort Myers, was the first recipient and the company still values the recognition.

“We’ve moved a couple of times, but the award is still in our front entryway,” said Fireservice CEO Bill Maute, whose parents founded the firm. “Winning this award in 1994 was a really, really big deal. We have great respect for Mr. Trippe and felt it was a great honor to be recognized by him and his company. Fireservice was founded in 1971, and has been through many changes, but the company’s philosophy is still the same: We take care of our customers with integrity. We feel honored to be the first company to have been awarded the Blue Chip Award.”

It was a pivotal moment for Diane Caputo, owner of Monty’s Restaurant Pizzeria in Punta Gorda, the 2009 winner.

“Winning the Blue Chip Award was one of the biggest events of my life,” Caputo said. “My daughters were with me at the ceremony and they had tears in their eyes. I knew I was setting a good example for them. It was something very special to be recognized in this way and I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life. The recognition was good for business, bringing people in who hadn’t been there for a long time.”

Not only are the recipients proud to take part in the program, so are the motivational speakers chosen each year to deliver a keynote address at the well-attended award luncheon. Olympic gold medal skier Nikki Stone, who sustained a life-threatening spinal injury while skiing and then went on to become a motivational author and lecturer, was among those distinguished guest speakers. Stone is the only speaker who was invited to return for a second engagement.

“Presenting at the Blue Chip Community Business Award in Southwest Florida has truly been one of the biggest honors and privileges I’ve had in my 20-plus years of speaking,” Stone said. “The spirit and respect for the honorees is contagious. The community support surrounding the event is enough to help any challenged business get back up on its feet. The energy of the event is only outdone by the people running it. Their passion and devotion to the community is what has created such fond memories.”

The competition is open to for-profit businesses that have operated under the same ownership for at least three years with a principal office located in Lee, Collier or Charlotte counties; employs five to 400 people; and has overcome adversity to achieve success.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 8, and can be requested by contacting Stacey Mercado at 433-7189 or Business owners may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Assistance is available to draft applications.

An independent panel of judges will select one business from the field of applicants to receive the 2014 award. Finalists and the winner will be recognized Thursday, Nov. 6, during a luncheon ceremony at Harborside Event Center, at 1375 Monroe St., Fort Myers. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The program begins at 11:30 a.m.

This year’s keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Ganjigal in Afghanistan in 2009 at age 21. He has written “Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War.”

BBT-Oswald Trippe and Company has offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Holmes Beach, Miami, Naples, Ocala and Weston.


Here are some of the recent winners of the Blue Chip:

2013: East West Veterinary Care Center, Cape Coral

2012: ServiceMaster-CCS, Port Charlotte

2011: Parson Masonry Inc., Fort Myers

2010: JRL Ventures/Marine Concepts, Cape Coral

2009: Old Monty’s Restaurant Pizzeria, Punta Gorda

2008: The Indigo Room, Fort Myers

Aug 30, 2014
Ann Thompson

QPMA convention ushers in positive change

QPMA convention ushers in positive change

by Melanie Richer | August 29, 2014

The Quebec Produce Marketing Association held its 67th annual convention in scenic Charlevoix, Québec, at the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu Aug. 21-24. Under the umbrella theme “People at the Heart of the Industry,” over 500 guests attended the banquet and attendees enjoyed networking events, business sessions, meetings and motivational speeches.

Celebrating women in leadership roles was a big part of the event with 2013-14 QPMA President Marie Gosselin of of Les Serres du St-Laurent (Savoura) presiding over events. During the annual general meeting, Judith Basque of Loblaw/Provigo joined the executive, marking the first time the association’s five-member executive committee included three women.Judith Basque of Loblaw/Provigo, Sophie Perreault QPMA President/Director General and outgoing QPMA 2013-2014 President Marie Gosselin of Les Serres du St-Laurent (Savoura).

With overwhelming support from the membership, a key change was made to the leadership of the association with Sophie Perreault being named president and director general. The key change to the role will help provide more stability for the volunteer executive committee and provide a little more heft to the role when dealing with government. The change was voted upon unanimously by the membership at the AGM.

“Our association is moving ahead as never before, and I’m glad that I’ve been able to contribute. I certainly plan to stay on the scene and keep actively involved in the QPMA,” stated outgoing president Gosselin. Gosselin’s presidency was a busy one with strategic planning and revisions to the organisational structure. Key work on government relations and issues management were a big focus in the past year as well.

“It’s a great pleasure to see Sammy become my successor. He’s a hard worker, he’s a straight talker, a committed guy,” said Gosselin by way of introduction of the 2014-15 QPMA President Sammy Cacciatore of Sun Grape Marketing.

“I’m deeply convinced of the need for the QPMA. There’s simply no other place like ours where all the stakeholders in the Quebec produce industry can get together,” said Cacciatore in his introductory speech as new QPMA president. He thanked and commended Gosselin on the hard work during her tenure and terrific strides over the past year, particularly in the strategic planning, association governance and modernisation of the mission and structure of the association.

The Pillar of the Industry for 2014, Bernadette Hamel, was welcomed onstage during the closing banquet with a thundering standing ovation. She made her mark at QPMA by being elected its first female president in 2007-08. “Her contribution to the industry and her career path make her an example and a source of inspiration for everyone in the business, as well as a Pillar of choice. For all these reasons and more, she most definitely deserves the recognition we are giving her tonight,” said Gosselin.

“Over the years, I’ve had the great privilege to work for people who have helped me grow in this industry by giving me the chance to meet its many challenges head on,” said Hamel.

“You all know that having a successful career doesn’t happen without the support of a strong team, and I’m happy to say I’ve had the good fortune to manage some of the hardest-working, most-dedicated and passionate employees in the business,” continued Hamel. When asked what was next after reaching all these milestones and accolades, Hamel replied, “Retirement!” with a good chuckle — but not any time too soon she was quick to note.

The 2015 QPMA Convention will be held Aug. 20-22 at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec under the theme, “A Healthy Industry, A Shared Responsibility.”

Aug 29, 2014
Ann Thompson

Oregon State Beavers aim to squash FCS upset trend in opener against Portland … – The Oregonian

CORVALLIS — The general question popped up during Oregon State’s media session Monday.

Then again on Tuesday.

And yet again on Wednesday and Thursday.

As the Beavers move closer to Saturday’s 2014 season opener against Portland State, how do they rectify their recent role as victim to the FCS upset? It’s happened twice in the past three seasons, when Sacramento State shocked OSU 29-28 in overtime in 2011 before Eastern Washington left Reser Stadium with a 49-46 victory in the 2013 opener.

Coaches and players have thrown out all the predictable clichés, from not dwelling on the past to taking one game at a time to believing in the leadership of a veteran squad.

But Mike Riley concedes that the field is the only place the Beavers can fix that troubling trend against lower-division opponents.

“The first thing we have to do is be ready to play and play well,” the coach said. “That is it.”

Still, the Beavers coaches did make one major adjustment in physical preparation this fall.

OSU “went live” more in camp than ever under Riley, after “atrocious” tackling plagued the Beavers in that Eastern Washington loss. Defensive coordinator Mark Banker said more hitting in camp not only drilled correct physical technique, but taught proper pursuit angles and brought a noticeable attitude edge to the grind of fall camp.

Yet there’s a mental side to preparation, as well. Riley said his staff has “tried to find all the right buttons to push” to ensure the Beavers will be ready to play Saturday. He did not elaborate when asked what those specific buttons were. He preached teaching football over motivational speeches.

The Vikings — and their 44 in-state players — certainly won’t lack any motivation. Many dreamed of suiting up for a Pac-12 school, perhaps even OSU. Star receiver Kasey Closs is a perfect example, as he cheered for the Beavers growing up and thought he was in line for a preferred walk-on spot before OSU lost interest following a serious injury.

It’s important to note that not all FCS opponents — nor the games played against them — should be treated equally.

The Beavers played seven true freshmen in that 2011 Sacramento State game, and redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Mannion made his collegiate debut in the middle of the contest. Eastern Washington finished 2013 ranked No. 3 in the FCS coaches poll, while this year’s Portland State squad is picked to finish eighth out of 13 teams in the preseason Big Sky conference poll.

Some Beavers, like linebacker Jabral Johnson, acknowledged last season’s dud against Eastern Washington taught him not to underestimate FCS foes.

But again, that’s only talk. OSU must prove it Saturday afternoon.

“We just get ready to play,” Riley said. “You coach like crazy … The practice leads up to everything that you do. All the things that we’ve been doing hopefully lead to a better start.”  

Gina Mizell | @ginamizell

Aug 29, 2014
Jane Underwood

Local churches join to host youth conference

At age 16, Hunter Taylor needed to make a decision about his Christian faith. After being confronted about poor lifestyle choices by his father, he had to choose whether to follow the path his parents had encouraged since his childhood or meander down a different road.

He decided to commit wholeheartedly to the faith of his father.

“I did things that would hurt any father and he just loved me continuously through it,” Taylor said. “That was a huge example of my relationship with Christ. I’m doing things all the time that constantly would hurt him but he loves me constantly through that. My dad helped me see what love is like. I don’t think it’s easy to truly love in a really selfish way unless you see how God has loved us.”

Three years later, Taylor, whose stage name is Hunter Rayne, is a local Christian singer-songwriter and soon-to-be worship leader. He is still committed to the Christian faith and wants to encourage other young people, especially teens, to seek spiritual connection. He wanted to create a safe environment that would attract the un-churched, de-churched and well-churched teen regardless of denominational labels.

“I feel like there can be separation in the different names of churches,” he said. “I feel like the youth of the churches aren’t the ones to usually cause that separation. It’s usually the older congregation. I wanted a place where youth could come together and not feel (separation) at all.”

With the help of six local churches including Dayton United Methodist Church, Lafayette Community Church and Cornerstone Baptist Church, Taylor’s vision of uniting teens and empowering them to live a life of faith will come to fruition Sept. 20 with the first Momentum Youth Conference, held at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Lafayette.

Two local youth pastors, Evan Cooper and Ryan VanMatre, were instrumental in making the youth conference happen.

Cooper had a vision of helping hopeless teens. “It’s so easy to get into trouble and we wanted to possibly help kids lead a good life,” said Cooper, youth pastor of Stockwell United Methodist Church. “Many (teens) struggle with their home life and a lot of kids feel like there’s no reason to be here.”

VanMatre, youth pastor at Dayton UMC, handled the logistics of bringing Cooper and Taylor’s vision to life.

Every detail, from the name of the event to the location, was carefully planned in order to attract teens who may or may not be comfortable with a traditional church service.

The organizers chose the Long Center to host the event because it’s a neutral location devoid of any church names or denominational ties, VanMatre said.

“It’s a middle ground for churches and those who do not go to church as well,” he said.

Although the event will feature worship, motivational speakers and live Christian bands, all the bands have sounds that emulate populate genres heard on the radio, making it easily accessible.

The musical lineup includes Wisconsin-based pop rock quartet Loftland, Danville hip-hop artist Blake Whiteley and hip-hop rock group Rapture Ruckus.

“Music just reaches people in general,” VanMatre said.

Speakers include Joe Congleton from Indiana-based theSurrendering music ministry, John Freed, the lead pastor at Waterline Church in Noblesville and Clayton Jennings, a spoken word artist.

“The goal is to try to reach those who have stepped away or feel like they’re agnostic to meet them where they’re at with a great show and some bands,” said Billy Hardy, associate pastor at Lafayette Community Church.

The organizers even chose a name, “Momentum Youth Conference,” that would reflect the open nature of the event.

“This isn’t a churchy name,” Hardy said. “You need momentum to get through school — to make good decisions in life. How do you pick up momentum to make these decisions?”

For Taylor, who will also lead worship at the conference, his family was instrumental in his embrace of the Christian faith. Although he knows that many of his fellow millennials are disenchanted with organized religion, he also believes this is the time many become serious about the faith.

“There are a lot of things … that look super appealing,” he said. “It looks so appealing but it’s not fulfilling. The party ends eventually. Your hangover is gone and you feel sick the next day. I think that’s really one of the key reasons kids run away. Also, a lot of kids who have grown up in the church have been forced-fed. It’s never been their decision. … (But) at this age, 16 through 20, is when kids really make the true decision.”

If you go

Momentum Youth Conference will be held from 2 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 at The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. Sixth St. Cost is $5 per student. Purchase tickets at the door.

For more information or to register, visit

Aug 28, 2014
Ann Thompson

‘Do Good for Your Own Self’: Osteen Says Obedience, Worship ‘Not for God …

joelandvictoriaosteenA recently recorded video is circulating online of Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen, calling on congregants at Lakewood Church to ‘do good for your own self’ because obedience, the church and worship are not for God as much as for self-happiness.

“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy,” she declares in the undated 36-second clip with her husband standing by her side and nodding. “That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy…”

“So, I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy,” Osteen continues. “When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”

Osteen is the author of the book Love Your Life, and is “co-pastor” of Lakewood in Houston, Texas. Her husband Joel is known for his motivational speeches and his books Your Best Life Now and It’s Your Time.

Steve Camp, pastor of The Cross Church in Palm City, Florida and former singer/songwriter, told Christian News Network that he viewed the video on Wednesday, and while saddened, he was not surprised at her remarks. He stated that Osteen’s statements were humanistic in nature and antithetical to Scripture.

“It’s the age old sin of idolatry—that it’s not about God, it’s about us,” he explained. “True worship for the humanist is about how we feel at the end of the day and what gives us meaning, as opposed to what gives God glory.”

“When we come to see men happy rather than God glorified, it’s not worship, it’s idolatry,” Camp stated, reading from Psalm 115:1, which states, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.”

He said that Osteen’s words were essentially blasphemous because they disregard God’s holiness and the way that He is to be worshiped.

“She honestly believes that God exists to make us happy rather than holy,” Camp lamented. “She honestly believes that worship is about our fulfillment rather than His glory. That’s the bottom issue here.”

But he outlined that Scripture commands man to be selflessly abandon themselves to Christ and to not worry about their own lives.

“1 Corinthians so clearly says that whether we eat or drink, do it all to the glory of God. It’s not just self,” Camp stated. “Jesus said … in Matthew 16, ‘Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me.’”



He also pointed to Acts 20:24, which reads, “[N]either count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

“The Osteens have just inverted that. They think it’s not the denial of self, but the exaltation of self,” Camp lamented. “They’re not trying to pursue a cross; they’re trying to pursue prosperity. And they’re certainly not following the biblical Jesus; they’re following whatever brings happiness and contentment.”

When asked about the dangers of “me-centered” church, Camp outlined numerous concerns. He explained that besides such congregations not being a real church to begin with, “me-centered” churches are based on pragmatism over Scripture, the pleasure of men over the glory of God, and are more concerned with being liked than being truthful. In doing so, such assemblies thrust the Lord of the Church outside of the Church as in Laodicea, as  Christ declared, “[T]hou sayest, ‘I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing,’ and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

“The gospel is always counter-cultural. It always runs against that with which man wants to be satisfied and pleased with,” Camp explained. “The me-centered church is about what’s temporal rather than eternal. … The end of worship in a me-centered church has to be money, has to be fame, has to be the pragmatics of temporal culture. Therefore, it won’t do anything to offend a culture.”

“What’s the chief end of man? To bring glory to God and enjoy him forever,” he stated, quoting from Thomas Watson. “I think that’s the thing that’s been lost in our culture.”

Camp, who has spoken with Joel Osteen in the past in exhorting him to be willing to speak boldly about Christ instead of being worried public opinion, said that if he were to encourage Victoria, he would call upon her to repent.

“Repent of this self-oriented, feel good gospel you’ve embraced, and don’t let your life be of any value to you or precious to yourself,” he said. “The chief concern in this life is not us. The chief concern is that we bring glory to God, that we further His gospel, and that we testify of His grace. We’re here to do his bidding.”

Aug 28, 2014
Jane Underwood

Looking inside ourselves


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Aug 27, 2014
Ann Thompson

Tate’s passion on dipslay at luncheon

DETROIT — When the boss issues an edict, employees tend to listen or hunt for new jobs. So when Detroit Lions team president Tom Lewand sat down with his bosses following the team’s plummet from a potential playoff berth to a 7-9 finish, there was a message given.

[+] EnlargeGolden TateThe Fords — current owner Martha Ford and her late husband, William Clay Ford Sr. — wanted one thing. They wanted to win. This was before the Lions hired Jim Caldwell to replace Jim Schwartz and before they made any of the roster moves they believed would help a woebegone franchise turn into a consistent winner instead of one that has made the playoffs once this century.

“When we sat down with the Ford family at the end of last season, the first thing out of their mouths, Mr. and Mrs. Ford, was how do we win the NFC North in 2014 and take it from there?,” Lewand said Wednesday at the Detroit Economic Club’s Lions luncheon. “That’s where it starts. That’s what the mission is. That’s the goal that everyone in this organization has.

“That’s why we hired the coach that we have, have the staff around him and the team around them that we have. We are focused on that goal of being a championship football team and doing the necessary things to get there.”

This is similar to what is said every year by every team, owner and general manager, but there seems to be a motivation behind this season. Since the team fired Schwartz the day after the 2013 season ended, this has been a constant.

Win. Win now.

It is why the Lions brought in Golden Tate to complement Calvin Johnson. Besides being a legitimate No. 2 receiver, he won a Super Bowl and has been a natural, passionate leader anywhere he has been, from college at Notre Dame and then to Seattle and in his short time in Detroit. They brought in James Ihedigbo, who also won a Super Bowl, and coaches who have coached in the championship game.

This, it appeared, was their attempt to change the vibe surrounding the Lions throughout the Super Bowl era.

“That’s one thing that this locker room has, is they have leaders who want to get better every single day,” Tate said at the luncheon. “They have 12-year veterans like Dom [Raiola], we have coach Caldwell coming in, who has been there, done that, and he’s won a championship and knows what it takes.

“So I think the guys in our locker room and the people in the city are buying into what coach is saying and the next thing you know, we’ll be winning games. I think we need to get to the point where we expect to beat the Green Bay Packers.”

The Lions actually split with the Packers last season, beating a Green Bay team without Aaron Rodgers in Detroit on Thanksgiving and losing to them in October. The losses in Wisconsin have been a yearly ritual since the early 1990s without Johnson.

Tate seems to believe Detroit has the talent to win the division if the Lions can do what they were unable to last season and so many other seasons in their history — get out of their own way when it matters the most.

“It’s up to us. Whatever we put into it is what we’re going to get out of it and with that being said, the only team that can beat us is us,” Tate said. I hope that motivates us to show up every single day and work hard. For the last 20 years, Detroit’s had a lot of talent. We just haven’t put it together.

“Thank you for being very patient, fans, it’s going to change now. But it’s up to us. That’s the great thing about it. We’re either going to beat ourselves or beat the other team.”

Motivational speeches like this are part of the reason the Lions pursued Tate, combined with his on-field ability. He has won before. He is able to rally players around him. He is pretty much what the Lions’ owners have asked for.

He’s a guy who has won before and is trying to become a rarity — a Lions free agent who comes to the team and is actually able to affect change that hasn’t been able to happen before.

Aug 27, 2014
Jane Underwood

Women’s equality, business tenacity the hot topics at Leadership Forum – Columbus Ledger

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Aug 26, 2014
Ann Thompson

Steve Ballmer recovers from losing Microsoft job by binge-watching 100 …

So Ballmer came to terms with his loss via an indulgence most of us would recognise – he binge-watched more than 100 episodes of his favourite television programme.

Ballmer, notorious for his frenzied motivational speeches to Microsoft staff, admitted that he found himself in an “atypical glum mood” for weeks after leaving the company.

Down in the dumps, and with just $15 billion in Microsoft stock to his name, Ballmer cheered himself up by gorging on the entirety of The Good Wife, the award-winning US legal drama, which runs to 112 episodes, or 80 hours, in just two weeks.

Described as “the best drama on US network television”, The Good Wife stars Julianna Margulies, who won Best Actress at Monday’s Emmy awards, as Alicia Florrick, a litigator in a high-powered Chicago law firm.

'The Good Wife' - Steve Ballmer's favourite TV show‘The Good Wife’ – Steve Ballmer’s favourite TV show

Married to a scandal-ridden, Bill Clinton-style politician, Florrick navigates a torrid family life and the internal politics of her law firm.

Shortly to return for a sixth season, The Good Wife’s courtroom cases are torn from the headlines and have included NSA surveillance on the firm’s conversations and a fictional web search engine which faces a privacy lawsuit for selling the private data of its users.

The Good Wife appears to have had a rejuvenating effect on Ballmer, 58, who completed a $2 billion acquisition of the beleaguered basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ballmer has already delivered a morale-boosting address to Clippers supporters, in the style of his Microsoft keynotes, bounding on stage to Eminem’s Lose Yourself and high-fiving ecstatic fans.

Some departing bosses find the transition to an empty diary easier than others. Sir Alex Ferguson indulged his passion for golf and horse-racing after his calling time on his 27-year stint as Manchester United manager. But Sir Alex commands £100,000 for public speeches and his regular presence at matches is often seen as a distraction after his chosen successor, David Moyes, was dismissed.

When Ballmer’s former business partner Bill Gates retired as Microsoft CEO he used his free time to devour books and travel with his family. However the philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s wealthiest charitable foundation with $35 billion of assets, soon became a similarly all-consuming endeavour.

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