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7/1/16 – The lovable Marcus Willis

He’s described as the “lovable underdog,” and after watching his interview, you can see why. Tennis’ Marcus Willis is one funny, down-to-earth guy, and yes, he’s a #13 FCIR. Marcus went up against fellow #13 FCIR Roger Federer Wednesday at Wimbledon, and beforehand he was bonkers, though realistic, about it. “I’m not sure he can play on grass, so that’s good,” he said sarcastically. “No, obviously it’s a dream come true. This is what I dreamed of when I was younger. I’m gonna go out there and try to win the tennis match. I probably won’t. I might not. I’m just gonna give everything like I have the last 7 matches.

“I’m still living with my parents at home. Living the dream,” he also says, to the crowd’s laughter.

As many #13s are, he’s also a bit superstitious. “I’ve been staying in the same hotel, eating the same meal every night. It’s killing me. But I’m gonna keep doing it.”

Willis lost 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 to Federer, but had a blast. “It was amazing, I wasn’t really that nervous – it was just awesome.”

Enjoy the interview.

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6/28/16 – Goodbye to the legendary Pat Summitt

Her eyes could seemingly pierce through one’s very soul, her glare bring the toughest player to tears. Yet, she was not a monster, but simply a #6 BEIR who knew the game of basketball like few others, becoming the winningest coach in the history of women’s college ball. We are talking about the female equivalent of Bobby Knight (#6), the legendary coach Pat Summitt, who sadly passed away on Tuesday after battling Alzheimer for 5 years. She battled the disease with “fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced,” her son, Tyler Summitt, said.

As Niednagel wrote years ago, BEIRs approach coaching as they do any other sporing interest – with unparalleled zeal and intensity They are master tacticians and attack the opposition as BEIR Norman Schwarzkopf did in Operation Desert Storm.”

Pat coached at Tennessee for a staggering 38 years, winning eight national titles and 1,098 games, the most by any Division 1 basketball coach, male or female. When she was first diagnosed with the disease, Pat approached with typical #6 determination. “This is not a pity party. We’re not going to sit here and feel sorry for Pat Summitt.”

A host of stars came out to pay their respects, one of which was football’s Deion Sanders (#5 FEIR), who Tweeted, “#RIP Pat Summit & Buddy Ryan, architects of their prospective sports. They epitomized hard work & tenacity. I pray Peace over their families.”

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6/27/16 – The death of Sean Rooks

It came as a shock to many. I’m heartbroken,” says Mark Cuban (#13 FCIR), owner of the Mavericks. “I literally just talked to him two weeks ago. He was such a good guy.

When I heard about it, it was shocking because he used to always get out there and play and shoot with us, says Ish Smith (#13). He’d always say, This is what a real shooting four is. And he could stroke it.

A few weeks ago saw the death of former NBA player Sean Rooks, the talented and competitive #6 BEIR who was coordinated as a big man. It was only hours after interviewing for an assistant-coaching job with the New York Knicks (meeting with #8 BEIL Jeff Hornacek and #16 BCIL Phil Jackson) that Rooks suddenly collapsed and died in a Philadelphia restaurant, according to reports. He was only 46 years old.

Off the court, Rooks was no mean and gritty #6, like some in the sports world. Rather, he was considered “a warm and engaging gentleman within the basketball community.”  Smith went on to say, “He was always caring. He loved his children … he was always, always challenging me to get those guys (players) going and keep them happy. If I keep them happy then they’re going to set screens for me, they’re going to rebound, they’re going to run the floor, they’re going to do everything it takes for our team to be successful.”

Yes, it certainly seems the #6 Rooks learned the art of tact and friendship to make for a better basketball team. He will be missed by many.

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6/20/16 – Goodbye to hockey’s graceful Gordie Howe

The world of hockey is one we rarely touch upon, but the NHL recently lost a true great when Gordie Howe passed away two weeks ago. Gordie was a unique #2 BEAR, and was one of the first hockey players to be able to “shoot the puck with his left and right hand equally strong, or with one hand and whip it up in the top corner. That’s how strong and powerful Gordie Howe was,” says Terrie Crisp, who played in the league from 1965 to 1977.

The New York Times wrote only this week:  He was a smooth-as-silk skater, a DiMaggio on the ice, effortless, it seemed. And yet he played all out, and played. In 17 seasons he never missed a game. In two other seasons he missed only one and yet he played his last 20 years with a permanent twitch as a result of a concussion. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/sports/hockey/gordie-howe-and-his-sons-were-the-power.html?_r=0

Do you recall BTI’s long-reported DiMaggio Brain Type? You guessed it, sports fans, not an uno, tres, or cuatro, but numero dos! No small wonder, genetically, that this NY Times comparison between Howe and DiMaggio is spot on. As all BT aficionados know, even a #2 who’s never played a minute of sports has the same inborn, Right brain dominant gross motor giftedness. Yet, it must be developed to bring out this latent beauty.

Howe set NHL records with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until a young player by the name of Wayne Gretzky (#6 BEIR) came along. Gretzky tweeted that Howe was the “greatest hockey player ever and the nicest man he ever met.” Howe was indeed kind, soft spoken, and self-effacing, true to his inborn design (though we needn’t remind readers of the those #2s who are a bit more arrogant largely due to nurture). People in Michigan flocked to his funeral to pay their respects, and “to talk to those in line was to realize that Gordie Howe must have met everyone in Michigan at some point. They all had a story.”

As another author put it, “On the ice, his game face fixed before the puck dropped, he was mean, fierce, unrelenting.” However, “off the ice, he was everyone’s favorite uncle. Built like a boxer, he was startlingly polite, humble, self-deprecating, and gracious. He smiled all the time.”

And lastly, “Gordie Howe was a singular talent, imbued with a grace and dignity, a manner and serenity all equally unique as his playing excellence.”

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6/13/16 – Lebron James and Draymond Green get heated

Lebron James and Draymond Green share more than just the same jersey number (23). They share the same #1 FEAR Brain Type, and in game 4 things got heated between the two, leading to a suspension for Greene and technical foul for James. “As the Warriors created separation down the stretch Friday night, tempers flared when James attempted to blow up a screen Green was setting for point guard Stephen Curry (#13 FCIR). The two then exchanged words after Green fell to the floor and appeared to make contact with James’ groin area.”

There’s that groin area again.

Anyway, Green later commented that it came down to disrespect. “James stepped over me and I felt like that was disrespectful. I don’t disrespect you on the court. Don’t disrespect me. There’s no love lost. It is what it is. It’s a battle out there. I’m going to battle with whoever it is.”  James, in turn, went on to say, “Draymond just said something that I don’t agree with. I’m all cool with the competition. I’m all fine with that, but some of the words that came out of his mouth were a little bit overboard. Being a guy with pride, a guy with three kids and a family, things of that nature, some things just go overboard, and that’s where he took it, and that was it.”

After Green’s karate kick to the groin of Steve Adams (#13 FCIR) a few weeks back, perhaps it’s best he does sit out to learn a small lesson. The Warriors are now up 3-2 in the series, and could close it out tonight.

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6/8 – The legacy of Muhammad Ali

He was the most widely-known #1 FEAR on planet earth. He jabbed with his mouth, and with his fists, but which was quicker is difficult to say. Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) was a boxer, a civil rights protagonist, and simply “The Greatest,” but after three decades of battling Parkinson’s, the machine of a man could not dodge the final curtain, as Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications. He was 74 years old.

In every way, Ali was the quintessential #1 Brain Type, most notably seen in his amazing body control and dexterity. Remember that the FEAR potentially has the quickest reacting gross motor skills, and their vision is uncanny (among the top 2 BTs). Ali’s first boxing coach, Joe Martin, saw him win AAU titles, Golden Glove Championships, and his Olympic gold medal, stating, “His secret was his unusual eye speed. It was blinding… when he started fighting, Cassius was so fast with his eyes that you could give a guy a screen door and he wouldn’t hit Cassius 15 times with it in 15 rounds. He was different. Quick as lighting for a big man, the quickest I ever saw.”

Want to take a peak at his quickness? Watch the video below showing Ali dodging 23 punches in 10 seconds.



As stated earlier, Ali had a knack for talking, often in verse, and it earned him the dismissive nickname “the Louisville Lip.” As a boy, we also see a glimpse of his verbal, fun-loving nature. “He was just a playful person. He had a lot friends. We’d eat in the cafeteria, and he’d come in and crack his jokes and say little silly things and have all the table laughing.”

Old-timers may well remember Ali’s loss to Joe Frazier (#6 BEIR) back in the early 70s in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd. Titled, “the fight of the century,” the match went 15 rounds, and it was Ali’s first defeat as a pro. They met again in 1974, however, where Ali won in a unanimous decision, making him the lead challenger for the heavyweight title.

Of course, one of the #1‘s greatest pitfalls can be their need for attention, fame, and being noticed. “I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won,” he wrote in an essay in 2009. “I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.” While there is certainly nothing wrong with believing you can accomplish something with hard work and discipline (which Ali certainly did), it’s always good to remember the word’s of “The Greatest” king to have ever lived, Solomon. “A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.”

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6/6 – Jack Hannah and the death of a gorilla

The death of a single gorilla at the Cincinnati zoo last week has caused world-wide uproar, with animal-lovers asking the questions, “Why wasn’t the gorilla tranquilized? How could the child’s mother allow this to happen? Why shoot a gorilla when it wasn’t hurting the child?”

Of course, with more and more information coming out, those questions are quickly being answered. At the forefront of the discussion has been none other than Jack Hannah, well-known animal-handler and the director of the Columbus Zoo, also in Ohio. The host of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild went on record a few days ago to say, “It was the right decision made. There was no other decision to make. You have human life, you have animal life. No one loves humans and animals more than the Hanna family or the zoo world. And they made the right decision.

Hannah, a rare #2 BEAR when it comes to TV entertainment, says he came to his conclusion after watching video footage of the gorilla jerking the boy through a shallow moat in the exhibit. Silverback gorillas, experts say, are extremely dangerous animals, and can severely injure a child even if it’s not intending to. And regarding tranquilizers, Jeff Corwin (#13 FCIR), the comedic conservationist who has also made a name for himself on television for years, went on to tell reporters, “It can take some significant time before an animal is sedated — as big as a 400 pound gorilla. It can take anywhere from ten to fifteen minutes. It may take multiple shots. I think that’s a risk they weren’t willing to take.”

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6/2 – The reclusive Robert Parish turns down reunion

Robert Parish was notably absent at a Boston Celtics reunion held recently, which included such attendees as Kevin McHale (#15 FCIL), Bill Walton (#6 BEIR)Jerry Sichting (#6 BEIR), Sam Vincent (#13 FCIR), Danny Ainge (#5 FEIR), and Greg Kite (#7 FEIL). Why? I just didn’t want to travel,” says the 62 year-old ‘Chief.’ It didn’t motivate me to attend … the answer I gave you implies that I didn’t think it was important enough to show up, that’s not what I’m trying to convey. I’m just saying that that time has passed for me. I don’t dwell on the past and I’ve been honored and appreciated and I still get love for not only what myself but my teammates accomplished. I just didn’t feel like [the reunion] was that big of a deal, that’s all.”

Parish, a very low-key #2 BEAR, went on to say, I have never been one to seek or want attention or admiration or a pat on the back for what I’ve done. I did my job. I got paid for doing my job. That was enough for me. That’s one of the reasons I was able to accept a lesser role on those teams in the 80s. I didn’t have a huge ego.

Indeed he didn’t. Those who remember Parish will recall his stoic face on the court that rarely revealed emotion. He was a quiet, humble player who did not mind deferring the fame and glory to his fellow Celtics, including (the now deceased) Dennis Johnson (#2 BEAR) and Ainge, who he says wanted to “expanded roles with the Celtics as the 80s progressed.” Parish, instead, took a back-seat, and volunteered to reduce his role. I did that because my ego wasn’t as big as Kevin’s and Larry’s. I’ve never been a person that was concerned about accolades or the media embracing me. I was all about winning and losing, and we did more winning than losing. It was a successful formula with me accepting a lesser role. I always wondered, what if I said there is no way I’m accepting a lesser role, what would that have done to our team chemistry?”

And while Parish says he is not good friends with Bird or McHale, he admits it is largely due to his personality. I’d be the first to say that I’m a distant individual. I have a tendency to come across as being aloof and dismissive. I think the best way to describe me is that I’m a loner. I prefer to be by myself.

Readers may have noticed Dennis Johnson’s Brain Type above, and are thinking, “What? The same as Parish?” He is indeed, and could be considered a #2 more comparable to Kobe Bryant in terms of energy and personality. Indeed, the personality spectrum among the #2 BEAR can be quite vast (while Q4s are the most consistently similar among the four quadrants). In the end, while saying he personally believes he is one of the best centers to play the game, Parish would rather the critics think less of him than more. “I’d rather be underrated than overrated. If I am underrated, I’m all for that.

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6/1 – Guess Their Brain Type! Actress Minka Kelly

Dear BTInsiders,

A new face has been added to Guess Their Brain Type! and she is actress Minka Kelly. Minka has appeared on such TV series’ as “Charlie’s Angels” and “Almost Human,” while also playing the role of Jackie Kennedy in the movie “The Butler.” Hone your skills and submit your guess today! The answer will be posted June 16th.

The BTInsider