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4/6 – The death of the positive Robert Schuller

He was one of the biggest televangelists of all time, preaching faith and redemption with upbeat enthusiasm from his landmark Crystal Cathedral in Southern California. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller died last week at the age of 88, leaving a legacy that is sadly mixed and muddled as the world saw both his church and viewership collapse, which ultimately forced the ministry to file for bankruptcy.

If there ever was a #9 FCAR “Pied Piper,” it was indeed Mr. Schuller, who always preached in a flowing purple robe and over-sized “aviator glasses.” He preached positively, saying from the pulpit after a mild heart attack in 1997 that “the positive person” is not afraid of life’s surprises. He also wrote, “Self-Esteem: The New Reformation,” in which he detailed that “the classical error of historical Christianity is that we have never started with the value of the person.”  Critics said he went too far, denying the need for personal repentance of sin. His friendship with former President Bill Clinton (#15 FCIL) also caused alarm amongst conservative Republicans of his Orange County congregation. “I do let people know how great their sins and miseries are,” he said in an interview. “I don’t do that by standing in a pulpit and telling them they’re sinners. …The way I do it is ask questions. Are you happy? Do you have problems, what are they? So then I come across as somebody who cares about them.”

Things went south in in 2006 after Schuller’s only son, Robert, was installed as senior pastor. He ended up leaving in 2008 amid a bitter family feud. In 2012, Schuller and his wife quit the board of directors in a “dispute over copyright infringement and breach of contract. That same year, they lost a legal bid to recover more than $5 million from their former ministry.”

Remember the #9‘s official nickname? Yes, the “Motivator,” and they typically do so with utmost fervency and enthusiasm, avoiding disharmony (often at a cost), and initiating new ideas and projects while discovering new possibilities. In an article written a few months back we detailed the life of our good friend Vic Braden who was never short on energy or new ideas. Schuller was of the same makeup. “He was a young guy like me, and he was going out there and trying new things,” said his grandson, Bobby Schuller, who pastors his own church that includes some of his grandfather’s former congregants. “He did so many amazing, innovative things.”

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4/2 – NBA legend Chris Mullin has a new job

We thought the irony of the story was too good not to mention. Thirty years after leading St. John’s to the Final Four, NBA great Chris Mullin is returning to college try to bring his alma mater back to prominence as basketball head coach. Mullin is St. John’s all-time leading scorer with 2,440 points, a three-time Big East Player of the Year, and he led the school to its most recent Final Four back in 1985.

Mullin will be replacing Steve Laven who took the team to two NCAA Tournament bids in five years and had an 81-55 record. For those out of the know, Chris Mullen is a #6 BEIR, while Laven is a #11 FCAL. It’s not everyday you see a fellow of the exact opposite Brain Type take over a job, and we’re sure some of the players will notice some differences. To be sure, Mullin is no Bobby Knight (#6 BEIR) in temperament, but there’s little doubt he’ll bring a competitive intensity that is unique to BEIRs.

Both Laven and Mullin have shown interest in and are knowledgeable of Brain Typing. Jon Niednagel spent quite a bit of time with Steve Laven back during his days at UCLA in 1995 when the Bruins won the national championship.

Good luck, Chris!

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3/31 – Harry Reid to step down from congress

He will be ending a three-decade congressional career, having also led the Democratic party since 2005. Harry Reid, a rare #16 BCIL in politics, is calling it quits next year, stating, “I want to be able to go out at the top of my game. I don’t want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter.

Of course, Reid has been in the news lately for his supposed exercise equipment accident. Over the last few months people have begun speculating what really happened as Reid’s eye continues to look terrible. He has also hasn’t filed any lawsuit against the equipment’s manufacture, or has even told anyone what brand it is. Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh (#15 FCIL) went on the air recently saying, “Does anybody believe that Harry Reid really had an accident with his exercise machine? Does anybody really believe that’s why Harry Reid is still bruised and is still wearing dark glasses, what, months after this accident with his exercise machine? I don’t believe for a minute that whatever happened to Harry Reid has anything to do with an exercise machine unless somebody repeatedly threw him into it. Harry Reid looks like and is acting like and now with this announcement, behaving like somebody who may have been beaten up.

Regardless of the theories behind Reid’s slow-healing eye, he is certainly leaving behind quite a mixed legacy. To many, he’s known as “Dirty Harry.”  Readers may recall how a few years back he attempted to character assassinate Mitt Romney (#15 FCIL), claiming to have inside knowledge that Romney hadn’t paid taxes in ten years. The smear, of course, turned out to be totally false. Then there was his “nuclear option” move to in 2013, which changed the way judicial and executive nominees are confirmed. The move “lowered the number of votes needed to confirm appointees from 60 to 51, which dealt a serious blow to the traditionally strong power of the minority party. The rule change allowed the Democrat-controlled Senate to push through several contentious appointees.”

You can watch Reid’s retirement message below, at the beginning of which he says he always wanted to be an athlete. “While listening to the radio I envisioned me as a man out in center field in Yankee stadium.”  While there have been a few #16s who found success in the Major Leagues, yet only on the mound (Randy Johnson, David Cone), it certainly was the wiser decision for Harry to get into politics. To be sure, the BCIL‘s strength lies within their minds, not their bodies. Basically, the only pitching they end up doing in their vocations is primarily in print, and then in manipulative actions (which can be good or bad) accompanied by few but powerful words.



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3/26 – The tragic story of Ryan Leaf

“I’m lazy and dishonest and selfish. These were behaviors I had before my addiction kicked in.”

Wow, who in his right mind would acknowledge such negativity about himself? And when facing a decade of prison, would go on to say:

“Five to ten years of Ryan-free drama for this community — particularly for this nation — would be pure bliss.”

Actually, someone perhaps IN their right mind might only be this honest, and yes, that person is Ryan Leaf. While most of our readers know we predicted Peyton Manning‘s stardom over Ryan Leaf‘s back in the late 90s while they were still in college, we certainly didn’t foresee Leaf’s complete downfall off the field. It’s tragic, really, and we only have sad thoughts for Ryan.

We haven’t written on the subject, but we finally felt it was time to do so. The quotes above were made by Leaf back in 2012 when he was convicted of drug and felony charges and sentenced to serve a five-year sentence with the Montana Department of Corrections. Leaf was released from prison in December of last year, and although he’s out, he still is “on probation and has been placed under the supervision of the Great Falls (Mont.) Probation and Parole Department.”

It goes without saying that Ryan, a #7 FEIL, was brutally honest with himself and everyone else in the courtroom that day. He went on to say, with a broken voice, that he caused a lot of pain to his family. “They believe I’ve held them for ransom for 36 years, and I don’t know why I should have to do that any more.”  Remember that #7s are dominant Left brain Inanimates, and thus have a critical eye for right and wrong (often criticizing others more than themselves). Leaf turned this critiquing gaze on himself, but notice how he even went a step further in being candid. “These behaviors I had before my addiction kicked in.” While drugs certainly played a role in causing him to deviate from the typical #7 path where responsibilities are taken seriously and standards are often held high, the problem lay within Leaf’s character. To be sure, he was known as quite of a “jerk” even before coming into the league (arrogant, etc.), and Niednagel personally saw this lack of character in the youngster after having met with him. With a teachable spirit and a humble attitude, Ryan Leaf could have possibly gone on to become a “good” quarterback, but alas, his story has been written, and it’s a tragic story.

We certainly hope the future bodes well for Ryan. It’s one thing to acknowledge failures, but another to turn from them. That’s difficult for anyone of any Brain Type especially without divine help from above.

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3/25 – Sweet 16 head coaches and their Brain Types

We’re down to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament finals, and nearly half of the head coaches left are non-#13 FCIRs. Quite amazing, considering how prevalent they are throughout the entire league. Here is the complete list for our BTInsiders.

John Calipari (Kentucky) – #15 FCIL
Sean Miller
(Arizona) – #13 FCIR
Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) – #13 FCIR
Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) – #8 BEIL
Mark Few (Gonzaga) – #13 FCIR
Lon Kruger (Oklahoma) – #15 FCIL
Steve Alford (UCLA) – #6 BEIR
Tom Izzo (Michigan State) – #13 FCIR
Gregg Marshall (Wichita State) – #13 FCIR
Larry Krystkowiak (Utah) – #13 FCIR
Roy Williams (North Carolina) – #8 BEIL
Mike Brey (Notre Dame) – #13 FCIR
Mark Gottfried (NC State) – #15 FCIL
Rick Pitino (Louisville) – #15 FCIL
Bob Huggins (West Virginia) – #13 FCIR
Chris Mack (Xavier) – #13 FCIR

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3/23 – Steve Nash says goodbye to basketball

A few weeks ago we highlighted pro golfing legend Greg Norman, the fiery #5 FEIR who continues to “attack life” at age 60, stating, I’ve always lived to seize the moment, to squeeze every drop of expectation out of myself for whatever that moment gives you.”  Now, at age 41, another rare #5 FEIR is making headlines as he says goodbye to the game of basketball. He never played the game for status, or to be remembered as a legend, but says he simply “always played the game for the moment, for the opportunity, the challenge.”

Knowing his design, he’s telling the unvarnished truth.

Steve Nash only played 15 games in the 2013-2014 season on the Los Angeles Lakers due to agonizing nerve damage in his back that caused his hamstring to feel perpetually pulled. While the thought of retiring has always been difficult for him, the never-say-die #5 finally knew it was time to say goodbye. “I was so unprepared to kinda wave the white flag. It even pisses me off to say that right now. It makes me want to go try again.”

Steve Nash will long be remembered as one of the most unlikely players to have played the game, not because of any championship rings (of which he has none) or ability to dominate the floor, but simply because of how he overcame the odds. On the outside, Nash appeared to just be a 6’3″ scrapper from Santa Clara with not much upside, but Jon Niednagel saw the inside, knowing his inborn Brain Type and telling Suns management Nash not only had the top inborn design for an NFL QB, but that he could be an excellent NBA backcourt player. Way back in the mid-1990s, few #5s could be used as illustrations for Nashsfuture success, so Niednagel mentioned former Lakers Gail Goodrich as a somewhat similar #5 BT. As a newcomer consultant, Suns management thought Niednagel was speaking Greek, or worse, but coach Danny Ainge did not, and if anyone could relate to Nashs dsign, it was Ainge, another rare NBA FEIR. Draft Nash they did in 1996 as the 15th overall pick, and for the next 2 years Nash was able to make a name for himself despite being stuck behind All-Stars Jason Kidd (#6 BEIR) and Kevin Johnson (#2 BEAR) as a third-string guard. The Mavericks picked him up next, and after several years he went back to the Suns (winning 2 MVP awards), and then finished his career in Los Angeles.

If only Steve had chosen golf, where he could continue to play well into his 60s. I subscribe to the idea that an athlete dies twice,” says Nash. “It’s hard. You’re going to miss it forever. You have to take some time and grieve your former self.

I’m still just the kid from Canada with one scholarship offer.

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3/19 – “Shaquille wasn’t talented, just strong,” says Vlade Divac

 I’ve been in basketball a long, long time and I have to say Cousins is the most talented big guy I have ever seen. Shaq wasn’t talented, he was just strong. I was talented, but I wasn’t strong.

Well, that’s quite the statement to make regarding an MVP award winning All-Star, who also was a 3-time Finals MVP award winner and won 4 NBA titles, not to mention the Rookie of the Year award when he came into the NBA. The quote came from veteran NBA star Vlade Divac (#13 FCIR), who himself was known as the “pinnacle of touch and cunning in big men.”  To be fair, Divac was comparing Cousins to O’Neal when he made the statement, but to say Shaq “wasn’t talented” is just plain silly.

Strong big men have come and gone for decades in the NBA, but few have made their mark as Shaquille O’Neal did during his career. In his very first year, he averaged 23.4 points on 56.2% shooting, and in his second year scored an average 29.4 points while leading the NBA in field goal percentage at 60%. Mind you, this was while he was on the Magic, not the glory days in later years during the Lakers’ championship run. We haven’t even touched upon blocked shots and assists, either. To be sure, Shaq always struggled with free-throws, and he did utilize is strength and size to dominate the league, but he was an intelligent, capable player who ended his career with a 23.7 point average on .582 field goal accuracy, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Mind you, his struggling latter years with frequent injuries brought those numbers down.

Over two decades ago, after careful observation from a few college games on TV, Niednagel identified his motor-skills and other Type-identifiers, and soon realized that the young buck was a #6 BEIR. In turn, Niednagel predicted (telling 3 NBA teams) great things for the 7-foot center, a prediction that he never would have made for most of the other 15 Brain Types. (And by the way, this was Shaq’s freshman year with Stanley Roberts, not later when all the pundits thought he might be special.) Niednagel saw past the size and strength of O’Neal, and knew that what lay between his ears would grant him tremendous success in the NBA, not being Goliath. For more on the history of Shaq from a BT perspective, see “Shaq Uncut: My Story” … and BTI’s.

At any rate, DeMarcus Cousins, a #13 FCIR, is indeed a talented player, but he’s also a loose cannon with neurotransmitter issues. Dependability and consistency will never be a mainstay for Mr. Cousins. He would have been no match for Shaq in his prime. For a guy to build your team around and win NBA championships, O’Neal was/is your man. Talent can only get you so far, particularly when it comes crunch time during the NBA finals, where motor-skills begin to break down and the pressure of the moment plays with an athlete’s mind. This is where a well-coached, disciplined #6 BEIR thrives, and where other Brain Types find it difficult to succeed on a consistent, back-to-back basis.

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3/16 – Dr. Nancy Snyderman to step down from NBC

She’s been a veteran TV-news medical correspondent for years, and one that Jon Niednagel enjoyed spending time with over 15 years ago when he was featured on ABC’s Saturday Night’s “The Pulse.”  Her name is Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and she announced last week that she would be stepping down from her current position at NBC News due to violating the terms of a self-imposed quarantine after being potentially exposed to the Ebola virus last year. Covering the Ebola epidemic last fall in Liberia, and then becoming part of the story upon my return to the U.S., contributed to my decision that now is the time to return to academic medicine, Snyderman said in a statement.

Nancy, a trained pediatrician and a practicing surgeon, is an accomplished, competent #15 FCIL. By clicking “Video Clips,” viewers can watch Jon Niednagel as he observes her tennis swing and tells her about herself. Snyderman has always been professional and objective, even helping to promote the validity of Brain Typing. Her career has indeed been impressive, having also reported on health for ABC’s “Good Morning America” for 15 years.

As we’ve reminded Brain Type enthusiasts since the beginning, FCILs don’t want to be told what to do. While they appreciate structure, rules, and guidelines, they don’t always mind breaking them if it helps to serve their purposes and goals (ala Bill Belichick and Brian Williams). Snyderman’s case is much less overt than the many others we’ve reported on, and the entire ordeal is quite unlike her character in so many ways. Still, it serves as an example of how #15s can bend the rules when temptation presents itself.

To be sure, #15s would do well to make sure they follow the rules they so readily promote. In her own words, “I stepped outside the boundaries of what I promised to do and what the public expected of me, and for that I’m sorry.

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3/13 – Charles and Camilla “open up about love and life”

So the headline reads, “Prince Charles Opens Up About Love & Life.”  and Brain Type enthusiasts may be thinking, “Is this #16 BCIL really going to open up?” The extent of that has yet to be seen, as “Spotlight: Charles and Camilla” will air this Saturday at 7:30 ET on CNN.

On CNN’s web site, however, Prince Charles did open up a bit about his wife Camilla, and it’s all praise for the duchess. From a Brain Type’s perspective, many of his quotes are all-too predictable about himself and his #11 FCAL wife. Charles goes on to say, “It’s always marvelous to have somebody who, you know, you feel understands and wants to encourage. Although she certainly pokes fun if I get too serious about things. And all that helps.”

Now remember, when Charles married Camilla back in 2005, the world was not too keen on his new bride. The adored Princess Diana (#3 FEAL) had died only 8 years prior, with polls at the time showing that between 57% and 73% of Brits opposed Charles’ new wife being known as queen. In those 10 years, things have changed, with Camilla often seen “supporting her husband or promoting a set of causes she has a genuine connection with.”  Like fellow #11 Laura Bush, she’s also big on literacy, as well as preventing sexual violence. To be sure, few #11 FCAL wives in the public eye are disliked, as they often win people over with their genuine charm and grace. Now, polls show that only 35% oppose Camilla being known as queen, and “nearly one in four said they liked her more now than they did 10 years ago.”

Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at BTI are those regarding marriage and Brain Types. “Does this Type go well with that Type?”  When it comes to the calm, quiet and collected #16 BCIL, the ideal spouse is an encouraging, optimistic, not-too-talkative supporter. Between the #3 FEAL and the #11 FCAL, the latter certainly fits the “role” more readily. Diana and Charles’ rocky marriage is no secret to anyone, and while it largely had to do with Charles’ stiff and uncaring ways (according to reports), Diana also likely drove him nuts with her Empirical, dominant Animate tongue. In contrast, the #11 FCAL female is slower to speak, mulling over matters with their Conceptual intuition before engaging in any long-winded discussions. Indeed, as fellow Conceptuals, they’re also quicker to grasp ideas and concepts that the #3 would rather leave to the dusty book shelf.

In short, Camilla is the better match. Let’s hope she continues to remind Charles not to “get too serious.”

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3/11 – What do Rudy Gobert and Jordan Clarkson have in common?

We return now to the land of the hard-to-find #10 BCAR … or should we say, Neverland (Peter Pan nickname), to highlight two current #10s in the NBA who are making a name for themselves (we highlighted Kareem last week). We’ll start with the first, 7’2″ Rudy Gobert, who simply made a name for himself last week for getting in a scuffle with shorty 6’11” Nerlens Noel (#13 FCIR) of the 76ers. Both were slapped with technical fouls, and Gobert told the press exactly why he was frustrated. He was talking too much, that’s why. I just got mad and I shouldn’t react. I shouldn’t react.

From a Brain Type’s perspective, the ordeal is no surprise. The #13 “talks too much,” and the #10 “reacts.”  Gobert went on to say, I try to really control my emotions, because I don’t want to get a technical every game. Rudy apparently didn’t’ like how the 6-11 Noel swung his body into him after the dunk. He (hung) on the rim and put his knee in my face a little bit, Gobert said. We won the game, he said, so I’m not mad.

Meanwhile, he’s being called “a steal,” but BTI saw the robbery coming (as it were) from a mile away. His name is Jordan Clarkson, another #10 BCAR, and he was a second-round draft pick who went to the Lakers and should have gone much higher. The 6’5″ speedster’s rookie season has been impressive, averaging 10 points a game (15 in the last several) and recording the highest field-goal percentage among rookie guards. He scored a career high 25 points last week, and coach Byron Scott (#6 BEIRsays he has high hopes for him. He’s learning he can play in this league at a very high level. But he’s also learning the last three or four minutes of the game is where he has to be at his best.

Chris Vernon of the Chris Vernon Show recently Tweeted, “I didn’t know who dude was. He gonna be good. 2nd rd pick? Who evaluatin this talent?” Twitter @ChrisVernonShow

Yeah, who is evaluating this talent, anyway? Now, Clarkson will be no Michael Jordan, but if he plays smart, sees the floor, controls his emotions, and stays within his limitations, he will be a valuable asset to any team. Not only do most #10s end up being NBA scoring machines, but they can be excellent defenders; among other things, they have lightning quick hands. Oh, and shooting the ball well will definitely help his prospects. This will likely happen in the years ahead since he has solid shooting mechanics and good hops on his jumper. In Kobe Bryant’s (#2 BEAR) own words on Clarkson, “Great pace, great feel for the game. Can shoot the deep ball.”

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