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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

    She is a former board member and past  Editor of  the, website of  the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the oldest and largest professional organization for columnists. She is the Web Editor of Southern  and  a founder of the Southern Humorists writers' organization. She is writer, editor, and webmaster of

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The Pep Talk....

The Pep Talk

Okay, men, it’s time for The Big Game. I want you to go out there today and knock ‘em dead!


No objections! We’re a team! We need to act as a team! We need to play as a team!


Remember, you have the power to win if you believe in yourself!

But… Coach…

Shut up! When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

But… Coach…

Yes, I know they beat us 35 to 0 the last time we played. That’s behind us now! We are going out there to WIN this year!

But… Coach…

Yes, I know we have not won a single game all year. Today is the day we will turn that around!

But… Coach…

It’s attitude, men, ATTITUDE! You have to have a winning attitude.


See yourself as WINNER, not a loser. If you think you will loose, you will!

But… Coach…

QUIET! Don’t let them force you into playing THEIR game! We’ve practiced OUR game! Now we have to go out there and PLAY our game!


You know what the problem is? FEAR! You have to conquer fear! You have to conquer fear with practice, skill, knowledge, and experience! You have to control your fear instead of letting it control you!


You are only as good as you think you are!

But… Coach…

Think positive! Think BIG! Think WIN!


Yes, yes, I know they have not lost a single game in three seasons. So what? No one can win forever. Today will be the day that their winning streak ends. We can make that happen!


With the right attitude, we can’t lose! We must refuse to have an attitude of defeat!


I said, NO OBJECTIONS! The trouble with you men is that you won’t listen! You get a negative attitude and you won’t listen!


You cannot let the past determine the present! Just because they beat us every time we play does not mean they will beat us this time!


We can’t lose them all. The odds of winning are in our favor now. We can do it! We’re a team! We are winners! Never forget it!


Why do you keep interrupting me? How can I motivate the team when you keep interrupting me? What is it? What is your problem?

But…Coach…The Big Game is NEXT week! It’s the WRONG DAY!

Copyright 2002 Sheila Moss


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