Meek, humble go a long way; Wooden’s pyramid

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.

“For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

“Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:1-5

Meek and humble gets a lot done.

Outside of the Bible, one of the greatest things to read about how to lead people to do good things is John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.

The 15 blocks making up the pyramid are called:












Team spirit



Competitive greatness

Not once did Wooden talk about winning in building the pyramid.

“This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

“And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

“And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.” – John 8:6-9

If you watched the postgame interviews after the Ravens beat the Patriots in the AFC?Championship game, you saw that New England coach Bill Belichick refused an interview.


For any coach on any level, if you have no problem giving an interview after a win, you do the same after a loss.

Anything less is not right.

  • I find it funny that a ton of people still really hate Ray Lewis because of what happened years ago.

We have no idea what changes he has made in his life.

We don’t know about his walk with God, as I do not know about yours.

I understand why people are not fans of his, as I understand why people are not fans of a ton of other athletes.

But, please…

  • I will say that I will not get enough of Ray’s last stand in the NFL and it will end on the biggest football stage there is.

He can be like John Elway or Michael Strahan and walk off as a champ.

Not a bad thing to do.

  • “To hear men tell you that they love you. To hear men tell you they respect the life that you live, is the ultimate,”?Lewis said in his postgame press conference. “We made our mind up to do something together as men.”

I like that.

Lewis has 44 tackles in three playoff games.

  • Our society really needs to redefine success.

I know the Jefferson County girls basketball team that I coach can be successful in a loss, whether it be by five or 50 points – or anywhere between.

A loss does not mean the game is unsuccessful.

It just means it’s a loss.

Getting a B on a test can give a lot of students a great big smile.

We don’t need to knock that smile off their face with, “Why didn’t you do better?”

Competitive greatness, as defined in Wooden’s pyramid, is different for everyone.

Look in the mirror to find yours.

For an amateur golfer who plays once a week, that standard may be breaking 95 consistently.

For students who take a language class and really is not in their element, an 80 might be that mark.


  • What can you do to make the team great?
  • What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses??Do not spend all your time working on your strengths.

That does not make you better.

Understand your strengths and work hard on your weaknesses.

  • Wooden on friendship:?”Comes from mutual esteem, respect and devotion. Like marriage it must not be taken for granted but requires a joint effort.”
  • Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in 1968.

He gave a 17-minute speech, widely considered the best speech ever given, in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

A portion of the speech…

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.”

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at