What Makes Joe Gibbs One of the Greatest Sports Figures of All-Time

Joe Gibbs racing wins 5th NASCAR championship

Sunday's Nascar Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway was an emotional victory for the entire JGR team. Kyle Busch won his second championship with a five-second lead over his teammate and runner up, Martin Truex, Jr., who, like his teammate Denny Hamlin, had pit issues that cost them the race. It was a significant championship for the entire organization, as J.D. Gibbs, JGR's president, passed away in January of this year.

Tim Yeager and I caught up with former 13 year NFL veteran, Renaldo Wynn, who played for Coach Gibbs at the Redskins and who worked for Joe Gibbs Racing the past 8 years. When asked what sets Coach Gibbs apart as a leader, Renaldo replied that it has everything to do with Gibbs speaking vision into his leaders. Watch this clip to hear Renaldo describe Gibbs' leadership style.


Roger Patterson is a pastor and the author of A Minute of Vision for Men: 365 Motivational Moments to Kick-Start Your Day. You can follow him on twitter @rogerpatterson and get a copy of his book at www.rogerpatterson.squarespace.com.


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Lance McCullers will make his return on Saturday at Minute Maid Park. Photo by Getty Images.

This weekend marks a major moment for the red-hot Houston Astros, as a pivotal pitcher and fan favorite returns to the mound to lead his team that’s atop the American League.

After missing the Astros World Series run last year with a serious and nagging forearm injury — one that has also kept him from playing this season — Lance McCullers, Jr., the fiery team leader known for his devastating curveball and finely tuned slider, is making his triumphant return on Saturday, August 13 against the Oakland A’s.

The hometown hero who regularly (and usually secretly, except when we nag him — even during Thanksgiving) gives back to the community, last chatted with CultureMap ahead of last year’s World Series run. (We also talked his clever seltzer concept he concocted with teammate Alex Bregman and Bregman manager/co-partner Tyler Straub.) McCullers returns during Hall of Fame Weekend, which celebrates Astros greats.

Aside from cheering on one of the most valuable and beloved players on the team, fans can expect three days of memorable fun. Here’s a breakdown of the weekend, courtesy of the Astros. Tickets, as always, are available online.

Friday, August 12: Astros vs. Oakland A’s: 7:10 pm
The Astros open a three-game series with the A’s and officially kick off Astros Hall of Fame Weekend. In a continued celebration of the 60th anniversary of professional baseball in Houston, the evening celebrates the 2000s-era Astros for Flashback Friday.The first 10,000 fans will receive a Billy Wagner 2000s brick red throwback jersey. Former Astros outfielder Willy Taveras will throw out a ceremonial first pitch; the beloved Friday Night Fireworks will feature music from the 2000s.

Pregame Happy Hour presented by Budweiser will take place from 5 pm-7 pm at the Michelob Ultra Bar, with $5 Ultra Drafts, a live D.J., and stadium and skyline views.

Saturday, August 13: Astros vs. Oakland A’s: 6:10 pm
McCullers takes the mound and Astros Hall of Fame Class of 2022 — outfielder Terry Puhl and former front office executive Tal Smith — will be officially inducted in a pregame ceremony that will begin at 5:30 pm. The first 10,000 fans will also receive a Terry Puhl bobblehead.

Continue on CultureMap to see what the Astros have in store for Sunday.

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