The Power of Positive Thinking was first published in 1952, and spent 186 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. It has sold, according to some estimates, over 5 million copies, and has spawned a horde of copies, including books like The Secret and Your Best Life Now. More than that, though, it has created a place for itself (and its thesis) in the common consciousness, long after its author’s name (Norman Vincent Peale) has begun to fade from memory. This morning, though, I heard Peale’s name referenced in a most unusual place: On The Blitz, a segment of ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter….

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