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Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 14 Football Pool!

November 26th, 2014

Congratulations to “Yes Yes Yes” (real name hasn’t been revealed) who won week 12 of the football pool and will get a $50 American Express gift card. For winning the week, “Yes Yes Yes” joins: Harold D, two time winner Colleen Nelson , Chanttel Allen, Ken Troupe, Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe, Lynn Stallone, Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for championship week.

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people (as of today Curtis Cook leads the pool with 123 wins followed by Scott Koenig & Amy Shields with 122 wins (these standings will be updated weekly)) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, December 4, 2014.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

I Don’t Understand Why We Can’t Do This in the United States…Do You?

November 24th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I was in London and after each meal the server would bring the bill. Every time I paid, the server swiped my credit card into this little cute machine and within 20 seconds the entire process was over. They didn’t have to walk away, they didn’t have to hand the bill and my credit card to another person and have it run…they did it themselves. The same exact thing happened a few month earlier in Toronto Canada. This process not only is quick and very efficient but it probably cuts down a little on credit card/identity theft. Let’s NOT debate that point today but rather the obvious point: Why can’t we do this in the Unites States? Oops, I’m sorry we sort of can: at Apple and Nordstrom Rack, which are cool, hip and efficient stores. Let me rephrase the question: Why can’t we pay for our meal in a restaurant at our table like they do in so many other parts of the world?

Please help me:

  • What am I missing?
  • Is this really hard to do?
  • Do restaurants not want to let their servers do this?
  • Have you eaten at a restaurant that actually does this?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 13 Football Pool!!

November 21st, 2014

Congratulations to Harold D who won week 11 of the football pool and will get a $25 American Express gift card. For winning the week, Harold joins: Colleen Nelson and her two entries, Chanttel Allen, Ken Troupe, Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe, Lynn Stallone, Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for championship week.

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people (as of today Scott Koenig, Amy Shields & Curtis Cook are all tied with the highest cumulative score (these standings will be updated weekly)) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

NEXT WEEK IS THANKSGIVING SO PLEASE GET YOUR PICKS IN EARLY AND NOTE THE SLIGHTLY EARLIER DEADLINE.

All picks need to be in by 11:00am (CST) on Thursday, November 27, 2014.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

Who is the Greatest Stand-Up Comic of All Time?

November 19th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I was reading a very interesting article that I thought I would share. Growing up in Boston, I absolutely loved stand-up comedy. A.B., G.S. and R.Z. and I would often go to shows together and we were very fortunate because Boston had some of the best stand-up comics around. Here is Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Up Comics” list. Please take a look and let me know your thoughts:

I must admit, I was a little surprised that Robin Williams (13) wasn’t higher on the list. I have seen Roseanne Barr and Eddie Murphy live and personally, I don’t think I would put them in the top 10. Steve Martin is 100% nuts, out of control and would be in my top 5 along with Don Rickles, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock and Johnny Carson.

100. Gallagher
99. Janeane Garofalo
98. Louis CK
97. Sandra Bernhard
96. Joey Bishop
95. Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay
94. David Alan Grier
93. George Wallace
92. Louie Anderson
91. Jim Breuer
90. Dana Carvey
89. Kevin James
88. Paula Poundstone
87. Brett Butler
86. Jay Mohr
85. David Cross
84. Drew Carey
83. Norm MacDonald
82. Howie Mandel
81. Dick Gregory
80. Bobby Slayton
79. Dom Irrera
78. Sinbad
77. Paul Reiser
76. Robert Schimmel
75. Eddie Izzard
74. Paul Rodriguez
73. Billy Connolly
72. Bernie Mac
71. Red Buttons
70. Wanda Sykes
69. Pat Cooper
68. Dave Attell
67. Kevin Pollak
66. Shelley Berman
65. Cedrick the Enter.
64. Richard Belzer
63. Jackie Mason
62. Eddie Griffin
61. Bobcat Goldthwait
60. Jeff Foxworthy
59. Gilbert Gottfried
58. Larry Miller
57. Richard Jeni
56. Colin Quinn
55. Alan King
54. DL Hughley
53. David Brenner
52. Damon Wayans
51. Lewis Black
50. Denis Leary
49. Freddie Prinze
48. Tim Allen
47. Henny Youngman
46. Adam Sandler
45. Richard Lewis
44. Joan Rivers
43. Dave Chappelle
42. Flip Wilson
41. Jon Stewart
40. Mort Sahl
39. Billy Crystal
38. Bill Maher
37. Martin Lawrence
36. Jim Carrey
35. Phyllis Diller
34. Buddy Hackett
33. Andy Kaufman
32. Albert Brooks
31. George Burns
30. Garry Shandling
29. Milton Berle
28. Jack Benny
27. Jay Leno
26. Ray Romano
25. Bob Hope
24. Redd Foxx
23. Steven Wright
22. Robert Klein
21. Dennis Miller
20. Sam Kinison
19. Bill Hicks
18. Jonathan Winters
17. Don Rickles
16. Ellen DeGeneres
15. David Letterman
14. Bob Newhart
13. Robin Williams
12. Jerry Seinfeld
11. Johnny Carson
10. Eddie Murphy
09. Roseanne Barr
08. Bill Cosby
07. Rodney Dangerfield
06. Steve Martin
05. Chris Rock
04. Woody Allen
03. Lenny Bruce
02. George Carlin
01. Richard Pryor

  • Do you like going to see stand-up comedy?
  • Who are some of your favorites?
  • What surprises did you see on the list?
  • Who would make up your top 5?

I look forward to reading your comments.

How Well Do You Know the President of the United States?

November 17th, 2014

Time to take a quick and fun quiz about Barack Obama. How well do you know the President of the United States?

PS – As usual the quiz will be timed so no need to get help from your friends or the internet

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 12 Football Pool!!

November 14th, 2014

Congratulations to Colleen Nelson who won week 10 of the football pool and will get a $25 American Express gift card. Colleen also won week 4 and is the first double winner this year! For winning the week, Colleen and her two entries join: Chanttel Allen, Ken Troupe, Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe, Lynn Stallone, Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for championship week.

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people (as of today Scott Koenig and Amy Shields with the highest cumulative score (these standings will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

PS: 30% of the pool participants favorite holiday is Christmas followed by Thanksgiving at 27%!

Attention Female NFL Fans…Who is Your Favorite Player?

November 12th, 2014

Last week, I saw this map and I thought it was pretty cool. Basically, inside each state is the name of the “favorite” NFL player based on female jersey sales over the course a 6 month period. For me, there were some clear and obvious ones like Tom Brady in Massachusettes or Peyton Manning in Colorado. But Andrew Luck in Oregon was surprising to me and I was stunned that Russell Wilson had the most states with 4!


So, I ask you:

  • What surprises you about this map?
  • Ladies: In which state do you live and who is your favorite NFL player?
  • Men: In which state do you live and who is your wife’s favorite NFL player?

    I look forward to reading your comments!

Many Faces and Interests of Merrill Dubrow…

November 10th, 2014

Since today I am in a goofy mood…(yes more goofy than usual) I thought we would do something kind of fun. Time to take a quick quiz and rate the many faces and interests of yours truly!

I hope this gives you a little chuckle…

Click Here to Rate!

Are You Ready For Some Football?! Join the Week 11 Football Pool!!

November 7th, 2014

Congratulations to Chanttel Allen who won week 9 of the football pool and will get a $25 American Express gift card. For winning the week, Chanttel joins: Ken Troupe, Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe ,Lynn Stallone, Colleen Nelson Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for championship week.

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people (as of today Scott Koenig and Amy Shields with the highest cumulative score (these standings will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

PS: At 11% October was the most popular birthday month for the pool participants. January (at 6%) had the least amount of birthdays.

Checking into a Hotel…What is the Most Interesting Thing You’ve Found in the Room?

November 5th, 2014

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the CASRO annual conference and stay at the Four Seasons in Denver. After I checked in, I was unpacking and noticed a pretty cool and useful item in one of the drawers…a flashlight! I must admit, I thought this was great and I’ve never been in another hotel room where there was a flashlight. Some of the more unique and who knows standard items now have included:

  1. Umbrella
  2. Stays for Dress Shirts
  3. Bath Robes
  4. Slippers

Again, never a flashlight!

I ask you:

  • What is the most unique item that you’ve seen in a hotel room?

I look forward to reading your comments!