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Attention Sports Fans! Wow Talk About A Collapse!!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Most times when I write a post I have lots of clarity and can write very quickly. I must admit today my head is spinning after getting little to no sleep last night. I have so much to say about today’s post and I fear that I might just ramble on and not say much at all. I also want to say that I love to write posts for this blog and I love to read and respond to comments. I was hoping, and in some ways praying, that I wouldn’t have to write this post.

Well, that isn’t the case. So sit back and enjoy my thoughts on a colossal collapse by the, and my BELOVED, Boston Red Sox. Yes, they started the season off 0-6 and 2-10. Yes, they had a lot of injuries Yes, they had some bad breaks. I say, so what?! Who cares?! This team has a payroll of over 160 million dollars had a ton of key moves in the off season that included brining in Jenks, Wheeler, Gonzalez, Crawford, Acieves and others. Frankly every fan believes they should compete, win and have no excuses. So I won’t make any today.

In case you missed what happened the other night the Red Sox had a lead in the bottom of the 9th. They were 1 strike away from winning and at a minimum forcing at least a playoff game. Tampa Bay was down 7-0 to the Yankees in the bottom of the 8th when they scored 6 runs to get within 1, then tied it in the 9th inning with 2 outs and 2 strikes on a Dan Johnson home run and won it in extra innings! As I watched I got sick to my stomach. Yes, the Red Sox had a major collapse in 1978 but this is worse for a number of reasons:

  • I think this team is better than the 1978 Red Sox.
  • With the internet and communications devices of today you are much more plugged in and can see everything live.
  • I am older and more passionate about my team!

For baseball it was a magical day to have so many games be meaningful on the last day of the season. Teams didn’t know who they were playing or where they were traveling to until the last pitch was thrown and the last out was made!

Yes, I love the Boston Red Sox and will always love them but this collapse is HUGE in my mind. A lot of people NEED to be accountable, including the manager and general manager. No, they aren’t players and they don’t pitch or swing a bat but remember in a good year they both get more credit than they deserve and in a bad year they get more of the fault than they should. Well, this is a bad year so Theo and Terry this one is also on you!

Part of me is excited that the year is over for the Red Sox so we can say good bye to JD Drew – what a disaster signing. He was hurt often and when he played he wasn’t that good. However, it is a little sad to say good bye to David “Big Papa” Ortiz and Jason Varitek – both very classy guys!

To not win back to back games in over a month is almost criminal and I never thought that would ever happen. I thought that you had a better chance to get hit by lightning than to witness what I did yesterday!

Ok, here is where you come in:

  • What are your thoughts about the Boston Red Sox collapse?
  • Do you have any words that can take away the numbness I am feeling?
  • What are your thoughts about the Atlanta Braves collapse?
  • Where do these collapses rank in the history of sports?
  • Why do you think teams collapse? Lack of focus? Complacency?

Even though I am absolutely in shock and disgusted with my team I really look forward to your engaging comments.

What Are Your Top 5 Movies Of All-Time?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

I have 50 premium movie channels that I pay for, hundreds of DVDs and can buy a pay-per-view anytime. I love watching movies. New movies, the classics, war movies, sports movies, it doesn’t matter. I love all movies. I put a bag of popcorn in the microwave, have a little soda and relax for a few hours. I watched one of my favorite movies a few weeks ago, Top Gun, so I thought I would write a post about my all-time favorite movies.

Here are 5 of my all-time favorite movies in no particular order:

    Top Gun

    It is a great story, I love the music and I still quote lines from the Maverick and Goose volleyball scene.

    The Godfather

    Wow! I think I could watch this movie all day. Marlon Brando was amazing. I love movies about the Mob and the cast is phenomenal. In fact, I like seeing the cast in their younger years and think about how their careers have progressed.

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Jack Nicholson was brilliant! No need to say more.

    Jaws

    It’s water with a story line from Massachusetts, drama and one very large shark!

    The Usual Suspects

    It has a good (not great) cast but Kevin Spacey was brilliant. There are lots of twists and turns and I never could figure out what was going to happen. This movie kept my interest for every second!

     

My list isn’t based on how the movies did at the box office or award ceremonies. My criteria were how much I liked the movie and would I watch it 10 times and still enjoy it?

  • What do you think of my list?
  • What movies are on your all-time favorite list?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 4 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The second person to qualify for the week 17 championship is Bob Tekampe who joins Sam Picchiotti as the first two members of the club.

Another amazing day in the NFL yesterday. The NE Patriots blow a 21 point lead and lose to the Buffalo Bills, the NY Jets Lose, the Philadelphia Eagles lose to the NY Giants. In case you were wondering I got all of those games wrong in fact the only person who got them ALL right out of the record 197 people who played this week was Mike Cronin. If Washington wins tonight he wins the pool. If not it will come down to a tie-breaker with Couldbstu.

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 receive $50 and be given a spot in the grand prize pool during week 17 for an opportunity to win $400 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have the highest cumulative score (these standing will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

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.

Attention Fisherman! What Did You Catch?

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Last month I was traveling and saw a number of fishermen on a pier. They looked really happy swapping fishing stories while they were drinking beer and hoping to catch dinner.

Even though I was at Cape Cod every weekend when I was growing-up, I never really got into fishing. I tried it a few times. Maybe it was the smell of the bait, getting up early in the morning or trying to take a hook out of a bloody fish mouth that turned me off.

I remember fishing once about 10 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. I caught a few fish, including –get this –a four foot squid! I was shocked when I pulled it in – oops –I mean reeled it in and needed help cutting the line.

I haven’t caught a big fish yet but I might give it a whirl with my son who enjoys fishing very much.

  • Do you like fishing?
  • What do you like to fish for?
  • Have you ever caught a marlin or shark?
  • What is the funniest fishing story that you can share?
  • What is the biggest fish you ever caught?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Money And Friends –Do They Mix?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Today’s topic is very interesting to me – money and friends. My question is, do they go together? Do you lend money to friends?

Yes, I have lent money to friends and sometimes it has worked out and sometimes it hasn’t.

When I lend money to someone it is based on a couple of things:

    • How well do I know the person?
    • Have I lent them money before?
    • If they don’t pay me back, will the money be missed?

I don’t always ask why they need the money or what they’re using it for. Typically if I lend money to someone they are a very close friend and they will have volunteered that information.

I never ask anyone to sign an “I Owe You.” The only question I want answered is, when do you expect to pay me back? That’s it and I NEVER bring it up again. I really dislike asking a friend to pay me back. If the deadline comes and goes the responsibility is on them to say something.

I will admit I have been burned in the past but I would still help someone out if they asked and I had the means to do it.

What are your thoughts?

  • Have you lent money to your friends?
  • Did they pay you back?
  • Would you do it again?
  • Have you lost any friends because of a bad situation?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 3 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The first person to qualify for the week 17 championship is Sam Picchiotti, a college student who beat 188 people to take the top prize in week 1!

Wow, what a day yesterday! Another week of football and another week with a record number of participants at 194! As of right now Susan Hayes and Bob Tekampe both only got 1 (yes I said 1) game wrong and have 14 wins. If the NY Giants win tonight it will come down to the points on a tie-breaker and if the St Louis Rams win then Scott Barrentine would be in the mix as well. Lots of questions to be answered in the weeks to come:

  • Are the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions for real?
     
  • Will Tony Romo be able to play at a high level with a fractured rib?
     
  • Will the New England Patriots go undefeated?

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 receive $50 and be given a spot in the grand prize pool during week 17 for an opportunity to win $400 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have the highest cumulative score (these standing will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

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.

Texas Word Association! How About Some Quick and Easy Friday Fun?

Friday, September 16th, 2011

I can’t believe I have lived in Texas for close to 7 years. During that time the Boston Red Sox have won not one but two World Series and my perceptions about the great state of Texas have totally changed. Today I wanted to have a little fun and see what your thoughts of Texas and some of the people who live here are. Once you click on the link below a name or place will appear and what I would like you to do is pause for 2-3 seconds and type in the first words that come to mind. There is no right or wrong answers so no need to over think things.

Click here to tell us what you think about Texas!

Enjoy!

What Is The One Brand You Go Crazy About?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

    • Yes, I have a number of brands that I am loyal too.
    • Yes, there are a number of brands that I love.
    • Yes, I have waited 45 minutes for a donut at Krispy Kreme.
    • Yes, I have driven to 3 grocery stores to find Coke.
    • Yes, I have gone way out of my way to buy a few shirts at Nordstrom Rack.
    • Yes, I will stay at a Marriott even if the conference I am attending is a mile away.

The question is, which brand am I the most crazy about?

Funny – my answer may surprise some of you. This brand is opening in Dallas! More importantly, it’s only ½ mile from my office!

I think the brand I am most crazy about is In-N-Out Burger! I love it! I love the simplicity of the menu! I love the taste and freshness of the food! I love the secret items that aren’t on the menu! And I love the people who work there!

Ok, your turn:

  • What is the one brand that you go crazy about?
  • What is the one brand you love?
  • What is the one brand you will go out of your way to visit?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 2 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Wow what a day yesterday! We started with the Baltimore Ravens pounding the Pittsburgh Steelers. We had the Detroit Lions, yes the Lions, start off on the right foot and solid wins by the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers. However the Dallas Cowboys on the brink of a victory said no thank you and handed the NY Jets the win! The first week is almost over. We have 2 games to go before we announce this week’s champion!

As of right now Sam Picchiotti & Rich Zeichner are tied for the lead. To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

The first week we had 189 participants and the winner will receive $50. 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 $400 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have the highest cumulative score (these standing will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

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.

Attention Researchers – We Need To Do A Better Job Promoting…

Friday, September 9th, 2011

    • Raise your hand if you think the market research industry provides value!
    • Raise your hand if you think the market research industry is important!
    • Raise your hand if you think the market research industry can save companies money from making huge manufacturing mistakes!
    • Raise your hand if you think the market research industry is helpful in introducing new products!

Is your hand raised? Mine is and I truly hope yours is as well!

  • If all that is true, why don’t we read in the newspaper that market research was very instrumental in helping this new product launch?
  • If all that is true, why don’t we watch a report on TV that highlights how critical market research was with a new service that is being offered by a Fortune 500 company?
  • If all that is true, why don’t I constantly read online articles that highlight the importance of market research in picking a new site for a restaurant?

I say it’s time for researchers to promote this great industry and the importance of market research.

I realize that not all clients will allow their new service/product to be highlighted in the press – BUT surely some will.

What are your thoughts?

  • Do you agree with what I am saying?
  • When was the last time you read/saw the importance of market research highlighted?

I look forward to reading your comments.