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Attention Sports Fans: Do You Know What These Initials Stand For? Time To Find Out!

Friday, August 30th, 2013

A few weeks ago when I was watching SportsCenter they mentioned coming up was a segment on C.C. Sabathia. I started to think about his name, actually racked my brain and finally realized I had no idea what C.C. stands for. The question is, "Are you smarter than me?" Do you know what these initials stand for?

Ok, time to find out with a quick and fun Friday quiz:

Click here to take the quiz.

Thanks for playing.

Tip Or No Tip?

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

A few weeks ago the social chatter was all about Drew Brees leaving a small tip on a restaurant bill. As we dig into it, what we found was a $3.00 tip on a $74.41 bill. What we didn’t know at the beginning of all the chatter was his order was a takeout order.

I thought about what I do. On a takeout order for pizza and Chinese food like Rice King, which I do often, I don’t leave a tip. If someone delivers food to the house which again is very often, there is always a delivery charge. On top of that I will tip $3.00.

  • Because he is a public figure, do you think Drew Brees was wrong for leaving a $3.00 tip?
  • Do you tip for takeout food?
  • What percentage do you give?
  • How much do you tip on a delivery?

I look forward to reading your comments.

There Is Nobody Funnier Than This Young Girl!

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Here are five recent classics from my daughter:

    • Dad, I am wearing this today – please don’t judge me!
    • Do you want to go on this rollercoaster? – Dad, I will probably throw up but I will just hold it in my mouth!
    • Would you like to have some ice cream? – Why wouldn’t I?
    • Dad, I am full – so I guess you don’t want a brownie – Dad, I am never too full for a brownie!
    • Do you have two different bathing suits on? – I do!

I still laugh at all of them, especially the rollercoaster comment. Kids are so creative and funny with what they say and do.

    • Do you have a favorite?
    • Have your kids said anything hysterical recently?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Time To Join Our Weekly Football Pool! Yes! It Is Free… And There Are Prizes!

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

For three years now we have had a football pool and I am excited to say we are going to continue it for another year. Last year’s overall winner was Doug Golab and cumulative winner was Tal Shahar. Doug followed Andrew Dixon and Sarah Baird who won the first two years of the pool. It is VERY easy to participate. Here are the rules:

  • We keep track of everyone’s cumulative score and will be awarding a spot in the final week to the top two people who pick the most correct games right for the first 16 weeks. If those people win a week they will be awarded another spot in the finale.
  • Every Friday (except for the week of Thanksgiving which we will post on a Wednesday) we will post a link to the weekly pool.
  • All you need to do is click on who you think the winner will be.
  • We are just picking winners. The point spread means NOTHING in this pool.
  • Every week we will have a winner. The winner will be the person who has the most correct games.
  • If there is a tie, the tiebreaker will be the total points of the Monday night game.
  • If there is still a tie the people tied will split the weekly prize.
  • All picks need to be in by Thursday at 5:00 CST except Thanksgiving. Picks need to be in by 5:00 CST on Wednesday, the week of Thanksgiving.

The weekly prize will be a $50 American Express gift certificate. In addition, the person with the highest CUMULATIVE SCORE for the year has been increased to a $300.00 American Express gift card and the person who has the second highest cumulative score will be awarded a $150 American Express gift card. The tie-breaker (if needed) for the cumulative winners will be the total points for the Monday night game on week 16.

There is a bonus as well!

The pool will go on like this for 16 weeks. For week 17 only the winners of the prior 16 weeks and the 2 cumulative winners can participate for the grand prize, a $500 American Express gift card. If a person wins multiple weeks during the first 16 weeks they can have multiple entries in week 17.

I will be playing as well but CANNOT win the pool. I hope everyone will enjoy the football pool and I can’t wait to see who wins the first prize and has bragging rights until next year!

Good luck to all and CLICK HERE to let the games begin!

PS – After careful consideration of potential changes to the football pool, we decided to increase the cumulative winners – Thanks for all your suggestions.

Bare Feet – I Say No…

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

A few weeks ago I was in Houston for a fun trip to the Johnson Space Center and the Astros/Rangers game. As I was having breakfast with the kids in the lobby restaurant of the hotel, I noticed that no less than 10 (at least half that were over the age of 30) people were having breakfast and had the same thing on their feet.

Sandals… nope! Socks nope! Sneakers nope! Nothing… YUP!

None of them were wearing anything in the lobby of a hotel which is public. I love to walk around with bare feet – I really do. At the pool at my house, in my backyard, lots of places –none of which are public!

Of course the next morning my kids asked if they could go with bare feet and I said absolutely no. But dad everyone else is. Why can’t we…?

What am I missing?

A public place… I say no to bare feet.

Do you really need to post signs or isn’t that stating the obvious?

  • What do you think?
  • Does it bother you or am I alone in that boat?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention Football Fans: Is Peyton Manning Better Off The Field Than On?

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Peyton Manning is clearly a great football player. He won national awards in high school, college and in the NFL. He has so many awards that it would be impossible to list them all but here are a few from the NFL:

    • NFL MVP (2004, 2008, 2009)
    • 12× Pro Bowl
    • 5× First-team All-Pro
    • 3× Second-team All-Pro
    • 1998 NFL All-Rookie First Team
    • 2004 AFC Offensive Player of the Year
    • 2004 Fedex Express Player of the Year
    • 2005 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
    • 2005 Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award
    • 2007 Super Bowl MVP
    • 22012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year

In addition Peyton holds over 40 regular season records and a ton of playoff records.

Even though I have never met Peyton, he appears to be a soft spoken player with a competitive edge that seems to be his fuel. He is definitely a student of the game and cares deeply about how it is played and the city he represents.

Last night I saw another interview by Peyton. Even though the games don’t matter right now (since it is pre-season) he still cares, he still wants and needs to get better, and he still watches film and dissects it. He has a new target, Wes Welker. All he focuses on is getting better and getting on the same page with Wes.

I believe this great football person is even greater off the field. He does the right thing every time. He played for the Indianapolis Colts for his entire career, had an injury and the team basically said, “No we don’t want you.” Most players would have not only been hurt but expressed it in the media and it would have gotten messy and ugly. Peyton never did that. He always entrenches himself in the community he lives and seems to want to help everyone every day. There is never a crack in his armor. He is a true professional and seems to be a better person.

When you talk about pro athletes being role models or people you can look up to – how many are there that you can really put on a list? I would argue the list is tiny!

I also would say that Peyton Manning’s name is at the top of the list!!

  • So I ask you… is Peyton Manning better off the field than on??

I look forward to your comments.

Even Though You Love To Eat, If You Are Scared Of Heights You Might Not Want To Do This…

Friday, August 16th, 2013

I read this article a few weeks ago and I thought it was really cool. How about a Dinner in the Sky event? Imagine having a first class meal while you are suspended 150 feet off the ground. Basically the way it works is your guests are strapped into chairs that look like they came out of a race car and are seated around a rectangular table with the chefs and a server in the middle. Each meal usually seats 22 diners, and the cost is $350 per person — A dinner in the sky event can be done anywhere from a stadium to a monument. It doesn’t matter as long as you have a surface of 100 feet by 50 feet that can be secured with permission.

So I ask you:

  • Are you going to join me for Dinner in the Sky?
  • Would you do this?
  • Assuming you can get the permission, where are you holding your dinner in the sky event?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Please Watch This Video And Then Let’s Discuss What Is Wrong With Sports Today

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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To me that video was beyond disturbing. It was a disgusting display of sportsmanship and is an illustration of what is wrong with sports today.

Let me try and explain what you watched. That was a 37 second video of a fight that broke out during a professional badminton tournament (Canadian Open) between two former teammates. I was excited to read that the Badminton World Federation is investigating.  Are you kidding me? What’s to investigate – both players get a lifetime ban!

What happened to sports?

Yes, athletes fight in hockey, basketball, football and baseball. But come on Badminton? To me (and it pains me to say) there is so much wrong with sports and may never be corrected.

The question is, why?  Is it the money? Not sure how much money is involved in professional badminton. Is it their egos? Is it just an attitude of “I am the best, a gifted athlete, and you are not”?

A few weeks ago at my son’s birthday party we had a home run derby and cannonball competition. All the kids were great and had a blast. One of the kids was so much more competitive than the others and almost threw a fit when he didn’t win the home run derby. He also didn’t want to do another cannonball because he had the highest score. To me it isn’t all about winning. It was about competing and being the best you can be.

I need your help.

  • What happened?
  • And more importantly, how do we fix it?

I look forward to reading your comments.

I Love Seinfeld, But Seeing Him Live… I Say…

Monday, August 12th, 2013

I love Seinfeld. Perhaps it is the simplicity of the show, maybe it is because I can relate to so many of the episodes or maybe the show is just funny – plainly and simply funny! All the characters are hysterical but I really enjoy Jerry Seinfeld. He is such a witty comedian, doesn’t use or need bad words to be funny. He has found a way to tell stories or describe situations that people can relate to in a clean and funny way.

I have seen him twice – both times with friends and in Vegas. And both times, he wasn’t very good. For some reason, the shtick that was so funny on TV didn’t work live. The star of a highly rated TV sitcom for so many years just wasn’t that funny! Perhaps it was his delivery. Not sure what it was but when I heard he was coming to Dallas, I didn’t even think twice. I had zero, nada, no interest in seeing him live.

Has this happened to you?

  • Have you seen Jerry Seinfeld live?
  • Do you feel the same way I do?
  • Are there acts that you love on TV or singers that you love their music that you just don’t want to go see live?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Seven Pictures That Say It All

Friday, August 9th, 2013


Determination

Hope

Excitement

Adventure

Curiosity

Honor

Tenacity

My two favorites are determination and honor… That says it all. In some ways if you have determination, some of the others can fall under that caption. Every time I look at the honor picture my hair stands up.

  • What is your favorite picture and caption?

I look forward to reading your comments.