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Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 9 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool!

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Congratulations go out to Sharon Gautschy who was a perfect 14-0 last week and won week 7. With the win, Sharon beat out 296 participants and takes home the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Sharon joins, Fat Chuck, two time winner Beth Howe, Steven Sienkowski, Tim Antoniewicz, David Leicht, Erica Williard, and Cheryl Wurtzer-Zarrillo to qualify for championship week. The undefeated New England Patriots started off week 8 with a lopsided win over the Miami Dolphins. At the end of the night 274 people picked the game right and are now all tied for first place:

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

The 8th week we had 297 participants. 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 $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have 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. As of right now Beth Howe with 78 wins & Holly Cairey with 76 have the two top spots!

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

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

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

Good luck to all.

P.S. 48% of the pool participants believe the Kansas City Royals win the World Series while 12% don’t have an opinion.

Time to let me know what are your expectations….?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Let me set up the situation correctly. You are having dinner and really looking forward to a nice cocktail after a hard day’s work or a challenging week. You are getting ready to sip that perfect looking glass of red wine and low and behold the waiter makes an awkward move and the beautiful glass of Pinot Noir is firmly placed all over you! Yes all over you… clearly an accident but the end result is your white top, camisole, and jeans are soaked. The red wine is everywhere and, in fact, the glass broke and the small glass pieces are actually in your lap, on the table, and everywhere.

You are in a nice restaurant where the average entree is about $22.00. You don’t get upset or make a huge scene but as a customer what are your expectations of what the restaurant should do to make it right?

  • Do they comp the entire meal?
  • Do they buy you a new glass of wine?
  • Do they pay for dry cleaning?
  • Do they buy you new clothes if they are ruined?
  • Do they only charge you half price?
  • Do they buy you a dessert?

I really look forward to reading your comments and hearing your expectations.

P.S. This exact scenario happened less than a week ago to my girlfriend M.D. and it was interesting what the restaurant did.

There is nothing like a great quote!

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Last week I had the privilege of attending the annual CASRO conference. I really enjoyed the presentations and particularly liked a quote:

“Whatever the speed bump is, it wasn’t going to set us back!”

Jon Wolske
Culture Evangelist
ZAPPOS Insights

I thought this was very appropriate for every business during every year. You will often have roadblocks, obstacles and issues come up but no matter what they are, how big they might seem never stop moving forward and overcoming each of them!

Thanks Jon – I really appreciate your thoughts and how you framed that.

  • What do you think of Jon’s quote?
  • Do you have a favorite quote that helps you move things forward?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 8 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool!

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Congratulations to Fat Chuck who won week 6. He won in a tie breaker over Tom Hjelm & Eric Ruddy. With the win, Fat Chuck beat out 300 participants and takes home the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Fat Chuck joins, two time winner Beth Howe, Steven Sienkowski, Tim Antoniewicz, David Leicht, Erica Williard, and Cheryl Wurtzer-Zarrillo to qualify for championship week. The Seattle Seahawks started off week 7 with a win over 49ers! At the end of the night 238 people picked the game right and are now all tied for first place:

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

The 7th week we had 297 participants. 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 $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have 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. As of right now Beth Howe with 68 wins & Holly Cairey with 67 occupies the two top spots!

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, October 29.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

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

Good luck to all.

P.S. 22% of the participants picked the Dallas Cowboys as their favorite team and 31% said they don’t have a second favorite team.

Time to wake up your kids….I have been told I do it wrong…..

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Let me set the stage correctly, it is still dark out, my kids are all sleeping, it’s a school day, and time to get up. As I walk up the stairs quietly preparing for the mumbled words of why no one wants to get up and basically kick me out of their room. As I enter room number one – without question the most dangerous – my daughter’s room, who doesn’t like to get up and has lots of stuffed animals that she could throw, not to mention the Barbie dolls and accessories on the floor that I always have to tip toe around so they don’t cut into my skin as I prepare to get to her bed. Of course, that wake up doesn’t go well. The second and third rooms aren’t much better!

The morning isn’t old and I am already tired and under pressure to make sure they get up, eat, get dressed, have all their books, brush their teeth and so on……

Well after lots of struggling mornings my daughter says to me, “dad I don’t like the way you wake me up.” Always inquisitive I asked, “what don’t you like about it and, more important, how should I wake you up and will you actually get up?”

Well after a conversation, my daughter has asked me to walk quietly over to her, don’t turn on the lights, rub her back, whisper it’s time to get up sweetie and that should work. Much to my surprise I’m excited to report that three days in… it has worked!!!!

I have promised to continue to wake her up “her way”!

  • Have you experienced this same problem?
  • How do you wake up your kids?
  • Do your kids use technology as a way to wake up?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Time to be nice and just ask….

Monday, October 19th, 2015

A few weeks ago my cousin A.L. and Brother-in-Law A.B. were in town and besides having a great time visiting (that’s what we do in Texas) with each other a number of things happened that were interesting and all led to the same suggestion/strategy which is… be nice and just ask:


  1. On our way to park at Global Life Stadium (Ballpark in Arlington) a number of the streets were blocked off and controlled by the police. There literally was fans everywhere – some going to the Rangers playoff game while others were leaving the Cowboys/Patriots game – regardless it was very crowded. At the upcoming intersection where I normally can and need to take a left the police were asking everyone to go right. When it was my turn I rolled down my window and showed the officer my parking ticket to go into a certain lot which I could see and he was very kind to stop traffic and let me go left as opposed to going around the block and being in traffic for another hour.
  2. My Brother-in-Law needed to buy a Dez Bryant shirt for my niece so when we were at the checkout counter at Kohl’s I asked the cashier if she happen to have a 20% coupon that he could use and without hesitation she found one and applied the discount.
  3. The last example was at Chase bank where I needed to wire some money and the customer service rep mentioned there was a $30 fee for wiring. I mentioned I was aware of the fee since I had wired money a number of times during the year. For some reason I decided to ask if she good waive the fee and without hesitation she actually said “all you needed to do was ask”. She was so kind and not only waived that wiring fee but also remembered what I said and actually reversed 4 other fees from earlier in the year and called me to let me know! She didn’t need to do that but it certainly was great customer service in my mind!

Moral of today’s blog is be nice and just ask!

  • Remember it doesn’t hurt to be nice!
  • It doesn’t hurt to ask!
  • Sometimes good things might happen!

Okay, now your turn:

  • When was the last time you were nice and asked?
  • Were you successful?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 7 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool!

Friday, October 16th, 2015

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Week 5 was certainly a crazy one. We started with a three-way tie for first place. Two time weekly winner Beth Howe, Steven Sienkowski and Tim Antoniewicz all had 12 wins, and were tied after the tie breaker. They beat out 312 participants and won the fifth week of the pool and split the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Beth (two entries) Steven & Tim join David Leicht, Erica Williard, and Cheryl Wurtzer-Zarrillo to qualify for championship week. The Saints started off week 7 with an upset and beat the undefeated Atlanta Falcons! At the end of the night 50 people picked the game right and are now all tied for first place:

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

The sixth week we had 300 participants. 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 $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have 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. As of right now Holly Cairey, Sheryl Cronin and Beth Howe are all tied with 56 wins.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, October 22.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

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

Good luck to all.

P.S. P.S. 160 people or 54% believe the New England Patriots have the best chance to go undefeated followed by the Green Bay Packers at 30%!

Is Serena Williams the greatest female athlete of all time?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Last month as I was watching the US Open Tennis Tournament and match after match I watched Serena Williams win. At 34 years old she is still the number one tennis player in the entire world. I paused a few times and replayed some of her points and I must say I am in awe of her athleticism and power. Without question she is a very gifted athlete.

I kept thinking… is she the greatest female athlete of all time? I realize she hasn’t won the most majors – I believe she is third with 21 behind Margaret Court (26) and Steffi Graf (22) but even in a sport that is traditionally dominated with younger players she seems to be an amazing athlete.

When I have gotten in a debate with some friends about who is the greatest female athlete some names that are included (in alphabetical order) are:

  1. Annika Sorenstam – golf
  2. Babe Didrikson Zaharias – She played a few sports
  3. Bonnie Blair – speed skating
  4. Mia Hamm – soccer
  5. Nadia Comaneci – gymnastics

I realize this list leaves out so many great athletes including Martina and Chrissy who both played tennis and dominated their sport.

  • Who should be in the discussion?
  • Does Serena hands down win the debate?
  • Who is the greatest female athlete of all time?

I look forward to reading your comments.

The most beautiful college campus is……..? You tell me.

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Last month I had the privilege of attending the Michigan State MSMR board meeting. I had never been to East Lansing or the campus and I must say I was very impressed! Yes it is a big school but it seemed very easy to get around with lots of grass and quads to meet with friends, toss a Frisbee, an enormous football stadium in the middle of campus and all around I thought it was a special school.

This really got me to think about today’s question which is – what are some of the most beautiful college campuses? I must admit, I have not been to every school but I have been to a lot.

Here are a few of my favorites in alphabetical order:

  1. Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH
  2. Pepperdine University in Malibu CA
  3. Stanford University in Stanford CA
  4. The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY
  5. The University of Notre Dame in South Bend IN

Ok your turn:

  • What do you think of my list?
  • What school makes your list?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 6 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool!

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Congratulations to Beth Howe who beat out 322 participants and won the fourth week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Beth joins David Leicht, Erica Williard, and Cheryl Wurtzer-Zarrillo to qualify for championship week. The Colts without Andrew Luck beat the Texans last night 27-20. At the end of the night 187 people picked the game right and are now all tied for first place:

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

The fifth week we had 315 participants. 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 $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have 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. As of right now Holly Cairey is the leader followed by 5 people who are tied for second place.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, October 15.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

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

Good luck to all.

P.S. 41 different people have won the pool while 12 people have been multiple winners!.