M/A/R/C Research
Search the blog:

Archive for the 'Sports' Category

Attention sports fans – What is right with sports?

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Many of us are tired of reading about the negativity surrounding sports. Websites, chat rooms, airwaves, newspapers, and every outlet that you can think of are filled with conversation about:

  • Steroids
  • Drug use
  • Domestic violence
  • Cheating
  • Murder

Instead of focusing on all of those types of things today, let’s focus on what is great about sports. It could be a person, team, or anything else that you want to share.

Here are five things that I think are great about sports:

  1. Coach K – the ultimate professional. Amazing teacher, classy guy who does things the right way.
  2. NHL – As my good friend R.H. says (often) – name another league where an 8 seed can beat a one seed in any series.
  3. San Antonio Spurs – Might be the best franchise in sports. They seem to always do the right thing.
  4. Brad Stevens – Great young coach. Made the jump from college to the NBA look seamless.
  5. The Ivy league – There are no academic or athletic scholarships in the Ivy League – enough said!

Ok your turn.

Please stay positive.

  • What do you think of my list?
  • What do you think is right in sports?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention NBA fans….. in this free agent frenzy…. help…..who got better?….

Monday, July 11th, 2016

I must admit this off season in the NBA has been a huge surprise to me. I thought Kevin Durant would resign with OKC and D Wade would do the same thing with Miami and, of course, I was wrong. Derrick Rose gets traded to the Knicks, Dwight Howard who I thought would be a Dallas Maverick ends up in Atlanta, Al Horfod is now a Celtic, and two of the Golden State Warriors are now in Dallas.

Am I the only one having trouble figuring this out?

  • I think the NY Knicks and Boston Celtics are better!
  • Perhaps the only thing that beats the Golden State Warriors is injuries?
  • I think the Chicago Bulls are a mess with Rondo and Wade in the back court!
  • The Lakers made a lot of moves – are they any better? A playoff team?
  • With a healthy Chandler Parsons is Memphis a lot better?

At the end of the day who got better?

Please, please help me sort this out!

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention basketball fans is it the Warriors, Spurs, Thunder, Heat, Clippers or Celtics?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Kevin Durant, in less than 36 hours, will be a free agent. The rumors are swirling! The meetings are scheduled, and then I guess it will be a decision or has the decision already been made?

Kevin Durant is a superstar! Pure and simple, and he makes every team out there better no matter how little talent they have… why? Because he is that good.

Assuming the media reports are correct, Kevin has meetings set up with the Warriors, Spurs, Thunder, Heat, Clippers and Celtics with the Heat, Warriors, and the Thunder as the best chance to sign him.

What am I missing? Isn’t he going to decide to sign a two year deal with an opt out clause after year one with OKC?

  • I assume he is just going thru the process to experience it?
  • Perhaps he is trying to gather some competitive information?
  • Maybe he is doing this to critique all the visits in case he is a GM or owner then he’ll know what to do/not do?

You tell me your thoughts:

  • Do you agree that he resigns with the Thunder?
  • If not, where do you think he ends up?
  • Why do you think he is going thru the process?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention music & Sports lovers – please help me pick a song!!

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Over the weekend I was at a Texas Rangers/Boston Red Sox game and with each batter the music would change. I didn’t realize it until I saw it on the jumbo Tron but that is referred to as the WalkUp Experience which means, every player listens to their favorite song for maybe 5 seconds as they are entering the batter’s box. Clearly it gets the player pumped up and increases the experience all the way around. I get it and, although I don’t love or know some of today’s music (please stop laughing), I like the fact that they do that.

I was wondering if I played in the major leagues what would my WalkUp Experience be? With that said I picked a few songs that I might consider:

  1. Pat Benetar – Hit me with your best shot
  2. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
  3. The Cars – Lets go
  4. Hall & Oats – Maneater

If you can stop laughing for a quick minute I would love to know:

  • What you think of my song choices?
  • If you were picking my song what would it be?

Thanks in advance for helping me out!

I look forward to reading your comments.

Yes Cleveland won the NBA Championship – here is what it really means!

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Here are 10 thoughts on what Cleveland winning the NBA Championship really means!

10. The Golden State Warriors choked.
9. Harrison Barnes has played his last game in Golden State.
8. The Golden State Warriors had the greatest regular season in the history of the NBA and that’s all!
7. J.R. Smith just made a lot of money. Yes he will be leaving Cleveland and be the man in a new city and yes he will struggle.
6. Kevin Love has played his last game with the Cavaliers – he didn’t play well, isn’t worth the money and will be traded!
5. The parade on Wednesday in Cleveland will be special. They have waited a very long time for a championship and the fans will come out in droves.
4. The coaching change Dan Gilbert made in the middle of the season – was the right move for Cleveland.
3. Golden State really needs to concentrate on getting a solid big man for next year.
2. Curry & Thompson are amazing but every team now has a blueprint to beat them next year!
1. LeBron is amazing – he carried this team with his will & athleticism. His critics should all praise him now!

  • What do you think it means?
  • What do you think of my list?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Sorry Wade – in my opinion this was in bad taste!

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Recently the Boston Red Sox honored the 1986 team. Wade Boggs was one of the players that came back and during the on field festivities he decided to wear his NY Yankee Championship ring! Yes you heard that right! Everyone knows he left Boston and went to the Evil Empire but did he really have to wear the ring. Some of you may think he forgot he had it on? Really, I don’t think so. He clearly knew what he was doing.

  • My question is why?

I take offense to him doing this. If he wants to wear the ring then can’t he wear it the other 364 days? Do you really need to wear it in Boston during a Boston Red Sox team celebration?

I am sorry, I think that is in bad taste.

  • Again, my question is why?

I hope someone out there can tell me why he did this because I can’t think of a good reason!

I look forward to reading your comments.

Did you hear about the latest new beverage – Rougie’s Red Punch…… I say no……

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

A few weeks ago there was a lot of interest in baseball because of the Jose Bautista bat flip retaliation from last October. To set the stage, the bad blood between the Rangers and Blue Jays goes back to the American League Division Series last season won by Toronto, in part, thanks to Bautista’s three-run home run and subsequent bat flip in the seventh inning of Game 5. Yes the stage was at the highest level but (in my opinion) it was the worst bat flip in the history of baseball and really irritated a lot of players on the Texas Rangers.

Speed up to 7 months later. The Rangers hit Bautista, ground ball to Beltre, a low throw to Odor, a late slide by Bautista, a push, and the now famous punch by Rougned Odor. I love baseball but I am not a fan of brawls. Never have been and never will be. I am a huge fan of teams playing hard not dirty.

I understand there are a lot of creative people out there and I even thought myself that this might be an opportunity for a beverage called the Odor Punch. I was hoping not, but it did happen.

The Texas Rangers’ farm team is selling a drink named after the Rougned Odor’s punch.

The Frisco RoughRiders are selling a new energy drink containing alcohol called Rougie’s Red Punch. It will be available for a limited time at Dr Pepper Ballpark’s Bull Moose Saloon. It costs $5.15, which was the date of the punch and comes in a commemorative cup featuring an image resembling what the RoughRiders called ‘Odor’s iconic punch.

I realize that companies need to find a way to sell product but I really don’t like this one. I believe this promotes something that shouldn’t happen in baseball.

  • What are your thoughts?
  • Do you like the idea?
  • Do you like fighting in baseball?
  • Did you think the bat flip was overboard?
  • Was the retaliation right by the Rangers?

I look forward to reading your comments.

What I now think I know about the NBA playoffs?

Friday, May 20th, 2016

A few weeks ago I posted comments about the NBA playoffs and clearly was off base on what I said. Well here is my second chance with only 4 teams remaining in the hunt for the NBA Championship!

  • Toronto has no chance to beat the Cavaliers unless three of the Cavs starters get hurt. The Raptors had a really nice year, time to concentrate on signing their free agents and making the team better for next year!
  • The Cavaliers are really starting to figure things out. LeBron has been amazing, but if Kevin Love continues to make 3’s and Irving plays at a high level, they have the depth to go all the way. The Cavs will be in the NBA Finals for sure!
  • Golden State is a very interesting pick. Yes – they have the two time MVP and a very strong cast around him. If we get a rematch from last year I don’t believe the Warriors will be crowned the champion. I have said it for a long time that they don’t win this year and I am sticking to that prediction.
  • Next up the Thunder! WOW – two superstars and a very talented roster that is getting better. The emergence of Kantor and Steve Adams allows them to play big whenever they want and that will vault them into the NBA Finals.

So what am I really saying?

  • The Thunder beat the Warriors in 6 games.
  • The Cavs sweep Raptors.
  • The Cavs, behind LeBron James’ playoff MVP trophy, win it all in a great 7 game series against the Thunder!

Now your turn.

What do you think will happen?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention Baseball fans this will be the best seat in the house….

Monday, May 16th, 2016

As many of you know I grew up in Boston. For as far back as I can remember I would always go to Fenway Park. My dad split tickets with his best friend Mr. K and that was our father/son thing we did. We went to Fenway Park week after week and at the end of the season it seemed like we went to 40 games.

Over the years Fenway Park has gone thru a ton of renovations. They have added seats in the upper deck, expanded a number of other areas, and now have the Monster Seats. Which means, a few hundred lucky people get to sit on top the green monster every game. I have been fortunate enough to sit there and the experience is special.

Well I have another idea for the ownership of the Boston Red Sox. In fact, I believe it is a MILLION DOLLAR IDEA! Here is what I am suggesting.

What if they built 40 seats inside the Green Monster? Each seat would be $500 which based on over 81 games is $1,620,000 per year. I don’t pretend to be an engineer but for sure, if they did this, all the seats would be 100% safe. In addition, the area would be constructed so it wouldn’t impede, in any way, the batter’s view of the ball. Couldn’t you picture the interaction between the left fielder and the fans during a pitching change or between innings?

What do you think?

  • Am I nuts?
  • Wouldn’t these be the best seats in baseball?
  • Would you pay $500 to sit inside the Green Monster?

I look forward to reading your comments.

P.S. Check out me and my buddy Paolo cheering them on from the new Green Monster seats!

Does this sound familiar …. Does this lead to a really cool promotion?

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Recently I have heard more and more discussions around how many steps a person has taken each day. I actually had two strangers see that I had a Fitbit on and asked me where I was for the day. A few times I even said to my friends, let me guess how many steps I think you have taken in a day. Does all this lead to the next big marketing promotion or betting trend in Las Vegas?

Are we a few months away from being able to guess how many steps Rafael Nadal took during a tennis match in Wimbledon? So basically if you asked Rafael or any tennis player to put on a Fitbit prior to a match and asked fans to text their guess and the winner would get a signed shirt, gift certificate, or whatever… I would suggest that thousands of people in the stadium or hundreds of thousands of fans watching TV would sign up for this.

If I am right, this may also lead to Vegas establishing proposition bets on how many steps were taken in a match. Yes this could apply to other sports as well like basketball, football, volleyball – the difference is it would probably be a chip instead of a Fitbit that you wear on your wrist.

Okay…

  • Am I crazy or could this really happen?
  • Wouldn’t this be a great promotion?
  • Would you text your guess and sign up?

I look forward to reading your comments.

P.S. – I think this would be such an inexpensive marketing promotion that someone should do this right away!