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Attention Sports Fans: What Do You Think About These Athletes Wearing These Uniforms?

Monday, June 29th, 2009

With free agency and large contracts, loyalty with athletes and teams in some ways is a thing of the past. I grew up watching Carl Yastrzemski, Larry Bird, George Brett and Brooks Robinson.

What did they have in common?

Yes they were all great players, but they also all played for one team. Yes one team–something that current great players like AROD, Shaq, Manny Ramirez and many others can’t say.

The question is, what athletes wearing what uniforms make you feel a little uneasy–make you feel very uncomfortable? As I write this posting, there is a chance that Brett Favre–a mainstay in Green Bay and in my opinion is Green Bay–might be playing for their arch rival the Minnesota Vikings. Ouch! That one hurts.

For me to think about Walter Payton playing for anyone other than the Chicago Bears just wouldn’t have been right!

Here are some other players that would leave a bad taste in my mouth if they played for these teams:

  • David "Big Papi" Ortiz playing for the NY Yankees
  • Paul Pierce playing for the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Peyton Manning playing for the New England Patriots
  • Mickey Mantle playing for anyone but the NY Yankees
  • Tim Duncan playing for the Dallas Mavericks

Okay. Now your turn:

  • What do you think of my choices?
  • Who are some of the players that you couldn’t see playing for another team?
  • What moves happened in the past that made you scratch your head?

I look forward to your comments.

Okay. I Am Ordering. What Am I Getting For You?

Friday, June 26th, 2009

So I probably have your attention with the title of this post. You probably are thinking I am buying you something but have no idea what that is. Well here goes.

Yes I am ordering. We are in a restaurant or a bar and having a fun time with friends. What are you drinking?

If you were taking my order, it would most likely be a beer and almost always I like a local beer. For an after dinner drink I do like sambuca on the rocks. But I have found that most people don’t like that and frankly can’t stand the smell.

  • Ok. What am I ordering for you?
  • Do you order something different during the summer?
  • Does your order change depending on who you are with?

I look forward to reading your comments

Brush With Fame – What Do You Do?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Over the last few months I have been on a plane with Bobby Knight, Penn Jillette and a number of other celebrities. For those of you who travel I am sure you have experienced the same or have seen famous people in a restaurant, bar or in a hotel. For me I didn’t say anything to Penn Jillette who actually is a very large man and was traveling with his wife so I didn’t want to impose on their family time. I did on the other hand say hello to Bobby Knight and mentioned I was a fan and actually did shake his hand.

When I was younger I would ask for autographs a lot. But it was only at stadiums, and never in a social situation. Maybe part of me was nervous about getting no for an answer. Or part of me was trying to be respectful.

Since I love to people watch I have enjoyed seeing Donald Trump in a restaurant and watch him go from table to table shaking hands. I have also been to Spago (when it was one of the hottest restaurants in LA) and saw Sidney Potier, Milton Berle, Arnold Schwarzenegger , Maria Shriver and a bunch of other celebrities all in the same night. Last year I was standing right next to Alicia Keys and had NO idea who she was.

I also rarely will take a picture with a celebrity. I did break that rule when I was fortunate enough to have dinner (thanks SB) with Reverend Jesse Jackson a few years ago

  • The question is, "If you see a celebrity, what do you do?"
  • Do you get an autograph?
  • Do you say hello?
  • Do you try and engage them in a conversation?
  • How was the experience?
  • Who was the most famous person you have ever met?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention Baseball Fans: True Or False

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

David Ortiz is 33 years old? False. No chance. For the record I love Big Papi and he has been the face of the Boston Redsox for a bunch of years. Yes his bat speed has slowed down and yes it has something to do with his age.

Roy Halladay wins 24 games? True. He is the most dominating pitcher in the American league and is unhittable most nights!

Manny Ramirez’ current suspension will keep him out of the Baseball Hall of Fame? False. This is what I read according to the L.A. Times: no trace of hCG was found in Manny Ramirez’s urine, but a prescription for the drug is what led to his suspension. HCG is typically taken by steroid users at the end of a cycle. As the Times reports, "MLB officials had begun the process of disciplining Ramirez for a positive drug test when they obtained his medical records that contained a prescription for hCG. At that point he was suspended for ‘just cause’ based on ‘non-analytical evidence’ and for which a ‘therapeutic use’ exemption was available but never requested." "Manny being Manny." And this will not keep him out of the hall of fame. All it does is continue to strengthen his nickname, "Manny being Manny."

Tampa Bay finishes higher than fourth in the AL East? False. Everything went right for them last year and although they have some good players they will falter and end up behind the Yankees, Redsox and Blue Jays.

The Boston Redsox will meet the NY Mets in the fall classic. True. Exactly 23 years after their 1986 face-off, Redsox will win the World Series in a classic 7 game series.

Now your turn:

  • Do you agree with me?
  • What do you think?
  • Do you have a baseball prediction you would like to share?

I look forward to hearing from you.

I Think This Ad Is Too Much For Me! What Do You Think?

Friday, June 19th, 2009

I love ads. I love to look at how companies are marketing themselves these days. I find it fascinating for so many reasons. When I think of ads for jeans I quickly think of sexy men/women. Doing their thing, strutting their stuff and trying to get the attention of potential customers. I get all that. And frankly not only respect that but also know that it works! It sells and frankly sells a lot.

To me this ad takes it to another level.

This ad is a five story billboard in New York City. The billboard has four people in it: a topless teenage girl whose elbow is strategically blocking her private parts lying on a shirtless guy. The shirtless guy has his head in the lap of another shirtless guy, who by the way is kissing the topless girl. While all of this is going on another guy is lying on the floor with his eyes closed and his pants undone.

For me all of this is a little too much! I wouldn’t be comfortable if my kids saw it and since it is on a billboard lots of kids do see this. Maybe I am shy and a prude but I am not comfortable with this at all. I realize that sex sells but I think this has taken it to the next level.

  • What are your thoughts?
  • Have you seen the ad?
  • Do you like the ad?

I look forward to your comments.

What Is Your Favorite War Movie?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

So there I am in a somewhat quiet house on Memorial Day, Monday May 25th. I am lying on the couch, drinking a bottled water and changing stations quickly, as if I was preparing for an event in the Olympics. As I change the channels I noticed that there was a ton of war movies on. I pause for a minute. Of course there would be, since it was Memorial Day.

I must pause for a minute and take you back to my childhood when it seemed that every Saturday I would watch a war movie with my dad. Because of that when I watch one for a few minutes it brings back some great memories, and I still watch them to not only watch the movie but to see if I can pick out all of the stars that were in the movie.

So on this day here were some of the war movies that were on:

I am sure there were many more but those are just the ones I saw. The question is what is the best war movie?

For me I can’t get to a number one, but can get to a top three. They are: The Longest Day, Patton and the Battle of The Bulge.

Each of those movies was a classic, had a great story, had good battle scenes, was star studded and kept my interest from start to finish.

  • Do you like war movies?
  • Did you watch them as a kid?
  • What is your favorite?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Isn’t Attitude Everything?

Monday, June 15th, 2009

In the past week I have been walking around a little bit more than normal and noticed a few things. I saw a dog that only had three legs. He was hopping around a little bit but actually was moving pretty well considering. I also noticed a man in a wheelchair who appeared to have a broken leg. The third thing I noticed was a young man who was using a walker to get around.

You are probably saying "Okay, what’s the connection?" and "What does it all mean?"

The real interesting thing for me is the dog’s tail was wagging a million times a minute and the other two people had huge smiles on their faces.

I believe there is a huge life lesson there. No matter what, you have to have the right attitude — always positive for me. The glass has to be half full.

I realize that there are a lot of bad things that are going on with the economy but no matter what, if you have the right attitude, I believe it can help you not only get through the week or month but can make a difference.

  • The question is, do you have the right attitude?
  • Do you focus on the positive?
  • Do you try and make things better each and every day at home or at work?
  • Do you believe that most people have the right attitude?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Hey, Alex Rodriguez Fans, What Is Your Favorite Picture?

Friday, June 12th, 2009

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This person is always in the press, always on TV, always on the Web and most times on the back or front page of the New York newspapers. For a little mindless Friday fun I want to know what are you two favorite pictures?

  • Do you like AROD playing for his country
  • In a swimsuit
  • Playing for the NY Yankees
  • Playing for the Texas Rangers
  • Playing for the Seattle Mariners
  • Fighting with the Boston Redsox
  • Signing Autographs?
  • How about some of the headlines form the NY newspapers?

Lookin' Up!
By the fountain
Bush League!
Posing with wife-ey
It's out-a there!
Umph!  Argh!  Ump!
Like a . . . never mind!
It's out-a there again!
Shady dealin'!
These aren't the 'roids you're looking for.  Move along.
What is your favorite picture?

Today Is A New Holiday – Time To Brag Day! What Does Your Company Do?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Everyone has heard of July 4, Memorial Day, Christmas, New Year, but have you heard of Brag Day? Well, maybe not because I just invented it. Since this blog now regularly gets over 1,000 visitors per week, I thought I would give people a chance to explain what they do, what services they provide and who is a perfect client. All for the low, low cost of nothing! Use this as a nice and easy way to network. If you do this right it should lead to a few opportunities.

So today is BRAG Day. The only thing I ask is that you try and be a little to the point and not too wordy. Feel free to include:

  • Cool projects that you may have completed
  • Where you are located
  • Something that you offer that no one else does
  • Links to your site
  • What separates you from your competition
  • Associations that you belong to
  • Things that you are proud of

I look forward to reading your comments and seeing if there is an opportunity for us to work together.

Thanks MRA

Monday, June 8th, 2009

For 2,190 consecutive days I was part of something very special. My streak was longer than Lou Gehrig’s by 60 but far short of Cal Ripken’s streak of 2,632 baseball games played in a row.

Well as of this past Friday, my streak came to an end. I never realized that in the early part of 2003 my life would change. Not only change but for the better. You see in March 2003, I was nominated to be on the national board for the Marketing Research Association (MRA). Next stop was to cross my fingers and hope that I would win an election against two other worthy candidates. As luck would have it I won the election and the next thing I knew I was being sworn in–in front of the association at the annual conference. This was a nice time and I was honored but I didn’t know what it meant. Having matured over the years, I now know that it meant a lot.

I have attended many conference calls, board meetings, participated in strategy sessions and presented many times. Yes it was work, in a lot of ways extra work, but I must tell you it never felt that way to me. I was doing something for an industry that I truly love and wanted to give something back to an industry that has given me so much.

Over the years the MRA has given me:

  • An opportunity to grow as a professional
  • Being part of a team that is so passionate and dedicated to the industry
  • Friendships that will last a lifetime

I have been part of many boards before but this one was different. This experience was much more meaningful and together this team made strategic decisions and moved the industry forward. I was part of something that was so very special and near and dear to my heart.

My streak of 2,190 days being on the national MRA are over and part of me is sad, in fact very sad. However, I am excited for the next generation of board members and their dedication, energy and most of all, fresh ideas.

The first thank you goes to the MRA members for voting for me. For trusting and believing that I could make a difference. I hope I did and didn’t let you down.

A big thank you to the presidents whom I served under: Michael Mermelstein, Joe Ottaviani Jane Cook, Merrill Shugoll, Colleen Moore Mezler and Jon Last. What a special group of people.

Another thank you goes to Larry Brownell, Kristen Darby and the entire MRA staff. They have done a great job in a tough economy.

A huge thank you to all the board member that I got a chance to serve with. There are way too many to mention all of them but a few of them include: Adam Weinstein, Amy Shields, Ed Sugar, Elisa Galloway, Ken Roberts, Kim Larson, Mary Wang and many others.

Of course a big thank you goes to Steve Schlesinger. Over the past six years we have worked closely together, accomplished a lot and you are one of the main reasons that my MRA experience was so meaningful and unforgettable.

Last but not least . . . the late John Boni who was the person who first got me involved in the local chapter of the MRA way back in 1988. Thank you for continuing to have a positive effect on my career long after we stopped working together.

MRA, my glass is raised and I toast you!

Thank you for everything you have given me over the last 2,190 days.