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Time to build a list of restaurants that I wish were at the airport.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Last week, as I was walking thru the Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport I noticed they had a food court and the next thing I knew I was eating at Pei Wei. To me this was perfect. I love the food, the freshness, the quality, and the speed of a regular Pei Wei and was curious – could the airport duplicate all of that. Even though they had a limited menu the experience was solid and exactly what I had hoped for. Of course, this gave me reason to pause and think of other restaurants that I would love to see in an airport.

Before I give you my short list I want to say that I understand customers have limited time and it is possible that some brands don’t want to be in an airport. With that said, here is my list:

  1. Jersey Mikes – fast, really good food and great bread!
  2. Les Madeline – quick, light, delicious food that you can eat all day.
  3. In-N-Out Burger – Every airport needs a good burger joint and none better. Although I do think the lines might be too long!
  4. Dairy Queen – I can always use a cone. Ok perhaps a little too messy.

Okay, your turn.

  • What do you think of my choices?
  • What restaurants would you like to see in an airport?

I look forward to reading your comments.

P.S. Since I haven’t been to every airport, it is possible these restaurants are already in some airports.

Kobe I have a message for you…

Monday, May 9th, 2016

  • 5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009–2010)
  • 2× NBA Finals MVP (2009–2010)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
  • 18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016)
  • 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
  • 11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (2000–2001)
  • 2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)
  • 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003–2004, 2006–2011)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001–2002, 2012)
  • 2× NBA scoring champion (2006–2007)
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
  • Los Angeles Lakers all-time leading scorer
  • Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1996)

Short and sweet THANK YOU!

  • Do you have a favorite Kobe story?
  • Is there a particular play that reminds you of Kobe?
  • Have you ever seen Kobe play in person?

I look forward to reading your comments to Kobe.

What I have learned so far in the NBA playoffs….

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

I must admit I have enjoyed watching the NBA playoffs. So far, here is what I think I have learned:

1. The Boston Celtics are a very athletic team.
2. Kevin Durant is too good a player to get caught up in all the cheap shots, flagrant fouls, & ejections.

  1. Even with Steph Curry, the Golden State Warriors aren’t beating the San Antonio Spurs.
  2. The San Antonio Spurs, without question, are the best dynasty I have ever seen in sports!
  3. With Chris Paul out the Clippers are going home after the first round!
  4. The Detroit Pistons will be a special team next year!
  5. I don’t care who wins the Toronto Indiana series!
  6. The Houston Rockets are the most dysfunctional team I have seen since some of the crazy George Steinbrenner NY Yankee teams!
  7. The trainer for the Miami Heat is a superstar for everything he has done to get Dwayne Wade in a position to play!
  8. The Cleveland Cavaliers are better than most people think!
  9. Even only winning one playoff game the Dallas Mavericks overachieved.

Okay your turn…

  • What have you learned so far?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Is 143 pitches too many?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

A few weeks ago I was watching TV and, of course, flipping around. While I was doing that I ended up on a women’s NCAA college softball game between NC State and Florida State. Even though I only watched for 5 minutes, the game was pretty exciting. The score was tied in the bottom of the 7th. What caught my attention wasn’t the score, the teams, the uniforms, or anything close to that. I noticed the pitch count in the bottom right corner which was in the mid 130’s. Let me start by saying this. I know very little about women’s college softball. With every 20 seconds another pitch would come and the pitch count would increase. Once it got passed 140 I was very intrigued and was curious as to how high it would go.

The pitcher for NC State was Courtney Mirabella who is a junior (12-12 on the year) and based on some of my research is a very experienced pitcher. She didn’t get any batters out in the 7th and actually hit a batter so perhaps she was very tired. NC State came up short losing 5-4 and Courtney’s pitch count ended at 143.

I must say I was shocked!

  • With the torque on their arm and shoulder isn’t that a ton of pitches?
  • Do some college pitchers actually throw more than that in a game?

I look forward to your comments and hope a few college pitchers’ or coaches respond to this post. I am really curious on their thoughts.

P.S. Here is a link to the box score. Click Here to see the box scores.

Five things I learned while I ran a 5K

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Even though I have been working out over 20+ times a month for 15 years I haven’t run in a 5K since I was in my 20’s with my roommate at the time – J.M. While I was driving around town I noticed a few signs that were promoting a 5K road race for a charity and the next thing I knew I signed myself and Mary up to not only support the charity but also to try something different.

Here are a few things I learned along my 5K!

  1. Running on pavement is a lot different than on a treadmill! My back and top of my knees really felt the impact a lot more than running 8 miles on a treadmill.
  2. I need to run with music! As opposed to most people who truly enjoy running in a competitive environment I need to listen to music and yes, run to the beat a little bit!
  3. I had absolutely no idea how far I had gone and how much I had left! I counted the number of songs and multiplied it by 4 minutes and kind of had an estimate but not really. I looked up and saw the finish line when I had a lot more in the tank!
  4. Running in a timed 5K is a VERY dangerous thing for me! Because I am so competitive, and now that I have a time as a measuring stick (29:30), I will definitely have a need to beat that next time. Because I am old and won’t listen to my body, I have a sense that I will push myself way beyond what I should.
  5. I had a lot of goofy thoughts. While I was running I was looking at the houses, the streets, and the other participants. Thoughts came into my mind like oh I can get past this house before the song ends, I can’t believe that person is ahead of me! That person is older than me I should be able to run faster! What am I doing, I am too old for this!

Overall the experience was great. I am glad I was able to do this with M.D. and of course she finished with a huge smile on her face while I was struggling.

  • When was the last time you ran a road race?
  • Did you enjoy the experience?
  • Have you run a marathon?
  • What was the feeling when you crossed the finish line?
  • What are you thinking about when you run?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention baseball fans – Flip or not too flip – that is the question!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Last October during the playoffs there was tremendous drama. It seemed that every day there was a nail biter and comebacks that made the games very interesting and fun to watch. During game 5 of the ALDS between the Toronto Blue jays and the Texas Rangers there was a very dramatic home run by Jose Bautista which was followed by (perhaps) the biggest bat flip in the history of baseball.

This bat flip has led to many debates with a ton of comments by current and ex-baseball players. Johnny Bench, Goose Gossage don’t like it, while many current players like David Ortiz does, and believes it is appropriate.

My opinion is pretty simple. I am old school and grew up with brush back pitches all the time. I always loved the characters in baseball like Mark “the bird” Fidrych and “Oil Can” Boyd. One could argue their antics on the mound showed up players. I totally disagree. I think it is part of baseball and adds to the game. Too many players these days are very stoic, they show little emotion, and I believe the game suffers.

I see anyone who hits a home run, late in a playoff game, in a deciding game (winner take all) has the right to show emotion. Joey Bats I have no issue with what you did nor should anyone else in baseball.

What are your thoughts?

  • Bat flip or no bat flip?
  • Do the Texas Rangers retaliate this year?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention NBA sports fans… do you always want your team to make the playoffs?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Often I have a debate with my buddy R.H. and many times it is about making the playoffs. If you know your team, the team that you cheer the loudest for has no chance to win in the playoffs do you want them to make it?

My opinion is firmly this. No matter what is in front of you, no matter how hard the challenge and how big the deck is stacked against you, always try and make the playoffs! This year I like the Dallas Mavericks. I like the players, their work ethic, the coach, the fact that they are always playing hard and never give up. Right now the Mavericks have the 8th seed in the west which means a playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. That is the same Warriors team that won the NBA championship last year and the same team that is chasing history for the best record all time!

I realize the Mavericks probably have no shot to beat them and even if they improve to the 6th or 7th seed they probably don’t fare much better against the San Antonio Spurs & Oklahoma Thunder. Regardless, I want them to make the playoffs. I want them to experience that together even if they lose 4 straight games by 30 points! Sometimes luck will play on your side, an injury or two happen and perhaps David can beat Goliath!

So, I say yes no matter what, I say you always want your favorite NBA team to make the playoffs!

What are your thoughts?

  • Do you want your favorite team to make the playoffs?
  • Are you ok if a team tanks to get a better draft pick?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention swimmers – I need your opinion.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Over the years my kids have played many sports. Included in the list are Lacrosse, soccer, baseball, football, golf and next up is water polo and swimming. Both my boys will be in the pool very often over the next few months.

The last time I played water polo was in camp and that was let’s just say decades ago. I was fortunate to go to one of the best sports camps in New England and always skipped swimming to play other sports that I enjoyed more. Because of that, I am a very weak swimmer and have little advice to offer either of my boys.

That’s where you come in:

  • Have your kids played water polo or swam competitively?
  • What advice would you give me as a parent?
  • Any tips you could give my kids?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Was the Super Bowl really SUPER?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

As always there was tremendous hype around the Super Bowl and millions and millions watched the big game! The question is – was it really super?

Let me start by saying I didn’t have a horse in the race. Nothing against the Panthers and Bronco’s but they aren’t the New England Patriots who are my favorite team. The game is always special to me because for 19 out of the last 20 years I am on a trip with my buddies. We started this tradition when we were much younger and hope to continue it for another 3-4 decades!

Back to the game and commercials!

To me it was a defensive battle! Neither QB played well and overall I was disappointed in the game! The commercials seemed better and more creative than the last few years so I really enjoyed that aspect.

Overall the game wasn’t super for me!

What about you?

  • Did you enjoy the game?
  • Did your team win?
  • If you didn’t care who won did you still like the game?
  • What did you think about the commercials?
  • Which one was your favorite?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention Sports Fans – Isn’t America’s team really the….?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Living in Dallas I hear often that the Dallas Cowboys are America’s team. I must admit I get a chuckle often after hearing that. Yes decades ago the Cowboys were awesome, filled with great players, a great coach, amazing franchise, and lots of championships! To me those days are long gone.

I won’t spend my time posting thoughts of what the Cowboys are today but rather who I truly believe is or should be America’s team!

Before I do that, my definition of America’s team would be a team that embodies just that – teamwork, has classy players, great fans, wins championships, and has players that never seem to get in trouble.

Close your eyes and think about sports teams who embody all of those traits today, yesterday, and for as long as you can remember?

Give up?

To me isn’t the San Antonio Spurs America’s team?

Don’t they embody everything you would want a great team to have?

Hall of fame coach! Hall of fame players! Everyone thinks team first and makes sacrifices to win, and frankly, all they do is win! In case you forgot they have won the NBA Championship 5 times since 1999! Gregg Popovich is a special coach and has been there for over 20 years! The management team and ownership all appear to be on the same page and never have an issue with anything!

Time to rename America’s team the San Antonio Spurs.

  • What are your thoughts?
  • Are the Cowboys still America’s team?
  • What is your definition of America’s team?
  • Who do you think is America’s team?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.