• I’m an Instant Fan: Athletes Putting Their Team First

    If you follow any professional team sport, you’ve probably heard superstar athletes say dozens of times that the team is the most important thing to them and all they want is to win games (and championships) instead of individual achievements.

    Yet you’ve probably then seen those same athletes sign contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars (or even sit out of training camp and regular season games if they don’t get the robust contract they want). I completely understand that these athletes put their bodies and minds through so much to provide entertainment for fans, but these actions seem to conflict with team-first statements.

    So in the rare cases that an athlete restructures their contract or even accepts less money to help their team, I’m an instant fan. One of the biggest examples of this just happened a few days ago thanks to New York Knicks player Jalen Brunson. He chose a $156.5 million max deal over the next four years over a much bigger $269.1 million deal that he was contractually obligated to receive. Either way it’s a lot of money, but that’s a massive difference, one that allowed the team to sign two other star players and make a legitimate championship run this year.

    I think this is incredible, and while I have no allegiance to the Knicks (or any NBA team), I’m rooting for them in the 2024-2025 season. If Brunson’s true team-first approach works out–and if he does, I hope the Knicks reward him handsomely–perhaps other players will follow this method too.

    What do you think about this? Have you seen similar examples in sports you follow?

  • Have You Watched “Hacks”? (My Thoughts)

    Have You Watched “Hacks”? (My Thoughts)

    After hearing from Slashfilm that Hacks is the funniest show on TV right now, we had to give it a try. The 30-minute episodes on Max fit well into our lunchtime viewing schedule, and we’re now into the second of three seasons (a fourth is in the making). Hacks follows an aging comedian (Deborah Vance)…


  • Soccer, Disc Golf, and the Present Moment

    Soccer, Disc Golf, and the Present Moment

    I recently listened to a fascinating podcast episode about near-death experiences. The guest (an author on a new book about the topic) had no firm conclusions about what follows death–just a string of interesting coincidences–but he did learn a lesson about life: The present moment is incredibly precious, yet we miss out on it. I’ve…


  • Have You Watched “If You Were the Last”? (My Thoughts)

    If you and someone else were the last people (on the planet, an island, etc), what would your relationship look like? This is the question posted in the 2023 rom-com film “If You Were the Last,” which we watched on Peacock over the weekend. It flew completely under my radar, and I’m sorry it didn’t–I…



Movies

  • Have You Watched “If You Were the Last”? (My Thoughts)

    If you and someone else were the last people (on the planet, an island, etc), what would your relationship look like? This is the question posted in the 2023 rom-com film “If You Were the Last,” which we watched on Peacock over the weekend. It flew completely under my radar, and I’m sorry it didn’t–I…

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Television

  • Have You Watched “Hacks”? (My Thoughts)

    Have You Watched “Hacks”? (My Thoughts)

    After hearing from Slashfilm that Hacks is the funniest show on TV right now, we had to give it a try. The 30-minute episodes on Max fit well into our lunchtime viewing schedule, and we’re now into the second of three seasons (a fourth is in the making). Hacks follows an aging comedian (Deborah Vance)…

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Sports

  • I’m an Instant Fan: Athletes Putting Their Team First

    I’m an Instant Fan: Athletes Putting Their Team First

    If you follow any professional team sport, you’ve probably heard superstar athletes say dozens of times that the team is the most important thing to them and all they want is to win games (and championships) instead of individual achievements. Yet you’ve probably then seen those same athletes sign contracts worth hundreds of millions of…

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Books

  • Have You Read “The Serpent and the Wings of Night”? (My Thoughts)

    Have You Read “The Serpent and the Wings of Night”? (My Thoughts)

    The Hunger Games meets vampires with a touch of romantic intrigue, aided by excellent writing and characterizations? That summarizes my latest obsession, The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent. I stumbled onto this book among Amazon’s Kindle recommendations while looking up something else, and I’m so glad I did. It reminds me…

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Food

  • What Is the Best Dark Chocolate?

    What Is the Best Dark Chocolate?

    Megan and I recently attended what I thought was going to be a chocolate-making class at the Botanical Gardens, but it turned out to be a chocolate-tasting class–even better! During the class we learned about how chocolate is made and different ingredients to look for on packaging to determine the quality and sustainability of the chocolate.…

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