sports

Can You Be Both a Contract Holdout and a Team Player?

Can You Be Both a Contract Holdout and a Team Player?

Almost every year in the NFL, there’s at least one elite player who doesn’t report to their team because of contract issues. After holding out for a while, they typically resolve the contract before the season begins, and they go on to help their team that year. Something different has happened this year. One of […]


Does It Help or Hurt Your Team to Boo the Referee?

Does It Help or Hurt Your Team to Boo the Referee?

As I love to do in the fall, I watched NFL football while eating lunch today. There was a controversial play in one of the games, and the referee ruled in favor of the visiting team. As sports fans do, they booed the decision. As they did, I couldn’t help but wonder: Are they helping […]


My Thoughts on the American Ninja Warrior Finale

My Thoughts on the American Ninja Warrior Finale

If you watch this show and haven’t watched last night’s episode, spoilers await! Otherwise, if you don’t care about spoilers and are curious about game design, competitive TV, and sports, you might find this interesting (and I’d like to hear your thoughts). *** As I’ve written about a few times, I love American Ninja Warrior. […]


2 Recent Sports Videos That Made My Jaw Drop

In the last 2 weeks, there were two sports-related clips that absolutely amazed me. One I watched after after it went viral, and the other I watched in “real time” on the TV. I’ll start with the latter. The context is that I was watching American Ninja Warrior with a few friends. It’s the first […]


Do You Think Cities Should Spend Tax Dollars on Sports Stadiums?

Do You Think Cities Should Spend Tax Dollars on Sports Stadiums?

For quite some time, I’ve found it very odd that billionaire sports team owners ask cities to pay for sports stadiums. The logic often used to justify tax dollars being used in this way is if you build a stadium, more people (local and tourists) visit the surrounding bars, restaurants, and shops, boosting the local […]


World Cup Update: Are You Not Entertained?!

World Cup Update: Are You Not Entertained?!

Okay, maybe you don’t care about soccer and truly aren’t entertained by the World Cup. But I am! Here’s an update with my current thoughts: We’re entering the quarterfinals with several predictable entrants (France, Uruguay, Brazil, Belgium) and an entire half-bracket that hardly anyone expected to get this far (Russia, Croatia, Sweden, England). This is […]


World Cup: My Thoughts So Far

World Cup: My Thoughts So Far

I’ve really, really enjoyed World Cup 2018 so far. There are some caveats, but for the most part I’ve been surprised by how often I’ve been drawn back to the TV to watch “just 5 more minutes.” This is one of the few occasions since I started running my company full-time that I haven’t been […]


How Would You Support Your Team If You Were Injured?

How Would You Support Your Team If You Were Injured?

While I’m not a huge NBA basketball fan, I enjoy the drama of the playoffs, and I’ve tuned into the final few minutes of a number of recent games. When I did that for Game 7 of Cavaliers-Celtics a few days ago, I was genuinely surprised by something the announcers mentioned. Kyrie Irving, the injured […]


Have You Ever Climbed a Pole in Philadelphia?

Have You Ever Climbed a Pole in Philadelphia?

Today an article about the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game between Villanova and Michigan caught my eye. The headline read, “Villanova greases poles ahead of title game.” I thought that sounded odd, but I also had a sense of deja vu. It hit me: Authorities in Philadelphia also greased poles before the most recent Super […]


I Want the 49ers to Draft Shaquem Griffin

I Want the 49ers to Draft Shaquem Griffin

Whether or not you follow the National Football League, there’s an emerging story that I think is worth your attention. Shaquem Griffin, an acclaimed player for the University of Central Florida, only has one hand. He lost his hand at age 4 due to a congenital condition called “amniotic band syndrome.” Yet he recently tore […]


What Are the Best 20 Minutes of a Soccer Game?

What Are the Best 20 Minutes of a Soccer Game?

Today I was really excited about a huge game in the English Premier League, Manchester United hosting Manchester City. They’re the top 2 teams in the EPL right now. The problem is, I had a busy day (some work, some play), and I didn’t have time to watch 90 minutes of soccer. So I set […]


Waterboys in Football: Why?

Waterboys in Football: Why?

As I do every weekend, I watched a little football (college and NFL) on Saturday and Sunday. There was a moment during one of the games that I noticed something odd. I’ve seen this hundreds of times before, but I never realized how weird it is. A player ran over to the sidelines after making […]


Do Sports Matter During Natural Disasters?

Do Sports Matter During Natural Disasters?

In the midst of the continued aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, I saw this on ESPN yesterday: I’ve written about sports and related media sometimes forgetting that they’re just a form of entertainment. They bring a lot of people joy and meaning, but in the end, sports are no different than movies, TV shows, […]


What’s the Last Tournament You Played in?

What's the Last Tournament You Played in?

The last tournament I participated in was filling out a bracket for March Madness. I’m not even sure that counts as participation, but it’s something. Before that–excluding other March Madnesses, it was a soccer tournament I played in 6 years ago with the guys I played with while growing up in Virginia. We lost in […]


What’s the Best Mid-Game Entertainment at a Sporting Event?

If you’ve ever attended a live sporting event, you know that the game is just one piece of the overall entertainment package. There are tons of carefully crafted moments sprinkled into the game, ranging from music to contests to comedy and more. I attended my annual Cardinals game tonight. Sometime in the middle of the […]


The Odd Reward System of Team Ninja Warrior

The Odd Reward System of Team Ninja Warrior

I love American Ninja Warrior and its various spinoffs, but I question the scoring system in Team Ninja Warrior (TNW). I might be missing something, so I’d like to hear your thoughts. Unlike ANW, TNW is comprised of a series of head-to-head races. Each team has 3 members, and they each take turns racing against […]


What’s Your Favorite Sports Final?

What's Your Favorite Sports Final?

I’m going to throw some 2016/2017 stats at you: NBA Finals (game 1): 20 million viewers World Series  (game 7): 40 million viewers Super Bowl: 114 million viewers UEFA Champions League Final: 350 million viewers I spent a few hours on Saturday afternoon watching the Champions League Final, the last game in a tournament that […]


The Crowdsourced Football Team

The Crowdsourced Football Team

Have you ever watched the coach of your favorite sports team make what you think is a terrible decision? I know I have. Sure, it’s always from the luxury of my couch, not in the heat of the moment surrounded by tens of thousands of screaming fans. But still. I can’t find the post, but […]


Do Professional Soccer Players Really Need to Run Basic Drills?

Do Professional Soccer Players Really Need to Run Basic Drills?

It was one of those images that I usually glance over on ESPN to get to the article: A group of Real Madrid players running through a basic keep-away drill. It’s a drill I participated in many times in my teens. But this time, something about the image made me stop and think. These are […]


Why Would You Ever Drop the Football?

Why Would You Ever Drop the Football?

I get excited about football season, both college and professional. As I’ve discussed before, I don’t mind seeing athletes celebrate when they score. It’s a joyful moment–why shouldn’t they share their enthusiasm in creative ways? But I continue to be baffled by football players who drop the football (uncontested) before they reach the end zone […]


Is There Any Sport You’re Scared of?

Is There Any Sport You're Scared of?

There was a time, years ago in my youth, that I thought I might be a good pole vaulter. I was a sprinter in high school, I was lean, and I have decent body control. However, there’s a problem: To be a pole vaulter, you must allow yourself to spring 20+ feet in the air […]


The Entertainment of Gael Monfils

I love watching sports. Well, sports highlights. I don’t have time to watch full games anymore. Increasingly, though, the entire industry surrounding sports seems to have forgotten that sports are entertainment. I’ve written about this before, so I won’t harp on it here. The point is, no matter how much you get paid to play […]


Olympic Athletes and Condoms

Olympic Athletes and Condoms

I’m always amused by reports every 2 years about the number of condoms available to Olympic athletes and members of the press. In London, there were 150,000 condoms available in the Olympic Village. Sochi was dubbed the “Tinder Olympics” because of widespread use of the hook-up app. And in Brazil this month, there are 450,000 […]


Pet Please #127: Fans Who Gather at Their Home Stadium for Away Games

Pet Please #127: Fans Who Gather at Their Home Stadium for Away Games

I love super-fans. I love super-fans (of sports teams) particularly because I’m not one of them. Sure, I root for certain teams, but almost nothing they do will ever impact my daily decisions in the slightest. So it’s fascinating for me to observe people who are the exact opposite of me. One of my favorite […]