sports

Have You Played Pickleball?

Have You Played Pickleball?

This past weekend in Kansas City, my girlfriend’s mother invited us to play a game of pickleball with her. I had some vague recollections about the game from high school gym class (which we played on tennis courts), but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the local park had nice, real pickleball courts. 8 […]


Have You Played Disc Golf?

Have You Played Disc Golf?

I don’t think I quite realized how much I’ve missed playing sports during the pandemic until this past weekend. Over the last year, my main sport activity has been indoor rock climbing (in addition to daily exercise)–it isn’t competitive, but it’s a physical puzzle with a series of challenges and ways to improve. However, when […]


How Do You Feel About Sports with No Spectators?

How Do You Feel About Sports with No Spectators?

I’ve always viewed professional and collegiate sports as entertainment, nothing more. But I have to say that I miss that form of entertainment. I miss checking ESPN for soccer scores and basketball highlights. I miss fantasy baseball. And I’m worried that I’ll have to miss football this fall. Of course, preventing the spread of the […]


My Crazy Idea for an Eventual Continuation of the NBA Season

My Crazy Idea for an Eventual Continuation of the NBA Season

One of the biggest signals to me that the coronavirus is a big deal was when all professional sports (and March Madness) were put on hold last week. Leading by example makes a huge difference in times of trouble. I follow certain sports as a casual fan, among them the NBA (basketball). I don’t know […]


I Don’t Watch Hockey, but I Love This Story

I Don't Watch Hockey, but I Love This Story

A few days ago, something amazing happened in the National Hockey League. This is coming from someone who doesn’t follow hockey at all, even when the St. Louis Blues took home the championship trophy last year. The Carolina Hurricanes were winning against the Toronto Maple Leafs last week when one of their two goalies was […]


Congratulations to the 49ers for Winning the Super Bowl! (unless they didn’t)

I’m writing this 30 minutes before kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, because by the time the game is over, I’ll be tired and won’t want to write a blog entry. So I’m going to take a gamble and hope that my team, the 49ers, pull out a Super Bowl victory. And if they don’t win, […]


The Kickball Story

The Kickball Story

It’s been years since I’ve played a competitive team sport that “mattered” in any capacity. I played soccer for most of my life, along with intramural soccer, frisbee, and football in college. That’s where I discovered pickup sports, which I found to be a much better fit for my personality. But in my 20s, I […]


Would You Celebrate If You Won a Soccer Game 13-0?

Yesterday the US women’s national soccer team won their World Cup opener against Thailand 13-0. It was the highest goal differential in World Cup history. I love the USWNT, and I have no problem with them running up the score in a tournament where goal differential matters. But I paused when I heard there was […]


My Fingers Hurt!

My Fingers Hurt!

One of my favorite lines in any movie (and one of the few movie quotes I remember) is “my fingers hurt” from Happy Gilmore. That’s how I feel today after my second-ever attempt at indoor rock climbing yesterday. My first attempt was a few years ago, a 2-hour class that mostly focused on climbing safety […]


Why Marathons but No Sprinting Competitions?

Why Marathons but No Sprinting Competitions?

This is a completely random thought that occurred to me recently. As adults, we have a few different ways to stay in shape. We can join a gym or yoga center, play a sport (league, pickup, or with friends), exercise or stay active at home or in the great outdoors, or participate in obstacle course […]


Have You Listened to the “Punchline” Episode of Radiolab?

Have You Listened to the "Punchline" Episode of Radiolab?

Last week I recommended an episode of the Radiolab podcast called “The Living Room.” After sharing it, several people recommended another episode called “Punchline“…and they were right, as it was worth the listen. The episode is about a hockey player named John Scott. I don’t follow hockey, but the podcasters go out of their way […]


How Many Layers of Dip Did You Eat During the Super Bowl?

How Many Layers of Dip Did You Eat During the Super Bowl?

This was a deja vu Super Bowl for me. 17 years ago I was studying abroad in Japan when the St. Louis Rams–a team I started rooting for when I entered my freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999, the same year that Kurt Warner led the Rams to a Super Bowl […]


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 […]