A Conspiracy Theorist’s Predictions for the 2017 NFL Playoffs

We all know the NFL playoffs aren't rigged. But if they WERE being written by a team of storytellers in New York, here's how it would go down. Houston: No NFL team has ever won a Super Bowl in the year their city hosted the game. The host city needs the tourist revenue. So no Houston this year. 1st round out. Oakland: Their QB is out so they…

My Facebook Feed’s Predictions for 2017 (Part 1)

It's the time of year when I get to reflect and think about the years immediately behind and ahead of me. I like to try to make some predictions to myself; not for clickbait or blog views, but so I can try to avoid being in a state of surprise and reaction as the year unfolds. This year, I don't have to do that. Thanks to the election of Donald …

My Unsolicited Opinions on the College Football Playoff

In no particular order... There's an irony that we're arguing about whether we need 2, 4 or 8 teams for a proper playoff. If this was the old days, Alabama would go win the Sugar Bowl, finish 14-0, and there wouldn't be a discussion about it. You can't make Conference Championships part of the parameters for making the College Football Play…

A Possible Answer to Why NFL TV Ratings are Down

It's being well documents that the NFL's TV ratings are down. There are hundreds of explanations, from the poorer quality of play, a general disgust for the Commissioner, a weariness of all the concussions and injuries, or even backlash at the National Anthem protests. I'll throw my supposition on the list - Fantasy Football. I posit that the gr…

What is Performance Psychology?

Russel Wilson has one on staff. Most college and pro teams have several. But what does a Performance Psychologist actually do? Elizabeth Boyer, PhD, describes it this way: Develop strategies to build consistency and satisfaction in sport and life Identify solutions for challenges and concerns. Get support to successfully navigate se…

What We Are Going to Do in 5 Years With All Those Non-Driverless Cars?

I'm not really a car guy. I like when other people have really nice cars, and I could certainly afford to have a nice car, but for some reason I'm wired to be perfectly happy driving the same Acura for the last 16 years. But 16 years is a long time and the reality is that my car will die someday. So I have started looking around for my next automo…

Totally Unfounded Speculation About Alex Rodriguez

There is almost zero percent chance that this hypothesis is accurate. But suppose... Rather than release him outright, the Yankees offered Alex Rodriguez the role of "Special Advisor" because they could make sure the contract he signed and the $20+ million they still owe him would be contingent on him actually being a Yankee Special Advisor. …

A Few Thoughts About Sigi Schmid

It's the end of an era. Quite literally. The Seattle Sounders have only known one head coach in all their days. Through 250 MLS matches, a host of playoff games and some lengthy runs through the U.S. Open Cup and Champions League, Sigi Schmid has been the only man driving the bus. And now that ride has ended. While Sigi was alone in compiling…

What I Learned from Copa America Centenario

A few quick takeaways from what was a pretty cool tournament. 1) South American soccer is more fun than European soccer: Sure, the Germans have technical skill that is fun to watch. But if you gave me the choice to randomly select two South American teams or two European teams to watch play, I'd choose the South Americans every time. With the e…

On Culture and Chemistry

I heard an interesting interview with Mariners Manager Scott Servais last week. He discussed some of the differences between this year's team and last year's, especially when it came to how the players acted in the dugout and clubhouse. Servais brought up a distinction I hadn't thought about before, the difference between Culture and Chemistry. …