Some Fun Trivia to Celebrate Mariners Opening Day

It's the home opener of our favorite hometown 9, the Seattle Mariners. So let's take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and review some stats and trivia since┬áthe day the Mariners were bounced from the last playoff game in which they participated, October 22, 2001. Things that did not exist the last time the Mariners were in the playoffs: X…

Mark Cuban 2020?

Mark Cuban set about to troll President Trump, in what was surely the only newsworthy event from the NBA's Celebrity All-Star game. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="534"] Source: USA Today[/caption] But wait a minute, does a Mark Cuban presidency make sense? Have the times changed so greatly, that this something we should consider? Let…

Should We Provide Free College Tuition

I'm seeing this topic brought up more and more. College is too expensive and even the middle class can't afford it anymore. And those who come out of school with a mountain of debt will never be able to own a house, much less have enough discretionary income from the low paying jobs they'll earn with their degree. So the easy answer is to make c…

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.┬áBut 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. …

The Meat-Free Experiment is Underway

I've never contemplated vegetarianism. And no matter how long I live in Seattle, I can never see myself paying an extra $3 for a "sustainable" sandwich. But I like experiments, so I have one underway. From May 17 - May 30, I'm going meat free. I'm trading the steaks for salmon, bacon for yoghurt, and sandwiches for salads. Just to see how my…

6 Business Lessons To Learn From Bruce Springsteen

3 hours and 45 minutes. That was the amount of time Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at Key Arena on Thursday night. What can a musician teach a business person in 4 hours? Here are some simple lessons of which I was reminded. 1) Treat your customer right How do you get you most ardent fans, all who have seen you play multiple tim…

American Politics are Dead, and I Blame Social Media

I hear the gasps now. "But Andy, your mortgage gets paid because of social media. How can ANYTHING be social media's fault?" In the beginning, we all promised that social would lead to the democratization of media. Finally, one person with a great point could be heard by the masses, without the media getting in the way and distorting the message…

Imagining Presidential Candidates as League Commissioners

I don't know what made me think about this, but indulge me if you will. If you took the remaining Presidential candidates and put them in charge of the sports leagues, which ones would they run? Here's my proposal. 1) MLS Let's start with the easiest one first. Major League Soccer is by definition a socialist endeavor. The league revenues are s…

A Request to the Writers of The Daily Show

Dear Trevor Noah and the rest of The Daily Show writing team, I have a request for this election season. Every candidate is busy lining up endorsements from the people they thing will most energize voters. Candidates need endorsements from all the individual politicians, tastemakers and influencers, from President Obama to Jay Inslee to Ed Mu…