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…

Missed the .COM rush? Grab a .FAMILY Domain for your clan

If you're not keeping up with all the online tech publications these days, you probably don't know much about what are called, "Top Level Domains (or TLD's)." The traditional TLD's are the ones attached to url's you know and love - .com, .net, .edu, .org, etc... But some really smart people realized that with all the url's already owned by peopl…

A Dumb Idea for Gun Control Compromise

If there's one thing I know for sure about the gun control debate, it's that none of the sides are absolutely right.In a country of 350 million people from hundreds of thousands of different cultural backgrounds, you aren't going to find a solution that appeases everyone. Rather than discuss this point, I'll direct you to this very well written pie…

7 Fun Facts About the St Vincent and the Grenadines Soccer Team

The U.S. Men's National Team starts its World Cup Qualifying run vs St Vincent and the Grenadines tonight. Who the heck is the the St Vincent and the Grenadines soccer team? Well, here are some fun facts. 1) The island is here. 2) The country has 109,373 people. That is approximately 321,905,480 less people than there are in the U.S. For pers…

Why do we split young soccer players by gender?

Saturday morning, shortly after my friend Trevor and I had completely our lap around Greenback - at a blistering pace I might add - you could find us relaxing on the deck of our favorite coffee shop, Forza. There, we had the perfect view as parents and 5-8 year olds invaded the soccer fields and set up for their matches. The games started and we…

I’ve Become One of “Those” People, and You Guys Can’t Drive

I like to think that at my advanced age, I have the ability to shift opinions. To change my mind. To "evolve," as it were. For years, I did not understand the concept of riding a bike to work. I found it non-sensical. Foolish and childish even. But then about 3-4 weeks ago my doctor explained some things that were going to happen to me in the…

If You’re Going to Spam Me, Just Get Close

I'ma marketing guy, so I'm ok with targeted spam. I get it. It's hard for sale people to get good leads, so blasting the heck out of potential customers, with a relevant message, in hopes of stumbling across someone looking for your services, well that doesn't offend me all that much. And I'm even ok with auto-email programs that insert my compa…

A Theory About Donald Trump

Let's pretend for a moment, that a man worth several billion dollars, who lords over a global real estate empire and produced a popular TV show for nearly a decade, ISN'T a complete moron. For the sake of argument, let's also assume this mogul is not certifiably crazy. With that as context, we have to ask, "Why is Donald Trump saying so many dum…