Thursday, June 30, 2011

locked out

Picture this: it's sunday in early February, you just got back from 11:00 church (because this was your lucky year) and you are about to make some hot wings, bagel bites, and sit down to watch the Super Bo....wait a minute, you can't! The players are complaining the the $250,000 salary minimum is too low and won't play until it's raised. No problem, just switch over to TNT and catch the 2nd half the the Celti....uh oh, the NBA is locked out to!?! The players are underpaid again?! Didn't that just happen like 12 years ago? Yep, it did.

Ladies and gentleman, we are in a crisis in America. The 2 most exciting sports to watch on TV are in a lockout with no end in sight. Well when I heard about this I jumped on my computer and headed straight for ESPN. After reading a few articles on the NBA lockout, (the latest lockout) I wanted to see what the general public had to say. Many were upset, as to be expected. Some were trying to promote the NHL or soccer leagues. I don't think I could bear to watch either for more than 10 minutes let alone an entire game or "match." So I, like many others, would watch my toenails grow before watching the NHL or soccer.

But then I started to feel worried for these players and owners. How on earth will they be able to afford their Bentley's, private jets, $1,000 bottles of champagne, child support, etc. So I thought of some great ways for both leagues to earn some NEEDED revenue during this lockout.

1. Roger Goodell fights David Stern on PPV (boxing or UFC) determining which sports is ultimately the best.
2. Vegas starts making pools for which star players will be cut from the team due to being fat and out of shape
3. Players can become walking advertisements thru tattoos. This is an added bonus for the players because of their love for new tattoos.
4. Make a game for Xbox Kinect called "NFL/NBA 2K12 - the lockout" where you can pretend you are a certain player and take him through daily tasks that aren't related to sports. Such as grocery shopping, getting a hair cut, coming out with a new perfume/shoe label, getting a DUI, swimming in their underground pool, etc. The possibilities are endless
5. Learn how to dance and create a broadway musical called "Lockout - O' How We Suffer" including at least 3 rolls royce in the production, and every cast member is required to wear gucci and a gold chain.
6. Appearing at birthday parties, bar mitzvah's, and other social events for a fee.
7. Found a charity event called "Please help the Pro's": they can put on concerts and divide all earnings between themselves. Maybe Lady Gaga can perform.

As the lockout continues, I'm sure they will find more creative ways to make money. But anything you can add as a suggestion would be great. Every little bit helps.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

an age old question

Which sport requires the most talent? Skill?

Skill- competent excellence in performance; expertness; dexterity: a craft, trade, or job requiring manual dexterity or special training in which a person has competence and experience

Talent-a special natural ability or aptitude

Going off these definitions which sport requires the most SKILL? I will give you my answers and feel free to express your opinion to back me up or prove me wrong. Also, the sport MUST include a ball, all other sports are irrelevant for this discussion. *Disclaimer* there is no perfect way to compare 2 sports

1. Baseball- The hand-eye coordination? Sure that can be a talent, but in order to be able to make a decision, swing, and make sure the bat hit’s the ball in less than .3 seconds takes an enormous amount of repetition and practice. Not to mention the 162 game regular-season. That’s insane. The idea of running full speed without looking where you are going to track down a ball knowing full well you may just in fact run right into a wall. Just think, the BEST baseball players in the world fail 7 out of 10 times. The mental toughness alone is an enviable skill.

2. Golf- I know, most won’t agree with this, but think about it, the difference between making 90,000,000 a year and paying 15 bucks to get into the Cedar City golf course is the skill in your swing. Anyone can swing a golf club, but it takes time, effort, and a little natural talent to swing like tiger (no pun intended)

3. Basketball- this one comes in third from the perspective of skill. Athleticism rankings it would be 2nd. It’s a challenge to make a shot with no one guarding you, but to have someone in your face and still maintain your composure, feel and dexterity to jump 36 inches in the air and make your hands and arms shoot the ball perfectly into a 17 inch (diameter) rim is impressive.  Especially if it’s from 30 feet away 40 minutes into a game after you’ve missed over 50% of your shots that night. Being mentally skilled to shake that off also comes into play.

Now remember this isn’t doctrine. I’m not the ultimate authority, but I’m definitely right ;) feel free to disagree with me…

Thursday, June 23, 2011

5 good ones...

My dad forwarded me an email that makes a ton of sense! Don't take these statements as universal truths. Not all societies are zero-sum, but these illustrate great points. Anyways, these are 5 great sentences demonstrating how our current government is helping weaken this great nation.

1.  You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity. 

2.  What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first  take from somebody else. 

4. You cannot multiply wealth  by dividing it. 

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half  is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea  that it does no good  to work, because somebody else is
going  to get what they work  for, that is the beginning of  the end of any nation.

Our founding fathers didn't start this nation as a charity. Nor do I believe they would want the government to become as socialist as Europe. We need new leadership that understands the importance of hard work, family values and fearing God. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

father's day

Today is father's day. Everyone has one, today I wanted to end the dispute of who has the best dad in the world. all the dads out there, were gonna play a little game. Here goes:

If you have completed an Ironman, and 2 half Ironman's please stay standing.

If you have been the CEO of a business, stay standing.

If you have been the CFO of an international company, stay standing.

If you were the first to graduate college in your whole family (parents included) stay standing.

If you are fluent in French, keep standing.

If you raised 3 boys well enough that they all decided to give up their own lives for 2 years and serve others, stay standing.

If you raised those same 3 boys without losing all your hair and patience, you can stay standing. (even if you currently have a receding hair-line)

If you have given up 2 years of your own life to serve others and were the first in your family to do so, stay standing.

If you picked the best wife in the world to help you raise your 5 kids, stay standing.

Well I'm sure everyone is anxious to see who is still standing. The only one still standing wins the honor of "Best Dad Ever!" And the winner is....

GARY BOWEN! Love you lots dad! Thanks for helping me become the man I am today. Have a great day, you deserve it!