Rule #76: No Excuses. Play Like A Champion.

Fact: The Green Bay Packers are the one seed in the NFC and hold home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Fact: The Packers can go and win the Super Bowl.

Fiction: In order to do that, it all depends on who they play and can avoid in the playoffs.

This past week, all across the social and the airwaves, a popular topic was: “Who DON’T you want the Packers to face in the playoffs?”

I get it. Most have an opinion on it and it’s all different. Tampa Bay because it’s Brady and they beat the Packers earlier in the season. New Orleans because of the offense.

My pick? I don’t care. Bring. It. On.

I’ve played this game before. This scoreboard watching game and hoping my team can play that team because it will be “easier” for them to get to the final dance. History has proven that’s not always the case. Do I need to mention the Giants to Packers fans? or a 7th seeded Kentucky to Badger hoops fans?

Getting caught up in hoping your team plays this team or that team is pointless. Let it be decided on the field. Sure, some teams match-up better than others regardless of records, but I’m not going to be one with a mindset of “Oh crap, we have to play THEM?!” I say: “Bring it on!”

Because the Green Bay Packers are the one seed in the NFC with home-field throughout, the league MVP, and a defense playing better heading into the playoffs.

Stop worrying about who your team is playing and focus on your team and the play on the field. Don’t be afraid of anyone.

Bring. It. On.

Professor of Intellectual and Entertaining Sports Talk

Professor of Intellectual and Entertaining Sports Talk.

I had someone send that to me the other day. I like it. I’m going to use that. It’s already in my Twitter bio, because of course it is.

That encompasses my goals and exactly what I try to do with my show, podcasts, blogs, and video blogs.

Knowledge with a little entertainment.

 Sports are fun. They’re supposed to be fun. So why shouldn’t we have some fun when we talk about them? Some programs are all business and straight up facts and analysis. Nothing wrong with that. Some are just straight up about being entertaining and nothing more. Nothing wrong with that.

But my style is a mixture of both. Because for me, sports were and are my escape. They’re my sanctuary. My passion. My joy since I was a kid pretending that my sidewalk block was a basketball hoop because I didn’t have a real one. Or throwing football passes to the clothes line polls and pretending that was a receiver. Or using sidewalk chalk to draw a square on the home foundation to work on my pitching accuracy. I’ve always found joy in playing a sport, because I believe that’s at the heart of it all. I daydreamed all the time about sports and being a part of them.

But along the way, I discovered that not only did I enjoy playing these games, I absorbed knowledge about it. And it would stick with me and I wanted to learn more and understand more. You probably heard me tell the story about writing a letter to the Orlando Magic as a kid with a trade proposal for Eric Montross to replace Shaq. They obviously didn’t listen to me. Or in 5th grade we had a contest on who could write the most names of current Green Bay Packer players in one minute. I wrote down 24, first and last name. I won a can of Spaghettios.

I remember weird stuff like that. But I remember a lot of sports stuff too. My friends and I always joked that if there was a Harvard school for useless sports knowledge, I would have been the valedictorian.

But I love sports and I love studying and talking about them. And that’s why I try to incorporate knowledge and fun in my programs. Some may not like it and some may. It might sound weird at times or cool the other. But that’s me.

And I guarantee you all, it’s all natural. I don’t write scripts or write anything ahead of time. I don’t write notes either. The only thing I do is I have a small marker board with a few topic ideas that I carry into the studio with me or when I get ready to record a podcast. I’ll look up stats and dates and numbers on the computer, but I never write anything ahead of time.  I want to be real. For interviews, it’s the same. I’ll jot down a few words, but then I go with the flow of the interview, because maybe something will pop-up during it.

For the longest time I thought my mind was full of useless knowledge and thoughts about sports. Not anymore. Damn I’m lucky.

Professor of Intellectual and Entertaining Sports Talk. Best compliment ever.

Tailgate Thoughts: Facts are Facts: Rocky IV is a Christmas Movie.

I’m not getting into the debate about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not.

But let’s get real here.

For everyone who believes that Die Hard IS a Christmas movie, then perhaps the greatest, or one of the greatest, sports movies of all-time should also be considered a Christmas movie.

Rocky IV.

When does the fight take place? Christmas.

What song is Paulie listening to in the cabin before the shot of Rocky putting up Drago’s picture in the mirror? Chipmunk Christmas.

What does Rocky say to his kid after he wins the fight? “Merry Christmas, kid”

And what happens after the fight? The Cold War is over. A Christmas gift for everyone.

Facts are facts. If Die Hard is considered a Christmas movie, then Rocky IV is clearly a Christmas movie as well.

So instead of playing Rudolph and Frosty, pop in a little Italian Stallion saving the world.

Is Batman Really a Superhero?

Batman is my all-time favorite fictional hero. One of the main reasons is because the man doesn’t possess supernatural powers. He’s just a rich dude fighting crime.

But I have often wondered: Should he be considered a superhero then if he doesn’t have super powers?

According to the actual definition of superhero, he’s not. It says a superhero is “a benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers.”

Batman doesn’t have superhuman powers. So he’s out. So what do we call him? Just a fictional hero? That sounds awful. We need to figure this out.

Hey, you reading this right now. Do you want to ask me a question or get my thoughts on a topic of anything? Send it to me and maybe I’ll make it a topic for Tailgate Thoughts.