OK. Last week was a slight disaster in terms of absolute results. Only got 7 of 16 games right. However, it’s not like the analysts at ESPN did better. I’m still tied with Tom Jackson in the lead at 19 rights and 13 wrongs overall. Best strategy last week would have been just to bet straight up home teams cause 10 of the 16 home teams won. That was better than anybody in my pool and anybody at ESPN.
For the opening of the 2015 Thursday Night Football season with the Denver Broncos visiting the Kansas City Chiefs, there was an inspirational 1 minute 42 second speech by Forest Whitaker shown below. The video works if you play it on YouTube. The NFL just made it inconvenient for us not to show it when embedded in WordPress.
I’ve taken the time to write out the text below (as well as put it in a JPG) because even more inspirational than listening to an inspirational speech, is reciting it aloud yourself! If you’re even keener, practice it so you recite it better than just reading it aloud first time around.
It’s empowering as well as inspirational, and it works whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, doing it by yourself or to friends or family. The latter might actually benefit from hearing any inspirational speech you choose to recite if they had not heard it before, or even just hearing it from someone they know!
You don’t have to do it in the same style as the orator. Actually, I would encourage you put your own style to it! Make it yours! Go for it!
The Thursday Night Football speech text is below.
p.s. This video seemed to have also been a premonition. The kid fumbles the ball during tackle practice. Then he goes on to wear a Jamaal Charles jersey to the game. And what happened? Jamaal Charles fumbled the ball twice to cost his team the game (and he said that, not me blaming him). And now, Jamaal Charles could probably use this speech more than anybody else! I’m a Broncos and Peyton Manning fan, but I wish Jamaal all the best on the road back. Go for that feeling, man!
I will be using an analytical system I developed based on spreads provided by Las Vegas, and how well they tend to do when they provide certain spreads. I added a few other factors to lean my pick one way or another where the odds makers are about even in their performance. I developed this system last year and got 178 games of 256 correct. That was 10.4 per week on average, a 69% correct rate that was as good as the odds makers, and better than all the ESPN analysts.
The most talked about college football player in the NFL draft, Johnny Football (aka Manziel), ends up in Cleveland, of all places!
After slipping to #22 in the draft, he ends up in the most boring of all places in the league. It’s cold. The uniforms are brown. Who’s on the team?
If you believe in opposites attract and are good for each other, then perhaps nobody needs Johnny Football more than Cleveland. But if you believe in similar synergy, then Johnny is the worst fit for Cleveland. Personally, Cleveland was where I least wanted to see Johnny because I don’t think much is there for him to succeed with, from the weather to the team. Johnny will get his highlight reel plays in, sure. However, far fewer than if elsewhere, in my opinion. I think he’ll only shine with a second chance somewhere else, and hopes he does well enough to earn that second chance.
But like everyone else picked in the draft, we’ll only see with time.
On this biggest sports day of the year, the Super Bowl, I pondered why NFL football remains America’s #1 sport.
NFL football became America’s #1 sport through a variety of complex, interwoven and additive reasons as analyzed here in the Bleacher Report. The reasons why it has remained so, and only widened the gap, are a little different, in my opinion. The latest survey from Harris for ESPN shows some interesting demographic divides among the popular sports, though, but it’s not these demographics I’m looking at, rather the overall results. Finally, I have to be clear that #1 is for watching and interest, not participation. That belongs to soccer, probably for its ease to be able to play without huge costs for gear and facilities to play in.