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You really have no idea where the puck is going to be, so stop trying to skate there

hockey-strideSince Round 1 of the NHL playoffs are well underway this seemed like the most appropriate thing to talk about.

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”

There’s no doubt that most people reading this have heard this quote in some sort of business context at some point, and I’m guessing the person repeating it really thought he/she was blowing your mind with insight when he/she said it. But honestly, I’m not sure if there’s a quote I hate more when it comes to corporate world. Read the rest of this entry →


04 2016

The Detroit Marathon: Part Deux

Running a marathon has always been on my bucket list, but I always figured it would be one of those things I’d do when I was older. The amount of training involved means that you pretty much have to focus on running and nothing else, and I didn’t want to give up lifting weights, Tae Kwon Do and the many other things I’ve picked up over the years.

For some reason I wasn’t thinking about this on the morning of January 1, 2011 and at 9 am that morning, I took advantage of the early-bird discount and signed up for the Detroit Marathon. Read the rest of this entry →


10 2011

The 15 Greatest NFL Teams Ever (the rankings are back)

You might remember that a while back I toyed with building my own rankings system to rank professional and college sports teams. With a little free time recently, I went back to that and revised my rankings and I think I found something better. I used data from NFL seasons dating back to 1940, every college football season and some NHL data. I also created a few custom data sets to see how my system reacted to a few things. The results are here. As a teaser though, I thought I’d share the 15 most dominating teams in NFL history (based on this ranking). Read the rest of this entry →


09 2011

I’m a freelancer!

I thought I’d drop a quick note here about a guest piece I wrote for MBA-social, a business school blog run by Kellogg 2010 alumna, Jenn Yee. It’s about MORS 941, the sports management class I’m taking with Northwestern University’s Athletic Director Dr. Jim Phillips.

Without further adieu: What college and pro sports can teach you about management


05 2011

Learning Economics at the Ballgame

Upon hearing about yesterday’s gorgeous weather in Chicago, Darren and I made plans to see the Cubs play last night. I bought the tickets on a ticket reselling website and other than the 30 minute rainstorm, the weather was gorgeous. The game itself turned out to be pretty good too.

Today, just by chance, I got an email from thanking me for attending the game, which seemed kind of strange, given that I didn’t buy the tickets from the team. Of course, I’m not that naive … Read the rest of this entry →


05 2011

Bart Scott’s Keepin’ it Real

Edit: My friend Ben sent me the extended cut of the Bart Scott interview, so I’ve changed the youtube video below.

It was an exciting weekend, and I got to watch it in northern Wisconsin with 3 college friends (more on that later), but it also marked the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, where the Super Bowl suddenly becomes a very real possibility for 4 teams. Read the rest of this entry →


01 2011

Realigning the Big Ten

Note: Someone just pointed out to me that my proposal actually violates NCAA rules.  The NCAA rule for holding a conference championship game is that the conference must be split into 2 divisions of at least 6 teams apiece where all teams will play each other within  each division.  This make my proposal a moot point, but I’m leaving it up as an interesting idea nonetheless.  Here is the actual NCAA rule:

Rule Annual Exemptions. [FBS/FCS] The maximum number of football contests shall exclude the following:

(c) Twelve-Member Conference Championship Game. [FBS/FCS] A conference championship game between division champions of a member conference of 12 or more institutions that is divided into two divisions (of six or more institutions each), each of which conducts round-robin, regular-season competition among the members of that division;

With Nebraska moving to the Big Ten next year, there is a lot of talk about how to restructure the league to add a championship game. The controversy around all of this revolves around the Ohio State – Michigan rivalry. There are a lot of great rivalries in the Big Ten, but that one has pretty much defined its football history, and any sort of proposal will likely impair the historic importance of this regular season match-up. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2010

Where’s the Buzz? Oh wait, here it is.

I was all set to write a blog entry about how the Final Four is in the Detroit and nobody is paying attention.

Four years ago, I was living in Saint Louis when they hosted the Final Four and the ‘March to the Arch’ was a huge source of conversation throughout the winter and early spring in St. Louis.

Meanwhile this year I was watching basketball on Saturday when I suddenly remembered that the Final Four was actually in Detroit this year.  Going into last weekend, the Final Four had generated almost no press in Detroit. Read the rest of this entry →


03 2009

Blast(s) from the Past

A few memories from the past have resurfaced in the past few days: Read the rest of this entry →


01 2007

Greatest Game Ever

I love sports. I love watching them. I love playing them. I love college sports. Some people argue that college sports take valuable resources away from the rest of their respective universities. Read the rest of this entry →


01 2007