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“The toughest job in baseball is being the General Manager” – Ken Harrelson An old friend of mine has “the most boring job in the world”, at least according to him. He works for one of the world’s largest paint manufacturers, looking at color shifts as the paint goes from wet to dry. No, seriously. He quite literally watches paint…...

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“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” I’m fortunate to get to spend most of my work days fighting against the seven most costly words for any business. I get to consult with many of them in finding ways they might make changes that…...

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Coming into the 1976 NFL season, the league added two new teams into the mix in the Seattle Seahawks and the Teams amp Bay Buccaneers. Seattle had a rough go of it, not winning a game until Game 6, and finishing their season 2-12. But the Bucs… Whoa, the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay lost every game of their inaugural season, one…...

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At its peak, NBC’s legendary sitcom Friends garnered a fanbase, accolades, and ratings that might even make a television executive blush. The show surpassed being a hit early on in its arc, and went on to be one of the biggest juggernauts in television history. When the show was finally ending, the execs knew a spinoff might never pull the…...

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“Show me a gracious loser, and I’ll show you a failure” – Knute Rockne One of the best Colorado sports stories of the last decade cost Doc Rivers his job. While the Rocky Mountain region celebrated the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and their improbable path to a second-round win against the Los Angeles Clippers, Rivers was the easy route and easy…...

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People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history” -Vice President Dan Quayle Well, if anyone would know… While his spelling of a spud was one of the strangest things about V.P. Quayle, his gift for malapropism serves us well in this context. Sometimes, a someone or something gets a little…...

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Atreyu: What is the Nothing? G’mork: It’s the emptiness that’s left. It’s like a despair, destroying this world. – The Neverending Story Come on. You wanted to ride Falkor, the giant sock puppet from that movie. Admit it. Though my ride these days would go a little more like… In many ways, the seasonal bubbles that major sports are going…...

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You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run You never count your money When you’re sittin’ at the table There’ll be time enough for countin’ When the dealin’s done In the last couple weeks, the dealing’ has finally been done for both of the residents…...

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson With 98% of the field left to cover, down by a touchdown, and less than six minutes to play, the odds of the Denver Broncos getting past the Cleveland Browns and on to the Super Bowl were slim at best.…...

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“We don’t skip steps” – Michael Malone “We don’t skip steps” – Tim Connelly “We don’t skip steps” – Nikola Jokic “We don’t skip steps” – Josh Kroenke, Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap, Gary Harris… Oh, and in case you were wondering… You probably get the point by now. Apparently the NBA’s new Cinderella Squad is vehemently against skipping. And steps.…...

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“The observation of a phenomenon inevitably changes that phenomenon.” – the Observer Effect Theory Sorry, that song actually has nothing to do with anything. It just pops into my head every time I hear the word “phenomenon”. But let’s track back to Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Einstein, and a feline or two. In Particle Physics, the Observer Effect plays into things you’ve…

Online A/B testing is a Sisyphean task, by definition. No matter how big the win that comes your way, you start the next day back at your new Ground Zero. “What have you done for me lately?” applies every single morning, and all you can do to keep the gig is go find another win before people get tired of…...

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“HOW WAS THAT POSSIBLY A FOUL?!?!?”, a voice called out so close to my ear that I surely must have been the one saying it. Turns out it wasn’t me. It just turned out to be a particularly bad time to be nestled near to my wife during a closely-called Denver Nuggets game. As my ear kept ringing, we watched…...

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“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Soft. Overrated. Built for the regular season. No killer instinct. Those were the words being spoken a little over eight years ago about a player who is now considered to be one of the greatest of all-time, a three time champion in his sport.…...

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Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small. – Donald Rumsfeld Gail Devers came within a hair’s breadth of missing realizing her Olympics dreams of a gold medal. The U.S. sprint specialist had experienced troubling health issues during her training for the 1988 Summer Games. With dizziness, migraines, and more clouding her ability…...

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The Brooklyn Space Program was a thing of genius. You’re unfamiliar? Don’t remember that launch? Some strange borough offshoot of NASA? Well, not exactly. You may be more familiar with the story this way. 10 years ago, a gentleman from New York named Luke Geissbuhler Wanted to do something cool for his very curious sons. Luke had some serious know-how, spent…...

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Fifteen years. The champ had not been beaten in fifteen years. To make matters worse, he’d only gotten better as he’d gone along. In addition to fifteen undefeated seasons, he’d won seven straight world titles, and three gold medals to boot. The last time someone had even scored a single POINT against him had been over a decade prior. And…...

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“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” ~Henry David Thoreau Tell me which NBA star had this pre-draft camp report… somewhat disappointing, although solid at times athleticism does not look as good as in college body carries too…...

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“But if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need” – The Rolling Stones I always thought I’d be the weird person who might actually enjoy solitary confinement. I wasn’t willing to commit the crime that might get me there just to figure out the answer, but my fairly introverted and non-social self always figured I…...

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“To have a comeback, you have to have a setback.” – Mr T. I pity the fool who doesn’t imbibe of the deep wisdom of Lawrence Turead, especially when it comes to turning setbacks into comebacks. T was down on his luck several times throughout his life, routinely making tough moments into something better. A few of his wins along…...

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