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“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is enough.”  — Dr. Wess Stafford 25 years ago, when the National Basketball Association celebrated their 50th Anniversary, they named the NBA’s “Top 50 at 50” list. The list was filled with luminaries from across a star-studded history, with the requisite arguments and gnashing of teeth ensuing over who was…...

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When you want to win a game, you have to teach. When you lose a game, you have to learn. – Tom Landry My club face swung back to it’s apogee, and just as I brought it down with terrifying force, someone behind me shrieked like an 11-year old girl. Turns out, it WAS an 11-year old girl. I’d like…...

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DNVR: Welcome back to Nuggets basketball! Even with the last three seasons being packed so tightly together, you seem to be very ready to get back to basketball. Is that right? Katy Winge: Well, when you say I’m “ready”, I think what I’m ready for is that feeling of normalcy. I think that cliche, “you don’t know what you’ve got…...

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“Happiness comes from helping others, by being with others, and by sharing, even if it’s only a smile.” – Zain Hashmi In the early 2000’s, a well-known Fortune 100 company had diversified itself to a point that it had literally dozens of small businesses inside of it. Each of those “business within a business” verticals had their own leaders, salespeople,…

Celebrity, to me, is not a thing to seek. Aidan Quinn One of the most interesting wrinkles in today’s society is the emergence of celebrity of popularity. Whether on screen or getting paid to associate your name with something, the number of followers you have is often far more important than the number of accomplishments you bring to the table.…...

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“Back in black I hit the sack I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back” – AC/DC, possibly channeling Von Miller I was sitting in a college accounting class, running a ledger for a faux business. I had chosen to be both accountant and CEO of my imaginary fledgling firm, having started with a sizable nest egg in my…...

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“Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller A couple years ago, when making the move from Vox to DNVR, there were a few pieces of the puzzle that deeply intrigued me. First off, getting to stick close to guys as talented as Adam Mares and Brendan Vogt held a deep appeal, as…

“The greatest mistake is to imagine that we never err” – Thomas Carlyle As a kid who had recently left then small-town Fort Collins to move to L.A., there were several eye-opening pitfalls and perks of living in a much bigger city. One of the latter was watching the now-hometown L.A. Dodgers vie for the ’74 pennant with a killer…...

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“Slow and steady wins the race” – Aesop There are dozens of quotes attributed to one of history’s great figures, Aesop, and the litany of fables he bestowed upon the world, including The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Fox and The Crow, The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, and over a hundred more. But perhaps none of them any…...

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“Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right.” – Phil McGraw Early in my 20’s, and at the beginning of my management career, I ended up with a team a little larger than most first-time bosses get to steer. I found myself constantly second-guessing even my smallest decisions, and my team often got to see it…...

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“If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.” – Elizabeth Warren When the NBA stepped into their 50th anniversary season, Commissioner David Stern announced a list of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History”. Joining Stern at the lectern were NBA greats Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, George Mikan, and Julius Erving, all true monoliths…...

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“Failure is an awful thing, and when I look at the common denominator of failure, it seems to always be the same thing: excuses.” – Jon Taffer A close relative of mine had a reputation for being a curmudgeon and a worrier. Though he held positions of importance in his jobs and social clubs over his life, he tended to…...

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“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.” – G.K. Chesterton In 1897, William McKinley became the 25th president of the United States, Thomas Edison was granted a patent…...

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This week, an NBA MVP big man who stayed loyal to the mid-market team who drafted him took a carefully constructed cast of characters, including a star point guard, and lights-out wing shooter, and carried his team to an NBA Championship with a dominating and decisive performance. The only thing that could have made it better would have been the…...

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Is it all in my head? Could everything be all right without me knowing? Is it all just some game? Where everything stays the same? Is it all in my head? – Shawn Mullins The first time I considered taking my own life, I found myself at the bottom of a year-long spiral of depression, issues, and loss. I’d tried…...

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Clowns to the left of me Jokers to the right Here I am Stuck in the middle with you – Stealers Wheel One of the most rewarding parts of getting to work in quantitative and qualitative research has been the opportunity to teach some of the guiding principles to the next generation of researchers coming along. When I am at…...

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In my dream, I’m riding my hoverboard around the square to the diner, where I make a stop for a soda at the counter. But just as I sit down, I look up in the mirror behind the counter, and I see him. The bully who is about to put his hand on my shoulder. But when I look at…...

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When both of my daughters were little girls, I bought them a swingset to put up in the backyard. Having had one as a kid, the pieces were completely obvious coming out of the box. Between the picture on the front and the pieces in front of me, I hardly even needed the directions. Less than an hour later, I…...

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“If you have to eat sh–, best not to nibble. Bite, chew, swallow, repeat. It goes quicker.” – Bud, The Walking Dead, Season 6 YOUR DENVER NUGGETS ARE ONE OF THE FAVORITES TO WIN THE NBA TITLE, WITH THE PLAY OF… Ouch. Well, I mean, they might still survive it if they… Oh. Well, that’s just the starting backcourt, maybe…...

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It was the f—ing Penguin that was screwing with me. No, not the Penguins. Not the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not them. Not a rogue Denver Zoo runaway from the Aviary. No. THE Penguin. Batman’s second-worst arch enemy. That son of a bird had been f—ing with my eight-year old self all summer long. Pepsi had put out a set of collector’s…

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