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Random Sporting Thought – An NCAA alternative

Every now and then I get the urge to say what is on my mind. Thanks for listening. Know these are all my opinions. Feel free to comment below.

I want to start off the series talking about the NCAA.

I’ll admin it, I love sports. I follow whatever sport is in season, mostly North American sports that is. However, there is one aspect of sports that really grinds my gears. The NCAA. The non-profit organization that makes everyone rich except the players.

The system the NCAA built sets up their student-athletes for failure, especially star recruits. They’re offered everything under the sun: money, cars, women, and more. Yet they’re supposed to turn it all down. If they accept, it’s not the adult who offers the bribe that is blamed, it’s the 17 year old kid. So backwards.

I remember listening to the late Frank Deford who was outspoken about NCAA corruption ahead of his time. Now, it’s all the rage to say players should get paid. Yeah, no shit they should! The coaches and athletic directors get paid millions, even the students working at the library get paid minimum wage. However, the stars of the show, the players, get suspended if they trade a signature for a tattoo.

Of course, that depends on how much money the upcoming game is and how important they are to ratings. After all, the NCAA still has a product to sell. So let’s suspend the backups, let the stars play in their bowl game, then suspend them next year to save face. Yep, that happened a few years ago to Ohio State.

It makes me not want to watch any NCAA sports. You know what I would watch? A new league formed independently by the top Universities geared toward benefiting the student athletes. Hasta luego, Goodbye, and Agur NCAA!

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175 Grams – Indian Ultimate Frisbee Documentary

This 08:00 minute long documentary is worth your time. It’s called 175 grams (The weight of a Discraft Ultra-star frisbee.

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Sua the dog – An adoption story

On October 29, 2019 our family grew by 50%. His name is Sua, and he’s an amazing addition to the fam.

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Random Sporting Thought – NFL Hall of Fame

This past weekend two former coaches were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. This year, they went about it a bit different. Normally, everyone is announced at the same time. This year, in a made for TV moment (literally, they both work for Fox and CBS, respectively), Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker made a surprise appearance and let these two fine individuals know in person.

Congratulations to both Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher. They are both deserving, and their reactions are worth watching.


Zorionak.

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Automattic Basque Country Blog Europe Remote Work

Working on Christmas Eve, could be worse!

When you chose to work on Christmas Eve, it could be worse! Thanks to being a remote worker, and some nice Christmas weather, this was my work spot for a few hours.

Photo taken at the Playa de Azkorri, Basque Country, Spain. Also posted to Automattic’s Office Today blog, which inspired me to post here as well.

Alright, back to work!

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Spanish Beach Championships 2019

Last weekend the men’s and women’s division of the Spanish Beach Championships took place in Valencia. A new Spanish champion was crowned in the women’s division (Platilleras, from Las Canarias) and we had a back to back champion was crowned on the men’s side (Guayota, from Tenerife, Las Canarias).

Women’s:

Men’s:

Full results on ulti.info.

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Upside Down Mugs

Finally, an article that makes sense! I’ve never understood why people do this!?

Researchers studied more than 5,000 tea and coffee drinkers over seven years and showed that only warped, sick minds would opt to put the bit of the mug that your lips touch on the dirty shelf.

https://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/lifestyle/only-freaks-put-mugs-upside-down-in-cupboard-20191123191073

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Automattic Blog Remote Work

Podcast: Inside the Grand Meetup

Have you ever wondered what happens inside the Grand Meetup?

What is a Grand Meetup, or better known as, the GM?

The GM, is the one time a year the company I work for comes together, in person. We’re a distributed company, meaning we all work from home, from all over the world.

This is a deep dive into what the GM is all about, with staff interviews and insights.

You can see my Flash Talk from last year’s GM here, and read more about the event on the Distributed Podcast’s official website.