As Peyton is signaling here, “Let’s all calm down for a minute”
Yes, this headline is meant to catch your attention, and spark controversy, and I probably will be written off without anyone actually reading this. But I also don’t know how much more I can take from the media idolizing Peyton after 4 weeks. So, let me start by pointing out my favorite definition of “Luck” first, provided by the philosopher Seneca:
“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity”
I was ten years old when Ray Lewis—a middle linebacker out of the University of Miami (FL) was drafted. He was the second of two first-round draft picks that the Baltimore Ravens had that year. The first was spent on Jonathan Ogden, who is also a lock for the National Football Hall of Fame. I have grown up watching Ray Lewis and this entry is my thanks to him as a fan.
Fast-forwarding 17 years and the news of Ray Lewis retiring caught me a little blind-sided—see what I did there, with the Michael Oher connection? Lewis was not supposed to retire…was he? I mean, I guess I knew he had to retire sometime, but the way he played, kept himself in shape, motivated the team, and provided inspiration for countless other football players I naively thought would be the elixir that kept him young and playing. But, as they say “all good things must come to an end.”
On November 8th, I wrote an NFL mid-season review and playoff prediction based on SWOT analysis. Let’s see how I did, and then let’s see if I can accurately predict these playoffs in a similar fashion:
I guessed the following teams would make the playoffs after the first 9 weeks: Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, New York Giants, Green Bay, New England, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. I missed on the Redskins (finished 7-0), Vikings (finished 5-2), and Bengals (finished 7-1). So, I got 9-out-of-12 right midway through the season (75%.) To be honest, I am not sure if that is good or bad. Some might argue that it’s easy to predict at least 75% of playoff contenders after 8 games, and I don’t really have a basis to argue against that since it was my first time doing it. But let’s looks at each one, (including the 3 I didn’t give credit to) and see where I was right and wrong.
Posted by Matt Sexton
on November 08, 2012
Not everyone is worthy… and that’s ok
There are a million predictions for the NFL. But the NFL is a business, and businesses use SWOT Analysis to determine “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats.” So, instead of another random prediction by another blogger, and numbering them, I’m going to call it SWOT, and focus on the teams who have a chance. Is it the same damn thing as a prediction and giving it a reason? Probably, but I need structure in my life…
Posted by Paul Caputo
on April 18, 2012
, Baseball (Minors)
Because I am a professional graphic designer, I am required by law to scoff at logos designed by marketing firms—especially sports-related logos. Graphic designers like to stroke their goatees, brush Cheeto crumbs off their smedium black T-shirts, and say things like, “Ach. It’s so corporate.” This is what I did yesterday in my post on the 10 worst logos in minor league baseball.
Today, for a change of pace, the 10 best minor league baseball logos!
10. Tucson Padres
Pacific Coast League (AAA, San Diego Padres)
Simple and clean in its colors and type. Bonus points for including the retro Padres type and one of the top three coolest plants ever, a saguaro cactus. I’d love to see this team formally adopt its unofficial nickname, the Ninos.
9. Louisville Bats
International League (AAA, Cincinnati Reds)
Every baseball fan already associates Louisville with bats, so the Louisville Bats subverted the expectations and went with the animal instead of the baseball equipment. (I wonder if the same design firm that did the Baltimore Ravens did this logo, too. I’d look it up, but I’m not getting paid for this.)