Monthly Archives: February 2014

‘My Job Is Very, Very Different From Your Job’

Nice read brought to my attention by Daniel Palmer.

It’s dangerous to compare any corporate atmosphere to that of another industry. I work in finance. The regulations/atmosphere, etc. are nothing like what someone who teaches school for a living would face. Neither is inherently better or more difficult than the other, but not every aspect of either is relatable to the other. The challenge lies in identifying what makes a successful workplace.

As Connor Barwin points out here, a successful NFL team is one whose lockerroom is run by disciplined leadership.

Per Barwin: the key to fitting in is 1. Being able to play at the NFL level and 2. Wanting to be a part of the TEAM.

Interesting perspective, worth a read.

College Football Offseason: Goodell-Selig 2016

Jason Smith weighs in on the impact of major professional sports on state legislation.


This whole gay rights and sports conversation that the Dude and I talked about on my first podcast is getting on another level now.

First, Michael Sam comes out and was treated as….well, as a normal player at the Combine.

Next, the NBA did the equivalent of a YouTube “FIRST!” and saw Jason Collins, an openly gay player, get significant time in the 4th quarter of a Nets game.

Now enter the State of Arizona and SB 1062.

If you’re not familiar with that appellation it is a law that Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s desk just vetoed. To paint the bill in its best light, it was a law aimed at preventing businesses run by religious people from being coerced by the state to provide services in a way that violates their religious convictions. To paint the bill in its worst light, it would have allowed for business owners to refuse services (i.e., discriminate) to gays and lesbians on the basis of religious convictions.

Regardless of your opinion on this law (and regardless of ours, frankly), this is an interesting story from the sports perspective.

Turns out that the state of Arizona has several sports franchises. The MLB issued a statement going on record against the bill. I can’t remember the last time that has happened, if ever. Next, the NFL was also said to be closely monitoring the progress of the bill, though they did not come out against it in the way the MLB did.

Why were they monitoring the bill?  Well, the Super Bowl is in Arizona next year.

Now to my point: sports are (maybe) the most powerful cultural force in our society today. Case in point—after several significant politicians have come out against it and many activist organizations have voiced their outrage over the bill,  the real force that pushed the bill into the veto box might have been sports. At the very least, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Brewer decided to veto the bill after all of this outrage AND on the day that rumors surfaced that the NFL might move the Super Bowl if the law passed. In the end, doesn’t it seem like we can safely say that sports played a role in this bill’s demise?

Take a second to let that sink in.

One of the reasons, among many, that a law was vetoed was because the commissioners of the two professional sports leagues who have franchises in the state of Arizona expressed concern over the bill.

I don’t know if that’s good or bad. The real question is the one I always find myself asking in this era of sports:

How the hell did we get here?


Jason Smith

Georgia Football: Does Dawgs’ Strict Off-Field Standard Contradict Team’s On-Field Play?

Like it or not, Georgia has one of the nation’s most stringent standards for off-field behavior.  Student-Athletes of all sports at UGA navigate one of the more severe punishment systems for drug and alcohol related transgressions.  Many of the Georgia arrests that steal headlines are minor traffic violations that would be overlooked elsewhere (scooter incidents, expired licenses, etc.).

And yet, the Bulldogs—despite a seemingly high standard for behavior—are consistently among the SEC’s most penalized teams on the field.

What gives?  Is there a hypocritical contradiction between expectations?  Or is something else at play?

My theory is that Richt (and the University) have two separate but cooperating goals:

  1. Build high-character young men.
  2. Build winning teams.


Richt has alluded to this many times before and it’s a far cry from a unique take, but I do think this explains what could be perceived as inconsistency.


Read more here.


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Georgia Bulldogs Completely Whiffed on the Biggest Running Back Prospect of the 2014 Recruiting Class

I’m ashamed to say that I’m just now reading about this guy.  Why didn’t somebody let me know?

Tony Picard, a 6’4″, 400 lb. running back committed to play for Everett Junior College in Washington.  He’s slated to play OL according to Busted Coverage, but he can run the rock!

According to the Yamaki Herald, Picard ran for 576 yards and seven touchdowns with a YPC in the range of 6.

Highlights are below, but how did Mark Richt and Mike Bobo miss on this guy?  They must hate winning.


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DudeYouPodcast: Are Johnny Manziel’s Hands Too Small? Answering the Most Important Sports Question of the Year



In episode 41 of the DudeYouPodcast, Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy), Chad Floyd (@Chad_Floyd) and Jason Smith (@JasonIsASmith) answer the age-old question about Johnny Manziel’s hands, talk Olympic Hockey, fear the Viking Apocalypse and waste their time and yours.


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