Motivational Poster Nightmares

Motivational Poster Nightmares

There’s a Reason People Use Sports Analogies

Sports analogies are so common that they are a cliché. Everybody uses sports to talk about teamwork, coaching, endurance, attitude … all kinds of stuff. It’s the stuff of stupid motivational poster nightmares.

But when you think about it, there’s usually a real reason why we have clichés like this … it’s because there’s some truth in it all.

So, more than a billion people around the world watched the Super Bowl on Sunday. Say what you will, the NFL knows a heck of a lot about the business of sports. They milked that thing for all it was worth and then some. Literally billions of dollars in ad revenue and hundreds of millions in ticket and merchandise sales road it. Not to mention all the sales of chips and avocados and pizza, and cupcakes decorated with footballs made of brown fondant. It is their Black-Friday-Cyber-Monday all rolled into a single four-hour window.

And it was a pretty darned-good game, too.

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Behold a God Who Bleeds!*

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*Our fellow nerds will recognize this reference to a classic Star Trek episode called “The Paradise Syndrom.

My Personal Favorite Super Bowl Ad … You Guessed It

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