Like everyone else the majority of my time these days is filled with conference calls in my Pajamas and frequent trips to the refrigerator for a morning, late morning, early afternoon, mid-day, early evening, evening, post dinner, and before bed snack. As you know none of this is good for keeping your desired weight and feeling your best day in and day out. Obviously a lot of that depends on what you’re snacking on but if you’re like me it tends to be on the sweet or fried side. I think one of the many changes that will come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is a second rush of “New Year new me” people who snacked too much while working from home and put on the “Corona 15”. While I have definitely snacked too much I have actually been able to work out more than ever so here are a few pointers that have helped me maintain and even better my current health.
First off just needing fresh air is motivation enough for me, I’ll wake up and put on gym clothes so when there is a break in meetings or the day is just slow I can toss on my shoes grab my headphones and head outside for a run. Secondly I bought a few weights that I leave directly behind my work from home desk. This way there is no avoiding them and they scream my name every time I stand up. Think about it, how many times do you stand up during the day to grab a drink, a snack, or use the bathroom? If you did a few sets of curls, shoulder presses, pushups, or tricep dips every time you stood up you’d be doing more sets in one day then you typically do a full week at the gym. Lastly instead of stocking up on toilet paper and paper towels I have stocked up on frozen veggies and fruit. Nothing like not being able to leave your house to force yourself to eat healthy, right? I am forced to make a stir fry every night or eat a few dates when I want a snack instead of chocolate. This time, more so than any most of us have ever experienced, will feed our temptations and enhance our stress eating. If the unhealthy snacks aren’t there then you won’t eat them and if you’re willing to risk contracting a deadly respiratory illness to go get chocolate down the street and the local mini market then it’s time to look in the mirror.
A main trend in today’s business landscape is flexibility at work, melding the corporate office with the luxuries of your home. While I am a very strong supporter of this movement and would advise all corporations, no matter how big or small, to offer this choice to their employees is the downfall productivity?
In general I think each person is different. Some people enjoy the structure given to them by a corporate office while others are distracted by the distractions and need a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of the cube farm. But how can anyone be sure that work will not suffer?
In my opinion productivity and maintaining it is the major road block companies are hitting on the work from home front. Will we get taken advantage of? Can we trust our employees? Will we get the same level of work and productivity? If yes, how do we measure this and how can we formulize this data into tangible real life results? All very relevant questions and while these can all be built out in various shapes and forms what will the cost be?
It’s easy to see both sides of this argument right? From a corporate perspective people have kids, pets, TV’s, phones, tablets, couches, and beds that all scream out to them. On the flip side people have the luxury of sneaking in a couple hours on the weekend or late at night and can argue they will work more hours without losing productivity. It does not matter what point I bring up there is a strong counter argument from the other side. How then is one supposed to approach this growing trend that is quickly becoming a reality?
What do you think? Will productivity suffer? Could you carry out your daily tasks just as effectively from a home office?
Obviously when it comes to Bob Quinn there are going to be mixed reviews, the Lions are seemingly more talented than in years past however the results are still the same. Is that his fault, is that the coaching, is that a result of trying to get players to buy into a changing culture? I don’t know, what I do know is that he should be afforded more than a “make or break” year to prove his vision. We cannot allow ourselves to become the Browns and fire people before they even get time to see their own rosters compete. It’s easy to look at the 49ers and think “why can’t we do the same” but the 9ers rebuild was a long process that just happened to come to fruition quickly and see players blossom at the same time. With that being said, Quinn entering his 5th year, should be able to prove himself as a franchise leader. If anything at this point we can say the book on Quinn is out and we can reasonably expect what he will do next. We can look at his drafts and his free agent signings and see what his tendencies are. The one thing that pops out at me and what I think is his Achilles heel is that Bon Quinn doesn’t take the sexy draft pick and similar to the Patriots he drafts for need and depth. Does this work for the Patriots? Obviously yes, can this work for a team starving for talent at multiple levels with a history of losing? No. The Lions are not the Patriots and we do not have a system that works with a head coach that knows the winning formula that has proven year in and year out to draft players that fail elsewhere but excel in his system. Wont happen, will never happen for the Lions. With that being said I think Quinn has drafted relatively well. The Lions are more talented than they have been in years past and before all the injuries hit last year were one of the most competitive teams in the league and could hang with anyone. So while Depth is a great foundation for this team and this roster it’s not going to win you games. How do you add to depth to make a competitive team a winning team? Make a splash in free agency. This is where Quinn has failed miserably. In 4 years I can honestly say Quinn has only made 1 good signing, Marvin Jones. The jury is still out on Flowers, Coleman, Wagner and TJ Lang was never himself and at this point in time those are not looking favorable on the field or for the salary cap. How do we sum this up? Quinn is going to make the unsexy pick in this year’s draft, or draft down to acquire picks to continue to build depth. I personally prefer the latter, especially with the buzz around some of the top picks in this year’s draft. Does he feel the pressure of the Ford family and really make a play in free agency? I say yes, he needs to win and win now even if he is afforded a few more years. Entering his 5th year this roster can rightfully be called his so we should see, if anything, major improvements with a healthy Stafford. The only caveat to that is will his splash in free agency pan out and be a difference maker off the edge or in the secondary where we need it most? History says otherwise. Oh also, please god don’t trade Slay.
It’s always fun to see a young athlete come into any league and shatter expectation, what is even better is when those special few take those expectations which are already blown out of proportion and surpass the bar that has been set for them. Zion seems to be doing that right before our eyes and the media hype machine is already turning at a record pace. Let’s get the obvious out of the way, Zion is already the most explosive player in the NBA and he is shooting something like 80% from the paint which shows you he is already a man who can bang with the bigs at only 19 years old. CJ McCollum said on his podcast Zion already has the best second bounce in the league, meaning he is getting off the floor faster and more explosively than everyone else on second chance opportunities. His per 36 minute stats on the season are 30.1 PTS 8.5 RB 2.7 AST and 1 STL. There is no argument over the course of an entire season those stats, if maintained, would be elite. Honestly with how big he is and how quick his bounce is its surprising he is grabbing less than 10 rebounds but with more seasoning and coaching and really learning of the game he will average closer to 12 rebounds per in his sleep. In other words we are looking at a potential 25/12/5 guy as quickly as next year. Kid is the real deal; imagine if he can develop a mid-range game? Yikes it’s scary.
To me Zions ceiling as being some sort of cyborg hybrid of Charles Barkley and Blake Griffin. Someone who is extremely powerful in the mold of Chuck who can run the floor and be the best athlete on the court but also whose explosiveness and jumping ability for his size is unmatched. This makes Zions ceiling through the roof, if I told you in 5 years Zion would be averaging 28 PTS 13.5 RB and 5 AST would you be surprised? I wouldn’t, those are pushing Shaq-type numbers. What worries me however is while he is listed at 6’6” 285 (he is definitely more than 6’6”) without the proper conditioning and diet all the sudden he is pushing 300 lbs and he starts to lose that explosiveness and worse his knees start to take on more pressure and weight than they are used to and the injuries start to creep up on him. In other words let’s hope he starts to chisel out like a mid-80s Barkley and not fill out like a mid-90s version. Fame and fortune is coming and its coming quick so I hope the Pelicans have begun to surround him with a good team that will successfully manage both his on and off the court responsibilities and treatment. They have something special with Zion and that young core so it’s going to be fun to watch in the decade to come, I’d be buying every share of that team that I could get my hands on.
I feel bad even writing anything that will diminish what the Astros did because what they did goes beyond even cheating. This isn’t a pine tar or spit ball scenario or even a guy on second trying to pick up signs; this is a blatant breach of code that borders on disgusting. What they did does not fall into the “game within a game” or “unwritten rules” category and to be honest I think AJ Hinch should be banned from baseball perpetually. When I dove into the stats however, from 2019 and 2017, for some of the core players I don’t see any clear and glaring advantage (Correa may be the exception). In fact the majority of the players had better stats on the road then at home. So this begs to question while egregious how much did the system the Astros implemented actually help?
2019 Home – .306/.372/.608 18 HR 37 RBI
2019 Away - .291/.336/.500 13 HR 37 RBI
2017 Home - .311/.371/.463 9 HR 35 RBI
2017 Away - .381/.449/.633 15 HR 46 RBI
2019 Home – .287/.366/.565 18 HR 47 RBI
2019 Away - .297/.398/.614 21 HR 49 RBI
2017 Home - .273/.366/.509 16 HR 42 RBI
2017 Away - .292/.367/.534 18 HR 43 RBI
2019 Home – .278/.400/.523 16 HR 50 RBI
2019 Away - .315/.446/.663 25 HR 62 RBI
2017 Home - .278/.343/.444 9 HR 30 RBI
2017 Away - .290/.360/.503 10 HR 41 RBI
2019 Home – .323/.404/.630 11 HR 31 RBI
2019 Away - .242/.320/.516 10 HR 28 RBI
2017 Home - .333/.406/.581 11 HR 40 RBI
2017 Away - .301/.379/.525 13 HR 44 RBI
2019 Home – .311/.351/.615 19 HR 62 RBI
2019 Away - .287/.336/.479 12 HR 42 RBI
2017 Home - .285/.322/.470 8 HR 33 RBI
2017 Away - .312/.340/.500 10 HR 42 RBI
Sorry my Lions Brethren but this ain’t happening and nobody should want this to happen. The best chance the Lions have next year and for the foreseeable future is to have Stafford under center. Say what you want, love him or hate him, but he has been a warrior for a terrible franchise that honestly isn’t doing anything to even try and win or produce a winning culture. As a lifer I say this with love, the Lions management and front office has never set this team up for success and as a result they have wasted many a players careers. The Ford family needs to sell, but that is an argument and discussion for another day. The Lions actually made some decent strides last year and up until Stafford got hurt were competitive. Stafford too was on his way to one of his more efficient seasons and was flourishing in Darrell Bevell’s system. Ownership has made it clear the Lions need to win now or ANOTHER new regime will come in not to mention if they trade Stafford they will be on the hook for a cool $32M, so it’s not happening. If you want to make the argument for drafting Tua hoping the early competitiveness turns into wins early in the season and then they can look to sit on Tua until its finally time to part ways with Stafford then I’m all for that but flat out trading him is not going to happen. Not to mention he’s coming off of back issues so his value is at a low point. My personal opinion is either take Okudah and hope last year’s positive steps continue while enforcing your secondary and sign another pass rusher, or trade out of the 3 spot and take a QB you can develop in the mid-late first or second. Stay the course for once.
That one option is staying with the Patriots. We all have to be honest with each other here Tom Brady is not the same guy anymore, yes I get it his supporting cast was as weak as it ever had been but that’s a weak excuse, there are a lot of quarterbacks with weak supporting casts. For instance Ryan Fitzpatrick played for arguably the worst team in the league and had a higher QBR, Ryan Tannehill had a rookie as his WR1 and had a higher QBR, Derek Carr had 0 weapons and had a higher QBR, Kyler Murray a rookie had a higher QBR. Get where I am coming from? It would be terrible to see the greatest QB of our lifetime and potentially ever jet off to SD behind an average O line and look completely washed up for a team that misses the playoffs. It would be sad quite frankly. At least with the Patriots we all know there is a winning formula and you have a great defense. He knows the system better than anybody so even with diminishing skills he can at least win games. Not to mention N’Keal Harry should presumably take a step forward and the staff will sign somebody, they don’t have an option. If they don’t go out and sign a big FA who can take pressure off of Edelman and help them stretch the field all the sudden you are the 3rd best team in the AFC and everyone is riding off into the sunset. This is not news but you aren’t beating the Chiefs or even coming close without another weapon, big weapon, like A.J. Green type weapon. This is why I don’t pay attention to any of the rumors, there is no other option for Brady, he knows and we know it, stay and continue to at least win or go and flame out.
Trevor Bauer has many talents, he is a great pitcher but lately he has been making headlines more for what he says than what he accomplished on the bump. Whether it be attacking the Houston Astros players, coaches, and entire organization or attacking the commissioner whatever comes out of his mouth is pure gold. His most recent statement I am 100% on board with. Maybe I wouldn’t have worded it like he did but the new proposed expansion of the MLB playoffs is flat out stupid. As Bauer said “No idea who made this new playoff format proposal, but Rob is responsible for releasing it, so I’ll direct this to you, Rob Manfred. Your proposal is absurd for too many reasons to type on twitter and proves you have absolutely no clue about baseball. You’re a joke.” So Trevor tell us how you really feel? Love it. I completely agree, first off why does the MLB feel the need to change the current structure. Yes I understand that it all comes down to Money but the MLB is one sport that has a fair and competitive playoff structure. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet the proposed changes are below.
It’s just common sense that there really is no haul you could get that could ever equal the impact and talent that Mookie Betts brought to the table. He is a generational talent that will compete for MVP’s for the next decade. I will say this though, version 1 of the Betts trade was a complete and utter slap in the face to every Red Sox fan on this planet. Version 2 while still not what you’re looking for at least returns Boston some highly regarded prospects that could turn into everyday players for years to come. Believe me I completely understand the Red Sox main goal in this trade was dumping the David Price contract so they were going to get the short end of the stick either way but at least now that have rebuilt their system a bit and have some pieces for positions that are in need. Connor Wong was selected in the third round of the 2019 Draft and while he has yet to play in the big leagues and spent his time last season split between Double-A and Single-A he hit .281 with 24 home runs, 82 RBIs and 24 doubles. This is from a guy who has only been catching for a few years so the potential is there to not only be a catcher of the future but he is athletic enough to move in necessary. Jeter Downs was drafted in the first round of the 2017 Draft and like Wong, has yet to play in a big-league game. He spent most of last year in Single-A and only briefly played in Double-A. Between the two leagues, the 21-year-old batted .276 with 24 home runs 86 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. The belief is that he will move to 2B to be the guy who takes over once Pedroia officially retires. These are promising numbers for young players for a system that was desperate for talent. I have touched on Verdugo before but he has already proved himself to be a really good player, he was actually the Dodgers #2 prospect behind Walker Buehler in 2018 and 32nd overall in the MLB and as a 23 year old in 106 games hit .294 with 12 HR’s 44 RBI’s and a .342 OBP with only 49 SO’s. That is a very impressive hit tool for a 23 year old in a major market and he grades out as a plus fielder. I think version 2 of this trade lessons the blow for the Red Sox Nation a little bit and as is the case with young players you never know how things will end up but at least now the farm system has been injected with some talent and the team is set up to make some moves in the near future, all eyes are now on how Bloom will use that money.
I was listening to the R2C2 podcast this morning (www.uninterrupted.com) and CC Sabathia made a great comment that I one had not heard before and two completely blew me away. With all of the focus these days on Black QB’s and the NFL communities reluctance to accept them as true QB’s why hasn’t the media talked more about Patrick Mahomes being only the 3rd black QB to ever win a Super Bowl? Especially in 2020 when all things considered we are seeing the NFL transitioning from the Bradys, Brees, Mannings, and Rivers of the world to the Mahomes, Watsons, Jacksons, and Wilsons of the world? In theory this was the year of the black QB was it not? We had an MVP, a Super Bowl Champ, and another that could potentially win the Rookie of the Year. It makes no sense and I am curious as to whether this is the media focusing more on Andy Reid and the Chiefs finally winning one or the NFL is just blatantly missing out on a huge opportunity to anoint a new face of the NFL and appeal to the communities that it has continuously clashed with as well as pretends to appeal to? It’s a weird message that I can’t seem to wrap my head around. It doesn’t matter how you feel about the Colin Kaepernick situation but I feel like the NFL missed a huge opportunity to further distance itself from that topic and capitalize on the changing face of the NFL.