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Newsweek's most influential in the sports biz

Newsweek and ESPN the Magazine recently came out with their always impressive list of 100 most powerful people in sports.

It's a great list but I found a couple of their "sub lists" and articles even more interesting. Check out the list of people highly influential in sports who you've never heard of and a profile of rising sports entrepreneur Casey Wasserman, how marathons are becoming a breeding ground for entrepreneurs, and careers that athletes have taken on after they retire.

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posted by Michael Tavani @ 11:27 AM | | links to this post

Allstate Marina Towers commercial

This Allstate commercial is a surprisingly large scale production for a 60 second spot.

The making of the commercial (below) was pretty interesting, especially the part where they go into the making of the car flying off the Marina Towers building in Chicago. What made it was that it was 100% real.

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posted by Michael Tavani @ 10:30 AM | | links to this post

The singing jogger

This is great stuff from New York-based web tv show, Black 20.

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posted by Michael Tavani @ 11:21 AM | | links to this post

Freestyle juggler

I've seen the first guy before, but Tsatulow's stuff (starts at 1:00) is incredible. He probably can't even play the game, but his freestyle juggling has to be as good or better than the best soccer players in the world.

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posted by Michael Tavani @ 1:34 PM | | links to this post

The 7-second time delay would have helped


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posted by Michael Tavani @ 2:21 PM | | links to this post

Drop the Polo horse and the LaCoste croc

The short sleeve, 2-3 button collared "polo" shirts are classic and timeless. I use polo because the brand's pretty much become the Xerox of these style shirts. I've seen pictures of guys in the 70's sporting them with the same gusto that you see guys wearing them today. Nothing's changed. Even the LaCoste alligator has made acomeback in the last five years.

Let's face it: It's hard for men to express their individuality in a polo. Between the Polo horse and the Lacoste croc, there's not much noticeable difference. That's probably added to their classic-ness, but now there's a new company named Attus Apparel looking to buck the trend of the common cotton pique shirt.

The logos on their slim-fit distressed polos include a "40" and an outline of a toilet bowl among others. The Lexington, Kentuck-based company claims to have a lot more creative ideas in store.


posted by Michael Tavani @ 9:02 PM | | links to this post

TV commercials

This Kia ad is pretty funny, but even better is the TV Commercial Blog I just found.

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posted by Michael Tavani @ 12:16 AM | | links to this post

Caption contest

There's so much that can be done with this picture. I'll start with one: "This blue box will make me billions."

Email me or leave a comment.

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posted by Michael Tavani @ 9:45 AM | | links to this post

The weekend in numbers

Great stats via Men's Health:

- When the average guy feels like his weekend is starting:
The second he leaves work on Friday
- Number who say it starts on Thursday:
1 in 5

- The average guy's favorite parts of the weekend:
Saturday morning and Saturday night

- Number of men who overeat on weekends:
3 in 5

- Average increase in calories taken in on weekends, compared with weekdays:
115 calories (equaling 5 pounds a year)

- Number of men who work out less on weekends:

3 in 4

- Percentage of men who exercise only on weekends:


- The average guy's favorite thing to do after waking up on Sunday:
Read the paper

- Number of men who will plan weekend's activities around a big game on TV:
2 in 3

- Average increase in TV viewing time on Saturday and Sunday, compared with weekdays:
42 minutes

- Number of men who still watch cartoons on Saturday morning:
1 in 5

- Percentage of men who have at least half of their sex on the weekends:

- Percentage for whom nearly all of their sex occurs on weekends:

- Average amount of extra Z's a man gets on the weekends:
1 to 2 hours

- Percentage of men who participate in a religious service on weekends:

- Percentage of chores the average guys sets for the weekend:

- Number of men who always check their work e-mail on the the weekend:
1 in 7
- Number who never check:
1 in 2

- Number of men who bring work home over the weekend at least once a month:
1 in 3

- Most common day for the average guy to call in sick:
- Second place:

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posted by Michael Tavani @ 9:25 AM | | links to this post

Defining success

At age 4 success is not peeing in your pants.
At age 12 success is having friends.
At age 16 success is having a drivers license.
At age 20 success is having sex.
At age 35 success is having money.
At age 50 success is having money.
At age 60 success is having sex.
At age 70 success is having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is having friends.
At age 80 success is not peeing in your pants.


posted by Michael Tavani @ 10:59 AM | | links to this post

The College Gameday effect

I love viral marketing campaigns that involve very little money and lots of creativity. The internet has spawned so many efforts that have single-handedly made companies.

This past weekend as I was watching ESPN's College Gameday, I noticed something I had never noticed before. In the background (behind Fowler, Corso and Herbstreit) and amongst the rowdy LSU fans were a couple simple signs on long poles promoting various websites. The ones I noticed were bettingkings.com, a gambling service and beatsaban.com, a site selling Nick $aban shirts.

It'll be interesting to see how those sites and others capitalize on the traffic.

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posted by Michael Tavani @ 12:42 PM | | links to this post

Pizza by the slice, car style

Walking around downtown Atlanta last weekend, I noticed Flexcar signs everywhere. I've seen the cars on the streets for a while, but didn't really understand the concept. It's actually a brilliant one.

Flexcar is a Seattle-based company which has successfully introduced "car sharing" to L.A., Chicago, San Franciso, Atlanta and San Diego, winning numerous awards for reducing traffic and air pollution in those cities. [Wikipedia - Flexcar]

It works like this: You reserve a car using the phone or online, which displays car locations and availability, then simply walk to the vehicle, swipe a smartcard, and the car is yours. The whole thing costs $9/hour (plus a $40 annual membership fee), which covers insurance, unlimited mileage, 24/7 roadside assistance and gas. The company has charts of how much money you could save by using their service over a year. [Flexcar offers commuters an alternative]

Great concept and I honestly think that I'll think about doing it as it gets bigger in future years.

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posted by Michael Tavani @ 11:57 AM | | links to this post

TochdownTube.com - all kinds of TD videos

I don't do much self-promotion on this site -- unless I think the you guys will get some benefit out of it.

With that said, check out my newly created site TouchdownTube.com. As the name implies, the site is nothing but touchdown videos from peewee games to high school, college and pro games. It was even designed with the non-techie in mind as the videos are really easy to browse through and watch.

Just like UE, you can get updates of the newly posted videos by email or you can subscribe to the feed.

And if you don't mind, please forward the site on to anyone who likes football, sports, touchdowns or videos of football, sports and touchdowns (covers most of the male and even female population).

Let me know your feedback and I appreciate your support.

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posted by Michael Tavani @ 2:22 PM | | links to this post

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