Are you ready…for OT football?

Should this really decide a playoff game?

Imagine a battle.  Back and forth. Two of the best QBs in the game today.  A dull first half turns into a wild second half, with both QBs making play after play to bring their team back into the lead.  This goes on an on over the course of the fourth quarter and as time runs out, Patrick Mahomes leads his team down the field to set up a tying FG.

So with neither defense able to stop the opposing team, how do we end up settling the game?  essentially, we settle it with a coin flip. Because whoever won the coin flip was likely to walk down the field and put up the winning TD.  

Sports talk radio today was filled with a plethora of ideas that could be used as a better alternative to the current overtime format.  Play a full quarter, use the college OT rules, give each team a chance to score. But there is no clear answer. The outrage was probably higher because it was the Patriots who won.  Again. Would the reaction have been as loud if Patrick Mahomes had first crack and was able to lead his team down the field? I doubt it. Patriot hate is loud and clear and most fans do not like artificial endings.  I think most true football fans would like to see it played out until there is a legitimate winner. What that means is unclear in the current context.

But at least it is better than soccer where you have a penalty kick shootout to decide World Cup matches, including the final.  Imagine if a Super Bowl was decided by having the kickers take turns and move progressively back a few yards at a time until one of the missed.  Or if they each took alternate kicks from 45 yards and see who made the most of in five kicks. And if still tied, then we would go to sudden death.  You can only imagine the pressure on a kicker on the 7th or 8th kick if they were all square. And how many kicks would they have to make before one of them really injured their leg on the kicks?

So football is already not THE worst process.  But it is certainly in need of great improvement.  

How do you suggest  OT is handled? Leave us your comments below and tell us what you think would be an equitable way to resolve the games.

The Bully always gets his due

Perhaps one of the most troubling aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency is his bully mentality.  Though I may not be a fan of much of his politics, the part that is hardest for me to swallow is his complete lack of respect for his fellow Americans.  And that means Americans of all shapes, sizes, races, nationalities, sexual orientation and socio-economic level.

Trump has repeatedly bullied many groups and made disparaging remarks about many other groups. He attacked every single candidate in the Republican primaries and he continues to attack and bully anyone who questions his tactics or policies.

There really is no precedent for his behavior in the Oval Office.  He has taken the abuse to a new level and his Twitter rants will be legend for generations to come.

But, the day of reckoning is on the horizon.  The bully ALWAYS gets his payback.

In perhaps the most recognizable case of bullying in recent history, we need to look at the behavior of Lance Armstrong.   Armstrong vehemently denied doping for over a decade. And he was not content to just issue denials. He viciously attacked anyone that questioned his integrity.  Or should we say, his complete lack of integrity. He ruined lives. He filed lawsuits. He attacked the messengers. And the only reason that he was ultimately brought down was that a few of those people that he attacked would not take the issue lying down.  They fought back. They knew he was lying. They had others who knew he was lying. And they continued to wage war against the Lance Armstrong machine and the army of lawyers that Armstrong set loose to attack anyone who dared make an accusation. Ultimately, Armstrong was proven as a doper.  He admitted it. He went on TV, contrite. He tried to recapture his magic, but it will never be the same as it was. He was a great story. A hero. A cancer survivor. He had so much working in his favor and had done so much good for so many people. But it was all predicated upon his success in the Tour de France.  Success which was propped up by performance enhancing methods. He let down and disappointed so many people. But he never relented until the federal investigation was bearing down on him. He realized that he could bully almost any individual, but that he would not be able to bully the U.S. Attorney’s Office. And in that case, he was right.

Sound familiar?  Trump has been bullying everyone in sight. The media, his own cabinet, his own staff and millions of Americans.  Who has the power to take him on? Certainly very few individuals have the financial resources or the inclination to wage that battle with him.

But soon, as the various investigations continue to ramp up, he will see that there is indeed a great likelihood of an investigation finding fault in his conduct.  Will he ever fess up to his failures or his actions? Or is he going to be another story or hubris that was too stubborn to accept lesser consequences.

My guess? He will fight to the death.  And ultimately, it won’t end well for him

Desmond Clark, Power Networking Club

Great networking event today at Granite City in Naperville.  Organized by Tom Jikomes, the Power Networking Club does a fantastic job getting entrepreneurs and small business owners a chance to meet each other and learn from the others in the group.

Today’s speaker was former Chicago Bear football player Desmond Clark. I have known Dez since approximately 2010 and he was a our celebrity host of a 2011 Sports Philanthropy golf outing.

Dez does fantastic work in the community and keeps as busy as anyone that I have seen.  In addition to his financial planning work at  Dez has created a course call Total Success Solutions through which he helps entrepreneurs maintain accountability and improve their business performance.  He also created the Desmond Clark Foundation which has launched the Pink Tuesday initiative.  So next Tuesday, throw on your Pink and post a picture and tag it to Dez so that he sees the momentum that is gathering over social media.  He is now collaborating with the American Cancer Society and that partnership should be a terrific way for him to continue to give back to the community.

If you are interested in learning more about Dez and his activities, you can also attend “Breakfast With a Bear”  for a more intimate setting with him and the opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour of Soldier Field and the parts that are not typically accessible to the public!

Wisconsin Alumni Association-Welcome to the City-Chicago Chapter

Roy Kessel at Beyond The Game presentation at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin

Fantastic event tonight at the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Chicago Chapter “Welcome to the City” event at Compass Bar.

The turnout involved over 100 young Badgers congregating for the chance to networking and meet new people in the city and be prepared to kickoff the Badgers’ football season Friday night against Western Kentucky at Camp Randall Stadium.

I always love seeing the energy of a new group of graduates as they flood the city and head into an exciting time in their life.  Sure, we all know that the reality of work life will hit them soon, but that passion and energy are enough to keep them on target and focused on their future.  And groups like the WAA give them a terrific base of support for people that they can reach out to for mentorship, networking and business relationships, comfortable in the knowledge that as fellow Badgers, we always have your back.

#OnWisconsin #Badgers #FootballSeasonIsHere

Roy Kessel Reading List-February 2018

The Reef Roberts, Nora
The Third Secret Berry, Steve
Tribe of Mentors Ferriss, Tim
“F” is for Fugitive Grafton, Sue
Believe Me Hadid, Yolanda
Templar Legacy Berry, Steve
Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red Kemelman, Harry
The Games Patterson, James
Sapiens Harari, Yuval Noah
Love You More Gardner, Lisa
The Innocent Coben, Harlen
The Burning Room Connelly, Michael
The Arraignment Martini, Steve
Runaway Best Seller Silber, Lee
Trouble Kellerman, Jesse
Buddha’s Brain Hanson, Rick
Inca Gold Cussler, Clive
Originals Grant, Adam
Red Room Pearson, Ridley
Shaken Tebow, Tim
The Associate Margolin, Phillip
Focus Halvorsen, Heidi Grant Higgins, E. Tory
Moment of Truth Scottoline, Lisa
Odd Thomas Koontz, Dean
The New Jim Crow Alexander, Michelle
Fallen Slaughter, karin
Privileged Information White, Stephen

Roy Kessel Reading List-January 2018

The Ultramind Solution Hyman, Mark
The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working Schwartz, Tony
The Upside of Irrationality Ariely, Dan
Filthy Rich Patterson, James
Mental Traps Kukla, Andre
Endurance Kelly, Scott
The Force Winslow, Don
Weird Al–The Book Rabin, Nathan
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Bradberry, Travis Greaves, Jean
Murder can botch up your birthday Eichler, Selma
Rough Justice Scottoline, Lisa
“E” is for Evidence Grafton, Sue
Prior Bad Acts Hoag, Tami
The Jury Martini, Steve
The Sportswriter Ford, Richard
Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home Kemelman, Harry
Isle of Dogs Cornwell, Patricia
No Second Chance Coben, Harlen
The Drop Connelly, Michael
Gone Kellerman, Jonathan
The Adversity Advantage Stoltz, Paul Weinhenmayer, Erik
Sahara Cussler, Clive
Live To Tell Gardner, Lisa
Proof Positive Margolin, Phillip
The Secret History Tartt, Donna
The Columbus Affair Berry, Steve
Mistaken Identity Scottoline, Lisa
Parallel Lies Pearson, Ridley
Born in Death Robb, JD
Broken Slaughter, karin

Roy Kessel Reading List-December 2017

Larceny Games Tuohy, Brian
Kill The Messenger Hoag, Tami
The oNe Thing You Need to Know Great managing and leading and sustained individual success Buckingham, Marcus
Heavens Fury Frey, Stephen
“D” is for Denial Grafton, Sue
Discipline and Punish Foucault, Michel
Evidence Kellerman, Jonathan
Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry Kemelman, Harry
Open Boxes Organ, Christine
Case of Lies O’Shaughnessy, Perri
Rooster Bar Grisham, John
Mindsight Seigel, Daniel
The Attorney Martini, Steve
Gentleman’s Hour Winslow, Don
Give and Take Grant, Adam
Art of Deception Pearson, Ridley
Smart Baseball Law, Keith
Dragon Cussler, Clive
Succeed Halverson, Heidi Grant
Postcard Killers Patterson, James
Principles Dalio, Ray
Ties that Bind Margolin, Philip
Bone Bed Cornwell, Patricia
Mr. Penumbras 24 Hour Bookstore Sloan, Robin
Origin in Death Robb, J.D.
The Lawyers Lawyer Sheehan, James
The Welcoming Roberts, Nora
Willpower Baumeister, Roy Tierney, John
Undone Slaughter, Karin

Roy Kessel’s Personal Development/Self-Help Reading Recommendations for July through December 2017

Here are my best reading recommendations for July through December 2017 in the Personal Development/Self-Help category.

  1. Flourish–Martin Seligman
  2. Younger Next Year–Chris Crowley/Henry Lodge
  3. Mindless Eating–Brian Wainsink
  4. Mindset–Carol Dweck
  5. The How of Happiness–Sonja Lyubormirsky
  6. Positivity–Barbara Frederickson
  7. Mindsight–Daniel Siegel
  8. Willpower–Roy Baumeister/John Tierney
  9. Rapt–Winifred Gallagher
  10. Year of Yes–Shonda Rimes
  11. Lonlinless–John Caccioppo/William Patrick
  12. The Happiness Advantage–Shawn Achor
  13. The Relaxation Response–Herbert Benson
  14. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers–Robert Sapolsky
  15. I Don’t Know What I Want:  But I Know It Isn’t This–Julie Jansen
  16. Who’s On Top/Who’s On Bottom–Dr. Robert Schwebel
  17. Open Boxes–Christine Organ
  18. Keep Your Brain Alive–Lawrence Katz/Manning Rubin
  19. Chicken Soup For The Prisoner’s Soul–Jack Canfield/Mark Victor Hansen