Musings of Maestro R: Things to Continue, Things to Stop

(By Richard A. Rampello)

Sports and Entertainment is almost like a compound word, rather than nouns buttressed around a conjunction, and there is a reason: sports are a form of entertainment. Yet to assert just that is a shallow and incomplete view.

My point is there are things in both industries I would to stop, others I really want to continue, especially when they coincide. For example, I love the referee’s mic-on commercial for State Farm, although its novelty is slightly worn. In addition to that, I have enjoyed the recycled Lowe’s ads about the existence of football selves, because men react to potential loss, not so much threats to take away. Bo Jackson’s “Strongest of the Strong” I can do without, because “hit me with the smell good” gets “old pretty fast” (totally intentional).

MLS Getting Down to the End

(By Franklin Lee)

Well fans, with the end of the season fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at where we stand. The New York Red Bulls have become the first to clinch a playoff spot. The Red Bulls started the season out slow, after adapting to the loss of Thierry Henry, but they have done well and rewarded their fans with another playoff appearance. Toronto FC looks poised to make the playoffs as well. Sebastian Giovinco is the front runner for MLS MVP. He is second in the league in goals at 21 and leads in assists with 15. He is the reason that Toronto FC has not faded as they have always done in the past.

Musings of Maestro R: Positive Spin

(By Richard A. Rampello)

So I was negative last month, meaning I should probably flip the script this time around. But is disappointment negative, or is it a positive in that expectations are high, even if they are not met? Or is it nothing more than someone crashing on your personal parade, pervading your own world to not be justified for anyone other than yourself? To break it down, should you care that anyone seemingly dismisses your accomplishments as not enough?

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