NFL Moment Of The Week – Week 11

"Jonas Gray"Hi,
I hope all is well with you.
This week was another choice, between three this week…

Firstly there was Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos getting badly beaten. Unexpected, and another example for me of why Tom Brady wins in the battle of ‘who is better’ – Manning is seemingly prone to massive wobbles and collapses in form, much more so than Brady.

Secondly there was the jersey worn by the Green Bay Packers. They were in their throwback jerseys. I love the throwback jerseys, and the Packers are tied for my favourite along with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Neither of those won my choice though. No, for this week I was struck by many elements when watching a superb performance by Jonas Gray for the New England Patriots.

Gray was signed by Miami as an undrafted free agent, but spent his time there in the injured list after a kneee injury.

Then he went to the practice squad at Baltimore. The practice squad is there for, well, practice. The players are basically thought not quite good enough or ready to play on a team’s actual game roster.

Then he was signed to the practice squad with the Patriots. In October he was activated, and in week 11 he played only his 4th NFL game in the big live Sunday night game.

He ran for over 200 yards on 37 carries, scoring 4 touchdowns. Those figures are stellar numbers for any player, let alone someone so new, and with his backstory of being nearly there, but not quite there.

Long time readers of mine will know that’s the kind of story I lap up about goal achievement – keeping going, working hard, with no guarantee of any breakthrough.

There’s also another example, and it’s down to the coach, Bill Belichick. He is a moody old so and so – he deals with the media because he is obliged to, not because he wants to. His focus is on his team and the next opponent, and he can be unpleasantly surly to the media.

I don’t like that personally, but he has won 3 Superbowls, with another 2 appearances. That doesn’t happen by accident.

His ethos is to build a team. Yes, he has one of the legends of the game playing at quarterback, but for the rest of the team, it’s about players who can fulfill specific roles in his game plan. He doesn’t care if they are superstars or never heard of.

That’s why he succeeds, and his motto is ‘do your job’.
This can be seen as clear as day with Jonas Gray. As a new NFL player, he ran the routes Belichick told him to run, he did his job, he played his part and the stellar result followed when you throw in his unquestioned talent.

A nice story, and well worthy of my moment of the week!
Ok, let me know what you think – I love the feedback!

‘Til next time,
health & happiness,
P.S. Don’t forget, I’ve written a free guide covering the basics of my book FB Passion Profits, which shows how to use social media to turn passions into profits, and sport is a massive niche which is perfectly suitable! Get the free guide here: FB Passion Profits – The Basics

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, News, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Great Gordino Newsletter – Nov 18th 2014

I hope all is well with you.

A pretty normal week in the world of space exploration this week – the usual stuff, landing on a comet and so on.

Hang on – landing on a comet?

Oh yes.

ESA, the European Space Agency have spent a good while on the project. In fact it was 10 years ago that Rosetta took off with the aim of landing on a comet, and on Nov 12th the probe Philae landed on the catchily named comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

It’s a staggering thing to achieve, to land on something going that fast, so far away almost seems impossible. In fact, the whole mission seemed impossible all the way through, which is why it was so exciting to see the successful landing.

How was it done? Well, it was done using the beauty of mathematics, science, physics, astronomy. Sending the probe at a certain speed in certain directions, meant that it should have met up with the comet when planned.

Landing on the comet was a different thing though, because until the probe had fully caught up with the comet, there was no real way to be sure of the terrain to plan a suitable landing spot. The first moon landing had a similar problem, and much like the moon landing, this comet touchdown was always touch and go.

As it happens, the landing probe seems to have bounced when landing, and have trouble attaching itself. It also ended up with its’ solar panels hidden in the shadows of a cliff face, meaning the extended battery life might not be there to be used when needed. However, the main tasks of the mission were always designed to be carried out before the solar panel power was needed.

What were the experiments? Why did we do it at all?
Well, 2 reasons…

Firstly, to check the make up of a comet, to see how much water is in there, to help decide if it was a comet strike that first brought water to the earth to allow life.
Secondly, although we try and track comets and asteroids, many still get through the tracking and come to earth.

It’s thought that it was a comet or asteroid hitting the earth that wiped out the dinosaurs, and it’s possible that a strike in the future could be equally as devastating. Although Hollywood says we can simply send up some men with bombs to destroy it with a nifty soundtrack, reality at the moment says otherwise.

This mission has taken 10 years to get to the comet, so it’s all part of working out ways that we can attack the problem of any comets, er, attacking us in the future.

Fascinating. Exciting. Staggering.

In the sporting world, the staggering is continued by FIFA, the world governing body of football. I say unfortunately, because they are useless.

There was widespread disbelief when the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar, and suspicions of bribery were aroused straight away. FIFA’s ethics committee launched a massive 2 year inquiry into the bidding process.

Unfortunately for the transparency of FIFA, they did not release the final report of hundreds of pages, only releasing a summary. That summary said there was nothing wrong whatsoever with the bidding process, and that President Sepp Blatter had run a magnificent process.

Much laughter around the world. Then crying.

Michael Garcia, the lawyer who had run the inquiry, said that the summary was totally unrepresentative of his actual findings.

More laughter. Then more crying.

Basically it has turned into a farce. FIFA is accountable to no-one, and that’s the problem. It’s run by Blatter and his cronies as a closed shop. It seems the only way to change this now is for the general public to hassle their sponsors to withdraw their sponsorship.

Another way to change things is for major footballing nations to announce they will boycott the 2022 tournament, or leave FIFA altogether, because that would leave FIFA out in the cold.

I doubt that will happen anytime soon, there surely must be massive financial penalties for moves like that, so unless the sponsors start getting itchy, football fans around the world will have to carry on sighing in sadness at the terrible state that has come to pass.

Mind you, we did land on a comet this week, so that cheers me up, along with the football match on tonight – it’s the oldest fixture in international football, as England play Scotland in Glasgow. I gave up on watching so called ‘friendlies’ years ago, but I’ll be watching this one, because in England v Scotland games, there is no such thing as a ‘friendly!’

Do let me know what you think, feel free to share, like, tweet etc!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Sport and space are both niches with lots of passion. In my book FB Passion Profits I show you how to turn that passion into profits. There’s a free guide there covering the basics, but the full book with the details is only a few dollars, with a money back guarantee

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Internet marketing, Motivation, News, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, Sport, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

NFL Moment Of The Week – Week 10

"Brock Osweiler"This week I was going to pick one of 3 great plays on the pitch, but they have been overtaken by 1 great moment ‘nearly’ on the pitch…

This picture shows Brock Osweiler. He’s not one of the highest profile players in the NFL, and he doesn’t get much game time.

That’s because he’s the back up quarterback to Peyton Manning at Denver. Manning is a legend in the game, and whereas it’s normal for the starter to be rested when the team are miles ahead, it’s well known that Manning doesn’t like to be taken out.

If Manning wants to stay in, his status in the game means he stays in! Unfortunately for Osweiler, who will understand this, there was a mix up in communication against Oakland…

Denever were miles ahead, and Osweiler thought he was going to get some game time. He runs to get his helmet, with a smile on his face, but when he turns round he sees that Manning has already trotted out onto the pitch.

Hopefull you’ll be able to see this video on the NFL site.

Poor old Brock – the smile drops from his face and he throws his hand up in despair.

He did get some plays in the final quarter though, and was able to laugh off the incident afterwards.

The 3 plays I was going to choose between? Well, they all came in the grudge match between Chicago and Green Bay –
1. A punt which was blocked by an opponent kicking it even before the punter had kicked it.
2. Randall Cobb making a glorious one hand stretch diving catch in the endzone for a touchdown. Superb athleticism.
2. Brandon Marshall making effort and stretching reach to score a touchdown even though Chicago were well out of the game. Great fighting spirit which seemed to be noticeably lacking from some of his team mates.

Yes, 3 great moments on the field, but they have been beaten for my moment of the week by poor old Brock Osweiler’s ‘nearly’ moment!

Let me know what you think.
‘Ti Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. In my book FB Passion Profits I tell you exactly how I turned my passion for sport, and the NFL, into online profits, and how you can do the same, starting TODAY!

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, News, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, Sport, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Great Gordino Newsletter – Nov 11th 2014

I hope all is well with you.

I see in the news that Phil Rudd, drummer with ACDC was arrested on charges of trying to arrange a murder. That charge was later dropped, but he is still charged with making threats against people. Those people probably suggested he learn a second rhythm to go with the same one he’s been playing for 40 years…

"Sheila Marsh"
I also saw a photo in many papers about a dying cancer patient who was reunited with her horse to say goodbye. Sheila Marsh, 77, had owned Bronwen for 25 years since she was a foal. She had asked to see her one more time, so the staff at Wigan Royal Infirmary arranged the visit. Sheila asked Bronwen for a kiss, and the horse nuzzled her face.

A few hours later Sheila passed away. Some may see this as mawkish nonsense, hardly a news story, but in a world of news full of negativity, is it wrong to have a story which gives some uplift? It made me look twice, and if I look twice, it normally gets into the newsletter!

On the sporting front, goalkeeper David James has filed for bankruptcy, and has been selling lots of his stuff, battered old biked and hedge strimmers to go along with signed football shirts. A sorry tale for someone who played many many times for England and earnt an estimated £20 million from football. Many jokes online about him never being any good at saving…

Speaking of football, Warrinton Town beat Exeter City in the 1st round of the FA Cup. The FA Cup is a much derided competition in the high finance world of today’s football, with many of the Premier League teams putting out second string teams with the view that the competition is an inconvenience.

The Premier League teams only join the competition at the 3rd round stage (something which I’ve always had a problem with) but for team further down the football ladder, the romance and the importance of ‘the cup’ is as strong as ever. Warrington are 100 places below Exeter in the football structure – and won! A wonderful result for us traditionalists.

Long time readers will know how much I enjoy the NFL, but this kind of result is not something possible in the NFL due to the structure of the sport, with only 32 teams and no way of being ‘promoted’ into the league. That doesn’t make it right or wrong, it’s just a big difference, flagged up by this result, which would maybe be an equivalent of a high school tea, beating the Seattle Seahawks. Sort of!

"Jo Pavey"
Also on the sporting front, Jo Pavey has not been included for lottery funding in the approach to Rio 2016. Even though she won the European 10,000 metres championship last year, she suspects she hasn’t been given funding because she is too old.

I loved what she had to say though. She said the funding is not why she runs. She’s been to many Olympics, and when she started, not only was there no funding, there was no idea that it would happen in the future. That meant she didn’t run for the funding then, and wasn’t running for the funding now. I love that, it’s true Jo Pavey style – in a world where athletes go to media training and fill their interviews with sound bytes, Jo always speaks in a way normal people can relate – good for her (again) and there’s another article I wrote about Jo, in the links below.

"Gordon Bryan"
Armistice day on the 11th November. This year marks 100 years since the start of the war, and in Britain the imagination has been captured by the poppy display at the Tower of London, with 888, 246 ceramic poppies filling the moat, 1 for each British and Commonwealth soldier that died. I’ve written a separate article about that too, link at bottom, which you might like, about the unknown soldier, who is represented by one of those poppies, and lies in Westminster Abbey. Not forgotten.

Ok, do let me know what you think, I love the feedback!

‘Til next time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. Here are those articles I mentioned -
Goal Achievement – Jo Paves The Way!
The Unknown Warrior – Not Forgotten

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, News, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, Sport, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Unknown Warrior – Not Forgotten

"Gordon Bryan"November 9th 2014 is Remembrance Sunday, with Remembrance Day on the 11th, and this year it falls as part of remembering the 100th anniversary of the start of Word War 1. I saw a piece about the tomb of the unknown warrior, and I thought it well worth sharing…

The first picture here is of the poppy display at the Tower of London. It was refused funding from government bodies when applied, but as the display developed it got more and more attention, and millions have come to see it. I went in mid September, and quite liked the picture with the Shard building in the background, making the point that in today’s modern world, we still remember.

The display is made of nearly 900,000 ceramic handmade poppies, one for each commonwealth soldier killed in the first World War. Many of those soldiers were not found, or unidentified – one of those soldiers, unknown, is buried in London…

"the unknown warrior"
The unknown warrior lies in Westminster Abbey in London. Originally suggested as an idea in 1916, one soldier’s body was picked in France on the 7th November 1920, with no way of knowing who it was.

The body was put into a coffin of wood from Hampton Court Palace, draped in the Union Flag, and was then treated with full military honours from that moment on.

"unknown soldier"
After being guarded on the train in Dover overnight, when the body got to London the procession took it past thousands and thousands of people lining the street, and up to the Cenotaph, which was unveiled as a new permanent structure to remember the dead, following pressure to make the previous wooden temporary cenotaph into a permanent one.

Then the unknown soldier was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, and it’s the only place that the monarch will not step on.

Some people say that it’s time to move on from this annual marking, that we have sanitised and ritualised it so much that it has become meaningless. Other people say that we shouldn’t be celebrating war at all.

To both arguments, I disagree.

It’s not a celebration of war, it’s an act of remembering. It’s not meaningless to me, and I suspect it’s not meaningless to many others. It’s why so many people wear a simple paper poppy every year. It’s why the poppy installation at the Tower of London has had such an impact.

Bringing the unknown soldier home helped many a family grieve, which was the original idea – to give the loved ones of people who died abroad, somewhere at home they could go and see.

We still don’t know who the soldier is, but we do know that he died on a battlefield somewhere. He may have been a regular soldier, he may have been a volunteer, he may have been conscripted. It could be that a few months before he was an young innocent man working in an office, or on a farm, little knowing that he would die in a field somewhere, far from home, maybe cold, maybe hungry, likely terrified as hell.

I’m not going to forget, I’m going to remember.

Here’s a video about the soldier coming home to be buried.

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,

Posted in News, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Moment Of The Week – Week 9

shaun suishamThis week I’m featuring possibly the most derided sets of players in the whole game – unfairly so, as this moment shows…

The Pittsburgh Steelers were hosting the Baltimore Ravens. It’s one of the hottest rivalries in the game – they don’t like each other at all, and both teams pride themmselves on playing tough football, so the games are normally pretty juicy.

This game was no exception, with the referee having to go to both coaches and tell them to calm their teams down, or someone was going to get sent off.

However, that’s not the moment of the week, even though it was great officiating. No, this week’s moment comes from the special teams…

The extra point after a touchdown is routine in football. It’s no distance for the kicker, and it’s assumed the point will be scored – so mich so that the rest of the team on the sideline will still be celebrating the touchdown that’s just been scored.

It doesn’t always go 100% though, otherwise they’d just award the point without the kick, and it’s when it does go wrong that things get interesting.

For this kick, punter Brad Wing was the holder, but the ball came to him low, so that instead of holding it upright for kicker Shaun Suisham, to boot, he was holding it sideways.

Both Wing and Suisham managed to realise this and react. Suisham managed to stop his leg hitting the ball in full swing, which is no mean feat. Wing grabbed the ball and stood up, and since someone had shouted the prearranged code word for the incident, tight end player Matt Spaeth had run to the side of the endzone.

That meant that Wing could throw the ball, and Spaeth caught it, scoring a 2 point conversion instead of the single point that the original extra point would have scored.

Here’s the play:


As it happened, the Steelers won the match easily, but in many NFL games the score comes down to the odd point or two, and the much maligned kickers become the heroes.

I love the slow motion of Suisham managing to stop his leg on the downward swing. Remember that it’s a routine kick, so to be able to spot the problem and react really is impressive.

Then the rest of the special teams unit also had to react, and they did so based on practice. So much practice that when the unusual happened, they were able to deal with it.

Well worthy of my moment of the week – let me know what you think!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Don’t forget to grab my free report on how to use social media to turn your passion for football into profits!
FB Passion Profits – The Basics!

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, News, Setting goals, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Great Gordino Newsletter – Nov 4th 2014

I hope all is well with you.
Here’s the vlog version of the newsletter, normal text version underneath!

"cadbury chocolate coins"

Let’s start with what’s clearly massive news – Cadbury’s are not making chocolate coins for Christmas this year! In all the coverage, I didn’t actually see the reason why, just a statement from them that they make plenty of other treats for Christmas. I think I know the reason why, and it explains why it’s not devastating news for a chocoholic Cadbury fan like me…

I don’t like them.

For some reason, when it comes to chocolate coins at Christmas, I prefer cheap tatty chocolate. I have no explanation for this, it’s a psychological thing, but I’m not sure I’ve ever bought Cadbury chocolate coins in all the (many) years I’ve been buying them for myself.

If other fans feel the same, then the demand just isn’t there, so they stop making it. A good news story, but I’ll still be having the odd coin (or two) (or three) of the cheap tatty variety!

"Sir Nicholas Winton"

Nicholas Winton was presented with the Czech Republic’s highest honour. Actually, that’s *Sir* Nicholas Winton, and he’s now 105 years old. He saved nearly 700 children from the Nazis during the war, and kept it quiet until his wife found diary entries in the 1980s.

Here’s the clip from BBC news, hopefully you’ll be able to watch it, but if not, go to you tube, type in his name and watch a clip from the 1980’s show That’s Life, it’ll make the hairs on your neck stand up – a great man, and a stand alone article coming soon on him soon.

"Darek Fidyka"

In the medical world, and Darek Fidyka, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack, has been able to walk again thanks to pioneering treatment. The treatment, developed by scientists in London and surgeons in Poland, involved transplanting cells from his nose. These cells are pathways that allow nerve fibres there to constantly regenerate.

Prof Geoff Raisman, who led the UK team, says it’s more impressive than man walking on the moon. That might sound a bit exaggerated, but if it’s a process that develops and kicks on, it could change the future for millions of paralysed people, and could be a step change in medical outlook for us as humans, so maybe not so exaggerated!

I wanted to cover something else I saw on TV to do with space and our future, but that will have to wait for another issue, and in any case will also be a standalone article. By the way, you are signed up to get email updates in your inbox, right? You can sign up via the box top right of any page, or connect with me via the social media buttons at the top to keep updated on new content.

I’ve been mentioning the movies lately, with the new Star Wars starting to loom large. That movie catapulted Harrison Ford into the acting stratosphere, which he then cemented with the Indiana Jones films. The whip he used in them has sold at auction for £140,000.

Originally owned by Steven Spielberg, he gave it to Unicef, who sold it to raise funds. It was last sold two years ago for £20,000 so that’s a big jump to today’s ‘value’ of £140,000!

I’ll finish with a photo I saw in the news, and what a photo – taken from a plane by passenger Melissa Rensen, it shows a rainbow beneath the clouds. When a picture makes me look twice, I know it’s one worth sharing! Taken by , it’s a cracker isn’t it!

Ok, do let me know what you think – I love the feedback!

‘Til Next Time,
health & happiness,
P.S. I wrote an article during the week is just right as we move into November:
Would 10 Weeks Solid Working On your Goals Help?
P.P.S. Chocolate, science, movies, photography. All massive niches you could use to make money online. In my book I tell you exactly how I did it from movies. (there’s also a free basic guide there).
It’s an instant download, why not pop over and take a look- FB Passion Profits

Posted in Entertainment, Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Movies, News, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Would 10 Weeks Solid Working On Your Goals Help?

"Gordon Bryan"Imagine if you had the next 10 weeks free to work on your goals. No commitments, no distractions, 10 weeks to work solidly on your goals. How much could you get done? Well, I can give you those 10 weeks starting today…

In fact, it’s not me giving you the ten weeks, it’s you giving them to yourself! As with a lot of goal achievement theories, I can give you the ideas, but the action has to come from you.

Here’s how it works – those ten weeks are there for the taking for anybody, and it comes down to 1 hour a day.

If you set aside 1 solid hour a day to work on your goals, over the course of a year that’s 365 days, and going by the rate of a 36 hour work week, that’s 10 weeks.

The idea is simple, in fact it’s so simple that it’s either overlooked or dismissed by most people, and for those people the 10 weeks have gone.

Now, at this point you might be shouting at the screen that it’s not simple at all, that finding an hour a day is a tough call. To be honest, I agree. Well, I agree at least at the start of the process.

To set aside a solid hour every day will fairly inevitably mean cutting down on something else, and that means changing habits. It might mean cutting down on tv, it might mean cutting down on social media surfing, it might well mean cutting down on sleep, but if you cut down 20 minutes on each of those, that’s your hour.

The other thing about habit is that while changing the old ones, you will be replacing them with the new one of the dedicated hour, and this will build momentum, something I’ve written about for many years.

Personally I like to use a timer. It can be any old timer, an alarm clock, and egg timer, a phone alarm, anything, and there’s a wonderful by-product – once you get into the swing of this dedicated hour, when the alarm goes off at the end of it, you will want to finish the immediate task you are on. That’s good, and I suggest you do that.

This means that you will go for maybe 10, 20 or even 30 minutes longer than the hour, and just as the hours add up to 10 weeks over a year, those extra minutes will also add up to extend the 10 weeks to 13, 14, maybe 15 weeks of solid action taking!

Sounds great, doesn’t it! Here are 2 things you shouldn’t do though…

Don’t wait until the start of next year to begin the process, that just wastes all the 1 hour slots you could be using. Also, and this is particularly important at the start of the process, don’t put off the hour by telling yourself you’ll do 2 hours the next day. The harsh truth is that it’s unlikely you’ll do 2 hours the next day. Stick to getting that hour in, whatever it takes.

So, if those are 2 things you shouldn’t do, what should you do to kick the whole thing off?
Well, your first 1 hour slot, and remember this must be on a timer and with no distractions, is to sit down and make sure you know what your goal is, that you can write it down clearly defined.

Then, if you haven’t already, work back as best you can from that goal to where you are now, writing down the steps you need to take to get there. This will lead you to working out the very next step you need to take to move you closer to your goal.

Then you take that step.

It could be that working out the plan takes up the whole hour (or more if you decide to run over as I mentioned!) That’s fine, it’s ok if it takes up the hour slot for 2 days, or 3 days, you are moving forwards the whole time.

I love this concept, because although it’s hard work and requires sacrifice, the end result is so much time dedicated to your goal, that you *will* move faster towards it, you cannot fail to.

As ever, the choice is down to you, and it’s just that – your choice. You can choose to give it a go. Blimey you could start today, and you’ll start seeing result almost immediately. You’ll also feel the results as your mindset start to shift.

Or, you can dismiss the idea without even trying it. You won’t be the first to do that, and you won’t be the last, but every day you dismiss it without trying it is another hour you stay away from your goal. In a week’s time while you’re still dismissing the idea, others who are trying it will have a day of dedicated time under their belt.

If you really can’t get an hour in, if it’s really only 30 minutes you have free, then don’t give up on the idea. Those 30 minute sessions still add up to 5 solid weeks of time towards your goal. As it happens, if you start with 30 minutes, it won’t take long for you to start seeing the value, and the time you find will stretch!

So, look to your goal. Ask yourself how valuable it would be to have 10 weeks of solid uninterrupted time to work on that goal. It could be that today is not suitable to make it the first day, that’s fine – bookmark this article if so, to give you impetus when you come back.

Then it’s down to you. 1 hour a day. I’ve given you the idea, taking action on it, or not, is your choice – which way will you go?

Ok, do let me know what you think – I love the feedback! Also, feel free to share, like, tweet etc if you enjoyed the article, thanks.

‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Why not check out my motivational book ‘Transform Your Life in 21 Days!’ It’s an instant download, even if it’s 2am in the morning!

Posted in Goal Achievement, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Motivation, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Setting goals, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

The Great Gordino Newsletter – Oct 28th 2014

I hope all is well with you.

There were a few things that caught my attention this week, maybe too many to fit in. We’ll see how it goes though, so let’s crack on…

"Sunderland 8-0"
Sunderland lost a football game 8-0. That’s a big loss, especially considering they are playing in the Premier League, one of the richest sports leagues in the world. It’s their worst loss for over 30 years.

They were playing against Southampton, which is well over 300 miles away. That’s a long way to travel there and back for Sunderland fans, but around 2,500 still made the trip.

A couple of days after the loss, the team announced that they would club together and pay back the travelling costs of each fan that went, and if any fan didn’t want the money they’d donate it to charity.

Now, for Premier League footballers, the total sum of around £60,000 is no big deal, but as a gesture, I love it! It could be argued that it sets a precedent, but since the 8-0 score is *so* unusual, that’s not a big factor in my view.

The club is a real fan’s club. They don’t have many supporters outside the City, no global fan base like the Man Utds of the game. Their fans are passionate, and have been through some bad times following their team, so I did smile when I found out about the gesture from the team. Of course, playing better would be nicer too!

"Reeva Steencamp"
Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years for killing Reeva Steencamp. He could be out and serving house arrest within 10 months. I’m not sure with this one. He was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of culpable homicide. He shot through the bathroom door, several times, without knowing who was in there. What did he think was going to happen to whoever was on the other side?

During the course of the trial, and it was a long course, it came out many times that he seemed to be a controlling man with a fierce temper, who enjoyed guns – quite different from the public picture we had all held of him up to the shooting.

It could be that he knew full well who was behind the door when he shot, but the legal system has run its’ course, and he’s now a convicted killer – I’m not sure what else could happen.

"Gordon Bryan"
This week I went to my first NFL game! I have covered this in my NFL Moment Of The Week – Week 8 post, there’s a link on the right of the page, but I’m going to cover it here as well, because it was a big event for me…

Having started to watch the NFL back in 1984, I had a few years away, but have been watching it again for many years, and have seen the regular season games in London grow from novelty, to special event, to where they are now, which is approaching a ’normal’ NFL game.

It’s so accepted that the talk of a London franchise gets louder every time, and this game was held at 1.30 pm UK, which was a breakfast kickoff in the US. That was trial by the NFL as part of testing the ground for a London team, and it meant that on TV it was the only game on.

"The Great Gordino"
The Detroit Lions were playing the Atlanta Falcons, who were the ’home’ team, and you can imagine how excited I was to be going to my first game.

The atmosphere was great up there – you get fans from all different teams, and fans bringing people along with them who weren’t fans. That all makes for a family atmosphere – there’s no tension or shouting that you get at football matches, were opposing fans have to be herded like sheep, kept apart to stop fighting.

The merchandise aspect is huge. I’ve written in my book FB Passion Profits how I made money myself online from NFL merchandise (in fact I show you *exactly* how), and on Sunday I handed some it back to the NFL! I bought some specific game day goodies, sweatshirt, hat, etc, and the credit card machines were singing to the NFL tune, I can tell you!

When you go to a game you get a sense of the MASSIVE size of the sport, and I’m not just talking about the players!

NFL London Oct 26th 2014
I was lucky to go to a good game – some great plays, and a tense outcome, going all the way to a last kick result, with that last kick having to be retaken! The Falcons lost 22-21, having been 21 points up at halftime, so it was painful for them, but no-one else to blame but themselves – that’s football!

Phew, I’ll be enjoying the memories of the day for a long long time!

Ok, that’s it for today, I’ll leave a couple of things for next time – do let me know what you think!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. Don’t forget to sign up to get the newsletter in your inbox, via the box top right of any page!

Posted in Entertainment, News, Sport, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

NFL Moment Of the Week – Week 8

NFL London Oct 26th 2014Back in week 6 I said I already knew what my moments from weeks 7 & 8 would probably be.  Turned out I was right, and week 8 saw a massive NFL moment for me personally…

It was my first game!

I got a ticket for the game in London between the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons, who were the designated home team. To use a sporting cliche, it was a game of two halves – Atlanta went in 0-21 up at half time, but went on to lose the match 22-21 with a dramatic last kick field goal, which had to be retaken.

A great game for my first, but when you go to a game, it’s all about the day more than just the actual game.

"Gordon Bryan"
As you travel up, you see more and more people with NFL jerseys on, and the Wenbley games have been known for the rainbow of jerseys from different teams. Since I don’t have an NFL jersey, I wore an England top from the 1982 World Cup, just for a bit of fun.

I’ve written for many years that the money in sport is in the merchandise, and that’s as true as anywhere in the NFL. The merchandise tents are huge, with massive numbers of staff, working like crazy to get through the queues. The credit card terminals were singing as the money flowed into the NFL coffers! I got some specific game day stuff – a hat, a scarf, a sweatshirt, that all set me back a bit!

You get struck by the sheer scale of everything, way more than you do by watching on tv, the NFL is simply ‘BIG’!

"The Great Gordino"
I enjoyed watching all the people doing their jobs inside the stadium – yes the players obviously, but it was fascinating to watch the cheerleaders, nearly 40 of them, dancers who work for nearly 4 hours, reacting to what’s happening on the pitch as well as their own routines.
Cheesy? Oh blimey yes, but they are a part of the game as much as anything else.

Here’s something else I noticed – you know the headsets that the coaches wear? Well, I always assumed they were wireless, but I noticed that they have a massive long wire, being held by someone! That means that every coach with a headset has an individual following them around a pace behind them, for the whole game, holding a massive lead for the headset. No wonder the sidelines are always packed with people!

So, that’s my first NFL game seen in person. A great day. I’m not sure I’d go to all of them, after all it has taken me until the 10th to get round to it. For me it depends which teams are playing. If Peyton Manning came over, I’d go to that one, and if London ever gets a franchise I’d go and see them. Apart from that, who knows when my next one will be, but you can imagine why it was a big NFL moment for me, it could easily qualify as my moment of the season, so definitely sits easily as my moment of the week!

Let me know your thoughts!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. I said there was money in the merchandise. Way back when, I made money online from NFL merchandise. In my book I tell you *exactly* how, and how you can do the same via social media sites today. Why not go and take a look, and if you don’t like it, you get your money back!
FB Passion Profits!


Posted in Entertainment, FB Passion Profits, Motivation, News, Sport, The Great Gordino Newsletter | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments