The Great Gordino Newsletter – Mar 3rd 2015

I hope all is well with you.

"Gordon Bryan"
Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’ll know that Leonard Nimoy died.
(see what I did there?)

I’ve written before about the social media torrent of posting when a celebrity dies – I wonder if some of the posts are about needing to be seen to go along with others, etc, and the use of the word ‘tragedy’ a lot.

I’m not sure it’s a ‘tragedy’ as such, but Nimoy’s passing did genuinely seem to resonate with a lot of people, and the thought of him brings a feeling of fondness.

That’s because they either have the memory of watching the early original shows, or know him through the expansion of the massive Star Trek franchise, and any such expansion always puts the originals on a pedestal.

I think more than anything, it was some of the characteristics we saw when he played Spock – the attitude of ‘live long and prosper’, and the idea of using logic to make decisions rather than clouding with emotion.

Of course what made Spock so popular was the conflict he had when he fell ‘victim’ to emotion himself, and it was Nimoy’s playing of those scenes that made them work.

What a legacy to leave behind, work which genuinely made a long term mark on society – not bad eh!

Here’s his last post on Twitter:
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

"English curling"
I got all excited recently when the England girls team won gold at the European Curling Challenge, meaning they secured a spot at the World Championships, the first ever for an England girls team.

That was such a result, and the result of years of progression and work.

This week they are in Estonia for those World Champs.

4 games in, 4 close games in, and they sit with 2 wins and 2 losses. Getting that first win at World level is a big thing, but to me it was not a surprise. They are not there to make up the numbers, and although they will be playing massive curling nations like Canada, Sweden and Scotland, they will give anybody a game.

I was speaking to one of the players, Lucy, after the Europeans, about how their expectation of their own performance had gone up. She agreed. I told her that it would be the same at the worlds, to go into every game with an expectation that if every stone if played right, the results would come. She took a bit of persuading on that point, but it was clear she believed it really.

The main aim of this week for them is to secure their place in the World group, because it’s such a slog to get there, and if you can finish high enough up the table, you already qualify for next year.

As I write this, they are doing much better than that. Tough games to come against Scotland, Sweden and on Tuesday, the Canadians!

Right, short and sweet this week, I’ve got a lot of curling to watch!

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‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Tues Feb 24th 2015

I hope all is well with you.

This week there was a lunar eclipse, always fascinating to see. I always imagine myself looking at the shadow of the earth as it blocks the sunlight on the moon, and then I consider that the shadow is of the earth, which has me standing on it, looking at the shadow. Then I get a headache…

"Pale blue dot"
Nice as that was to see, this month also saw the 25th anniversary of the pale blue dot.
Hang on, the what now?

The pale blue dot.

Taken Feb 14th 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe, from nearly 4 billion miles away.
The probe had finished all the designed tasks, and as it was leaving the solar system, it was directed to turn the camera around and take a last photo of the earth.

I always think of a Star Trek episode, where a civilisation on a planet far far away bows down to a God called Vyger, and it turns out to be a probe called Voyager.

The pale blue dot has given 25 years of wonder so far, it really puts things into perspective. Literally.

"New Zealand Police"
Talking about getting things in perspective, lots of us moan about our jobs. It’s easy to do, and it vents frustration. The majority of us have it easy though. I saw a story about 2 policemen in New Zealand, saving a woman from a sinking car. To the woman it was a potentially life ending situation.

The 2 policemen? Well, PCs Paul Watts and Simon Russell, described as heroes, said it was ‘just another day’.

Think of all the people all over the world that put their lives at risk everyday to save others. Yes, it’s their job, but they have my full respect, and again, it helps to give perspective when the easy moans about jobs start to surface.

"Peter & Laura Elliott"
Peter Elliott was the Captain for a flight the other day, taking people on holiday from Birmingham to Spain. Nothing unusual there you might think, and you’d be right.


The Senior First Officer flying next to him was his daughter, Laura, and that made them the first father/daughter combo to fly for the same commercial airline.

Laura didn’t always want to be a pilot, it was only after graduating that she decided to give it a go, having been given a trial flight present by…her father.

Good luck to both of them I say, and I’ve written before about whether following a parent’s career path doesn’t necessarily always make it easier!

Ok, that’s it for this week – let me know your thoughts on perspective, maybe on following your own parents’ career choices, and as always, I’d appreciate sharing the newsletter to anyone you think might enjoy it.

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Hapiness,
P.S. Here’s that other article I mentioned:
Goal Achievement – Do You Wish Your Mum Was A Footballer?
P.P.S. I write about keeping perspective in my book
‘Tranform Your Life in 21 Days!’ – have you grabbed your copy yet?

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Tues 17th Feb 2015

I hope all is well with you.

This week – comedy, chocolate, curling…

Something I have written a lot about over the years is having fun. It may sound glib, but having fun is, in my view, an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

There are many reasons why fun can be overlooked – the pressures of everyday life, expectations, worries about the past, worries about the future – they can all add up to a recipe which has us forgetting to simply have fun in the present moment we are in!

"Gordon Bryan"
So, the comedy.

On Thursday I had fun being MC at a comedy gig. When you are MC, you have responsibility too bring all the acts on and off, get the crowd going, generally host and keep the event tied together.

It has different challenges to ‘just’ going on once and doing your act, and it’s a challenge I enjoy and would like to do more often if I’m honest.

"Ferrero Rocher"
The chocolate.

So may people moan about how Valentine’s Day is no more than a money generating exercise for various industries, including the chocolate industry. Er, yes, of course it is! It’s no good moaning about it! You either get onboard and decide to enjoy it, or you don’t get sucked in, and just don’t make the extra purchases, no-one is forced.

As it happens, I currently don’t have anyone buying chocolate for me, which means I go and buy it for myself. I’ll be honest, that happens most days of the year, not just one! I did see a rather nice big bar of Toblerone though…

Speaking of chocolate, Michele Ferrero has died. Head of the Ferrero business, and Italy’s richest man, with more than a few pennies in the bank. Nutella spread is the product which cemented the family fortune, but it’s probably the Ferrero Rocher chocolate which most people have in their minds.

I’m amazed to see it was only introduced in 1982 – that means the first 16 years of my chocolate fuelled life missed out! (I’ve made up since, let me tell you).

There was some great marketing behind the product. Here in the UK, the Ferrero Rocher TV advert is one of the best remembered of *any* product, as the waiter walks around at the Ambassador’s party with a pyramid of Ferrero Rocher chocolates for the guests.

That put the idea in the mind that the product was of a higher class. Wrap each on individually in a gold wrapper and a little paper dish, package them up in a see through hard case, with a price to reflect the perception, and lots of money will flow!

Great marketing. And my enjoyment of Ferrero Rocher and Nutella will be going on for many more years yet!

Fascinating fact – did you know that Ferrero use 25% of the world’s hazelnut supply!!

"The Great Gordino Classic"
The curling.

Sunday 15th saw the 8th staging of The Great Gordino Classic. In my early days of playing curling I was lucky to be in a team that won a really nice trophy. I decided that the only way to guarantee getting my name on a trophy every year was to start my own!

I have written lots about taking action on ideas, so that’s what I did – I found a nice pewter curling plate from Switzerland, sorted out a base to put the winners names on, found some nice curling medals from Spain, booked the ice, and it’s been going for 8 years.

It offers a combination of a few things. There’s a friendly feel to the event, and it’s completed in one day. Having said that, it’s full on competition, with people playing to win, win, win !

I didn’t win. That doesn’t matter though, ’cos my name’s already on the trophy!
In the photo you can see the winning skip Karen holding the trophy quite tightly, that’s because she had just dropped it on the floor… ;-)

So, lots of enjoyment, lots of fun for me. How about you? Are you having fun? Are you doing things you enjoy? If not, then why not?

Really, why not? There will be reasons, but if your answer is ‘I don’t know’, then that’s not good enough. You need to know the reasons, because unless those reasons are powerfully strong, then having fun, more probably than not, is simply a choice you can make, and it’s a choice you can make *today*.

Ok, that’s it for today, let me know what you think, I love the feedback, and if you fancy sharing the newsletter around social media, I’d appreciate the added exposure thanks!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Feb 10th 2015

I hope all is well with you.

Various things caught my eye this week, but all apart from one were things I have written about before…

That in itself brings up a point well worth revisiting, in the blogging/internet marketing spheres.

If you write a lot of content, if you base it around current events, then your content will have 2 things automatically going for it –

Firstly, it will be current! That means if you slap the content all over the web, social network sites, etc, then it has a good chance of being read as people will be interested in current events.

Secondly, even though it’s current when you write it, it can be current *again* a long time later! That may sound odd, but stay with me on this one! As time goes by, and I’m talking about a minimum of 6 months, probably a year plus, then the subjects you wrote about before will come round again, and that means you can link to the article you originally wrote.

This gives you more bang for your writing buck, and also helps to establish in the mind of visitors that you are around to stay.

I’ve had many examples of this recently –

Idina Menzel singing at the Superbowl let me link to an article about her singing ‘Let It Go’
‘If You Believe This Goal Achievement Myth – Let It Go!’

I’ve enjoyed watching a show on TV called The Jump again this year, allowing me to link to an article about ski jumper Eddie Edwards:
‘Goal Achievement – Fly Like The Eagle!’

Drummer Chris Slade stood in for ACDC at The Grammys on Sunday, allowing me to link to an article about a previous ACDC drummer, from Oct 2013
‘Goal Achievement – The Right Place At The Wright Time!’

Jump Jockey Tony McCoy announced his retirement after reaching 200 winners for the 10th season, and coming up to his 20th year as champion jockey. That allowed me to link to an article I wrote when he reached the 4000 winner mark, back in Nov 2013:
‘Goal Achievement – 4,000 Times?’

tony and gaga
Watching the video of ACDC at The Grammys, I saw Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in the crowd as the camera panned. That allowed me to link to an article about her from Aug 2011!
‘Goal Achievement – Does Lady Gaga Have Sweaty Armpits?’

So you can see I’ve been able to get more exposure for articles going back as far as 3 years old, while still providing valuable relevant content to readers – it’s a double whammy of blogging goodness!

"Matt Monro"
I did say there was one item that I hadn’t written about. Singer Matt Monro died 30 years ago this week. I remember when I bought that bowl, thinking “yes ok, the bloke could sing, but he must have been dead nearly 30 years, why name a bowl after him?”
Then I looked closer and realised that it said Matt MONO…

Ok, that’s it for today, let me know what you think – I love the feedback!

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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NFL Moment Of The Week – The Superbowl

So, it’s time for the last NFL moment of the week, and it was a drab, blow out game…

Er, not really – it was The Superbowl!

I saw someone say that this year’s game was the biggest tv audience for a single event ever. Not sure how these stats are worked out, but there is no doubt it’s a massive event in the world of sport. Massive.

It looked like it was going to be a good, but brutal game between two to sides, and it turned out it was!

"Idina Menzel"
My attention was drawn before the game by Idina Menzel singing the national anthem. I love musical theatre, so I’m a fan of hers, but she does have a reputationof not giving her best performances on big live tv events.

I wasn’t entirely taken by her performance, but she just about got away with it.

"Jeremy Lane"
Then in the game, early in the first quarter Jeremy Lane from Seattle made a great play by intercepting what could have been a New England touchdown. Unfortunately as he was running the ball back, he got injured.
TV normally shows replays of injuries, but they didn’t this time, which was unusual.

Having see the above photo in the press afterwards, I can see why – the hand is not supposed to look like that – I’m thinking ‘ouch’

"Katy Perry"
The halftime show is always overhyped in the build up to the game – I’m not a fan of Katy Perry’s, but during the week she had been saying her intention was to not take it too seriously, to try and get people to smile.

I decided I woudl watch with that attitude, and guess what, I found myself smiling! Fair play to her.

Right at the end of the game, it looked all over for New England, with Seattle camped on the goal line, with one of the best rushers in the game on their team.

However, they chose to throw, and there was another interception, giving the game and the Superbowl to New England.

Many people call it the worst play call they have ever seen in the history of the game. That’s a bit extreme, and had it come off then coach Carroll would be called a genius. Since it didn’t come off though, he is in the firing line.

You don’t suddenly become a bad coach – he took Seattle to a Superbowl win last season with the same attitude, and nearly did it this year, so he’s not a bad coach. As for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? Well, that’s their 4th win in 6 Superbowls, which means we are watching one of the best combinations to have taken part, and we get to watch them right now!

It’s fun!
It’s been another fun season, I hope you enjoyed my weekly moments, I enjoyed picking them, and I enjoyed my first live NFL game in London this season – roll on next season!

‘Til next time,
health & happiness,
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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Feb 3rd 2015

I hope all is well with you.

Apple are doing ok. They reported first quarter profits of $18 billion.
Yep, that’s $18 billion, and if that seems a lot, it is! In fact it’s the biggest profit of any company, ever!


Apple can bring up strong feelings in people. Some people say they are the epitome of capitalism and free market economics, that they push the boundaries and do it with style.

Others say that they use built in obsolescence to drive profits, and are only riding high due to an almost obsessive compulsion of their fans to have the latest Apple product.
They also have a massive cash pile, which critics say should be spent on development, or in paying more taxes rather than avoiding them.

I would worry that the surge I profits has been a massive uptake in China of the iphone, which could lead to problems down the line as mobile carriers move away from long contracts which include a subsidised phone.

If that happens, it’s possible many people will be put off by the full cost of an iphone, and when it stops being the ‘must have’ phone, when people stop needing to have an iphone to keep up with the Jones’s, then Apple could be in trouble.

Having said that, it hasn’t happened yet, and making the biggest profit of any company ever is not to be sniffed at!

In sport, I see that Tiger Woods had a bad day at the office. He shot a round of 82, which was 12 over par, and his worst ever round as a pro. He’s also not missed the cut in 2 consecutive tournaments before either.

His woes show just how hard golf is to do well, that when the best in the world make it look easy, it really is because they are the best. Is it all over for Tiger? Well, plenty of other golfers have crashed and burned, never to get back to the heights they hit before, but since Tiger’s heights lasted for a long time, it could well be that the memory of being there is more firmly in his psyche, that he could well get back there.

He’s still a big draw in any tournament, so I don’t see him going anywhere anytime soon.

It seems there was also an NFL game on at the weekend…

"Jeremy Lane"
I’ll be writing about it more in my last NFL Moment of The Week post, which you’ll see linked down the right hand side of the blog, but to sum up…

Adele Dazeem just about got away with the national anthem, Katy Perry’s halftime show did make me smile, which is what she said it was supposed to do, and the game itself was a good’un.

Not full of spectacular plays, but a real bruising clash between 2 of the best teams. Going right down to the wire, it looked like fate had taken it away from the Patriots, when the last effective play of the game saw the Patriots intercept a pass from the 1 yard line, a call which will hound Seattle coach Pete Carroll.

He doesn’t suddenly become a bad coach overnight, because last season he took then to their first Superbowl by making unusual calls, but he will be remembered for the call he went with on Sunday.

Many people dislike the Patriots passionately. I don’t. I like the way they, (and when I say they, I mean coach Bill Belichick) have slotted players into their system who were maybe overlooked by other teams. His mantra is ‘just do your job’, meaning it’s up to him to worry about anyone else.

He also has one of the legends of the game as his star player, and he and Tom Brady now have 4 wins to go with their 6 appearances. You can’t knock that.

The picture shows Jeremy Lane. In the first quarter he intercepted a Brady pass, but got injured at the end of the runback. Normally TV show replays of injuries, and at the time I wondered why they hadn’t. Looking at the picture you can see why, and I’m thinking ‘ouch’

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

‘Til Next Time,
Health& Happiness,

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Jan 27th 2015

I hope all is well with you.

Two things this week – one nice, one not nice. Let’s start with the not nice…

Last year saw the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Lots of people at the time said we shouldn’t be having any events, as why should war be celebrated?

I said at the time that it wasn’t ‘celebrating,’ it was marking and remembering.

This year sees more anniversaries and today is 70 years since the camp at Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet army. Not a holiday camp, but a death camp.

1.1 million people were killed there, over a million Jews.

I’ve been watching a few documentaries about the camps, from survivors, to the films made by the liberating troops to document what had happened there. Those films are shocking to say the least. I can’t watch them without finding myself shaking my head.

The piles of clothes. The piles of shoes. The piles of toothbrushes. The piles of bodies.

It’s distressing to watch, it’s distressing to think man’s inhumanity to man carries on in the world today, but we have to remember what happened all those years ago.

Today, on holocaust memorial day, think of how it must have been for the survivors to have been rescued on Jan 27th, and think about those who didn’t survive. It’s all too easy to think our world has ended because we have broken a nail – think again…

Ok, the nice…

If you’re reading this newsletter, you are slap bang, front and centre in a world of opportunity. Opportunity unimaginable to the prisoners of Auschwitz for example, and in fact unimaginable to anyone even a few years ago.

The wonderful tool of the internet allows us to do amazing things, and instead of moaning about what we don’t have, it allows us to do something about it, and create our own wealth, to forge our own destinies.

I wrote about this in my book ‘FB Passion Profits’ which combines the money making power of the internet and the liberating personal freedom of following your passions. This Thursday, 27th Jan, 10pm UK time, 5pm Eastern, I’m doing a video presentation where I’ll go through the book, for free. All of it, not just an overview, and it won’t cost you a penny.

There’s a picture of the book cover to the right of the blog, linking to the sales page – don’t buy it though, remember I’m going through it all on the presentation.

I’ll also cover how you can do the same without even touching Facebook because, as hard as it may be to believe, not *everyone* uses Facebook!

If you’re wondering about the picture, well that’s from the Disney movie ‘UP’. Movies are a passion for me, and in the book I give you a specific example of how I used the technique to tie in that passion. There’s another specific example showing another passion of mine, sport, and remember the Superbowl is only a few days away!

The picture also does a good job of encapsulating the idea of following your dreams, soaring high above the clouds to do it.

If you fancy the free video presentation, and it works for whatever your passion is, keep your eyes peeled for the link to it. I’ll be posting it on FB, and the blog, but it might be a good idea to sign up to my newsletter, as I’ll be sending out the link to subscribers. The box to do that is up the top right side of any page on the blog.

I deliberately waited until a while after New Year to do it, because I wanted the wash of New Year Resolutions to fade. Most people have failed on them by now, given up already, and I’ll be honest, I want people watching who are genuinely intending to take action this year, to make this year the one that something different happens.

Come along for the ride..? Here’s the link:
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Ok, ‘til next time (which is hopefully Thursday 10pm UK, 5pm Eastern),
Health & happiness,
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NFL Moment Of The Week – Playoffs Week 3

This week had loads of moments to offer, with only two games being played..!

In the Green Bay/Seattle game, we had a superb special teams trick play, which is something I’ve written about this season. It was a cracking playoff game, unfortunately ruined for me by the presenter we have here.

I only get to see highlights of the playoffs, unlike a live game during the season. After the first half of this game, with Seattle looking down and out on the scoreboard, the presenter said ‘it looked along shot, but you might want to stick around for the second half’

Well blimey, that told me that they *did* come back – he might as well have told me the score!

Sure enough, after saying it again before showing the second half, I watched it knowing that Seattle were about to do the comeback. I wasn’t happy!

In the other game, there was a superb toe drag, something else I’ve written about this year, and the Patriots winning, but not without yet more controversy – this time about the balls!

The away team are allowed to bring their own balls to use, and Tom Brady likes them as soft as possible, so they inflate them to the lowest allowed level. They are checked and good to go. At halftime, they were checked again, and 11 out of 12 had fallen to below the minimum.

Unlikely to have really changed the result, it could still means problems for the Patriots in terms of punishment, but what it does is confirm that they will do naything they can to increase any advantage, and will sail as close to the edge as they can, stepping over it, it seems again.

Legacy spoiled? Maybe, maybe not, I guess that’s down to any individual’s opinion about what should happen in the business of sport!

Speaking of sports business, it’s unlikely I’ll be going to any of the London games in 2015. The team match ups didn’t really appeal, only Miami/New York was one I would go to see.

When the tickets went on sale, it was only to buy a ‘season’ ticket for all 3 games, at £108, not a bad price. However, people were buying all 3, only to sell them for the individual games on reseller sites, for £118 for each ticket!

With single game tickets not officially on sale, it was cheaper for me to buy a season ticket officially than buy a single ticket via a reseller!

This week, the single game tickets went on sale, and yep, Miami/New York sold out as soon as they were ‘available’. Of course they never were available, they had been bought up by the resellers! I emailes the NFL to see what they said. No response, which is what I expected. They don’t care, they know it happens, but don’t care becauuse the game shows as a sell out, and hey, it’s all about the business right? Ask the Patriots!

I’ll still be enjoying the Superbowl live though, stocking up on the treats and seeing how Adele Dazeem gets on with the Star Spangled Banner!

‘Til next Time,
Health & Happiness,

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The Great Gordino Newsletter – Jan 21st 2015

I hope all is well with you.

I’ve found a couple of pictures/videos catching my eye, and I’ve been a bit miffed around one of my favourites sport, the NFL. Let’s start with the pictures…

"Kai abandoned dog"
This one appeared in the papers, a dog that had been abandoned at a train station in Scotland, with a suitcase containing his toy, his blanket, his bowl and some food.
It’s a picture/story combo designed to make us say ‘aah’ and think of Paddington Bear and so on.

Partly sad that he should end up abandoned, and partly happy that he was left with his stuff. As it happens, abandoning a dog is illegal in Scotland, and it didn’t take long for the media to track down who had left him.

The woman concerned said she had bought the dog, Kai, via a selling website called Gumtree, but had panicked when she saw him, thinking he had ‘something wrong with his eyes’.

I’m not sure the story quite adds up, and in any case, looking at the woman’s picture, I’m not sure she’s in any position to talk about others having something wrong with their eyes…

Then I saw a video that made me giggle. The sport of darts has seen its’ rival World Championships take place lately, and it had me surfing you tube for some videos of darts players getting angry during matches. I’m not sure why!

Anyway, I saw this video of Ted Hankey. He’s not currently playing due to ill health, but in his heyday he got the nickname of The Count, because he had a dark, unwelcoming demeanour when he played. Nice as pie off the darts, but mean when playing.

In this video he is trying to intimidate his opponent, making mean roars and glances. I won’t tell you what happens, but the video’s less than 120 seconds, see if it makes you giggle like it did me…

I did say I found myself miffed with the NFL. As the Superbowl nears, tickets have been on sale for next season’s 3 games in London. The problem is, it’s been ‘season’ tickets that have been on sale, covering all 3 games. They work out at a reasonable price for each single game, but you haven’t been able to buy the single game tickets.

What people have been doing though, is buying up the season tickets, then using reseller sites to sell single game tickets at a massive mark up! In fact, the official price for the 3 game ticket is less than the marked up reseller price for a single game ticket!

That’s not right, because this week when the single games officially went on sale, surprise surprise, they were sold out.

All the NFL needs to do to stop this is to put the game goers name on the ticket, and make people show ID at the gate. That won’t happen though, because the NFL is more concerned with selling out the seats than whether real fans are getting stuffed by ticket touts.

Not impressed, and even though the line up for this year’s London games in maybe not the most mouth-watering, I’d have gone to the Miami/New York game. Oh well, I’ll be watching live on TV with vast quantities of chocolate, so it’s not all bad!

Ok, that’s it for this week, as ever do give me your feedback, and if you think others would enjoy the newsletter, share it around ;-)

‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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NFL Moment Of The Week – Playoffs Week 2

Another week of being torn between 2 different items to feature, both of them concerning legends of the game throwing the ball…

First there’s Peyton Manning.
A few players are deemed to be legends of the game while they are still playing, and Manning is one of them. He holds many of the statistical records for regular season play, but that’s the key – regular season play.

In the playoffs, he has a reputation of not delivering. Whether that’s him folding under the pressure, or team mates underperforming, the results have not been good. One Superbowl ring for someone as good as he is supposed to be? Well, that’s just not enough.

I did see one commentator say “how can you call someone the best of all time when they’re not even the best in their *own* time?”

He has competition for the title of the best, and that’s Tom Brady. As for Peyton, well this week his team went out of the playoffs, and he had a bad game. A really bad game, with some throws that were just way off.

The media pretty much think that’s it all over for him, but he has a multi million dollar contract, so multi million reasons to carry on.

Speaking of Tom Brady, he has *3* Superbowl wins! His regular season stats may not be as good as Manning’s, but the NFL is not geared around the regular season, it’s geared around the Superbowl, and that’s why I’ve been in the Brady camp in the debate of who is better. Whereas Manning’s record seems to suggest he folds, Brady’s record seems to suggest he steps up and rises to the occasion.

This week his team the New England Patriots marched on, with a play that has to be my moment of the week…

Whereas Manning’s throws were way off, Brady was on song, and it was one pass in particular that caught the eye.

"Julian Edelman pass"
He threw the ball to Julian Edelman, who is a wide receiver, so nothing odd there. The thing is, Edelman played quarterback at college, and after catching the ball, he took a throwing stance and launched the ball downfield, resulting in a 51 yard touchdown!

Ha! Some people might say a trick play like that in a playoff game is a great idea, and fun to watch. Others might say it’s disrespectful to the opposition to use a type of play normally left behind at the college stage.

I’m in the ‘fun to use, fun to watch’ camp. Professional sport is about winning, and in a sport like the NFL which is a combination of tactics and execution, why would a move like this *not* be applauded?

So that’s my moment for this week – next week it’s the ‘semi finals’ – ;et’s see what the games bring!

‘Til next Time,
Health & happiness,

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