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College Football 2013 – More Johnny Football, Notre Dame Fig Thing, and Jersey Snafus TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Welcome to the 2013 college football season! I had the good fortune of spending my weekend in Death Valley for the Georgia-Clemson game, and some observations from that experience will …Continue reading →

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Wrong Way Through the Gauntlet Machine TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Yesterday ESPN aired footage from fall football practice at the University of Notre Dame, and had coach Brian Kelly wired up with a microphone to catch his commentary. Much to …Continue reading →

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Defects, Inventory, and Johnny Football Jerseys TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Last year Texas A&M ran into an issue of backordered Johnny Manziel football jerseys – they had not adequately planned for his popularity surge and could not keep his #2 …Continue reading →

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The Toyota Way Principle #9 and Notre Dame Football – 2013 Edition TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s August, and that means both pro and college football seasons are coming soon – many college teams will kick off their season at the end of the month. Last …Continue reading →

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Defects and the Aaron Hernandez Jersey Exchange Fallout TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Very quickly, one of the strongest NFL position groups – New England Patriots’ tight end – is becoming a weakness. First, Rob Gronkowski had another surgery earlier this week, and …Continue reading →

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Should The NFL Be Worried About The Increase In Player Arrests? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Earlier this month I gave two presentations – one was an overview of Lean to a group of call center managers, and the other a deep dive into identifying proper …Continue reading →

Genchi Genbutsu & Manti Te’o’s Draft Stock TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | We have been inundated with the story of Manti Te’o and the girlfriend hoax, especially this past weekend as the NFL Draft unfolded. Te’o is one of the most award-decorated …Continue reading →

The University of Miami Nevin Shapiro Scandal, 18 Months, and Accountability TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A subject that is due for analysis yet I’ve left untouched is the Nevin Shapiro scandal at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. The NCAA violations resulting from the …Continue reading →

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NBA and NFL Draft Eligibility Restrictions – Why? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The NBA and NFL both have eligiblity restrictions on draftable players, and those restrictions are very quickly being called into question. The NBA implemented a rule in 2005 that required …Continue reading →

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Could the Super Bowl Power Outage Have Been Prevented? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | We’ve all been watching the stories fly in over the last 24-36 hours about the power outage at the Superdome during the Super Bowl, so that won’t get rehashed here. …Continue reading →

The NFL Pro Bowl and Focusing On Things That Matter TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | There is serious talk at the highest league levels about discontinuing the NFL Pro Bowl, and for very good reason. – The game really only serves as a vacation for …Continue reading →

Trust TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Our trust in the athletes we’ve grown to admire was certainly tested this past week. Any way we look at trust – reliability, faith, integrity, consistency, honesty, strength – is …Continue reading →

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2013 BCS National Championship Tailgating in Miami TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s been a week since my beloved Irish were convincingly thwarted in their effort to win their first college football national championship since the Reagan administration, so I feel I …Continue reading →

2013 BCS National Championship and Silly Rules About Parking TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | As a lifelong lover of all things Notre Dame (for example, using them as examples in previous articles), I cannot put into words my level of excitement for the 2013 …Continue reading →

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USC Trojan’s Student Manager Fired for Deflating Footballs TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |   The Trojans of the University of Southern California have recently gotten off of NCAA probation. They are bowl eligible this year but have had scholarship reductions for the next …Continue reading →

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