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Super Bowl Week is here! Bucs vs Chiefs, and I am giving you my pick for the winner!

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It’s that time of year again, and the Super Bowl is coming to town! The GOAT himself, Tom Brady, is leading his Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and about to appear in his record 10th Super Bowl, with a record of 6-3 in the last 9. He’s facing the redoubtable Patrick Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl champions.

The greatest of all time faces the greatest player now. It’s gonna be EPIC!

It’s gonna be CLOSE.

These are two very evenly matched teams. On paper, the Chiefs are favored. They have won 26 of their last 27 games. Mahomes is an UNREAL talent! His supporting cast are pretty crazy great, too; especially Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Their defense is other worldly great! And their coach, Andy Reid, is one of the best in the business, and a man fine man of honor to boot.

But he’s facing the GOAT. He’s facing a man who just WINS!

Again. And again. And again. And yet again.

Did I mention again?

And Brady’s supporting cast is pretty great, too. Antonio Brown, the best receiver of the past 10 years. Rob Gronkowski, the best tight-end of all time. And Leonard Fournette, a man with something to prove   Bruce Arians is a great coach, too, and he’s a fine example of a man.

So who’s gonna win?

Logic tells me it will be the Chiefs. And I am a pretty logical guy.

But you can never count out Brady. And I wouldn’t want to bet against him!

So I am picking the BUCS! Final score, 28-24.

Brady for the win.

If I am wrong, I’ll still be happy, because I really respect Mahomes, Reid and the Chiefs.

Nicky Billou is a serious knife nut! He is one of Politi-Crossing’s roving correspondents, writing about politics, family, culture, and masculinity. He is the #1 International Best Selling Author of the book: Finish Line ThinkingTM: How to Think and Win Like a Champion, and The Thought Leader’s Journey: A Fable of Life. He is also the host of the #1 podcast in the world on Thought Leadership, The Thought Leader Revolution (www.TheThoughtLeaderRevolution.com), featuring guests such as Chris Widener, Scott Adams, John Maxwell, Seth Godin, Marie Forleo, Barbara Corcoran and Mark Victor Hansen. He is an in-demand and highly inspirational speaker to corporate audiences such as RBC, Lululemon, Royal LePage, and TorStar Media. He is an advisor and confidante to some of the most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs in North America. He is the co-founder of eCircle Academy (www.eCircleAcademy.com) where he runs a yearlong Mastermind & Educational program working with successful Entrepreneurs, Coaches, Consultants, Corporate Trainers, Clinic Owners, Realtors, Mortgage Brokers and other service-based Entrepreneurs, positioning them as authorities in their niche. He is the creator of the Thought Leader/Heart LeaderTM Designation.



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Tainted Superbowl, Tainted Governance

By politicizing the IRS, the Democrats made a stunning and direct attack on democracy.

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Were you among the more than a billion-plus people who watched the 2014 Super Bowl? If so, like multi-millions of viewers, you might have been disappointed afterward to learn of the cheating that occurred. The Seattle Seahawks swamped the Denver Broncos, seemingly, on play after play, as if they knew exactly what the Broncos were going to do with each snap of the football.

As it turned out, the Seahawks did know what the Broncos were going to do. As was revealed on talk shows a few days later by some of the Seahawks players themselves, they had stolen the signs of the Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. More often than not, they knew in advance what play the Broncos were going to run and hence stayed ahead of the Broncos on one play after another.

The net result was that fans around the world were treated to a less than stellar game. Some called it the worst game they had witnessed in their Super Bowl viewing lives.

Theft on an Enormous Level

So it is in American politics, especially as practiced by the Obama-Biden administration. After the Democrats were swamped at the voting booth in the 2010 midterm elections, timeline evidence reveals that the IRS, on orders from the highest level of government, instigated tactics that should make each of us shiver.

Under the daily direction of Lois Lerner, with marching orders from above, the IRS began a comprehensive program of targeting groups that held contrary positions to that of the Obama/Biden administration: The IRS initiated a program of deliberate harassment and punishment of political opponents.

Lerner is a fellow alumni of Bloomfield High School in Connecticut. She graduated one year ahead of me and today lives in comfortable retirement supported in part by her government pension, funded by our tax dollars!

Unprecedented Impact

In a research paper, Andreas Madestam of Stockholm University, Daniel Shoag and David Yanagizawa-Drott, both at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Stan Veuger at the American Enterprise Institute studied the Tea Party impact on voter turnout in the 2010 midterm elections. Extracting information from the Census Bureau, the Federal Election Commission, news reporting, and other sources, they compared geographic areas with significant levels of Tea Party activity to nearly similar geographic areas with little or no Tea Party activity.

The researchers discovered the Tea Party’s impact was enormous, and in House races, brought the GOP between 3 and 6 million additional votes, even though, combined, all Republican House candidates attained less than 45 million votes. Thus, the GOP’s newly energized base proved to be instrumental to many landslide victories in key elections. Democratic strategists took note.

The Tea Party’s unprecedented success came as a result of highly involved activists nationwide, who devoted countless hours leading up to the 2010 elections rallying, donating, volunteering, and organizing, all centered upon section 501(c)4s of IRS code.

The data that the researchers uncovered illustrated that if the Tea Party advocacy and impact had continued at the 2009/10 pace, they would have bolstered the Republican vote in 2012 by 5.0 million to 8.5 million, this compared to Barack Obama’s margin of victory of 5 million votes.

Badgered on Cue

Harassed and delayed by the IRS, the Tea Party came to a standstill. State by state, no one realized that what was happening to them was occurring on a grand scale. Rather than delivering an estimated 5 to 8 million GOP voters in the 2012 election, the Tea Party became a non-player. Barack Obama won the popular vote by an 11 to 10 ratio, but easily won the electoral vote.

The Democrats emulated the Tea Party “playbook” and made for a blasé election season, where the outcome was already known to the handful of insiders. Such politicizing of the IRS, and other agencies, was a stunning and direct attack on democracy. Attempts to tilt elections are nothing new in American politics, but perhaps were never executed on so massive a scale with such precision. Related tactics likely continued through 2020, when Democrat election tampering and voter fraud likely reached historic heights.

Bogus Democrat Winners Galore

If Republicans had politicized and weaponized the IRS as the Obama administration had done, and deliberately targeted, harassed, and punished liberal advocacy groups, the Left would go berserk. The New York Times, to this day, would be featuring the scandal on the front page.

Yet, for eight years plus, the typical American, let alone Republican, doesn’t give Tea Party harassment much thought. Given what we know about 2012, is it reasonable to conclude that numerous national, state, and local elections in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 went to bogus winners, and more of the same – much more – is in the offing.

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Faith

Fatherhood Lessons From a Major League Pitcher

One of the biggest lessons that I learned from my dad was to not let other people’s opinions have an effect on us.

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Excerpted from Lasting Impact: How to Create a Life and Business That Live Beyond You which you can find here.

I have a good friend, Todd Stottlemyre, whose story of his father and then his own children is inspiring because of the impact that his dad had on him and he now has on his children.

You may be familiar with the name Mel Stottlemyre. He is a Hall of Fame New York Yankee who played on some of the best teams the Yankees ever produced. He was teammates with legends like Mickey Mantle. Now Mel even has his own statue at Yankee Stadium. Now that is legendary!

For this chapter, I reached out to Todd to ask him what it was like to grow up with a father who was a legendary player on one of the five greatest franchises in sports history in the biggest media market in the United States. What Todd wrote was eye opening and heartwarming at the same time. Here’s what Todd says about growing up with his dad and the lessons that he learned.

“Our dad taught us a lot of great lessons. One of the biggest lessons that I learned from my dad was to not let other people’s opinions have an effect on us. You can imagine how being a professional athlete in the New York City media market, that there were all sorts of opinions about my dad and the other players. But he never let it affect him. He taught us the same thing and that has been a powerful lesson for us.

“We grew up around legends in what they call ‘the House that Ruth Built.’ We called it the School of Champions. The people that I got to meet made a profound impact on me as a young man.

“My dad was an incredible human being. He wasn’t perfect of course, but he was an amazing father. Even when I failed in many ways in my life, I always had a point to go back to. He was a set point for me that allowed me to know what the standard was, a standard that I live now for my children.

“The day that my father died it was all over the news. They interviewed teammates, his players, managers, and owners, and the one thing that was amazing was that they all talked about Mel Stottlemyre the person, not the ball player. Everybody talked about Mel Stottlemyre the person!

“People love to look up to my father as a person but what we knew as his family was that he was ten times the person privately as he was publicly. Even in fighting the war of cancer he always made sure that everyone else felt better. He was always thinking of other people. It made me want to always ask about how I can leave other people better.

“The biggest lesson that my father taught me was to ask the question is this the best that I can do? Whether it be my role as a dad, husband, brother, friend, or business person, I want to always be the best version of myself that I can, and I learned that from my father, Hall of Fame New York Yankee who was even more so a Hall of Fame father.”

What a great legacy. How can I make the same kind of impact?

Well, first of all we have to be right in order to teach right. The best thing you can do for your children is to be the best version of yourself. Make sure that you are constantly growing and becoming better.

We must also spend time with our children. I know this can be difficult when they are little because of how busy we get with work and life but it is imperative that we spend time with our children in order to teach them the lessons we need to teach them.

There’s always been a debate about quality time versus quantity time. I believe it needs to be both. I’ve always thought it would be funny to see a cartoon where a dad was sitting in his chair reading a book called How to Be a Great Father as his young child is standing there with a baseball glove asking him to go play. The dad tells him that he can’t because he’s reading a book about how to be a great father. Reading and thinking about it is not where it ends. You have to go do it.

Pick up your copy of Lasting Impact: How to Create a Life and Business That Live Beyond You right here.

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