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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.

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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.

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Nicky Billou is a serious knife nut! He is one of PolitiCrossing’s roving correspondents, writing about politics, family, culture, and masculinity. He is the #1 International Best Selling Author of the book: Finish Line Thinking™: 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 Leader™ Designation.



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College Baseball is Painfully Slow

College baseball is clearly in need of major surgery – a time-indectomy

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North Carolina State University’s baseball team was one game away from reaching the 2021 finals, a ‘best of three’ for the NCAA championship. Then it was bounced from the tournament because of COVID-related matters. A terrible decision!

Tonight Vanderbilt, which benefited from the decision, plays Mississippi State in Game Two of the finals. I am leery, however, of watching the entire game. Why?

Molasses Moves Faster

In 2015, I had intended to watch an entire college baseball game: the second game between Villanova University and the University of Virginia in the finals. The game was well played. However, with a starting time of 8 p.m. eastern, at 11:30 p.m. the game had only progressed 7½ innings.

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You might think that the run total was enormous. It was only 3 to 0, in favor of Virginia. I finally turned on the DVR, and went to bed. In the morning, I watch the rest the game, which took another 22 minutes.

Six years later, the game remains as slow as ever. Can college baseball take a clue from major league baseball? People do not want to sit for 3 to 4 hours for a typical game.

Out with the Old

College baseball needs to change a variety of long-standing rules and traditions. Here are my suggestions:

* No more four pitches to intentionally walk a batter. Throw one pitch wide, and then wave the batter to first base.

* No more batters walking to first after four balls or an intentional pass; they must run as if they had gotten a hit, or face a delay-of-game warning. Two delay-of-game warnings for a non-pitcher and the player should be tossed out of the game.

* No more teams strolling on and off the field before and after innings. They must run out and run back.

* In each inning, reduce pitcher warm-ups before facing batters by two pitches.

* Reduce all visits to the mound by 30 seconds, whether it’s the team manager or in-fielders.

* Reduce relief pitcher warm-up prior to them facing their first batter by three pitches unless a relief pitcher is pressed into service due to an injury to the current pitcher. Otherwise much of a reliever’s warm-up occurs in the bullpen anyway.

* Allow batters to step out of the box twice, maximum, per time at bat. No more pauses between every other pitch.

* Allow the pitcher to step off the mound twice per batter, maximum. No more floating around and deciding when to throw the next pitch.

Here is a big change but it’s needed to counter those batters who are skilled at fouling off pitch after pitch: on a batter’s third foul ball, declare him out by strike out, much like a failed bunt attempt.

The Missing Ingredient

Now, the most vital element of all: in any game, 150 pitches or so will be thrown by each side for total of 300. With ten seconds less per pitch, on 300 pitches, that equates to 3000 seconds or 50 minutes. Thus, games can be shortened by 50 minutes when pitchers have ten less seconds than they currently have to throw the next pitch.

College baseball, as it presently stands, is a slow, plodding game, and is losing fans. Typical major league baseball games, 30 years ago, took 2:36 and then also started to see ever-longer games.

As for college baseball today, no less than major surgery – a time-indectomy – is needed.

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The Unintended Racism of Major League Baseball

Two ways their virtue signaling is actually really racist.

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Sometimes you think that you’re trying to send a signal about how virtuous you are and you end up looking really racist. That’s exactly what happened to Major League Baseball when they decided to pull the All-Star game from Atlanta and move it to Denver. PolitiCrossing founder, Chris Widener, shares in this most recent video the two ways Major League Baseball demonstrates its racism and how you can share that information with people you are debating this topic with. Enjoy the video below.

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