You Can Experience Peloton for less than $1,000

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During the fall of 2019, I added spinning to my workout routine. Although, I had 24/7 access to spinning classes at my local gym, I became enamored with the Peloton spinning bike. I am an overachiever with regards to workout routines so the thought of live and on-demand spin classes from home sounded appealing.

Although affordable, I could not wrap my head around spending that much on a spin bike when my current cost to access spinning classes was only $25 per month. …


Have I gone to my last gym or yoga studio

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My last in studio yoga class was on March 11. My last gym workout was a few days prior. My state officially went to shelter-in-place around March 21. However, since my spouse and I are in the Medicare eligible age group we began sheltering-in-place a week earlier.

Since March 11, my workouts have consisted of running/biking outside and/or virtual yoga, Pilates, and spin classes in the solitude of my basement. …


Remembering the Chicago Stadium

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David Wilson from Oak Park, Illinois, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

This is not an old man shouting “get off my lawn” or “it was better in the good old days” article. This is just me reminiscing about what it was like going to a Chicago Bulls game more than 25 years ago.

I think I attended my first regular season Chicago Bulls NBA game in 1979 or 1980 at the old Chicago Stadium. Prior to the Chicago Stadium, the Bulls played in the since demolished Chicago Amphitheater. …


NFL Week 1-Who Won the Super Bowl

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Photo by HENCE THE BOOM on Unsplash

Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season concluded Monday night with the Oakland Raiders’ 24–16 over the Denver Broncos. Thus, ending the first week of an emotional roller coaster ride that will run through the end of December for most teams.

Primarily due to the limited number of games spaced out over 18 weeks which results in plenty of time for hype and gripe, NFL fans experience the wildest week to week variation in emotions towards their home teams. …


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Photo by Luke Chesser on Unsplash

The day Apple Watch stole my soul, the day I became enslaved to Apple Watch, the day I was assimilated into the Borg. However I refer to it, August 31, 2019 is the day I allowed my Apple Watch to burrow deep into my Type A personality and urge/force/shame me into doing something that I will look back on as an achievement that I was glad I forced myself to attempt or say “you let the spawn of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook goad you into doing that”.

Apple Watch

The first generation Apple Watch was released in April 2015, I bought…


Yoga: The Best Kept Secret from Men

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Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash

The title sounds like an infomercial or click bait. Disclaimer: I do not own a yoga studio or teach yoga or sell anything related to the yoga industry. My only purpose is to enlighten men to the benefits of yoga.

my normal workout routine used to consist of; 40–50 minutes of cardio and 20 — 30 minutes of strength training, followed by 10 — 15 minutes of stretching

I started my yoga practice approximately 16 months ago. I was looking to supplement my normal workout routine; 40-50 minutes of cardio and 20–30 minutes…


Should Successful Teams Be Given a Bye in the NBA Playoffs

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Photo by Christian Mendoza on Unsplash

The Golden State Warriors (led by Steph Curry, Clay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green) have just finished reaching the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year (2015–2019). Their sustained excellence has a resulted in the team playing 515 games over than last five seasons for an average of 103 games per year.

The NBA’s four round best of seven series format guarantees that the finals participants will play appromiately at least 100 games per year —

The Cleveland Cavaliers (led by Lebron James) who reached the NBA finals…


An Approach to Measuring Team Over/Under Achivement in the NBA

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This article discusses my approach for using PER (Player Efficiency Ratings) to identify under and over achieving teams from the 2018–2019 NBA season.

PER is the overall rating of a player’s per-minute statistical production developed by John Hollinger.

The 2018–2019 NBA season has ended this past week with Toronto crowned as the best team in the NBA and Golden State the second best team. In the following weeks winners of additional awards like MVP, Coach of the Year, Six Man Award, Most Improved Player, will be announced. …


My English Teacher Destroyed My Desire to Write

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Credits Aaron Burden-Unsplashed

I grew up in a small rural town in which grades K-12 were all in the same long rectangular shaped building. Most of our classes had no more 25–30 kids and it was common to have the same teacher more than once if you attended our school from K-12. As a result, some of the teachers that I had in high school, I previously had in grade school or junior high.

The only teacher that really negatively affected my learning was an English teacher that I had four years in a row…


A Plan to Eliminate Tanking in the NBA

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Photo by dylan nolte on Unsplash

The 2019 NBA draft lottery was held on Tuesday May 16. The draft lottery is the NBA’s attempt to discourage teams from tanking in order to enhance their chances of getting the first picks in the annual player draft. The annual player draft is the selection process used to allocate eligible college and international players to NBA teams. Originally, the draft order was in inverse order of team record during the regular season. That is, the team with the worst record picks first and the team with the best record picks last…

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