Last Thursday I was sitting at home. It was a beautiful night but my girlfriend and I stayed in. The season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy was about to start and I wondered how I was going to kill an hour while she watched Shondaland. I started going through my timeline and the most amazing thing happened.

There was a link to watch Thursday Night Football on Twitter. In HD.

To say I was happy is an understatement.

Earlier this year the NFL and Twitter came to an agreement that Thursday Night Football could be streamed, for free, over Twitter. A move that was questioned at the time but boy am I happy that it happened. Thursday Night Football has always had a reputation for being hard to watch, being that players only have three days to rest and all.

Anywho, the NFL needed to find a way to get more eyes on the game and they most definitely have found their solution. By streaming free on Twitter the NFL had tapped into a new way to promote its product. It’s hard for people to sit in front of a TV for three hours so by streaming over Twitter allows mobility. It also allows people easier access to the most popular sport in America. Most people have a Twitter account but if you don’t then you’d be more than tempted to sign up now.

The NFL is all about the fan experience. The more fun fans have the more money they’ll spend on the product. Streaming games on Twitter is a innovative way to enhance how fans experience the game.

The NFL get many things wrong but this is a success.

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Push Start.

I don’t know if you’ve been living under a rock but Madden was released earlier this week.

For the foreseeable future people across this great nation will log in numerous hours building franchises, challenging friends, and trying to recreate highlights that they see on Sunday.

Madden is just a small section of what has become a recent phenomenon for a lot but a “business as usual” for others. The power of gaming has been felt for decades. Many friendships have been strengthened, and ruined, by video games.

Why is that?

Games bring out a side of a person that’s usually tucked away. A side that’s highly competitive, intense, funny, and many other emotions. Games help people blow off steam. It’s a safe way to express yourself without repercussion.

For some, gaming is a way of life.

With esports on the verge of becoming the next big thing gaming has also turned into a community. A place where people can connect no matter how far they are apart. Gaming has made the world smaller, mostly in a good way. Sure, you’ll deal with trolls but that’s everywhere now.

Gaming also lets people experience new worlds and explore places that we could only dream of. We get to be our favorite characters and walk in their shoes.

The best part? Gaming is only getting better. With enhanced systems, better graphics, and virtual reality on this is definitely the golden age for gaming.

As always, thanks for reading.      

Penalty Kick 

As I sit at work and watch the UEFA Euro tournament and being extremely unproductive I can’t help but to be fascinated with the game of soccer. It’s amazing that the most popular sport in the world still hasn’t caught on in America.

The beauty, the artistry, the skill, and the personalities. Surely there’s enough juice in to quench America’s thirst, right? Why isn’t it popular here? I know a lot of people say it’s boring but that’s probably the same person who watches a 3 hour baseball game or a 5 hour Nascar race. It just doesn’t add up.

How can soccer catch on in America? The answer is in the question.

Baseball and Nascar are viewed in America as home grown and patriotic. There’s nothing more American than going to the park, getting a hot dog, and watching America’s pastime. They’re ingrained in American culture therefore will always be coveted. Soccer is a foreign sport with strategies that aren’t normal in other sports.

For example, in soccer if a player receives a pass and is behind the last defender that’s not the goalkeeper then they are offsides and the play stops. Can you imagine if Russell Westbrook had to follow that rule? It just doesn’t make sense to penalize a player for being in the right place at the right time.

So is soccer doomed before it begins?


Fortunately, for soccer, American football has been under a lot of scrutiny lately due to concussions and CTE. This is soccer’s prime opportunity to scoop in and offer a safer alternative for youth. If soccer wants to build long term success in America then they have to take the WWE model and target the youth. I played soccer growing up and I still love it to this day. It’s a piece of me that I value and hopefully my kids will play soccer. That’s the state of mind soccer needs to plant.

If soccer raises a generation of youth then it can start weaving its way into American culture.

Who knows, maybe one day it’ll be American to go the stadium and see a match.

As always, thanks for reading.