2. I was a student football manager for Penn State in the 1980s so this story peaked my interest. Clint Crumpton, a student manager for the Auburn Tigers, holds up the play cards to signal in the plays for the offense - I'm sure you've seen them in games you've watch over the years. Well, he recently invited his girlfriend to Auburn's Jordan-Hare Football stadium recently for a special picture shoot. To read about what happened next, go here.
3. Below are some of the demands that GOP candidates' campaigns made of CNBC at the most recent debate. No wonder Washington doesn't get anything done:
- No lightening rounds
- The temperature in the hall should be no higher than 67 degrees
- There should be lightening rounds
- Candidate must approve of the graphics used
- No showing of an empty podium after a commercial break
- There must be opening and closing statements by each candidate that must last at least 30 seconds
4. Speaking of demands, we all seem to be demanding better customer service these days. According to consumer reports, below are the top five customer service complaints:
- Can't get a human on the phone
- Salesperson is rude or condescending
- Phone is disconnected
- Phone is disconnected and you can't reach the same rep
- Call is transferred to rep who can't help or is wrong.
5. I've never been a huge Tony Romo fan because he always lets me down in the biggest of games. However, the Cowboys are 0-5 since his injury, causing me to say something I thought I never would: "I miss Tony Romo and I want him back."
6. The co-founders of Skype have started a new company called Starship. This new company is manufacturing small, self-driving robots designed to carry and deliver up to 20 lbs of groceries. They use GPS, cameras and mapping software to get from the store or distribution center to the customer's front door. Starship is testing the prototypes in London and is hoping for a 2016 launch date.
7. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) is the new Speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington DC. In addition to his $50,000 raise, he gets a huge office in the capitol. Even with all of this new power and money, he will continue to do something that he has done for the past decade - sleep in his office in the Longworth building. "I can actually get more work done by sleeping on a cot in my office and I'm going to keep doing it." You would at least think he could spring for an air mattress.
8. I recently read where the iPhone is the smartphone of choice for developers at Facebook even though the Droid operating system is the most used in the world (see Samsung's Galaxy). In light of this fact, Facebook's chief product officer is mandating a switch of "a whole bunch of my team over to Android...so that they can be reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today." Not sure I could give up my iPhone for anything, except to keep my job.
9. Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals who are the 2015 World Series Champions. Despite the Mets leading in 11 more innings over the entire series, the Royals knew how to win when their backs were against the wall. Their never-die, never quit- attitude is a good lesson for everyone striving toward a goal.
10. Did you ever wonder why CBS seems to advertise on their NFL telecasts that this show or that show is the most watched show in America? How can all of their shows be the most watched? First, they can't be. Second, they must be fibbing just a little. Third, who cares because I seldom watch anything on CBS, let alone TV (sports and Modern Family are the exceptions).
Bonus - Yesterday, while driving the girls to school, we were talking about the movie Frozen from Disney (we also may have broken into "Let It Go". After a brief time, my youngest daughter Gabrielle blurted out "Dad, where is the love for Anna? She was the real hero. Elsa was evil and turned everything to snow, but she is the most loved. Poor Elsa." Anna was the one in the story who took the risk to search and save her sister Elsa despite her turning bad. Heroes and leaders always take risks even though others may ridicule them. It's time for a leadership team to step up and take a risk in order to rescue others. #ReedyIsReady
Have a great week