“For all of Brees’s great numbers, the Saints finished 8-8 in 2008, last in their division. Saints fans should hope they’ve improved the team enough so that Brees doesn’t have to throw as much as he has in the past two seasons. It may sound counterintuitive but the Saints would be better off if Brees had fewer attempts and fewer completions for fewer yards and, yes, fewer touchdown passes. That’s bad if you have Drew Brees on your fantasy team but probably means the New Orleans Saints have won more football games.”—Drew Brees and the ‘Four Verticals’ - The Fifth Down Blog - NYTimes.com Great post with some great comments.
“We are at the embryonic stage of the ‘new’ legal profession. (Some may effectively argue it is a forced return to the roots of our profession). As more and more people seek alternatives to traditional attorney/client relationships, those lawyers and institutions who cling to the old ways will cease to be relevant…and die.”—Live Off The Value You Create…or Die | Build A Solo Practice @ SPU
“Multiple strengths are the common denominator of good teams and the Saints now are in that club. They’re no longer one-dimensional. That’s why they’re 3-0, in first place in the NFC South and 2-0 on the road.”—NFC South Blog by ESPN. I’m drinking the Kool-Aid.
“High-sugar, high-fat foods are hard to resist no matter who you are. Most of the in-shape people I know have numerous overweight and/or obese relatives. No, these people weren’t simply handed the better genes, rather they are in-shape because they constantly bust their ass. They exercise like crazy. At dessert, they pass up the chocolate cake, and take the fruit cup. When they’re hungry during the day, they choose a sensible snack as opposed to raiding the company vending machine. These people are not super-heroes. They have spouses and kids. And at the end of a long day they’re tired, just like the rest of us. So what keeps them going? Deep down, they know if they stop, they’ll just become another statistic. So they pass up that extra half hour of sleep to hit the road for a run at the crack of dawn. Willpower leads to behavior changes which lead to metabolic alterations; they’re not mutually exclusive. Sure, most dieters will never see the drastic results accomplished by participants of ‘The Biggest Loser’, but Parker-Pope just gave them a reason to not even make the attempt.”—The Decision Tree » What the NYT and Slate Don’t Seem to Understand About Behavior Change:
“The United States Supreme Court recently re-wrote the law on search and seizure regarding vehicles. Now, if a police officer pulls you over for a traffic violation and then removes you from your vehicle and handcuffs you, he can not then go back into the car to search for drugs and guns (or any other evidence).”—New Supreme Court Case On Vehicle Searches
“Katie Couric’s annual salary is more than the entire annual budgets of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered combined. Couric’s salary comes to an estimated $15 million a year; NPR spends $6 million a year on its morning show and $5 million on its afternoon one.”—via Boing Boing, which also notes that “[i]t … captures a hard reality that news folk should keep in mind as they protest the collapse of their industry: most money in journalism, isn’t spent on journalism.”
“This is how Jordan really is, I just never thought he’d let the world see it. His old Bulls’ assistant coach, Johnny Bach, told me early on, “This guy is a killer. He’s a cold-blooded assassin. It’s not enough for him to beat you. He wants you dead.”—Be like Michael Jordan? No thanks - Rick Reilly
“For therapists who work with families [at the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic], the standard advice is variations on a theme that has been established by 50-plus years of empirical research in psychology: Specify what you want the child to do and prompt the behavior with clear instructions, model the desired behavior yourself and shape it at first by helping the child to do it properly, and arrange for the child to engage in as much reinforced practice of the behavior as possible until it takes root as an enduring habit.”—What to do when all else has failed to change your kid’s behavior. - By Alan E. Kazdin and Carlo Rotella - Slate Magazine
Bush posted this the day after being booed by his home crowd in the season opener. By all accounts, he has worked hard and his attitude is in the right place. Even though I knew this, this post actually made me stop and empathize with Bush. This wouldn’t have happened without twitter.