It’s becoming a tradition now for me and my family to go to the Walker Art Museum to watch the 2018 British Awards. It’s really pretty great to sit for an hour and watch the best commercials of the year.
This year it was noticeable about how many of them were about female empowerment (including the winner of Best Ad of the Year), which makes sense as it’s a topic capturing everyone’s mind share, everywhere.
My favorites of the year were these 5. They are pretty hilarious, cool, strong and, to use the British term, brilliant.
My favorite of the year was strange, ackward and just so funny. I have no idea what the ad is for but it’s still fantastic:
This next one is probably one of the funniest of the bunch, and I never even knew what Marmite was or that it could be so divisive:
This next one is really cute and captured our entire group. Even though it was the first ad we say, we all remembered it at the end
This one is just really cute and in the world we different it’s a great message of how kids don’t see color, race, etc.. Really well done
This one is just so epic. A move (the “tornado”) in a FIFA video game goes viral such that Ronaldo actually does it himself in a game and then goes even more viral to get other athletes to do it also. Really cool idea.
This final one is about the women’s Euro cup. The girl in the video just does a great job and is shows some great skill. Really liked this one
I thought we were time constrained when Hunter came along. Well, with two little ones this year, aged 1 and 3, time really got sucked away from me. Less sleep, fewer workouts, fewer books read. All the things I like to do just for me basically went out the door this year. But, they were replaced with more time with my family, which was just fantastic.
He really became a full fledged person this year. He’s now funny and clever. He has a bit of trickery and deviousness in him, but he’s shaping up to be a very kind person. His teachers at school regularly remark about how genuine and kind he is. Also, his super power this year is his drawing. He’s very creative and can draw ridiculously well. Continue reading “The Lewhouses in 2016”→
Last year, on December 1, I decided to run, every day Mon-Friday for at least 3 months. It was part of a not-be-fat program that I needed to go on. It worked out really well and I hit new heights of running enjoyment. The miles also started increasing. I hit over 80 miles run in Jan, Feb, and March. All was good.
Then, disaster struck. A few weeks ago, I injured my left knee in a soccer match. I couldn’t walk at all and definitely couldn’t run. t went to the doctor about a week after the event and after an MRI, we had this conversation:
Me: What are my options, doc?
Doc: You don’t have to do anything or your can have surgery
Me: What happens if I don’t do anything?
Doc: Well, it’ll just hurt like it does now and you probably won’t be able to run
Me: For how long?
Me: When can I schedule surgery?
I had my knee operated on yesterday. On my way to the hospital, I was pretty nervous. I’ve never has surgery before and I know of people who have had some bad problems from routine knee operations. Being active is a huge part of how I live my life. I basically played soccer every day of my life for over a decade until I was 22 and since then have been working out at least 3 times a week. The thought of not being able to run or be active is very scary.
Here I am a day after the surgery and it seems to have gone well. I’m still on painkillers, so I don’t really know for sure, but I’m optimistic. I should be back up and running soon.
The next steps is to do some rehab and get back on the road.
My goal is 80 more miles in the month of August. Looking forward to it
The season starts tonight for the Timberwolves. As part of that, this will be a defining year for Ricky Rubio.
His contract is up at the end of the year and he has already rejected a 4 year $48m offer. For the other positions they have:
Center: Pekovic and Deng – both above average centers in the league
PF: Thad Young – an above average PF in the league
SF: Andrew Wiggins – predicted to be the next Tracy McGrady
SG: Kevin Martin – pretty good
Ricky is supposedly the leader of that group. Looking at that lineup, if they don’t do well, it’s probably his fault and his inability to impact games. If they do well, it’s likely because he has a great season. As Rubio goes, so do the Wolves.
They way I figure this goes is one of two directions:
Direction ONE: the Wolves do well, i.e. approach 35 wins and compete for a playoff spot. In this scenario, I think they pony up and pay Rubio more money
Direction TWO: the Wolves are a lottery team. In this scenario, they don’t resign Ricky and draft a point guard in the lottery.
I’m excited for the NBA season to start. On Monday night the Twolves had their first pre-season game and it looks like Andrew Wiggins could be the real deal. A summary of his performance from the blog post:
Andrew Wiggins. There is obviously a player here. He led the team in minutes (32) and points (18). He took some poor 20 footers and wound up shooting 4-11 overall, but got to the line 10 times and made both of his threes. He also blocked 3 shots and grabbed 3 offensive boards. There is obviously stuff to work on, including getting stronger around the rim and ball handling, but there was a lot to like.
There’s also a good YouTube video of his action here:
As we do every year, we place a friendly bet in the office for the season. This year it’s between Niraj and Ian. Here is how our teams are projected to do:
Timberwolves: Projected 26.5 games won
Nuggets: Projected 35.5 games won
Pistons: Projected 35.5 games won
The bet we’re making with each other is whichever teams performs the worst relative to their projected win count, the loser buys the winners a lunch of their choice at Rio Grande. Now, let’s get it started!
Niraj and I just made a bet. The Lions are projected to win 9 games this season and the Vikings are projected to win 6. We have a bet to see who wins more and he is spotting me 3 wins. The loser buys the winner some football paraphernalia (max price $30)
Bring it on!
On a related note, I really want a website to exist that allows you to enter in a bet, a prize for the winner and a date for it to be resolved and then this app notifies you when that date comes. I have so many little bets placed but I need something to keep track of them. Somebody please build this.
The videos and advertisements for sports flowing through the internets these days have been great. Wanted to capture and share a few for y’all:
Recently, there was a great new ad lauding Derek Jeter in the final year of his career (although it should be noted that Joe Mauer has posted better stats at age 31 than Jeter did at at 31)
Related to that, there’s a send-up of the above ad by Funny Or Die, not lauding Alex Rodriguez:
For the Timberwolves, I’m all in favor of trading Kevin Love for Wiggins to the Cavaliers. Speaking of the Cavs, there’s a great mock video of Lebron and his “Coming Home” campaign mashed up with Dumb and Dumber.
Finally, this is over a month old, but the Beats ad for the World Cup was definitely the best one of the summer. It came out right before the Cup started and got me incredibly pumped for it. A great ad.
(thanks to Kesner and Matt for sharing these first)
What a great game yesterday. After Jozy went down, the US was bad. Really bad, but escaped with 3 points. Without the 3 points, the tournament is basically over for them.
John Brooks scored, soccer fans roared, and minutes later, US 2, Ghana 1 was in the books as a great win. I was sure that Brooks was going to be a disaster, but instead, Brooks, only 21, is a hero. Nicely done.
Some interesting tidbits from the game:
Here’s a video of a collection of videos from around the world of soccer fans celebrating the Brooks header off the foot of Graham Zusi.
A cool video fo the tweet volume before and after the goal
John Brooks found his wikipedia entry edited last night right after the game. Seems a big more accurate now:
Updated Soccer Power Index odds to advance: Germany 98%, #USMNT 63% (33% pre-Ghana), Portugal 27%, Ghana 12%.
Some notes i learned about Ghana during the game:
They were rationing electricity so that everyone in the country could watch the game vs. the US. (link)
Women in Ghana get 84 days of paid maternity leave (US get zero)
The official language of Ghana is English although the country is divided into small groups that together speak more than 50 languages.
Gold and cocoa are considered a mainstay of their economy
That’s it. Really looking forward to Sunday’s match against Portugal.
The Denver Broncos shattered records this year as the most dominant offensive team in NFL history. They scored 38 points per game this year, an NFL record. Their QB, Peyton Manning, also set records for most passing yards and touchdowns by a QB in a season. They play Seattle whose defense was the best in the league and is the fifth-best overall statistical performance of any team since 1989.
So, it will be an epic showdown of a historical great offense against a historically great defense.
If that hasn’t blown you mind enough, check this out…. the difference between the Broncos’ average-points-scored and the Seahawks average-points-allowed this season is the widest in the history of the Super Bown. It is what one website found to be “the greatest offense/defense showdown in Super Bowl history.”
The Vikings announced a while ago that they would build a new stadium, but just this week they revealed what it’d look like – and whoa is it beautiful. The new stadium will be one of the advanced, state-of-the-art facilities in the world. Some highlights:
Clear is the new retractable: There is no retractable roof, but it will be made entirely of cutting edge materials and glass that will make the roof and the sides clear. There will also be five clear pivoting doors that will be the largest in the world of their kind:
Versatility This will be the most versatile sports facility in the US, capable of hosting Final Fours, World Cup or MLS soccer, concerts, baseball, or Super Bowls. It will seat 65,000, expandable to 73,000 for the Super Bowl.
Total Baller This is probably the coolest stadium I’ve ever seen. The innovation with the largest pivoting glass doors in the world, to the largest clear roof in the world and the first on a stadium in the nation, to the bowl that is level with the street as you walk in, to the modern lines and glass ceiling just combines well and works