Is It Possible Tom Brady Isn’t a Great Quarterback?

February 6, 2017

Consider this: Tom Brady isn’t a great quarterback. That’s a bold statement, isn’t it? How can anybody possibly believe that Tom Brady could possibly be anything less than one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time?  He’s been to the Pro Bowl 12 times, been a Super Bowl MVP four times and played in a record seven Super Bowls. Oh, and he just won his record 5th Super Bowl ring while throwing…

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Worried About Trump’s Presidential Power? Blame Obama.

January 20, 2017

The coming peaceful transition of power from the previous administration to the next is rapidly approaching, and it’s still difficult to know what to expect from the incoming administration. Much like the contradictory (and often confused) rhetoric from the president-elect during the campaign, there are some reasons for cautious optimism for libertarians from Trump’s cabinet nominees, and also reason for concern about presidential power. Regardless, one thing that is certain is that…

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P90x3 Challenge Kickoff

January 19, 2017

With the death of the Xbox Fitness Challenge and a New Year upon us, I’ve been searching for a new form of motivation to get in shape and eat healthy. I think I’ve found the next step: It’s time for the P90x3 challenge. My wife had bought me the P90x3 DVDs a few years ago as a birthday gift. I had tried countless times to go through all 90 days, but always…

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Quick Take: Justin Fuente’s First Year at Virginia Tech

January 11, 2017

With the conclusion of the 2016-2017 college football season after an amazing BCS National Championship Game (congratulations to the Clemson Tigers), I thought it would be a good time to collect my thoughts on Justin Fuente’s first season as head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies. When I heard that Frank Beamer was retiring a little over a year ago, I definitely had conflicting emotions. As a member of Virginia…

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App Review: Pact

January 10, 2017

To help out a podcast at my work that was doing a series on apps to help people be happier, healthier, wealthier and more productive, I volunteered to try out Pact for a month. And in honor of the New Year, I decided to write a review for Rampant Discourse. So here are my impressions after 4 weeks (and running) using Pact, the app that claims to let you “Earn…

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Things I Like: Healthy New Year’s Resolutions Edition

January 4, 2017

As part of New Year’s Resolution Week at Rampant Discourse, I thought I would mention a few things I like that help lead to a healthier life and meet your healthy New Year’s resolutions. Hydro Flask I love ice cold water. Ever since I was a kid, I would fill my glass up to the very top with ice, leaving barely any room for water because I wanted to make sure that the water…

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RIP Xbox Fitness (Challenge)

December 16, 2016

Well, the Xbox Fitness Challenge is over. Not entirely. In a bizarre decision from Microsoft, despite the official “sunset” date being on June 30, 2017, the Xbox Fitness team has discontinued two of its oldest, most varied and most substantive workout routines over 6 months early: Mossa and 10 Minute Solution. Together, they represent a total of 33 different routines containing workouts ranging from low-impact dance moves to weight-lifting; from…

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Xbox Fitness Challenge: Month 2

December 8, 2016

Note: If you want to read more about the challenge kickoff, check out the Xbox Fitness Challenge Kickoff post. Now I know why people choose to start exercise and diet changes as New Year’s resolutions instead of kicking it off in November. I absolutely don’t want to make excuses, but here are the “challenges” that I faced sticking with my plan for November: The change of season means coming down with…

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Whitelash? An Alternative Theory on Trump’s Win

December 1, 2016

It’s been a few weeks since the election, and a few interesting narratives have seemed to pop up surrounding what, exactly, happened. I thought it might be interesting to dig into a few of them, and add a few more thoughts that I’ve had since the election. Note: The majority of data used below comes from CNN exit polls along with the Wikipedia articles on the results of the 2012 and…

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Things I Like: Podcasts

November 23, 2016

I love my job, but my commute is less than ideal. It’s about an hour to and an hour from work. That’s a lot of time stuck behind the wheel of a car during the course of a week. I probably spend more time commuting each week than I spend doing anything else beyond sleeping and working. In fact, I estimate I’ve spent roughly 5% of my life commuting during the…

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