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Monday Morning Quarterback – 8/31/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 31st, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: First Day of School: Today marks the official end of summer for many kids including my oldest son Connor.  In less than an hour I will drop him off for his first day of First Grade. It is one of my favorite and worst days of the year.  I think most parents understand what I mean. So Why Are All These Schools Starting Before Labor Day: Well, Labor Day is Sept. 8th this year. This is the latest date possible.  So, the MN Legislature decided that schools could start before Labor Day, but just for this school year. (read) The Comic Book Story of Beer: Illustrator Aaron McConnell, writer Jonathan Hennessey and professional brewer Mike Smith cover a lot of ground in 173 pages. They  get a graphical tour of such pivotal moments — from the cradle of agriculture to the modern-day craft beer heyday. In their 9,000 years of beer. (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  The New Trump Ad:
This "fake" Trump ad is not just great.  It is the greatest. (watch) Politics On A Stick: Heading to the fair and want to fill up on politics not pronto pups?  Here is a list of the 15 political booths at the fair. (read) If The Election Were Held Today: Joe Biden (although not in the race yet) is rising in the polls and Trump continues to lead.  Get the latest polls from Iowa and beyond. (here) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: If You Liked The Karate Kid: If you liked the original Karate Kid you must watch this video.  It will either make you laugh or wreck the movie.  Either way you will never look at Mr. Miyagi  the same way. (watch) So What Is With These Crazy Stock Markets: If you have been watching the financial markets including those in the US you have seen wild fluctuations in the last couple weeks.  Here is a clip from a great article on the subject.  It is worth a read: "As sophisticated as they may seem, financial markets run on narratives. And the clear takeaway from recent events is that markets—that is, investors—have lost their faith in the reassuring notion that Chinese growth will always be there to give a helpful upward nudge to the global economy. And that changes everything." (read) This Could Make Vikings Fans Cry: There are 32 teams in the NFL and four of them can claim its best or worst moment in franchise history to have happened in a game against the Minnesota Vikings, according to a list of the “most iconic” moments created by Sporting News.  Check out the plays (here) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: #2 The Minnesota Gophers will kick-off their football season this year against #2 ranked TCU.  The Star Tribune has a great piece on Jerry Kill and how he has turned this program around. (read) 26,000 That is the average number of gallons of milk consumed at the Minnesota State Fair. 22,000 The average number of rolls of toilet paper are used at the Minnesota State Fair. 1,450 The weight of the largest pig ever at the State Fair. In 2010, crossbred swine Reggie weighed in at 1,450 lbs.  For more State Fair facts (read). 16.643.03 The Dow Jones Industrial Average up 200 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 8/24/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 24th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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In The Mix: Make Your Bed Every Morning: This is one of 10 great lessons from a navy seal: "If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right." The other 9 are worth reading as well. (read) If you Don't Love Alton Brown You Should: Here are 18 of the best cooking tips anyone can use.  The gravy from #4 is simply the best.  Read this and file it away, trust me you will want to reference this again. (read) Inspiring: If you were 91 and had 2 purple hearts from 2 different wars, what would you do with your remaining days?  Well if you were Bob Powers, from St. Paul, you would run triathlons and inspire the a generation of kids to do the same.  Check out this heart warming story. (watch) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  5 Lessons Learned From the Top Lobbyist in The Country:
Lobbyist friend Todd Hill shared this and it is a must read for all of my lobbyist, aspiring lobbyist and government relationships friends. (read) Dilbert: Dilbert creator Scott Adams makes an interesting case for why Donald Trump is so far ahead in the polls and how he just might win. (read) If The Election Were Held Today: Check out the latest Head to Head match ups for President. (here) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: Is Football Coming to an End?: As we launch into another season of football has a must read article on Chris Borland.  This former All American at Wisconsin retired from the NFL after just one great year for the 49ers when he lead the team in tackles.  This will change the way you watch football.  (read) Thick Coats and Thin Skins: That is how the Washington Post described Minnesotan's after they faced a barrage of criticism, including from Sen. Al Franken. Recently they published an article referring to Minnesota as one of the ugliest places in the US.  In fact, Red Lake was named the ugliest place.  Minnesotan's weren't having it. Check out their response including some of the social media posts. (read) What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation?: Well if you are Spencer Stone,  Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler you spent your european vacation preventing what a French official said would have been “a terrible tragedy.”  Read more about how these grade school friends saved the lives of many. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 2000 The Dilbert Comic strip appears online and in 2000 newspapers worldwide in 65 countries and 25 languages. -1.5 Twins had an up and down week. Got swept by the Bronx bombers then swept the Orioles. They are still 1.5 back of the Rangers for the final wild card spot. 16.459.75 The Dow Jones Industrial Average down nearly 1000 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 08/17/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 17th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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In The Mix: The Moral Bucket List: David Brooks published a great article a few months ago in the New York Times called "the moral bucket list."  I missed it then, but thought it was worth sharing.  Here is a brief section: "there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love?  We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light..." (read) 12 Wine Myths Busted: Yes you can drink white wine with steak and if you think you’re allergic to red wine, there’s a good chance you’re also allergic to not being an idiot.  (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  NOOORRM!:
The Star Tribune profiles former Senator Norm Coleman saying "The former U.S. senator demonstrates that he’s staying firmly in the game, wielding more clout inside the Republican Party than he did when he was in office." (read) New Poll Shows Shake Up In GOP Race: Who’s up?  Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and businesswoman Carly Fiorina.  Who’s down? Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.   On the Democratic side, Clinton drops below 50 percent for the first time, while Sanders keeps climbing. (See complete Poll results) Paulsen On Almanac: Congressman Erik Paulsen sits down with Erick Escola to talk national politics. (watch) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: This Should Make You Mad: "You probably never knew of the federal funding of museums commemorating America’s long-gone whaling industry. The funding existed for nearly nine years, until fiscal 2011, because almost no one knew about it. A mohair subsidy continues six decades after it was deemed a military necessity in the context of the Cold War. The subsidy survives because its beneficiaries are too clever to call attention to it by proclaiming it necessary, which of course it isn’t."  If this makes you as frustrated read the rest of the article to find out why things are unlikely to change. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: $627,000,000 The cost of enormous jumbo jet that has been converted into a luxury home for a mystery billionaire. (look) $112,000 The amount of money to the U of M paid the search firm to find Norwood Teague. -1.5 What a difference a week makes. Last week the Twins were 4.5 games out  of the wild card and sinking.  As of this morning they are 1.5 behind and surging.  Great time of year. 17.477.4 The Dow Jones Industrial Average up 100 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 08/03/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 10th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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In The Mix: Your Kids Need This: CycleHealth is changing the lives of kids across Minnesota.  Earlier this summer they launched a Summer Fitness Tracker, engaging thousands of kids in a unique running, swimming and biking fitness challenge. Now, they will host 2 adventure based triathlons for kids ages 7-17.  Races areAugust 15th and August 22nd and are designed for ALL fitness levels. My son Connor (7) did the winter race and is hooked.  Learn more (here) Adopt 12 Habits For Better Work/Life Balance Check out this great list from Entrepreneur Magazine of practical ways to improve your wok life balance. (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  Why The 2016 Election Will Be Like No Other We Have Seen:
MinnPost has a great, early look at the 2016 election and what key factors, including more constitutional amendments could have on the results. (read) New Laws: From data privacy, radon testing, new drug trials and a jump in the minimum wage,  hundreds of new laws took effect on August 1st.  Check out a complete list with explanations (here)   Trump: While pundits from both side continue to dismiss Donald Trump's candidacy, he continues to lead in the polls.  A New NBC-WSJ national poll results: Trump 19, Walker 15, Jeb 14, Carson 10, Cruz 9, Huck 6, Rand 6, Rubio 5. This weeks first presidential debate should be interesting. (read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: IBM, Beatles and the Cell Phone will Fail: I know all of us have been wrong before, but have you even been this wrong? Check out 30 of the worst predictions in history. (read) Meet The Man Who Flys for Free: Meet Ben Schlappig, he is a master of flying around the world — at no cost to himself.  Rolling Stone followed him on a recent trip around the world.  Find out how he and others are beating the airlines at their own game. (read) New Client Spotlight: One of the best parts of my job is helping talented people grow their business.  That is why I am excited to work with Dan Justesen and Bryn Mawr Brewing in Minneapolis.  Their new 18,000 square foot destination brewery will open in late 2015.  Check out this KARE 11 story (here) and stayed tuned for many more exciting announcements. By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 400,000 The number of miles Ben Schlappig has flown this year. (read) 1 The Minnesota Twins are 1 game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles for the final wild card playoff spot 1 Grand Maris was named America's coolest small town. (read) 17.689.86 The Dow Jones Industrial Average down 400 points in 2 weeks. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.

Monday Morning Quarterback – 08/10/15

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: August 10th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rouen Group's Monday Morning Quarterback

In The Mix: Last Chance: Looking for one last summer fun adventure for your kids? World Champion Triathlete Tony Schiller and Cyclehealth will host 2 adventure based triathlons for kids ages 7-17.  Races areAugust 15th and August 22nd and are designed for ALL fitness levels. My son Connor (7) did the winter race and is hooked.  Learn more (here) 30+ Things You Would Only Understand If You Went to College in the 1990's: This is a great list and hits the spot on most things.  How we navigated without cell phones still amazes me. (read) The Campaign Trail  Political news and analysis done differently...  New Poll:
How do Minnesotan's feel about the DFL legislature?  How about the GOP?  Who is the most popular politician?  Could Pawlenty run again?  Whose fans are strong Twins or Vikings?  All this and more in the latest poll released. (read)So Who Won the GOP Debate: In a new poll released yesterday Donald Trump still leads with voters, but the surprise is that Carly Fiorina emerged as the clear winner. Twenty-two percent said Fiorina won or had the best performance in the debate, followed by 18 percent who said Trump had the best performance. (read) Could Google Decide the Presidency: This is a fascinating article for the political and non-political readers alike.  According to the article: "Google’s ranking algorithm for search results could accidentally steal the presidency. “We estimate, based on win margins in national elections around the world,” says Robert Epstein, a psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and one of the study’s authors, “that Google could determine the outcome of upwards of 25 percent of all national elections.”" (Read) Worth a Read:
A Few Favorite Articles From The Week: $1.5 Trillion Global Warming Industry: Here is an interesting look at the "global warming industry" and how it has grown to one of America's largest special interests. (read) By The Numbers: A look at polls, attitudes and other interesting numbers: 24,000,000 or 16% of all US households watched the first GOP debate on Fox News Channel, making it the most watched, non-sports event on cable in history. 67% The support for Sunday Liquor sales in MN.  That's something independents (71/21), Democrats (69/21), and Republicans (60/32) are all in agreement on. -4.5 What a difference a week makes. Last week the Twins had a 1 game lead in the Wild Card race. Now they are 4.5 games behind and looking up at 3 other teams. 17.373.38 The Dow Jones Industrial Average down 350 points since last week. We have over 550 regular readers of the MMQ. Please share the MMQ via email, Facebook and Twitter so we can grow past 600 readers.
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