I am very much aware of the world in which we live, and like some of you, I am often quite troubled by it. Every time I hear a news report or pick up a paper or magazine, the news is sometimes so incredibly discouraging that I just can’t stand it. Wars, riots, earthquakes, kidnappings, political bickering, corruption, glass shortages … and on and on. While I like to know what’s going on in the world, it can get kind of depressing. For me, one of the great relief valves for this is sports.
No, I don’t play much of anything anymore, but I have learned how to become a great, and sometimes even informed, spectator—often in person and at many levels. I will get to a college football and basketball game or two this year, and I have agreed to serve as the team photographer for the Willowbrook High School Renegades hockey team this season. It is a great relief from the reality that surrounds us.
And now, you sports fans you, I am proud to announce that this very blog is going to introduce you to an opportunity to have some fun this football season. And it won’t cost you a dime. You see, Nick St. Denis of USGlass has put in place our very own glass and metal industry football pick’em contest, and not only is it free, but it’s easy to play. And you don’t have to be an expert.
And here’s the best part: Weekly winners of this pick‘em contest will receive a $50 gift card, and the overall season winner will receive (you should probably sit down for this) two tickets to the home-opener next year for the NFL team of their choice. While winners will be announced in other USGlass locations, I intend to announce the weekly and annual top three in this blog (under the sports section report) on a weekly basis. It should be fun, and personally, I am predicting that the aluminum suppliers will dominate the winners circle. They have always been the sharpest guys in the industry, followed closely by the glass fabricators.
You’ve gotta be associated (involved) in the architectural glass industry to play, and the sign-up, rules and picking process is really easy. I did it earlier this morning, and it took all of about eight minutes. Naturally you should do this on your own time … at lunch or something … and not on company time.
Go to usglass.pooltracker.com/pickem to get signed up and ready to play. I’ve already made my first week’s selections, so I’ll wish you luck!
[Editor’s note: At the “register” page, you’ll be asked for a password. The password is usglassfootball. Please, do not share the password beyond reading this blog and signing up. We also ask that you include your company name at the end of your username. Also, those who sign up but are not directly affiliated with the architectural glass industry will be deactivated from the league. So please respect the process, and direct any questions to Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, and good luck!]
What A Wonderful Summer-Part Three …
The kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are starting to drop. Boy, I hate to see it go. One of the best summers (weather-wise) I can remember. But as they say, “all good things must end,” and as much as it hurts, summer 2014 will soon be a memory. Great while it lasted, though.
The Sports Thing …
Football season (NFL) is a little over a week away with final pre-season games being played out tomorrow. And as reported above, the USGlass football pool contest should add some excitement to it for many of us. But the big news in Chicago sports at the moment is the little league champs from the Southside who took the city, and parts of the nation, by storm the last few weeks. The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars won the American Little League title and then lost to South Korea in a game that was actually pretty exciting for the World Championship. The kids have been under the microscope for the past 15 days or so, and at every turn, they have impressed everyone who meets them. They’re a great bunch of kids and great representatives of the city and nation. Way to go, guys!
The Quotable Thing …
Longtime friend and glass industry guru Don Ude sent me a couple of pages of his favorite quotes, and there were several that were quite good. My August article in USGlass focused a bit on people like me who collect quotes and such, and maybe Don is also one of those (like me) who hang on to these things if he thinks they are worthy of saving. Anyhow, this was one of the ones from Don, and it made me chuckle when I read it.
“I wish the buck really did stop here. I sure could use some of them.”
“Have a Wonderful Week Everyone”