@NASCAR Laps @NFL with Higher Faith Equality Index Score

This weekend’s Daytona 500, launching NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, will draw the attention of millions of Faith Driven Consumers as FaithEqualityIndex.com releases new data scoring the faith friendliness of NASCAR as well as key sponsors of leading race teams

Faith Driven Consumer™ (FDC)—representing 41 million consumers who spend $2 trillion annually, has earned wide recognition for its groundbreaking FaithEqualityIndex.com (FEI). The FEI scores more than 500 major brands for compatibility with the FDC community, making it the 2nd largest diversity index in America after the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. In the last two weeks, the group released its first annual ranking of Super Bowl advertisers and the National Football League, as well as a Valentine’s Day Shopping Guide for Faith Driven Consumers. Today, FDC is releasing its first score of NASCAR as well as key race team sponsors.  Continue reading “@NASCAR Laps @NFL with Higher Faith Equality Index Score”

Free your mind!

Let me guess – it’s 2016 and you made some New Year’s resolutions – right? What you’re really thinking is that you can’t wait for February – so that you can return to your old habit and not feel guilty.  Habits can be a trap for people in leadership positions – whether they are in business, politics or in any other industry.

Simply making a New Year’s resolution to have a more open mind in 2016 likely won’t be enough to turn things around. There are behaviors and practices that, through repetition and perseverance, can help leaders and anyone else develop a mindset that’s open to imaginative and better ideas. Continue reading “Free your mind!”

3 tips for a healthy workplace

Did you know 41% of Americans will gain weight as a result of their desk jobs. Yes, it’s all about what you’re in-taking into your body, posture and staying hydrated.   If you’ve followed @baseballbeerbbq – here are some words of advice for those looking to shape up in the office. Continue reading “3 tips for a healthy workplace”

A couple of thoughts on exercising!


There are so many philosophies to follow with exercising – here are two important thoughts.

1.  Never skip more than 2 days of exercise in a row.

2.  Remember that something is ALWAYS better than nothing!

Any type of activity you do is beneficial, and it all adds up.  So, set a plan, but if things change – always have a back-up plan.  So, if you’re not able to do a 3 mile walk…is there a 1 mile loop you can take?  Do you have stairs at your home?  In a pinch, you could even walk up and down the stairs for 10-15 minutes.  It’s not fun…not that exercise is necessarily ever “fun,” but it is activity. Continue reading “A couple of thoughts on exercising!”

Examining Athletes, Baby Daddy’s and today’s society!

puff-daddy-mase-shiny-suits2In my world – I’m the father that spends time editing a parental blog – which operates in the heart of TriBeCa, NY. My world-renowned nationally syndicated BTR (Late Night Parents) podcast is consumed by millions – maybe even billions globally!  Well, now back to reality – It’s 2016 – and management is ensuring that I fulfill my HHN contract.  So, on a regular basis – you’ll get a bi-weekly rant from yours truly. As you already know – I also co-host Baseball, Beer & BBQ with two of the roughest, toughest SOBs in the business. (aka MGMT) Continue reading “Examining Athletes, Baby Daddy’s and today’s society!”

#NYMvsKC – The 111th World Series By The Numbers – @wallethub

The Mets and Royals are ready to square off, and WalletHub is right there with them. The personal finance website crunched the numbers in honor of the 111th World Series, amassing a collection of interesting facts and figures related to the event – from ticket sales and TV ratings to salaries and the spoils of victory. We even explore Bernie Madoff’s impact on the Mets’ finances. Continue reading “#NYMvsKC – The 111th World Series By The Numbers – @wallethub”

Matt Harvey / The Dark Knight Rises by @RealTedHicks

Screenshot 2015-09-07 19.57.00So, I’m a Mets fan — some would say an apologist, but like my father before me – I drag my son to watch their games. For more than 30 years, I called Queens, NY my home. Now, unlike Yankee fans – we’re not used to playing meaningful baseball in August — hell, September is totally a bonus.

This season started and I was unable to attend Opening Day due to a prior commitment in New Orleans at a technology conference. However, attending a road trip in Atlanta – I watched the Mets lose 2 of 3 to those blasted Braves. Totally, I was unhappy thinking it’s those #SameOleMets, just like the #Jets #Nets and everyone else. Continue reading “Matt Harvey / The Dark Knight Rises by @RealTedHicks”

Remembering the Pine Tar game. @RealTedHicks


ThePine Tar Game was a controversial incident during an American League game played between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees on July 24, 1983 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. With his team trailing 4–3 in the top half of the ninth inning, with two outs, George Brett of the Royals hit a 2-run home run off Yankees relief pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage to give his team the lead. However, Yankees manager Billy Martin, who had noticed a large amount of pine tar on Brett’s bat, requested that the umpires inspect his bat. The umpires ruled that the amount of pine tar on the bat exceeded the amount allowed by rule, nullified Brett’s home run, and called him out. As Brett was the third out in the ninth inning with the home team in the lead, the game ended with a Yankees win.The Royals protested the game, and American League president Lee MacPhail upheld their protest and ordered that the game be restarted from the point of Brett’s home run. The game was restarted on August 18 and officially ended with the Royals winning 5–4. Continue reading “Remembering the Pine Tar game. @RealTedHicks”

2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Hockey Fans

StanleyCup15_UseWith the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs in full gear and National Hockey League attendance, TV ratings and revenues rising, the leading personal finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Hockey Fans. Continue reading “2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Hockey Fans”

Our Tax Dollars at Play at Sports Stadiums – @RealTedHicks

Every Saturday at 1030am ET – you can always expect some banter on @baseballbeerbbq from this Long Islander about athletes chasing the dollar, contracts, mergers or acquisitions or what’s happening in the social media world.  Since April 15th was our official tax deadline filing date – I thought it was apropos to share an infographic of your tax dollars at play in sports stadiums. (Ask yourself – what are two things that are always being built in America – it’s ballparks and penitentiaries)  You already know professional sports are a big business – most of these teams earn revenue in the hundreds of millions, with the most successful being valued at more than $2 billion. But these teams are nowhere without their stadiums. Get a look at how financing has changed over the years and where taxpayers have footed the bill.  We’ll look at three of the oldest professional sports venues currently in operation – Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.  Ultimately, the rich get richer and the poor don’t get a —– you know the rest. Continue reading “Our Tax Dollars at Play at Sports Stadiums – @RealTedHicks”