Territorial Cup-Full of Angst

It’s the best of weeks. It’s the worst of weeks.

What’s your prediction, CadChica? 

I was raised a sports fan. Growing up in Arizona, we had season tickets to Arizona State Sun Devils football and I was a die-hard Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball fan. If they were on tv, I’d be there. As I grew up, I became a fan of all things Sun Devils and Wildcats. In other words, I was an oddball. (A nice oddball, but an oddball, nonetheless.)

What’s your prediction, CadChica? 

The upside of this is that I can cheer for two schools. The downside, however, is when they play each other. I have to pick a side. Men’s basketball isn’t so bad. ASU hasn’t been really good in a long time. UofA has been, well, UofA-like since the 80’s. So naturally I cheer for the Wildcats during hoops season. 

What’s your prediction, CadChica? 

But, football is another story. There’s a big part of me is that die-hard Sun Devil football fan. But, as the Wildcats have steadily improved in football, I’ve longed to see them do well. They’ve never won the Pac-12 nor been to the Rose Bowl. I’m a sucker for those types of stories. 

What’s your prediction, CadChica? 

That’s why the end of the college football season is always a tough choice for me. Arizona and Arizona State play each other today on the football field. It’s the Territorial Cup, after all. Rivalry week takes no prisoners. Even in poetry and social media.  

What’s your prediction, CadChica? 

Yes, there has been trash-talking. Fun and not-so-fun. But, none from me. 

What’s your prediction, CadChica? 

I’m a fan of both teams. I cheer for both. I get frustrated when they lose. Football season is great up until this one week. Then, it’s, “Is this week over yet?”. It wouldn’t be any better if I was back home in AZ either. Down there, I’d be surrounded by both fans…putting pressure on me to pick a *%!$ lane (their words, not mine). Down there, it’s either one or the other. There are no in-betweens.  

Soooo, what’s your prediction, CadChica? 

And so, as time draws closer to this year’s Territorial Cup today, I sit and wonder how it will all play out. If UCLA loses to Stanford, the winner of this game goes on to the Pac-12 Championship game versus Oregon. The winner of that has a good chance at making the 4-team College Football Playoff. There’s a lot on the line today, beyond just the rivalry factor. 

WHAT’S YOUR PREDICTION, CADCHICA!!!?????

Goodness, people, patience is a virtue that needs to be in your repertoire. 

The angst has set in. And, it’s prediction time. So many variables to wrestle with: Anu Solomon’s health, Jaelen Strong’s concussion recovery – will anyone tackle in this game? So many thoughts – so little time. 

JUST MAKE THE PREDICTION ALREADY!!!!!! 

Alright, alright.  UofA 27 ASU 24 — Ends on a game-winning field goal by….oh forget that!!!! 

HELLO

 

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THE EXTRAS

Where was this when I lived there

This week brings some unique social media posts:

It’s a beauty! 

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Social Media Timing is Everything

Timing is everything.

In social media…well… that’s amplified. 

red sox   Twitter Search

The Boston Red Sox made a splash today with two free agent signings: Hanley Ramirez (last with the LA Dodgers) and Pablo Sandoval (last with the San Francisco Giants). Huge news in the world of Major League Baseball. Red Sox nation was excited, as one would expect. Nothing had been tweeted from the official Red Sox account regarding these signings. Until tonight.

Shortly after the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown tonight in Missouri, the Red Sox tweeted the news out. Many were outraged at the lack of “awareness”. Some understood.

On a night like tonight, timing is everything on social media. Intention doesn’t always come across on social media. Neither does sarcasm. As well intentioned as the Red Sox wanted it to be, their poor timing caused an uproar. Just like

Peter King on Twitter   This is the biggest indictment of all  The Jets  special teams are worse than the offense.

 

Poor timing again. 

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King and the Red Sox weren’t alone.

 

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Derek Johnson on Twitter    KirkHerbstreit  KCChiefs how about the news on mike brown case  just lost a lil respect for u  but I WILL keep playing NCAA football 2014

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Even celebrities weren’t immune. 

 The replies to his tweet show that assumption is the first reaction.  

will.i.am on Twitter   Tonight is probably the best night ever had a very long time.

The replies above bring up a good point. There is a certain expectation when it comes to news today. The expectation to know what’s going on in each other’s world. Not everyone is on Twitter or paying attention to the news on Twitter, 24/7. King was covering a football game. will.i.am didn’t know about it yet. Herbstreit was busy being a dad.

 

Kirk Herbstreit on Twitter    MollyJoRosen No  it s called 4 kids and their homework.Rosen would later apologize.

 

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Yes, Twitter is a great live-event conversation. Twitter is also a terrible live-event conversation. Interpretations of a tweet lead to assumptions. Assumptions lead to misunderstandings like what you see above. Not everyone is consumed with the Twitter conversation on “your” timeline. To assume otherwise is unfair. But, that goes both ways.

When running a social media account for a team or brand like the Red Sox, awareness has to be at the top of the list. Awareness, or rather, listening. Listen not just to what your fans or customers are telling you or saying about you. It also involves listening to what is happening in your community.

Tonight, the community-at-large is talking about Michael Brown, Darren Wilson and Ferguson. 

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Apologies, whether necessary or not, did come:

And…just because you CAN tweet, doesn’t mean you SHOULD:

Adrian Peterson on Twitter   The GRAND JURY DECIDED NOT TO INDICT ME TOO  But that changed a week LATER  MAYBE BUT NOT LIKELY N THIS CASE  PUTyourTrustNGODnotINtheWORLD

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GoMacro MACROBAR Review

Eat healthier.

No, it’s not January. And, this isn’t a New Year’s resolution. Eating healthier is a goal of mine. A long-standing goal of mine, but a goal, nonetheless. Healthier =

And so, it was with great anticipation that I was acquainted with GoMacro. GoMacro is a new company on my radar. Thanks to my sign-up through Raynforest, a company connecting brands with influencers in sports, I now know about this health-conscious company. In GoMacro’s own words:

“The tastiest and cleanest bar on the market. GoMacro believes in feeling good about what we eat. How it tastes, how it’s made, and how it sustains the environment. Family owned and based in a small rural community, our wholesome food maintains goodness on all levels. Small in size but big on impact, we are a big picture company. Our USDA certified organic MacroBars are available in 11 delicious flavors. All of our MacroBars are USDA certified organic, vegan certified , gluten-free certified, NON-GMO Project Verified, kosher certified and soy-free.”

A perfect fit for the path ahead.

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I received a Notification on my Raynforest dashboard from GoMacro. This being my first one, I was beyond excited. A simple providing of my address and the connection was complete. Once connected with GoMacro, it took less than a week for the product to arrive. My expectation going in was just a few bars. BOY WAS I WRONG! Here is what I received:

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A box of 15 bars, GoMacro bio-degradable coasters, information/nutrition sheet, “10 Macro Principles To Eat By” magnet, stickers and…well…did I mention 15 BARS!?!?!?!  (You rock, GoMacro)

That was quite a surprise, needless to say. Before even sampling one of the bars, I wanted to have a plan. A strategy, if you will. Eating healthier isn’t just about choosing the right foods. It’s about knowing when you’re hungry and when you’re not. Choosing the right foods. And just being cognizant of what you actually putting in your body. Coupling that with exercise and drinking more water — to me, that’s a healthier lifestyle.

On to my strategy. My strategy involved:

  • Eating as a post-workout snack
  • Mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack
  • Busy breakfast “meal” (sometimes when you’re busy, that’s all you can do, right?)
  • Pre-workout snack

One that wasn’t on my pre-list was “just because”. I didn’t plan it that way…it just sort of happened. I ate just because (more on that in a minute). But, I digress…

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 sunny berries

My supply of GoMacro bars came fully stocked. I was provided with 11 different types of their product. 11 choices ranging from “Protein Paradise” (cashew caramel) to “Prolonged Power” (almond butter & carob) to, if name only was a motivator, “Sunny Uplift” (aka Cherries + Berries — see above picture). I can’t pass up a name with Sunny in it, can I? No, no I can’t. 

Sticking with my strategy, I opted for one after a quick walk. Quick being the operative word on a cold, cold, cold (did I mention it was cold?) day in the Pacific Northwest. In other words, I turned into a speed-walker. I did break a bit of a sweat. Not much, but some. For my first selection, I chose the Protein Replenishment. The Protein Replenishment is GoMacro’s Peanut Butter bar. Let me just say, if you’re not allergic, you can’t go wrong with peanut butter. I could taste the peanut butter flavor and it was quite tasty.

Funny thing about having a strategy though. I had told family they could sample one if they wanted to. Being that these bars were vegan (not the family’s favorite), macrobiotic (they don’t get it) and non-GMO (see macrobiotic), I didn’t expect anyone to have one. Well, one of the Protein Pleasure bars disappeared in the midst of my strategy. Why? Protein Pleasure = Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip! Chocolate, in this house, does not last long. The assessment from the male family member who shall remain nameless? Not bad. I’d say that’s as positive as you’re going to get from this family group.

The bar size is manageable. It’s the standard granola bar size — fits in your hand. In today’s world, that’s smaller than the iPhone 5s. With the Protein Pleasure, you can see the chocolate chips (below).

 size bar

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The other three strategies I had all centered around snacks or meals. I was busy at work one morning and by 9:30, breakfast was an afterthought. I grabbed a Balanced Goodness (granola + coconut). In terms of a quick snack or meal, they hit the spot. Some people might need more, if it’s a meal – it’s fine for me.

As for the coconut, not everyone likes coconut. I am someone who happens to like it. I figured it would taste like coconut. And, I suppose it did. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it wasn’t one of my favorites. It didn’t taste carboard-y (is that a word?) or chalky. There was just something about it that didn’t taste quite right to me. Needs more coconut, maybe? 

Coconut and chocolate chips aside — for me, one of the things I’ve been paying attention to more and more is the number of carbohydrates a food has. And, the sugar. I’m not an expert at counting carbs or anything like that. I’m still a newbie to this “eating healthier” thing. For reference purposes, however, here is the nutritional breakdown for that Balanced Goodness.

nutrition

Again, I’m a newbie, but it does feel like quite a bit of carbs and sugars. I tend not to eat sweets as a rule. No cakes, candies, pies, ice cream. None of that. So, I pay attention to sugar count. Only 4 grams of protein in the Balanced Goodness. 36 grams of carbohydrates. That’s about the standard range for all of the bars:

  • Protein Range: 3-12 grams
  • Carbohydrate Range: 34-39 grams
  • Sugars Range: 9-15 grams

But, in context, as the 10 Macro Principles To Eat By says, Eat Mainly Plants and Whole Grains

principles

What the GoMacro company is doing, isn’t going to make you gain weight. Unless, you’re eating a box of Balanced Goodness in one sitting (not recommended), they are providing a healthy alternative to the standard, big-brand or generic fare offered in grocery stores. Natural sweeteners. Grains and fruits are part of the equation too. Much of the ingredients you see are organic. And again, vegan, non-GMO, macrobiotic. To me, that all adds up to a healthy bar. 

On an overall scale, I’d give the GoMacro Macro bars a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Nearly all of the bars were supremely delicious. Filling enough for an on-the-go meal or a quick snack. With the wide variety to choose from, there’s a bar for everyone. 

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Find GoMacro MACROBARS: GoMacro website and Amazon

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