By Cheval John
The city of Houston has not been good to Stephen F. Austin State University in recent years.
The Lumberjacks were looking to snap their winless streak against their arch-rivals Sam Houston State University at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Unfortunately for them, they came out winless after a 34-28 matchup loss to the Bearkats that was played in front of record crowd of 26,990.
The Lumberjacks won the inaugaral “Battle of The Piney Woods” held at NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium) in 2010.
Since then, they have lost to the Bearkats.
SFA had everything going for them in the first half as they held the Bearkats to only 3 points and only 171 yards of total offense.
At the same time, the Lumberjacks has connected for two touchdowns to make it 14-3.
One might believe that SFA would have continued their momentum going into the second half.
That was not the case.
Sam Houston exploded for three huge punt returns, (two returned for touchdowns and another that set up a field goal by Luc Swimberghe) that gave them a 24-21 lead.
The two punt returned for touchdowns was courtesy of Gerald Thomas (78 yards) and Yedidiah Louis (53 yards).
The Lumberjacks could not recover from the punt returns and ended up losing to the Bearkats for the fifth consecutive year.
We played well enough to win, for the most part, with the exception of maybe three plays, but that seems to be the same song, fifth verse,” Coach Conque said to the Houston Chronicle.
The lesson that can be taken away is that no matter how hopeless it seems to achieve your goals as a writer, podcaster, etc., you must continue to work hard to get that breakthrough.
Sam Houston kept on working hard despite being out of rhythm in offense and in the end, found a way to defeat their arch-rivals Stephen F. Austin.
And speaking of continuing to work hard to gain your breakthrough, I can finally share with you the What’s The Word? episode with guest Alissa Trumbull, co-founder of the #BizGalz Twitter chat.
The first two times in trying to air the episode, they were some wi-fi connections problems that caused me to put out the episode on a different time from the normal Monday night time slot at 8 p.m. eastern, 7 p.m. central.
Like they say, “Third Time Is A Charm.”
Here is the link to the video version of the interview with guest Alissa Trumbull.
And below is the podcast version of the interview with Mrs. Trumbull.
By Cheval John
The University of Texas has been the innovators in what intercollegiate athletics is all about today.
They were one of the first universities to have sponsorships from major brands like Nike.
They had a strong football tradition of winning national championships under great coaches like Darrell Royal and Mack Brown.
They also have the largest athletics budget in the nation.
Texas is one of the most recognizable universities in the world.
In the last couple of years, Texas has been going through hell.
First, they let go of Mr. Brown, who won them their first national championship (2005) since the glory times of coach Royal.
They were expecting coach Brown to win a championship ever year since they spent millions of dollars in facilities upgrade.
One could say that the struggles of the football team under coach Brown to win another championship since 2005 was the start of the turmoil for Texas.
Next came the retirement of DeLoss Dodds.
Some could say that Dodds was the clue that held the athletic department together.
He was responsible for making Texas a powerhouse because of his innovation and also bringing in Mack Brown as the football coach and hiring Rick Barnes as the basketball coach.
He also stood behind coach Brown amidst the public outcry of people who wanted him to be fired.
The powerbrokers, “a.k.a.” the board of regents hired Steve Patterson as Texas athletic director to stem the turmoil.
Patterson added to the turmoil when he fired Barnes, tried to raise the ticket prices for football games and even mentioned that the city of Austin should put in money to renovate Erwin Center.
And now Mr. Patterson is out as the athletic director.
The lesson that entrepreneurs can learn from this fiasco is to make sure that you don’t bring in people who have egos because it can ruin your business in the end.
By Cheval John
For many sport teams, it would be difficult for them to succeed if they are facing an opponent that seems better than them.
The opponent would have the bigger budget to have the quality players for their team like the New York Yankees.
Or in the case of college football, teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) having more scholarships than teams from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
When the teams from the FBS compete against teams from the FCS, it should be an easy conclusion that the teams from the FBS should always win.
It should be a warm up matchup for the FBS teams to get that easy win.
However, that is not always the case.
Like the time when Appalachian State, who were in the FCS at the time, defeated Michigan 34-32 televised in the inauguration of the Big Ten Network, that brought shock waves to the college football world.
Everyone including the ESPN analyst were “upset” mentioned that Michigan should have won that matchup because they had all of the talent and the bigger budget.
What they should have understand is that Appalachian State were a team that should not have been taken lightly because they were at that time a two-time FCS champion.
Plus, they had the mindset that they could beat Michigan when they faced them.
And Sam Houston State had the same mindset that they could have beaten Texas Tech when they faced them last Saturday in Lubbock.
Even though they lost by the score of 59-45, the Bearkats kept Texas Tech on their toes.
The Bearkats had 671 yards, which is the most yards they have ever produced against a team from the FBS.
Sam Houston did not go into that matchup thinking that they would not win because they were from the FCS.
Instead, the Bearkats believed that they could beat Texas Tech and almost won.
The important lesson that everyone can learn is that even if you are not the most talented person in your industry like public relations, etc, if you have the mindset to believe that you can succeed, then success will come to you.
And even if you don’t win at your industry like public relations, etc. at least you gave it your all to be successful and did not allow doubt to stop you from achieving success.
Who knows, competing against a company that is larger than your company can allow you to eventually win in your specific market like writing, etc.
Video courtesy of Our Honor Defend
By Cheval John
Blab is one of the best live video streaming platforms in the world of social media.
The company is very innovative and raw in how they do business.
Normally businesses would test out their product before launching it out to the world.
They basically took the risk and launch their product in beta form to get feedback from their users.
And that risk is truly paying off.
The user base for blab has increased since launching in April
And probably the biggest reason for the growth of Blab is because of Founder and CEO, Shaan Puri.
Mr. Puri is willing to get feedback from the users in order to make the platform better.
It is rare when a CEO wants to get feedback from their customers as the majority of CEOs would not want to get feedback from their users because they are afraid that their comments would hurt their egos.
They believe that if the customers don’t like their product, then it is their problem.
That is why most of the businesses are losing their customers because of their elitist attitude.
Mr. Puri is one of the great examples of how CEOs should be if they are running a business.
That is probably another reason of why blab is popular because it brings the humanity behind the brands and builds a strong community.
A huge example of this would be the Blab chat that was hosted by Tyler J. Anderson, founder/CEO of Casual Fridays, with guests Jon Loomer, Facebook Ads expert, Brian Fanzo, Chief Digital Strategist and Partner at BroadSuite Media, and Carlos Gil, Social Media Manager at BMC Software.
At one point during the chat, Mr. Loomer showed his vulnerability and humanity when he shared with the audience on why he is an entrepreneur and his journey towards becoming a Facebook ads expert.
That to me is the best part of Blab.
Anyone can be real and also build a loyal tribe.
Maybe that is the reason why Blab will trump Periscope and Meerkat because it allows anyone to truly participate in the conversation and not just be a viewer.
Hopefully many companies will follow the example of Mr. Puri and the team at Blab.
As a change of pace, tune in to this What’s The Word? episode featuring Patrick and Courtney Hennessy, host of Be Less Typical podcast.
Both work in the car sales industry and have started the podcast to break the bad reputation of the car sales industry.
You can listen to the interview below and leave your comments below about the show and article.