JPTearsheet, May, 2021 Vol. XIII No. 5
“Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel.”
— Bobby Bowden,
Former Head Coach, Florida State
What are the Odds?
As Cleveland was hosting the NFL Draft recently, it got us thinking about – not the players who were being drafted, but more about the players who weren’t drafted.

There are a number of people and organizations who have weighed in on this one – the NFL Players Association for one. NFLPA optimistically estimates that the chances that any high school football player makes it to the NFL are about 0.2 percent. This percentage is based on the statistic that only about 215 out of 100,000 high school seniors who play football every year make it to the NFL. 

Leagueside.com is somewhat less optimistic. They estimate that there are 1,093,234 high school football players in the United States, and that only 6.5% of them (or 71,060) will play in college. They go on to say that only 1.2% college-level players will get drafted to the NFL.

In other words, of the nearly 1.1 million high school football players in any given year, roughly 853 players (0.00075%) will ever make it onto an NFL roster. You have better chances of getting struck by lighting – literally.

Look at it this way. Assuming a high school roster of approximately 50 players who play an average of ten games per season, the average high school football player has a 50/50 chance of ever even encountering (playing with or against) a future pro player during an entire season.
It’s lonely at the top. In one recent survey of global CEOs conducted by PwC, 83 percent expressed concern about uncertain economic growth, and only 34 percent were very confident of profitability this year.
— Bloomberg

Young whippersnappers. British neuroscientists said brain studies show that people don’t fully grow up until they’re in their 30s. The idea that adulthood begins at 18 or 21 “looks increasingly absurd.” 
— Cambridge University

Cohabitation… Not! Contrary to what some believe (41 percent of U.S. adults), humans and dinosaurs did not co-exist on earth. We missed each other by 63 million years.
— Common Myth Conceptions

Nominative determinism. The new CFO at UK footwear retailer, Shoe Zone, is Terry Boot. He replaced Peter Foot.
— news.sky.com

Hat trick. A Marlboro, New York man was arrested three times in one day. His charges included driving with a suspended license, possession of heroin and possession of crack cocaine (twice.)
— Daily Fireman

I can see for miles and … On a clear day from the observation decks of the Empire State Building, visitors can see into five states – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
— uselessdaily.com

Feeling blue? Upset that people kept getting $150 parking tickets for parking in poorly-marked handicapped spaces – at his own expense – a Detroit pizzeria owner painted his entire street blue.
— Huffington Post
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MONTH OF MAY
Quote of the Month:
"You can't control the outcome, but you are in 100 percent control of the effort."
— Larry Elder




Month of the Month:
It’s time to sit up and take notice of May being Correct Your Posture Month. If you’re hungry, May is the national month for: hamburgers and cheese, asparagus and strawberries, salsa and eggs… and others. Bon appetit.

Question of the Month:

One of the longest-reigning monarchs in the world, by 1979 he was the only monarch in the world with the title "emperor." You’ll have to travel far to find this answer.
Don’t bet on it
And you thought Las Vegas was the gambling mecca of the U.S. 

In Elko County, Nevada – population 1,195 – sits the town of Jackpot, Nevada which is billed as “a popular casino gaming destination.”

According to Wikipedia, after Idaho outlawed casino gaming in 1954, "Cactus Pete" Piersanti and Don French moved their slot machine operations from Idaho just over the state line to the Jackpot townsite. Piersanti's and French's gaming establishments were named Cactus Pete's and the Horseshu Club, respectively. From that the town grew… just not very much. Today, there are three casinos in Jackpot.

“Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.”
— Ambrose Bierce
Hard Hitting Lessons
A gridiron MBA? OK, maybe that’s not possible, but see how much you can learn about business from football in my book, Hard Hitting Lessons. The subtitle says it all, “Some not-so-obvious business lessons learned from playing football.”

Most people associate football with learning things like hard work, discipline, teamwork, etc. That’s all very true. But what can you learn about business from football? According to Hard Hitting Lessons, a lot. This book will explain it all – from human resources to strategic planning and more. Yes, there’s a lot to be learned from playing football about business – and even about life itself. 

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