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Red-shirting Kindergarten

Jun 26 2012 Published by under Good Men Project

“I got paid $100 for that shot,” one of my players told me as we warmed up for our basketball game, referring to a close-range layup the prior week.

No, I’m not an NBA coach. The player wasn’t referring to some elaborate point shaving scheme cooked up by would-be sports agents to high school prodigies. The player was 6 years old.

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Getting Off

Jun 26 2012 Published by under Good Men Project

I was at a dinner party recently with the CEO of a company involved in the video infrastructure of Verizon’s FiOS service. He told me (in gory detail) how the capacity constraint on the system is quite literally being driven by $14.99 pay-per-view pornography.

He was understandably amused by the stupidity of guys across the country, who eagerly consume porn movies—only to turn them off after an average of eighteen minutes. A porn purchase lasts 15 percent as long as a two-hour movie and still drives the capacity requirements of the entire system.

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Addicts Are Superhuman

Jun 26 2012 Published by under Good Men Project

Yesterday I wrote about Amy Winehouse’s tragic death and wondered out loud about what role her art, and addiction, played in her demise, along with a long list of other great artists who killed themselves at the age of 27.

I picked up the paper this morning to read John Hopkins professor of Neuroscience David J. Linden’s research on why addicts tend to be among the most successful individuals if they manage not to kill themselves. (To be honest, I am embarrassed to say my mom sent me a link to an NPR interview with Linden weeks ago, but I was too lazy to read it.)

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Questioning My Faith

Jun 26 2012 Published by under Good Men Project

“What religion are you?” my 14-year-old son, Seamus, asked me the other night, as we were driving home from an ice cream shop. His mother and I have been divorced since he was 6 months old. He’s grown up a strict Catholic, serving as an altar boy, going on a mission to Haiti, and now attending a Jesuit high school under his mom’s watchful Irish-Catholic eye.

“Buddhist,” I quipped in response to his question, as Moose Tracks dripped from our cones onto our fingers.

“Really?”

“Nah, I just have read a lot about it and done my share of meditation. So it’s the best answer I have at the moment.”
Seamus was satisfied enough with my answer to finish his cone. But his question stayed with me.

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Goodness Isn’t a Game

Jun 26 2012 Published by under Good Men Project

I’ve founded two online companies aimed at boys and men. One I only think about on Monday afternoons when I get a weekly revenue report. The other I obsess about day and night. One is about a product I have never played and barely understand. The other makes me cry tears of pain or joy on a regular basis.

One is extremely profitable and the other is still gutting it out to try and break even. One attracts an astonishing 45 million page views a month and the other is pushing hard to make it to two million. One is named Game Empire Enterprises and the other is The Good Men Project.

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