NFL TV Ratings VS. Presidential Election

NFL TV ratings are down and the World Series suggests the presidential election is not the biggest culprit.

By Contributor: Chris Ross
Posted: October 27, 2016 16:30:25
Business Insider: Cork Gaines
Tags: #Sports, #NFL, #TVRatingsDecline

NFL television ratings are down across the board and the league has blamed the decline on the presidential election. However, if that were the biggest reason, we would expect to see a similar decline in the MLB playoffs and that has not been the case.

After posting strong TV ratings during the early rounds of the playoffs, the World Series is off to a huge start with fans, averaging more than 19.0 million viewers through two games, according to Sports Media Watch. That’s up 32% from last year and matches the Yankees-Phillies matchup in 2009 for the top-rated World Series in the past 11 years.

Over the last few years, the average World Series game has drawn a TV audience that was comparable to a “Monday Night Football” game. But while the World Series is way up this year, “Monday Night Football’s” average audience is down 22%, much like the rest of the NFL. This suggests that the presidential election can’t be the biggest culprit.


So, if the presidential election is not the biggest reason for the NFL’s decline, what is the explanation? Others have blamed poor matchups, a decline in the quality of the product, an increase in other entertainment options, and even just a natural correction that was inevitable for something so immensely popular.Like most things, the true answer is probably some combination of the above. But whatever the reason, it has to scare the NFL. Because if it is not the election, there is no guarantee of a rebound next year.

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How World’s Highest-Paid Female Athlete Spends Her Millions

By: Chris Ross
Posted: June 9, 2016
Tags: #MariaSharapova,#News,#HighestPaidFemaleAthlete

Maria Sharapova — the highest-earning female athlete in the world — is keenly aware of her multi-million dollar brand. She even flirted with changing her last name to “Sugarpova.”

That money has allowed her to live a globetrotting lifestyle with fancy clothes, expensive cars, and a young new boyfriend.

Sharapova made $27.1 million last year.

Maria Sharapova made $27.1 million last year. Highest-Paid Female Athlete

Source: Forbes


Hillary Clinton Three-Word Tweet

By Author:  Chris Ross
On:  Thursday,  June 9, 2016 14:35:00
Tags:  #HillaryClinton,  #2016Election,  #3WordTweet

Shortly after President Barack Obama announced his endorsement of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump took to Twitter to slam the two Democratic leaders.

“Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama — but nobody else does!” Trump wrote shortly after Obama announced his endorsement of Clinton.

Within five minutes, Clinton’s campaign responded with a popular Twitter meme.

Though many observers hat-tipped the Clinton campaign’s snarky response, others noted that it may unintentionally evoke Clinton’s decision while serving as secretary of state to delete thousands of emails on her private server that she deemed personal in nature.

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Maybe not the best strategy for Hillary to tell people to delete things.

Whichever intern just sent this doesn’t get its not smart for you to talk about deleting anything cc @FBI//twitter.com/hillaryclinton/status/740973710593654784 

Indeed, Trump adopted this line of attack when he responded to Clinton’s tweet on Thursday afternoon.

How long did it take your staff of 823 people to think that up–and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted? https://twitter.com/hillaryclinton/status/740973710593654784 

After staying neutral throughout the Democratic primary, Obama announced his endorsement of Clinton in a three-minute video on Thursday.

“I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. I don’t think anyone has been more qualified for this office,” Obama said.

He added: “I want those of you who’ve been with me from the beginning of this incredible journey to know that I’m with her.”

For the first time this election season, Obama is set to hit the campaign trail with Clinton in Wisconsin next week.

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NFL Greg Hardy Domestic-Violence Photos

Posted: November 6, 2015 22:45:00
Business Insider: Scott Davis
By: Chris Ross

Tags: Crime, General, Greg Hardy, Image, News, NFL, Domestic-Violence, Multimedia, Sports, Visual Media

Greg Hardy

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Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz published a report Friday detailing Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy’s domestic-violence incident from 2014. Continue reading “NFL GREG HARDY DOMESTIC-VIOLENCE PHOTOS”


Science: 5 Notables in Long-Term Couples

By: Chris Ross
On: September 30, 2015
Posted: Business Insider
Tags: 5 Notables in Long-Term Couples, Culture, Psychological Science, Science, Shared Coordinative Structure

Being with someone for a long time changes the way you see the world. It also changes you. Everything from how you act to the way you think shifts in ever-so-slight ways.

And according to Joshua Wolf Shenk, the author of “Powers of Two,” these tiny shifts are also the catalyst for a different kind of thought process — a shared mind, so to speak — that allows couples (romantic or not) to come up with more creative solutions to problems than they’d ever think up on their own.

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Here are some of the signs psychologists have observed that they say characterize such a shared mind.

1. You and your partner develop your own private language.

Ever get a text from your significant other that means absolutely nothing on its own but carries a certain significance that you can’t quite explain? 

This “insider” language is one of the first signs that the two of you are operating in sync, writes Shenk. According to a study from University of Texas professor of communication Robert Hopper, secret communication accomplishes two things: First, it helps deepen your bond — romantic or platonic. Second, it establishes a unique, shared identity. 

Private language can include everything from inside jokes to nicknames, writes Ohio State University psychologist Carol Bruess in a study of romantic couples. Bruess’ research suggests a link between how often partners use these private words and how satisfied they are with their relationship. Bruess found that the more often couples used secret words and phrases, the happier they tended to say they were. 

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2. You stop self-censoring.

The way most of us speak with strangers, acquaintances and even close friends is markedly different from how we talk when we’re alone with our partner.

When we’re with others, most of us “self-monitor.” That is, we try to please the people around us by adapting our behavior to suit theirs.

But when we’re with an inmate partner, we let go of this pattern of behavior and instead “talk fluidly and naturally,” Shenk writes. In other words, we stop having to constantly check ourselves before we speak. We’re more candid and more open. 

Many of the pairs Shenk talks to in his book have such a relationship. University of California Berkeley psychologist Daniel Kahneman, for example, tells Shenk: “Like most people, I am somewhat cautious about exposing tentative thoughts to others.” But after he’d spent a few years working with his research partner, cognitive psychologist Amos Tverksy, “this caution was completely absent.”

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3. You start to sound alike.

In addition to having their own private vocabulary, long term couples eventually “start to match each other in the basic rhythms and syntactical structures of their speech,” writes Shenk.

Part of that is a result of a phenomenon that psychologists call “emotional contagion.” Basically, when two people spend enough time together, they begin to match each other’s speech patterns. We mimic everything from the other person’s accent to the amount and length of pauses he or she puts between words and sentences.

There’s some evidence to suggest that these changing speech patterns can even serve as one indicator of how long a couple might stay together.

Part of a 2010 study of language use among couples that looked at couples’ text messages, for example, found that when two people “sounded” more alike (in terms of the words and language structure they used in their messages) they were also more likely to still be dating three months later.

4. You start to look alike.

In his influential 1987 study, psychologist Robert Zajonc found that there’s a very obvious reason that married couples start to look alike: They use the same muscles so often that, over time, they start to mirror each other. 

This coordination of movement isn’t accidental, says Shenk. Instead, it “reflects what psychologists call a ‘shared coordinative structure‘ which includes how we harmonize our gaze, body sway, and the little mannerisms and idiosyncrasies of how we speak.

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5. You have a bunch of inside jokes that no one else thinks are funny.

Research suggests that couples are more likely to mirror each other’s body language — which in turn makes them look alike — because they’re drawing from a wealth of knowledge that only they share. This “insider info” — all of your shared experiences and memories — informs your gestures, posture, and the words and phrases you use with each other. 

2007 study, for example, found that people were more likely to copy each other’s eye gaze when they’d both heard the same background information before their conversation. 

Summed Up: To me, personally, the beauty in this article as a whole is written in my featured image… “A True Love Story Is One That Never Ends”! So, just keeping writing out each new chapter you & your significant other experience in life together. And, if you do not have a significant other, no one can stop hope, until you give up on having hope. Furthermore, if you know, or have ever met who you know ‘should be’, or for the less confident, ‘could be’, significant other, well, that undoubted reality will make itself known, at which point I hope your life experiences, with all that I know was meant to be, will then be, finally, with finding your soulmate & life partner. Don’t let them slip by, forcing you to watch the one dream you always wanted… simply… fade away…….


Shocking Images Amtrak 188 Derailment

By: Chris Ross

May 15, 2015

Tags: Amtrak 188, Derailment, New Developments, Projectile, Witnesses Confirm Object Thrown from Suspicious Couple

Philadelphia authorities have released video of what looks to be a couple on a railroad bridge just before the Amtrak Northeast Regional 188 train derailment. The images immediately following, if conclusive, are shocking and unimaginable! Continue reading “SHOCKING IMAGES BEFORE AMTRAK 188 DERAILED”


Amtrak Train Derails In Port Richmond

UPDATED: November 12, 2015 1:59pm EST

May 12, 2015

Reported By: FOX 29 (WTXF) Philadelphia
Tags: #AmtrakNortheastRegional188, #PortRichmond, #Philadelphia, #Pennsylvania
Amtrak Northeast Regional 188 Derailed
Amtrak Northeast Regional 188 Derailed

FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

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PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) – An Amtrak train derailed around 9:30 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday night in Port Richmond, Philadelphia.