Go Big or Go Home

A new season of the Amazing Race is off and running with new heroes and villains. Jerry and I recap and critically overthink the premiere of Season 25 of The Amazing Race, “Go Big or Go Home.” Eleven new teams dug for Blackbeard’s treasure on the beaches of the Virgin Island’s, when three last place teams made an interesting decision. This season is filled with hashtags, bravado and “The Save.”

Why Can't We?

"Our primary goal is to return them to their original base. The secondary goal is go get them out." The high school baseball team was practicing throwing runners out at the bases.

The coach simulated pitching the ball, then the catcher would react to various runners on base. On one play the catcher stood up and threw the ball to second, where the advancing runner was tagged out. It was a great play. The coach was thrilled, so thrilled he said, "Now, why can't we do that during the game?" at least three times.

I wasn't at the game when it didn't happen as planned, but I instantly pictured it going wrong. Those kids that were there saw it in vivid detail. Maybe he was using some high-level negative thinking coaching skill, but it felt more like he was just instantly reacting in the practice. Each time he repeated the phrase, I kept thinking, "Now, why can't he say that in an affirmative manner instead."

PHRASES HE COULD HAVE USED TO REINFORCE THE RIGHT BEHAVIOR:

  • Now, that's how we do it.
  • That's the way this team works.
  • Let's do that again, so in our next game it's automatic.
  • Now that you see how that works, I want you to replay this in you mind over and over again.
  • Image what your folks (the fans) will think when they see that in our next game.
  • PIays run with that precision create winning seasons.

How to Cook an Egg on a Stick

Twice a year my family goes camping with our homeschooling group. Prior to each of those campouts, my dad who is an avid Boy Scout leader asks if we're going to cook an egg on a stick. I usually ask why would you cook an egg on a stick when pans are available. He says the kids love it. So I finally broke down and tried cooking three eggs on a stick.