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Two Days Of Weekend Is Too Much

It’s Sunday, and one of the things I notice every Sunday is that interest in the news is significantly higher than it is on Saturdays. 

Twitter feels more active on Sundays. Traffic to Business Insider is almost always meaningfully higher on Sundays than on Saturdays. And of course, traditional media has always used Sunday for big marquee products, whether they be the New York Times Magazine or Meet The Press.

It seems that totally disconnecting for two days is too excruciating for a lot of people, so that by Sunday morning they’re eager to start getting back into the swing of things.

Why don’t people want to disconnect more?

Kit Juckes, an economist at SocGenwrote a post on his personal blog yesterday on the blurring of work and leisure in modern life that may explain some of this. In his post he talks about spending his weekend writing and reading about … economics (which is what he’s paid to do during the week):

We still go to ‘work’ for money, but quite a lot of people would do the same thing in their leisure time as they do at work. One of the tragedies of our society is that so many old people suffer from loneliness and that’s one reason why people work. You go to work to get paid, but it becomes a centre of your social life. I’ve seen too many men retire and then age 5 years in a few months and slowly vegetate because they have no idea what to do with their time, to believe that a life of enforced ‘leisure’ is so appealing that it should be the dominant goal of my working life.

I choose economics as a way to spend time, for work or in leisure. It would have been nice to have played golf this morning but frost having intervened, I’ve spent a couple of enjoyable hours reading. Was that work or leisure? The answer is that today, it’s leisure because I’m not being paid. And that’s a good thing because otherwise, I’d have to count all the hours I spend thinking about financial markets as ‘work’ and that would immediately make me less productive.

Far from everyone has a job where they’re truly stimulated, and get to be around people who provide them an invigorating level of social interaction. But for the people who do have that, two days is a long time to totally shut that out. After a day, it’s time to start warming back up and getting into work mode.

For many professionals it seems, Sunday is less a “day off” than it is to do similar things as you might do while “at work” but without the infrastructure and bureaucracy of being “on the job.”

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The Tiger and the Pussycat : Woods and Harbaugh at Pebble

Congratulations are in order to Phil Mickelson.  He’s always been one of my favorites, and he indeed played one hell of a game on Sunday.  The real drama unfolded for me with a different story.

I must admit that I am a far bigger football fan, (49er season ticket holder for 23 years before Dr. York sank the team) than a watcher of golfers.  I admit in advance that this observation, therefore, is probably anything but objective.  The only reason there would ever be for my attending a golf match is to rub elbows with the famous golfers and the celebrities. Saturday is better for Pebble Beach as many of the celebs don’t make the cut, and aren’t around on Sunday.  Sunday is better for the pure golf enthusiast who wants to follow the leader’s gallery and peer over heads sometimes twenty deep to catch a glimpse of a little white ball hopefully sinking into the round abyss cut at the front of the green.

Last Saturday was just such an opportunity.  Having looked up the pairings I calculated just when we would need to be at which hole to park our chairs and see my favorites. We wanted to be sure to catch up with Bill Murray, and he didn’t disappoint.  His show on the third green was audacious, inappropriate, and thoroughly satisfying.  We saw the flurry; Ray Romano. George Lopez, Harris Barton, Huey Lewis, Aaron Rogers, Bill Bilichick, Matt Cain, etc.  Cameras weren’t allowed, but cell phones were, and it was a general understanding that we kept them down when the Marshalls were nearby, and tried to be discreet.  One of the security guys actually told me I should keep the thing in my pocket until he left, which was about 30 seconds. This went on for about 7 groups, and I got some FaceBook quality photos just so I could show my kids that I was there.  They still get some excitement out of daddy standing three feet from Phil Mickelson, and that kind of stuff.

Then it was time for Tiger and Tony Romo.  The send ahead security detail was about ten times what it had been for any of the other golfers, including the guys who were actually on the leader board.  Instead of 2 or 3 Marshalls on the green, there were 30.  Along with the TV cameras, came the militia announcing that there would be NO taking of pictures, not just while they were playing, but NO photos period.  Apparently Tiger is afraid that someone might steal his soul, oh I forgot, too late for that.  People all around were wishing him well, shouting “good luck; we love you Tiger,” etc…  Ah the selective memory. I wish him well, myself, but there just doesn’t seem to be much love coming back from him.  He totally ignored everyone, which is understandable I guess, but the Gestapo atmosphere was a bit oppressive.  It was tighter than when George W. Bush visited us at CityTeam a few years back.  We had our chairs right on the ropes at the edge of the green, but there were so many security people we barely got a glimpse of the golfers.  The general mood was certainly not the “humble Tiger” we had been hearing about on the radio lately.  Guess his Karma spoke for itself on the back 9 on Sunday where he bogied 4 in a row.

In stark contrast was coach Harbaugh.  When we walked in that morning, we had the good fortune of catching him at the putting green just before the first tee.  After his warm-up he stood signing autographs for a good 15 minutes.  When the fans were saying things like “thank you coach” or “”great season” all Harbaugh could do was thank them back, and say how blessed he was to have such a great team and such amazing fans.  Usually one to grab an opportunity for a quick sports related autograph, his generosity and openness left me speechless.  It was such an awesome feeling and display of human kindness, all I could do was watch.  It wouldn’t have been right for me to take any of his time away from the kids and little old ladies he was literally ministering to.  It was not a religious thing, but it really reminded me of the stories of Jesus and ‘suffer the little children unto me.”

 Observing a truly great man, who is that humble, is  inspiring.  After 15 years as a very successful pro quarterback, turning around USD and Stanford, and just winning the NFL “Coach of the Year” award, this is the man that had time for his people.

Tiger might take a page on public relations from Coach.  It would seem that he might need some friends on his way back down.


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Tim Tebow’s 316 yards inspire ‘John 3:16’ searches

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays after the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime in the NFL AFC wild-card playoff football game in Denver on Sunday. (MARC PISCOTTY – REUTERS)The Denver Broncos’ playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night was unlikely enough, but Tim Tebow’s passing yardage — the Christian quarterback threw 316 yards — sent commentators over the edge. The Associated Press reported that he also averaged 31.6 yards per completion. The religious connotations to John 3:16, a famous Bible verse, were too much for many to chalk up to chance.

For the true believersit was no coincidence.



View Photo Gallery: The quarterback for the Denver Broncos has become a polarizing figure in football, in part because of his outward displays of Christian faith.


Tebow has said previously that the Bible verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” is his favorite. When he wore the Scripture verse on his eye black during the National Championship Game in 2009, the term “John 3:16” was reportedly Googled more than 90 million times.

The Bible verse quickly became the most searched Google term Monday.

The Christian athlete has faced repeated criticism during this NFL season for wearing his faith on his sleeve. Bill Maher criticized Tebow (and Jesus) in a controversial Tweet after a Denver loss, and “Saturday Night Live” mocked the quarterback in a skit in which Jesus suggested that the quarterback “take it down a notch.”

Some say that the religious significance of Sunday’s game went deeper than the stats. In a column this weekend for The Washington Post’s Outlook section, David Kuo and Patton Dodd set up the showdown between Tebow and Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this way:


“Tebow and Roethlisberger point to the essential aspects of evangelicalism, the ones that make it persist — its missionary, proclamatory character on the one hand, and its private, searching piety on the other. The former wants to appeal to the whole world, which is why Tebow’s family raised him not only to preach, but to persuade others with a winning demeanor. The latter wants a changed life; Roethlisberger, in evangelical parlance, rededicated his life to Jesus after a period of backsliding, because he knew no other way to break his pattern of misbehavior.”


The Broncos’ win Sunday means that, for a week at least, Tebow mania is here to stay.


More On Faith and Tebow:

Tebow: God’s plan is for me to be a ‘role model for kids through football’

Sally Jenkins: Bill Maher and Tim Tebow: Why are so many offended by the quarterback’s faith?

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