Kid’s story: Girlie football

Timeline: Sunday, 12:45 a.m. (that means the beginning of Sunday)

I see: the F1 grid ready to start at Susuka

I hear: the commentators giving all sorts of information about the race, the country, etc.

I smell: the terrible coffee available in the common room

I feel: anxious… Go, Vettel!!!

I grew up under one premise: love everything about your life except for traffic.

I must say that, where I come from, average income is around one-fifth of what it is in the US and cars cost twice or three times as much, yet the very few people who can actually afford to drive around in cars still make things chaotic. The public transportation system is decent, and definitely better than in Columbus, but there are so many people who use it that it’s not something you want either.

However, I have never seen such a BAD case of traffic woes as in Columbus, OH. The case is so bad that I’ve actually come to think that it’s not the only place around here where this happens.

Now, if you know about Columbus, you’re probably scratching your head thinking how this can be so in a city with something around a million or so inhabitants spread out over such a wide area, and famous for everything being at most 20 minutes away. If you’ve actually lived in Columbus, there’s still a chance that you don’t yet get my point. However, if you’re a foreigner living here, you know what I’m talking about: home-game Saturdays.

Whenever there’s a home game in our beloved Horseshoe (that’s the girlie-football stadium, for those who haven’t been here), I look out my window and see a corner that’s about four or five blocks to the west of it and see four to six people in glow-in-the-dark attire with cones, lighted sticks, whistles and a very serious attitude. The scene repeats itself in just about every single corner around campus, and yes, I mean just around campus, because on campus there are people from every three-letter government agency and their respective uniforms armed to their teeth patrolling of standing guard in groups of no less than three people covering all known campus area. I’m pretty sure there’s even some we cannot see.

The first time I saw the scene I was vaguely reminded of the times the President of our country visited my college’s campus back home. I remember thinking “well, this is kind of exaggerated, but it must happen only for the inaugural game of the season”. But no, it happens every single time the Buckeye team plays whomever, and I’ve learned several things the hard way: first, do NOT make any plans whatsoever that involve mobility around the city, and second, traffic in my hometown is beautiful compared to this. I truly admire the passion that people feel around these games, but I think they’re overspending taxpayer money mobilizing the small army they deploy just to watch over a bunch of college students cheer for some guys hitting their heads against others’ (even if it is a big bunch: over 100,000 people fit into the Horseshoe, with easily 4 times as many around it).

Here’s a thing: I’m writing this before seeing what it’s like when the Buckeyes play the school up north.

“I’m someone else, I’m someone new, I’m someone stupid just like you” –Marilyn Manson

Ohio State Football

If you are not familiar with Ohio State Football and how much it means to the city of Columbus, you are in for a big surprise when you step on campus on a football Saturday. A stretch of Lane Avenue is closed from High Street to Olentangy River Road to make room for tailgating and football fun. Everywhere you look, you will find Scarlet jerseys, Ohio State apparel, and buckeye necklaces. Sounds of The Ohio State Marching Band play from various speakers up and down the street. You hear someone yell out a loud “O-H!”, and with that comes an even louder uproar of” I-O!”. As game time approaches, the fans lucky enough to have tickets pour into the stadium to watch TBDBITL perform “Script Ohio” at the start of the game.

The Illinois game showcased the dedication of Buckeye fans. It was raining hard, rain that just never let up in the first half, but the stands were filled with fans to support their Buckeyes. The crowd noise was loud throughout the game, which led to penalties and poor decisions by the Illinois quarterback. Stadium OHIO and the exuberance that reverberates around the stadium is nothing short of amazing. If you are not familiar with how this works- basically the stadium divides up into four sections, each with a letter. It starts with the south stands- O- and travels around, H, I, O. It continues to go around the stadium until the kickoff.

After four quarters of marching down the field and an Ohio State victory, the team heads to the South Stadium and joins in with the band to sing The Ohio State University’s alma mater, Carmen Ohio. To learn more about Carmen Ohio and other Ohio State fight songs, click HERE.

This was just a small taste of an Ohio State game day. Game days are not only about football, they are an opportunity to step away from school work and enjoy an afternoon with your closest friends.

We didn't let the rain stop us from having a great time!
We didn't let the rain stop us from having a great time!

Economics and Baseball

As I read through my Economics text this weekend about comparative advantage and specialization, I was amazed the textbook used a sports analogy to explain the situation.

For all of you that have not had the pleasure of taking MBA 812, and at the risk of sounding  like a text book, the Principle of Comparative Advantage states that “everyone does best when each person concentrates on the activities for which his or her opportunity cost is lowest.” Opportunity cost is defined as the value of the next-best alternative that must be given up in order to perform the activity.

Okay, back to sports: The book gives a great example of how baseball players no longer hit .400. For all of you not familiar with baseball, hitting .400 involves getting four hits for every ten at bats. This may seem easy, but the average for the entire league in 2008 was .264! That means that only 26.4% of the time that someone walks up to the plate, they would get a hit! Can you imagine if we could slide by with a 26.4% on an exam?

Ted Williams was the last person to hit over .400 in a season, and that was in 1941.  The book  states specialization as the reason for .400 batting averages not occurring in recent times. Basically, instead of being a jack of all trades, MLB pitchers are now becoming specialized in how they pitch. You have relievers, closers, left and right handed pitchers for specific situations, and the starter is not forced to pitch an entire game. This makes it much more difficult for hitters, as they may face three or four different pitchers in a game!

It all makes sense! Concentrate on the activities which you perform best relative to others, and you will succeed!  Now, the question is, which activities do you perform best?

at the Ohio State University…RPAC

One of the biggest advantages of the Fisher MBA program is that it is a small sized program within a large university. Literally the Ohio State University is the largest university in the US.

The university campus is simply huge. To give you a glimpse of the campus, over the quarter, I will cover significant parts of the campus in a series of posts under the title ‘at the Ohio State University’, consider it a virtual tour ;). The RPAC or the Recreation and Physical Activity Center  is our first stop. It is located just south of ‘the shoe’ (I will cover that in a subsequent post).  RPAC is a wonderful facility which includes the following:

  • Fitness floor, approximately 27,500 square feet in size.
  • Basketball, badminton, racquetball, squash and volleyball courts
  • Jogging/walking track
  • Swimming pools, diving well and dive spa
  • Massage therapy center
  • Wellness center
  • Table tennis and pool tables
  • Sports shop
  • Golf stations
  • even a crèche.

It is an experience to just go around it once, it will take a really long time I bet. Amazingly whenever I go there I find so many people there. It starts like at 5:45 a.m. and closes at mid-night, but it is always packed with people. One tip I can give you is about lockers, they are limited and hence if you are planning to be regular, it would be good to apply for the lockers early in the quarter. There is a lottery system so even if you apply you are not guaranteed. But I was told if you don’t get it in a particular quarter and if you are still interested then you are given preference in the next quarter. You’ll have to use the day locker till then. I still don’t know if I managed to get one this quarter ;-).

It is a place full of energy and it gets you pumping. So those of you who never been to the RPAC before, I suggest you go and check it out.

And So It Begins…

A day in the life of Shawn and the BFL program.

Hello Everyone!

My first blog is going to be a little overview of myself and what I do on a daily basis, but I plan on making this interesting, so please read on!

I work for a company in Columbus called Abbott Nutrition. You may know them from the great product they manufacture, such as Similac®, Ensure®, ZonePerfect®, or EAS®.  I work specifically with the EAS products and the Body-for-LIFE® program.

I basically work as an over-the-phone personal trainer, assisting callers with the Body-for-LIFE program and all of the specifics it entails. I will provide a broad overview of the program- and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

So the BFL program is an integrated system of high intensity interval training, nutrition, supplementation and goal setting. Here are some details about the weight training and cardiovascular aspects of the program:

  • Weight train, intensely, for no more than 46 minutes, three times per week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Perform 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, three times per week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Take Sunday off- it’s your free day!
  • Alternate training the major muscles of the upper and lower body. For example, the first week, train upper body on Monday, lower body on Wednesday, and upper body on Friday. The second week train lower body on Monday, upper body on Wednesday and the lower body on Friday.
  • Perform two exercises for each major muscle group of the upper body, which includes: chest, shoulders, back triceps, and biceps; and for the lower body: quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. Train the abdominal muscles after lower body.
  • Select one exercise for each muscle group and conduct five sets, starting with a set of 12 reps, then increasing the weight and doing 10 reps, adding more weight and doing eight reps, adding more weight and doing six reps. Then reduce the weight, do 12 more reps, and immediately go to another set of 12 reps of another exercise for that muscle group.
  • On all lifts, use a cadence of two seconds (say “I am building my Body-for-Life”) to lower the weight and on second (say “Body-for-Life”) to lift it, and “hold” in the top and bottom positions for a count of “one.”
  • For each muscle group, rest for one minute between the first four sets. Then complete the final two sets with no rest in between. Wait two minutes before moving on to your next muscle group. Complete this pattern five times for the upper body training experience and four times for the lower body training experience.
  • Follow the Intensity Index pattern and push yourself to reach higher every week.
  • Always plan your training beforehand. Plan what time you’re going to exercise, which particular exercises you’ll be doing, how much weight you’ll be lifting, and how long it will take you to complete the session.

The cardiovascular workout:

  1. Warm up the first 2 minutes at Intensity Level 5
  2. Minutes 2-3 move from Intensity Level 5 to 6
  3. Minutes 4-5, 6-10 and 11-14 work your way from Intensity Level 6 to Level 9, maintain for one minute.
  4. Minutes 15-19 work your way from Intensity Level 6 to Level 10 (High Point at Level 10), maintain for one minute.
  5. Minute 20 cool down to Intensity Level 5 for one minute.

Here are some tips on healthy eating:

  • Eat six small meals a day, one every two to three hours.
  • Eat a portion of protein and carbohydrates with each meal.
  • Add a portion of vegetables to at least two meals daily.
  • A portion is the amount of an authorized food approximately the size of the palm of your hand or your clenched fist.
  • Consume one tablespoon of unsaturated oil daily (healthy fat) or three portions of salmon per week.
  • Drink at least 10 cups of water a day.
  • Use performance-nutrition shakes if necessary to make sure you’re consuming optimal levels of required nutrients.
  • Plan your meals in advance, and record what you eat.
  • Plan your grocery list.

Once a week, on your free day, eat WHATEVER you want!

Hopefully, if you read through the entire blog, you learned something new! My goal is to post something “healthy” at least once a week. Since I am in the Working Professionals MBA program, I have class from 6PM-10PM and it is virtually impossible to stay focused after 8 hours of work. The key is to provide your body with nutritious snacks to keep your mind sharp.

Hope you enjoyed the overview of what I do everyday, and I look forward to you coming back for more!

Hello World.

Welcome to my blog everyone. This is new to me, but I assure you, I have received the proper training.

My name is Nick Fischer. Yes, kind of like the business school. Except my name has a C in it. Please don’t forget it.

Some of you know me. Some of you don’t. Consider yourselves lucky.

I ramble. I also talk fast. Be thankful you can read this at your own pace.

I have more to do than time to do it. Welcome to The Max M. Fisher College of Business.

I like food. Expect a lot of restaurant feedback.

I am sarcastic. You may have already noticed that…

I tend to notice odd and peculiar things about my surroundings. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes they are weird, sometimes they make no sense at all.  I’m sure my future posts will include all of these.

Sooooooo much has happened since my arrival in Columbus at the beginning of this month. I am not even going to try to cover all or much of it in detail. But I am going to list and touch on several things:

  • I live at Fisher Commons. I have a beautiful view of the downtown skyline and Fred Beekman Park . I painted my bedroom “Nautical” Blue and my living room “Peaceful Leaf” Green.  Sometimes, I can smell the agricultural school. All in all, the place is great.
  • Orientation is over. We were told how amazing we were. We were told how busy we were going to be. We had a reality check. Professor Oglevee speaks the truth (talk to him outside of class – he’s great). Network, Network, Network. Time management. Network. Don’t be late. Summit Vision. Leadership. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (I’m ENTJ for those who are interested). Business Cards (Ask nicely and you might get one). Network. Teams. Teamwork.
  • There is no shortage of social activities and things to do in Columbus. South Campus Gateway. Short North. Arena District. Buckeye Football. Golf – Raymond Memorial , OSU Courses (A lot of business students play. Several are really good. I am not). So much more I haven’t even checked out yet.
  • Taxi-Cab service is generally good except at 2 AM. You are better off walking.
  • Planes fly over campus ALL the time. Get used to the noise. It’s not that bad really.
  • Business school runs on coffee.
  • Business students like to be social. Mike created an email distribution list to use for planning. We played kickball (it’s still hard even as an adult – don’t underestimate it). We played volleyball. There was a New Year’s Eve party for the beginning of school. Football Tailgates. The list goes on.
  • The ARC has most things I need to work out. It also has a rock climbing wall. I am not very good at rock climbing.
  • The consulting boot camp was a great source of information. Professor Barney is hilarious and brilliant.
  • Textbooks and course packets are expensive. You can’t do anything about it.
  • Mad Mex at the South Campus Gateway is pretty good. I had the grilled fish tacos. I hate fish but even I thought they tasted great. The “Pennsyltucky fried tofu” is surprisingly delicious. They also have a kids menu with jokes that I didn’t even understand.
  • If you made it this far, congratulations.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for future posts.

Buckeye Checklist

Yay it’s Saturday! I am a football fan and every football fan knows how lovely Saturdays are in autumn. Switching channels, watching highlights in half-time reports, sharing opinions with friends, and cheering for my favorite team (it’s now 31 to nothing Ohio State at Toledo), how can I ask for more?

Since the game is getting slower as Ohio State is having a big lead, I would like to take time to share something with all the buckeyes and potential buckeyes. You may not be a football fan and you don’t have to know the difference between “touchdown” and “safety”, but there is something you have to do as a proud buckeye—love the school and appreciate her history and traditions. Here’s a checklist:

  • Know the year the school was established—Ohio State University in 1870, Fisher College of Business in 1916.
  • Get an Ohio State T-shirt—you can wear it to a ball game and wear it to any extra-curricular events to show your school pride.
  • Watch at least one football game at the Shoe (the stadium)—I am working on this.
  • Know how to sing the Ohio State fight songs, especially Carmen Ohio.

Carmen Ohio is sung after every home game, “win or lose”. Attached below are the lyrics of Carmen Ohio. Usually only the first verse is sung. Please refer to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Ohio for more information about Carmen Ohio.

Carmen Ohio
Oh! Come let’s sing Ohio’s praise,
And songs to Alma Mater raise;
While our hearts rebounding thrill,
With joy which death alone can still.
Summer’s heat or Winter’s cold,
The seasons pass, the years will roll;
Time and change will surely show
How firm thy friendship O-hi-o.

These jolly days of priceless worth,
By far the gladest days of earth,
Soon will pass and we not know,
How dearly we love O-hi-o.
We should strive to keep the name,
Of fair repute and spotless fame,
So, in college halls we’ll grow,
To love thee better, O-hi-o.

Tho’ age may dim our mem’ry’s store,
We’ll think of happy days of yore,
True to friend and frank to foe,
As sturdy sons of O-hi-o.
If on seas of care we roll,
‘Neath blackened sky, o’er barren shoal,
Tho’ts of thee bid darkness go,
Dear Alma Mater O-hi-o.

(And don’t forget the “O-H(I)-O” gesture at end of the song)
Note: The lyrics are quoted from the Ohio State University News Room website:
http://www.osu.edu/news/history.php You can find more fight songs on the website too.

Last but not least, know why our colors are Scarlet and Gray. If you have not had the answer, check out my next update. Hint: The answer can be found in the Thompson Library.

Scores update: Ohio State won the game against Toledo 38 to nothing, final score. Go Bucks!

O-H-I-O – My first OSU experience…

Thanks to a couple good friends (thanks Mel and Sue!) who provided me with tickets to the OSU vs. Navy game I was able to attend my first OSU sports game AND my first football match ever.  While I enjoyed every minute of it (alumni band, Ohio script, OSU band, etc…), I must confess that I could hardly understand the rules of the game.

OSU_GAMEBack in my home country (Brazil) we watch soccer and, let me tell you, the rules for soccer are so much easier. Watching the Bucks was almost like trying to understand Calculus for the first time and I failed miserably!!  Hopefully I will be able to get the game down by next year when I am able to get student tickets – something new I learned way too late this year…

In the meantime – GO BUCKS!!!