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Are you an “arm-chair judge” like me?
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I have a confession to make: I haven’t watched much of this year’s Olympic Games at all. It’s not that I don’t want to — I’m HUGE fan of the Olympics. I love watching the world’s best athletes compete at the highest level of their sports.

I simply haven’t had time lately.

Contrary to what a lot of people believe, the mortgage industry isn’t entirely in the dumps. We’re actually having our best year ever . . . and because we’re so busy, I’ve been watching the least amount of Olympic coverage ever. I suppose it’s a good problem to have.

However, when I DO get a chance to sit and watch a few minutes of gymnastics, or diving, or even trampoline, I tend to add my own commentary to the program. In fact, as my wife would tell you, I might as well mute the audio altogether. If the athletes do something that impresses me, I make it known. And when one performs so terribly that they might as well have stayed home and saved their airfare, everyone within earshot hears about it.

I’m what I like to call an “arm-chair judge” . . . and I often do a MUCH better job than the actual Olympic judges. At least I think so.

I know there are others like me, too. We recently did direct-mail campaign to some potential Clients, and we included a set of scorecards so folks can flash real numbers to show what they think about a gymnast’s dismount or a synchronized springboard dive. We thought it’d be a novelty that someone might chuckle at and discard, but we’ve gotten a lot of comments about them . . . and requests for more.

Lately, scoring for a lot of events (gymnastics, for example) has gotten ridiculously complex. You would need a slide-rule and a calculus professor to figure out how it all works. It’s MUCH easier to throw up some numbers, add them up and take the average. Whole families have started using our scorecards and are keeping their own scores to see how they compare with the medal results for a particular competition.

Anyway, since they’ve been so popular thus far, I thought I’d make these handy-dandy scorecards available to everyone. All you have to do is go to and download the PDF. I have to warn you, though: some assembly is required. After you print them out, cut on the dotted lines. Just be careful with those scissors. (You can also print them double-sided to cut down on the number of cards you have to keep up with.)

I hope you have fun with your scorecards . . . and I hope I actually get to watch some of the Olympics before it’s too late!


  1. Danita says:

    What a great idea! Scorecards could come in handy in many instances.

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    Just click on “Small Biz Central” and register—it is free and easy. It is an online place where small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can blog, take part in forums, and network.

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    I hope you will consider it, Chris. Thanks again for the scorecard.


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