Crowning The SALT Blog’s March Madness Champion

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College basketball is by far my favorite sport, and the tournament is my favorite event of the year. (Let’s not mention that I’ll be working during the games today and tomorrow. I could write 10 blog posts about how to follow the games at work, but that won’t lead to anything productive.)

Last year, I wrote about the madness, and I did it big—creating my own money-savvy, SALT™-centric metric to fill out a bracket: JAM Score. The post was one of my most read, and ESPN’s resident bracketologist Joe Lunardi even retweeted my tweet about it.

So, would we retire the JAM Score after its one shining moment and move on? Of course not! Hit the music, Quad City DJs! LET’S JAM!

3 Professional Lessons From The Sochi Olympic Athletes

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The Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014 have come to an end. Over the past 2 weeks, I watched a lot of the games (remember, it’s not time-wasting), seeing records set and finding out about the people behind them.

We can learn a thing or two from these professional athletes to help our own professional lives. Some lessons are obvious: practice makes perfect, stay dedicated, and value teamwork. However, here are a few less apparent ones that I will try to use them in my future career.

What We Learned From This Year’s Super Bowl Ads (Besides Who’s The Coolest Lawyer In America)

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Millions of Americans who care very little about football go to Super Bowl parties to enjoy guacamole and see some very expensive marketing efforts. These ads are usually full of laughs and heartfelt moments, but most importantly, they teach hidden financial lessons.

So, like I did last year (a year the game was actually more entertaining than the ads), I’m highlighting what we can learn from the best ads of the Super Bowl XLVIII. (And thanks to 4 years of high school Latin and a lifetime of deep football fanhood, I didn’t have to look that Roman numeral up!)

Join SALT For A Foosball Fight On Your College’s Campus

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Pop culture has given us many famous foosball players, like Leif Garrett, Joey Tribiani, and those German guys on Community. But real life foosball stars? Not so much. That’s all about to change on 10 college campuses, though (or, as those Germans would say, things are so on that ‘they have now become very much like Donkey Kong”).

And it’s all thanks to Rider Sandals, SALT™, and most importantly, you!

3 Sports Stories That Offer Money-Savvy Lessons

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A lot of sports fans dread July and August. Basketball, hockey, and football are gone, while only baseball remains to entertain us. Some years we get the Olympics or World Cup as a special treat, but this year, we have no such luck.

So, to entertain you, I’m taking a spin around the sports world to cover three stories that should have you cheering during these dog days (with money-savvy lessons, of course).

Talent Means More Than Fashion For NBA Draft, Job Hopefuls [VIDEO]

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Tonight, 60 young athletes will find new jobs via the 2013 NBA Draft. And while analysts will assign words like “upside” and “length” to many of the picks, I’m hoping to hear just one descriptor: “fashionable.”

Yes, draft pick fashion has been legendary for decades, so much so that I had to include two videos this week (and still, Drew Gooden’s Dr. Evil-esque outfit didn’t make the cut!). The lesson here? Clothes are important when meeting a potential employer, but you’re more important.