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Mark Cuban Talks With ONE37pm About The National Anthem, New Ventures, And More

During the week of February 9th, Mark Cuban made headlines after a story was released by The Athletic revealing that the Dallas Mavericks were not playing the national anthem before home games and didn’t plan to move forward.

“It was my decision, and I made it in November,” Cuban told Marc Stein of the NYT.

Cuban’s actions caused the NBA to release a statement on the matter, which read:

“With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy,” said NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass.

Not one to take things sitting down, Cuban issued a response::

“We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. I have always stood for the anthem with the hand over my heart — no matter where I hear it played. But we also hear the voices of those who do not feel the anthem represents them. We feel they also need to be respected and heard because they have not been heard. The hope is that those who feel passionate about the anthem being played will be just as passionate in listening to those who do not feel it represents them.”

Cuban spoke with ONE37pm to discuss his new partnership, his thoughts on TikTok, and if his stance on playing the Anthem had changed  following the blowback. 

ONE37pm: A week later, how do you feel about your stance on the anthem?

Mark Cuban: Nothing has changed. There are a couple of things, and I am a national anthem guy. That is just the way I was raised, and it is a habit more than anything else. And over time, I have learned that not everyone looks at the national anthem the way I do. When that starts happening, you start doing your homework, and you read about Francis Scott Key, the second, third, and fourth verses; and, understandably, there is a reference to free men, slaves, and you can see how it makes people uncomfortable. With that being said, people have habits, and for me, for 20 years with the Mavs, I would be out there [on the floor] or even in my office bunker; I would stand and put my hand over my heart. During the anthem the stands were not full, people walked around on the concourse, and I did see their response to the anthem; some stopped, but most didn’t. And it is not important to them that they are on time for it. It is not important to stop on the concourse. For some, they will not stop and put a beer down, while some won’t even take their hats off. That always bothered me; if this was so important to us, and it is to me. My dad was military and fought in two wars, and was wounded. My uncle was in the Air Force and fought in two wars. If it was so important, then why do we disrespect it like that? It always bothered me, and then over the last couple of years, The anthem has gotten weaponized, and certain people felt their form of patriotism was the only form of patriotism. If you didn’t do it their way, you are not patriotic, and you didn’t love this country, and to me, that was wrong. There is no one way to love this country other than the definition of liberty.

You get to love this country or not. I truly believe 99.99 percent love this country; there are no ifs and about it. Some don’t, but 99.99 percent do. There are people now that feel like their way of honoring our amazing country is the only way. They try to weaponize it, and we saw that with our players. So, going into the season, they had come out of the bubble where there were many messages and emotions. I was like, one: people don’t fully respect it initially, which really bothered me; two: everybody watched what people did with the anthem in those first couple of games; three: we weren’t going to have fans, so let’s see what happens if we didn’t play it. That is actually what I did, and after the lineup, I went over to our PR guy Scooter and said, “Has anybody said anything? Not a word. “Did you tell the other team  and their media what was going on?” Told everybody, not a word, and it continued until the 13th game. A reporter said something, and then that’s when everybody found out. It was never going to be a situation where we weren’t going to play the anthem. It wasn’t a situation where I was against playing it. It was more of a situation where let’s see what happens.

The Mavericks host an event called Seats for Soldiers every year except for Covid. We celebrate more than 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and veterans from the Adaptive Training Foundation, and reserve troops from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

ONE37pm: It was recently announced that you partnered with a company by the name of Fireside. Can you share with our audience what the company entails?

Cuban: It’s called FireSide Chat, and it is not going to be out for a couple of months, but effectively it’s podcasting 2.0, and what it says is, if you go to a conference, and you sit down, there is a moderator people asking questions or a keynote speaker then they open it up for questions. We will enable that using audio, and you can invite whoever you want to your keynote or podcast. You will be able to take questions from them, interact with them, and they will have the features applaud and make noise to get feedback, but they will also be able to tip you, and you will also be able to save it. Clubhouse is meant to be in the moment, and that’s great, but with FireSide Chat, you will be able to have that entire conversation and then save it. So, people can download it and listen to the whole thing. That is what I think is missing as much as anything. So, you want that interaction, and you want it to live forever. Instead of it being in one spot like Clubhouse is. 

ONE37pm: What are your thoughts on TikTok?

Cuban: I think the cool part about being a tech geek I look at the tech side, and I think it has many other content applications. In traditional social media, it is driven by advertisement first. It used to be about who you follow and follow somebody. It would be in chronological order. Then artificial intelligence started jumping in like Facebook. They will optimize for what you like to hear but maximize their ad revenue, wherewith TikTok doesn’t appear in any way that it is an ad maximization strategy. It looks like it showcases more of those videos, even if it is not someone you follow. So, I watch a lot of basketball highlights, and so does my son. He also likes to watch business-related stuff, which is crazy for an 11-year-old. So, his feed is different from mine, which is different from my daughter, who knows every dance, but they get a separate feed. I have shared with the NBA that kids might not sit and watch an entire game. So, we might have to deliver our games more like a Tik Tok presentation. Where instead of the entire game, if it is someone that likes dunks? Then every dunk is coming from the Mavs versus the Blazers. If somebody likes Luka, every possession with Luka is coming nonstop, and so on. 

The Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star finished the interview by sharing that he was excited for things to come in the tech space. 

Cuban has never been one to shy away from sharing his thoughts, regardless of the topic, and it’s clear that he has a strong opinion on the National Anthem. Whether you agree with him or not is another issue, but it’s safe to say that Cuban is going to speak his mind, and we’re here for it.

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John Sherwin Wants To Change How You Hydrate

John Sherwin, Co-founder of Hydrant Inc, was this week’s guest on ONE37pm’s Open Dialogue with Phil Toronto. The two discussed what the company is about, what he did before creating Hydrant, and his attempts at building other companies along the way.

“Our original product was a powder drink mix, and it was for hydrating you faster than water alone as we have grown on other wellness verticals. We think of Hydrant as an accessible wellness platform; we have hydration at the core of all our products with functional benefits added on top of it,” said Sherwin.

“So, right now, we have an energy product, which is Hydrant plus energy, we have an immunity product, which is Hydrant plus immunity, and there will be some more products coming out through 2021 that we are happy to share soon.”

Sherwin was not always in the wellness industry. Before he and his business partner, Jai Jung Kim, started Hydrant, he worked at a tech startup in the Bay Area.

“Before Hydrant, I was working in the Bay Area at a tech company, and it was a YCBack startup. I was an early employee wearing many different hats with many responsibilities, but it was a fire hose of learning. That is why I went there to learn about tech startups in the land where tech startups came from, some six or seven years ago at this point. So, things have changed, but I was somewhat of a product manager and a business development manager. It was an amazing experience, but as soon as the learning period started to slow down. I started to pursue my passion as I come from a family of entrepreneurs, and a lot of role models pursued that path. My family has been very supportive of me to go out and pursue things,” Sherwin said.

Hydrant was not the only company that Sherwin attempted to start.

“Back in college, I started this priority card to help you get into nightclubs faster. It turns out college towns are usually run by one entertainment company, which operates in a mafia-style. So, I was run out of town before I even got off the ground, and it was a learning experience and something I would do again.

What led him to Hydrant?

“It started at the university when I was trying to solve the problem of staying hydrated while having a lot of fun in the evening, playing a sport, and studying hard. While studying biology, I am very into science and almost went the medical route, but In the UK, you can do medicine at the same time; there is no pre-med equivalent. So, some of my friends were doctors, and I would watch some of the things that they were doing to manage their performance,” shared Sherwin.

“Doctors are very impressive, and they were drinking this disgusting clinical powder after nights out. I tried it because I was curious, and a huge pharmaceutical company made it, and it made me gag. It wasn’t very good from an experience standpoint. I did feel the difference, which has been the benchmark for all the products we make. Also, all the products that I try make it clear that all the electrolytes are affected. So, I started buying sports drinks, coconut water, and Pedialyte. It started by me trying to solve a problem for myself.”

You can listen to the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow John Sherwin on Instagram and Twitter.

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Who Is The Best WR in the NFL? These 17 Players Are The Best In The Business

In today’s NFL, focus more on the offense with high power units such as the Kansas City Chiefs. Along with Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs offense features one of the most dynamic wide receivers in the NFL today, Tyreek Hill.

However, Hill is just one of the prolific playmaking wide receivers in the league. So, putting together a list of just the top wide receivers is not as easy of a task as one might think.

We did our best to create just such a list, so here our rankings of the 17 best wide receivers in the NFL. 

1. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Davante Adams was both the league’s highest-ranking and most valuable receiver, and it’s not particularly close. Adams has averaged 3.59 yards per route against press coverage this season, the second-best recorded since the league started tracking press data back in 2012.

Against single overall coverage, Adams generated a target open to the league’s fifth-highest rating during the 2020 season as a Green Bay Packers member.

2. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

Jefferson was a first-round pick, but few expected him to become one of the top receivers after just his first season in the league.

He finished the year with an elite grade of 90.5, which was slightly below the rookie record set by Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014 (91.2).

The most impressive aspect of his first year with the NFL was his performance on single coverage, a concern for him by NFL scouts after he left Louisiana  State University. But Jefferson has generated more yards per target (13.2) than any other wide in the league against single coverage this season.

3. A. J. Brown Tennessee Titans

Fifty players were picked in front of Brown in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The whole football world made a mistake when they passed on the receiver out of Ole Miss because of A. J. Brown was amongst the top 10 wide receivers in the NFL the past two seasons for the Tennessee Titans. This season, he demonstrated his ability again, averaging 6.2 yards after the catch by receptions and breaking 17 tackles out of 70 catches.

A total of 45.7% of these 70 catches occurred over at least five yards after the catch (the third-highest rate amongst pass catchers over the last two seasons).

4. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills

Stefon Diggs had a decent five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, but he never came close to having a season like he just had with the Buffalo Bills.

According to PFF, Diggs earned grades between 78.3 and 82.6 in each of his five years as a Viking and jumped to 90.1 in his first season as a Bill.

Diggs saw a single cover at one of the NFL’s highest rates this season but still generated separation at the league’s fourth-highest rate on these plays. This is why Diggs had eight more catches against a single cover than any other wide receiver (58).

5. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Hill was once again one of the league’s major deep threats, teaming up with Patrick Mahomes for six deep-reception touchdowns where he had at least one step of separation on his defender.

No player in the league can match Hill’s ability to put himself behind the defense with ease.

6. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

DeAndre Hopkins’s ball skills were in full swing in his first season as a Cardinal, and he was the ultimate possession receiver, as expected. He also caught 13 of his 26 challenging targets and was responsible for more initial tries and touchdowns than anyone else in the league.

This year, former NFL defensive back Robert Nelson Jr. shared that he thinks Hopkins is the best deep threat in the league.

“You have the best threat in the NFL; what else can you ask for? No cornerback in the west can guard him. Come on, man, like 6’3 or 6’4 with hands down to your calves, his visual IQ is crazy, and he is strong,” said Nelson.

“He is going to score touchdowns. It is a no brainer, and I am not saying they will go to the Super Bowl, but I think they will do better than the last couple of years.”

7. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

No receiver has converted a higher rate of his targets into an explosive gain of 15 yards or more this season than Jones at 35.4%, which is the league’s highest level by more than six percentage points.

8. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Like Julio Jones, Thomas was limited this season due to injuries and saw only 54 targets in seven games. He did not separate at a high rate, and he didn’t do much after capture, but he was a monster at the point of capture on contested targets, as usual. Thomas was the fifth-highest ranked receiver on contested targets this year, and he now ranks first among contested catches (66) and contested catches (62%) in the past four years.

9. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks

DKMetcalf and Russell Wilson, as well as the whole Seattle offensive attack, may have cooled off, but he nevertheless managed to lead the league in deep reception yards in the regular season with 480. 

Dropped balls were once again a problem for Metcalf this season, and he now has 20 throughout his first two years in the NFL; however, the countless victories in downfield and on the ball contested (he finished in the top-10 scoring on such targets) sees him fall into the top 20.

DK Metcalf finished his sophomore season with 83 receptions, 1303 yards, and ten touchdowns. As impressive as those numbers are, some might say the most significant highlight from last season was when he tracked down Budda Baker after a Russell Wilson interception and looked like Baker was going to score.

10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans has been impressive since he entered the league in 2014. Last season, he captured 67 catches; however, his 67 total catches, 1,157 yards with an average of 17.3 yards/take with eight touchdowns. He ranked 24th in 2019.

At 6 feet 5 inches,  Evans ranked fourth on deep targets (30) and eighth in yards per route (2.67). Evans had one of the best quarterbacks ever to play Tom Brady’s position, and this season with Brady at the helm, Evans finished with 70 receptions, 1006 yards, and 13 touchdowns.

11. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Keenan Allen produced the eighth-lowest average target depth among receivers (7.3). He was an excellent receiver for the Los Angeles Chargers this season. No route runner turned more passes thrown in their direction into a first down (28); he also ranked fourth in contested catches (18) and was eighth in drop rate (1.9%).

12. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin was one of the most dependable targets in the slot, where he ran 67% of his routes, generating the highest take rate (85.7%). The second-highest passing rate when the target catch rate (138.3) and the highest contested catch rate (nine out of 11).

Godwin finished this year’s Super Bowl campaign with 65 catches, 840 yards, and seven touchdowns.

13. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans

Corey Davis had an inconsistent 2020 campaign with several dominant performances and several so-so ones, but it was definitely still the best season of his career. Davis saw a fair amount of play-action passes thanks to offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, so it’s not surprising that he tied for second with 15-plus-yard receptions stemming from play-action pass attempts this year (18).

Davis finished the season with 65 receptions, 984 yards, and five touchdowns for the Titans.

14. Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills

Cole Beasley was an excellent addition to Stefon Diggs this year for the Bills, as he exploited the holes in the slot area coverage all year round. No wide receiver caught more targets by finding spots in the area this season than Beasley (35), a significant reason for generating the highest rate of open targets in the NFL. Last season for the Buffalo Bills, Cole Beasley had 82 receptions, 967 yards, and four touchdowns.

15. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons

Calvin Ridley led all NFL wide receivers in total explosive plays of 15-plus yards generated in 2020 (40). And as for the percentage of targets that resulted in one of those explosive receptions, Ridley was only second behind Julio Jones. 

Seven of those 40 gains of over 15 yards occurred when the defensive back forced a tight coverage, which tied for second place in the NFL. Last season for the Atlanta Falcons, Calvin Ridley had 90 receptions, 1374 yards, nine touchdowns.

16. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings

Adam Thielen did not separate at the same rate as in previous years, but he was still one of the league’s best receivers. The Viking is known for his course and outings, and this year Thielen retained a place in the top five when he came to receive the ball against a single defender and a lot of press coverage. This past season for the Vikings, Thielen had 74 receptions, 925 yards, 14 touchdowns.

17. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

Robinson was responsible for more than half of the first downs and touchdowns produced by the Chicago Bears receiving unit this year. Robinson finished the 2000 season with 102 receptions,1250 yards, and six touchdowns for the Bears. This offseason, he is looking to cash in on his success with the Bears this season as he is looking for a big contract from Chicago or one of the 31 other teams in the league.

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Roxana Saidi, Founder Of Táche Pistachio Milk, Is Looking Beyond Dairy

Roxana Saidi, the Founder, and CEO of Táche Pistachio Milk, was this week’s guest on Open Dialogue with Phil Toronto. The two discussed Táche, what the Táche company does, brand consulting, and when it all started.

“Táche is a two-month-old company, and we are the first true pistachio milk in the US. We are an oil-free, distinctly delicious plant-based milk made from Pistachios, and it requires significantly less amount of water than almond milk,” said Saidi.

Being the first at anything is not easy, and according to Saidi, it took five years to bring Táche to market. However, she did mention that it was on the back burner while she was involved with consultant work.

“It took five years, and most of the time, it was in the background while I was doing consulting on brand strategy for other brands. But, this brand is unique, and I really wanted to make a barista blend. So, I am a big coffee person; my mom probably gave me my first cappuccino at age nine, which she hates when I say it, but it is the truth.

You must really scale the business before you can even launch. I mean that no one will take your product unless you care to do 100,000 units in this type of manufacturing. On your very first production run, most want more, like a quarter of a million. I had to scale the business before we launched, and that took some time. Fundraising the funds was a challenge because you can’t bootstrap that type of volume out of the gate.”

The idea for creating the company came to her back in 2015 on a trip to Paris with her family.

“The idea came to me in 2015, and at this point, I was consulting and launched a social media agency in 2011. So, in 2011 there was no Instagram, and there were not many social media agencies. It was born out of a career that I hated, PR, and I have nothing against PR, but I lived in LA in my early 20s, and PR for me got these genes on Nichole Riche. So, I started a social media agency because I saw potential there and something that would take off.

In 2015, I moved to New York, and I was phasing out drinking a lot of dairy milk, almond milk, and eating a lot of almond butter. I was traveling in Paris with my family, and at the end of a long lunch,  I was craving my go-to. An almond milk latte, but in France, it had not made its way yet. Then I had a light bulb moment and said I have been eating pistachios my entire life. My dad is Iranian, and in a Persian household, pistachios are like toilet paper. You must have them at all times, so I started to think couldn’t I make pistachio milk the same way as almond milk.” 

You can listen to the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow Roxana Saidi on Instagram and Twitter.

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The 15 Longest College Football Winning Streaks of All-Time

When it comes to winning, Michael Jordan said it best: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

For these college football teams, winning was their bread and butter. Many of these streaks are from as far back as the 19th century and remain untouched to this day. As connoisseurs of the art of winning, we at ONE37pm needed to examine the 15 longest winning streaks in the history of Division-I college football.

1. 1908 – 1916 University of Washington [59]
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The Washington football team from 1908 to 1916 won 59 straight games over eight years under the leadership of Gil Dobie. Per Lynn Borland of the Seattle Times, Dobie accumulated  59-0-3, a record that has not been duplicated. The University of Washington was not considered a major college football team during this era.

2. 1953 – 1957 University of Oklahoma [47]

Oklahoma holds the NCAA record for most consecutive victories from an extensive collegiate program at 47-straight. Their streak spanned five seasons, from 1953 to 1957. The OU lost to Notre Dame 28-21 when the 1953 season opened and tied Pittsburgh 7-7 the following week. The Sooner’s streak began with a 19-14 victory over arch-rival Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in October of 1953.

3. 1887 – 1889 Yale University [37]
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The Yale Bulldogs football team went 37-0 from 1887 to 1889. The first season they went 9-0. The following season, they continued their winning streak, winning 13 straight games. During the 1888 season, they did not allow a single point and beat their rivals by a total of 694 to 0. During the final season of the 37-win streak, they went 15-1, with the only loss coming to Princeton University in the season’s final game.

The Bulldogs held their opponents on goal in 12 games and beat all opponents by a total of 664 to 31.

4. 1890 – 1893 Yale University [37]
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After losing to Princeton University 10-0 at the end of the 1889 season, Yale went on another 37-game winning streak during the next three years.  In its third year under head coach Walter Camp, the team established a 13-1 record, recorded 12 shutouts, and beat all opponents with a total of 486 to 18. Their only loss was to rival Harvard with a score of 12–6.

After their loss to Harvard, they didn’t see a loss again for the three years until they faced Princeton in the 1893 season’s final game.

5. 1969 – 1971 University of Toledo [35]

Toledo’s 1968 season ended with a three-game losing streak, but they followed it up with three perfect seasons straight. Quarterback Chuck Ealey, who threw for 5,000 yards and scored 42 touchdowns in three years with the Rockets, took the series to the field. After Lauterbur’s departure to Iowa after the 1970 season, assistant John Murphy coached the Rockets to a record-breaking 12-0 in 1971.

6. 2000 – 2003 University of Miami [34]
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At the start of the 21st century, Miami was the first school to accumulate 30 victories in the new millennium. The winning streak started under Butch Davis, who ended his career with the Hurricanes with ten consecutive wins following a Week 2 loss to Washington in 2000. After a Sugar Bowl victory over Florida, Davis moved to the NFL, and Larry Coker took over. 

During the first year of Coker, Miami enjoyed its first perfect season since 1991. They went 12-0 and won the school’s fifth national championship with a 37-14 win over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl. This 2001 squad was propelled by a defense that included Ed Reed, Jonathan Vilma, Phillip Buchanon, and more.

7. 1894 – 1896 University of Pennsylvania [34]
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Between 1890 and 1899, Penn went 124-14-2, for a victory percentage of 89.3. This included nine consecutive seasons with no less than 11 wins. Most importantly, they ran two consecutive perfect seasons in 1894 and 1895 and a 14-1 campaign in 1896 for 34 consecutive wins.

8. 2003 – 2006 University of Southern California [34]
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This series went on from the fifth game of the 2003 season to the epic 2006 Rose Bowl. This streak is not in the record books though, because most of the wins have been canceled due to NCAA violations. Nevertheless, the win streak by USC still happened, and we were all glued to our seats.

9. 1914 – 1918 University of Pittsburgh [31]
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In its second season under head coach Joseph Duff, the team compiled an 8–1 record and outscored all opponents by a total of 207 to 38. The following season, the team went unbeaten with an 8-0 record, outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 247–19 under Pop Warner. In his second season with Pittsburgh, Pop Warner went 8-0; over the next two seasons, they went 15-1.

10. 1948 – 1950 University of Oklahoma [31]

In their second year under head coach Bud Wilkinson, the Sooners tallied a 10-1 record (5-0 against the conference opponents), winning the Big Seven Conference Championship. They beat their opponents by a combined total of 350 to 121. Two Sooners received All-American honors in 1948, Buddy Burris and Jack Mitchell.  Six Sooners were recognized at all conferences: Burris, Mitchell, Owens, Paine, Thomas, and Walker. The following season, they went undefeated with an 11-0 record, and in 1950, the Sooners finished the season with a 10-1 record.

11. 1968 – 1971 University of Texas 1968-71 [30]

Texas led its Wishbone offense into an undefeated regular season with a national championship the following year. During the 1970 regular season, they were perfect again; however, the streak ended at 30 with a loss to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.

12. 2012 – 2014 Florida State University [29]
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The Seminoles series kicked off with a 21-15 win over Georgia Tech in the 2012 ACC Championship. The following year, the eventual Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, led the team towards a perfect season and the final BCS national title. Florida State was more neglected the following season but still stayed undefeated and won the ACC title again. Then in the first-ever College Football Playoff match, Oregon blew out the ‘Noles 59-20.

13. 1990 – 1993 University of Miami [29]
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The Hurricanes lost to Notre Dame in the sixth week of the 1990 season but won their final six games, including a 46-3 Texas win in the Cotton Bowl. They were perfect the following season and won the national championship. Miami subsequently went 11-0 during the 1992 regular season but was beaten by Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day.

14. 1973 – 1975 University of Oklahoma [28]
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Except for a 7-7 tie with USC in the second game of the 1973 season, the Sooners win streak would actually have been 37 games.  When they were banned from bowls and television, Oklahoma went 10-0-1 in 1973 and 11-0 in 74, winning the national championship. The Sooners won their first eight games in 1975 but turned the ball over eight times against Kansas in a 23-3 loss. They bounced back to win their last three games and their second straight national championship.

15. 1978 – 1980 University of Alabama [28]
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Alabama won the final two of the seven national championships under Bear Bryant with an 11-1 season in 1978 (the only fault being a 24-14 loss to USC in Game 3) and a season of 12-0 in ‘79. The Crimson Tide won their first game of the 1980 season and took the #1 position, but were upset by Mississippi State 6-3, ending the streak at 28.

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Margaret Wishingrad, the CEO of Three Wishes, Is Putting A New Spin on Cereal

Margaret Wishingrad, the Co-Founder and CEO of Three Wishes Cereal, was this week’s guest on Open Dialogue with Phil Toronto. The two discussed Three Wishes, what Wishingrad was up to before starting the company, and more.

“Three Wishes is better for you, a cereal brand, and even beyond that, we are better for you to eat. We love to take naughty things and put a twist on them, making them okay to eat again…We have about five flavors, and they are all really good,” said Wishingrad.

She grew up in an immigrant family, where McDonald’s and eating unhealthy cereals such as Cookie Crisps, HoneyCombs, and Corn Pops, was the norm. Wishingrad did not always work in the cereal industry; she and her husband, Ian Wishingrad, owned an advertising agency in New York City.

“So, my husband and I have an ad agency in New York, and we love building brands. So, we have the big clients like Nestlé, Pepsi, and then we have the small clients that would come to us with ideas, and that was it.

Just the idea, and we would build out the whole brand, the name, what it looks like, what it talks like, what the instore feeling feels like. And when we became parents, Ellis is six now, but when he was four months old, we as parents started to realize that we had problems in our lives that we did not identify before. And by introducing new foods by him, the recommendation was cereal, and I looked at the aisle, and it is the same junk that was there when I was a kid,” Wishingrad shared.

“Nothing was innovative in it, and I need to do something that is going to work for my family and all these other families. Cereal is also one of those things…everyone loves cereal, so we are like, ‘there is a big problem here, and we need to solve it.’ That was what made us go from building brands into building our own cereal.”

They founded the company in 2017 and got started quickly.

“I like to say we founded the company when Ellis was six months old, which would have been 2017, but it took us two years to develop the product. So, we only launched in late 2019.”

They did not launch with all five flavors; in fact, they only started with three.

“No, we only launched with three, which is very fitting for the brand. We launched with cinnamon, honey, and unsweetened. The outlook for us on cereal was not going out and recreating the wheel, and for us, it was ‘let’s create something that people loved, that was super familiar but twist one thing.’ For us, that is what it is made of, and the rest we wanted to keep the same. The experience, the flavors, the box, the shape. All those things we kind of kept similar.”

You can listen to the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow Margaret Wishingrad on Instagram and Twitter.

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Who Has The Best Defense In The NFL? The Best 12 Teams, Ranked

Today’s NFL is geared towards the offensive side of football, but as the old saying goes: Defense wins championships. The 2013-2014 Seattle Seahawks’ defense known as the Legion of Boom is the last defensive unit to lead their team to a Super Bowl win, and that was seven years ago.

They beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 at MetLife Stadium in 2014, and Malcolm Smith was named MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII.

Despite offense leading the way, the defense is still crucial to any team’s success. With that in mind, ONE37pm decided to look at the top defensive units from the 2020-21 season and who had the most impact.

1. Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams have their anchor on their defensive line Aaron Donald, who is on every offensive coordinator’s and quarterback’s scouting report. The Rams are first in passing yards allowed yards per game (190.7), first in points scored by a team with (296), second in opposing quarterback rating (80.4) to the Steelers, and second in timed sacks to the Steelers with 53.

In the secondary, they have shutdown cornerback Jalen Ramsey who normally shadows the opposition’s best wide receiver; they also have rookie Jordan Fuller and three-year veteran Darious Williams. They all helped give the Rams a deep and productive secondary this season.

The Rams are tied for sixth in QB pressure percentage (27.8) and rank seventh in disruptions (140). Donald’s production alone this season accounted for 53 disruptions, 11 sacks, and three turnovers.

The Rams would hold quarterbacks to an average of just 190.7 yards per game. Los Angeles would drop right behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts in the rush defense category, giving up 91.3 rushing yards a game.

2. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are an eternal power on defense, allowing only 17.6 points a game last year, third-best. The team’s talent improved during the off-season with additions from Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe on the defensive line, not to mention trading for pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue as well.  They also added rookie linebackers Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison. Despite cutting safety Earl Thomas on August 23, 2020, after a training camp altercation, the secondary remains elite with Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters.

The defensive schemes that Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale is dialing up from the sideline have opposing quarterbacks confused. Baltimore is ninth in the league in opposing passer rating allowed (89.3) and completion percentage over expectation of -0.5 percent.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers’ defense is bursting with star power with Cameron Heyward on their defensive line, pass rushers T.J. Watt, who led the league in sacks with 15, and Bud Dupree, and a young inside linebacker in Devin Bush. In the secondary, they have safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds.

They were ranked third with points scored by a team with (312), they were also ranked third for pass attempts against them with (526) behind the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers were also fourth in penalties commented and accepted with (103), third in penalty yards commented with (980), and their QB pressure percentage is (39.6).

4. Washington Football Team

The football team ranks ninth or better in each of the following categories: Yards allowed per game, passing yards allowed per game, intercept rate, bags per attempted pass. They also ranked in the top-10 in points allowed per game, third-down percentage, and red-zone percentage. The last of these categories is Washington’s best because no other football team in the league is as good at stopping the run in the red zone.

They are also allowing the seventh-lowest passer rating in the league while holding a higher-than-expected completion percentage of -1.4, which is equal to the sixth-lowest rate in the NFL. Meanwhile, Rookie Chase Young out of Ohio State made a case for Defensive Player of the Year. The second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, he finished the 2020-21 campaign with 7.5 sacks, 32 solo tackles, and four forced fumbles.

His play did not go unnoticed, as he caught the attention of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. After calling him out before their wild-card game.

“I want Tom Brady… I play ball,” Young told ESPN earlier this month. “I’m excited to go against the best. The media, their job is to stir it up. If you know me, I’m excited about every game. Tom Brady, you think I’m not excited to play against the GOAT? You trippin’. I’m not going to apologize for saying I want Tom. No, I want every quarterback I play against.”

Brady replied, “he is obviously a great young player…He went to Ohio State, so I think that Ohio State-Michigan thing wears off on him a little bit,” according to Fox Sports’ Paulina Dedaj.

After the Buccaneers beat Washington 31 to 23 on the road, Young asked Brady for his jersey.

5. New Orleans Saints

The  Saints finished the season with the fifth-best defense overall after turning heads this past season. At one point they went on a hot streak with their defensive play, after allowing less than 20 points during a five-game stretch, which was the longest streak of any team last season.

They also ranked in the top five in expected points contributed by rushing defense with (22.79), other categories include rushing yards per game, passing yards per game, interception rate, sacks per pass attempt, and points allowed per game. Trey Hendrickson also had a breakout season with 13.5 sacks, 22 solo tackles, and a forced fumble. and became the first Saint since 2014, not named Cam Jordan, to record ten or more sacks in a season. As for Jordan, he finished the season with 7.5 sacks, 34 solo tackles, and a forced fumble.

Teams had difficulty moving the ball against the New Orleans defense on a regular basis to reach the red zone, especially through the air. Even the percentage of completion of Saints permitted on expectations still ranks 10th with -0.4.

6. Miami Dolphins

Miami is excellent at getting off the field in key moments, placing first in the third lower percentage, second in permitted points per game, eighth in sack bypass attempt, and ninth in red-zone percentage. The Dolphins are also among the league’s top in percent completion allowed on expectations to -3.5 per pass allowed. Their 18 interceptions are tied for first in the NFL along with New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Xavien Howard snatched ten of those 18 interceptions for the Dolphins this season and returned them for a total of 77 yards.

Dolphins also spent a lot of capital in the offseason on guys such as Shaq Lawson, Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy, Byron Jones, to name a few.  Lawson finished the season with four sacks, 17 solo tackles, Elandon Roberts 1.5 sacks, 33 solo tackles, one forced fumble, Kyle Van Noy 6.0 sacks, 46 solo tack two forced fumbles. In his first season, not in a Cowboys uniform, Byron Jones snagged two interceptions and returned them for 15 yards combined. Meanwhile, rookie corner Noah Igbinoghene and defensive lineman Raekwon Davis help round out the Dolphins defensive unit.  Emmanuel Ogbah had a solid campaign with the Dolphins as he registered nine sacks, 25 solo tackles, and forced three fumbles last season. Miami finished the season 10-6, falling short of a playoff berth after being eliminated late in the season. Still, they are heading in the right direction under the leadership of second-year head coach Brian Flores.

7. New York Giants

The New York Giants’ defense was among the strongest units in football, allowing 22.3 points per game, the ninth fewest in the NFL this year.

A lot of credit goes to first-year defense coordinator Patrick Graham, who reinvigorated a defense that had been one of the worst in football in the past few seasons.

Their strength was on the defensive line, particularly Leonard Williams, who led the team in sacks with 11.5, which was the most by a Giant since Jason Pierre-Paul in 2014. Williams also registered 29 solo tackles. The Giants’ defense was a big reason why the Giants were able to upset the Seattle Seahawks on the road on December 6, 2020.

“I think schematically we did a good job making (Russell Wilson) feel pressure and making him uncomfortable,” Williams said. “He felt like he had a guy on his side and had to hold the ball. I felt like we were coming at him from many angles, and it made him a little bit confused sometimes. Overall, he’s the head of the offense; being the quarterback and making him uncomfortable is what we needed to do. I think we did a good job of that.”

8. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs’ high power offense gets a lot of the attention, as they should, with the reigning Super Bowl MVP featured on that side of the ball in Patrick Mahomes. However, don’t sleep on their defense. 

Before the 2019-20 season, they opted to switch to a 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, then proceeded to sign Frank Clark, and Tyrann Mathieu was brought over from the Cardinals in free agency.

They were also able to resign defensive tackle, Chris Jones. Clark had a solid year this season with six sacks, 21 solo tackles, and zero force fumbles; Mathieu had six interceptions, which he returned for a total of 70 yards, including one of them the house for a touchdown. Jones also had a solid campaign for the Chiefs recording 7.5 sacks, 23 solo tackles, and two forced fumbles to help Kansas City return to the Superbowl. The Chiefs are looking to repeat as back-to-back champions for the first time since the Patriots did it in 2015 and 2016 orchestrated by Tom Brady.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers still need to figure out how to keep opponents out of the end zone (19th in red-zone percentage) and limit their efficiency across the air. They were 22nd in passing yards per game, but the yardage totals tell the public that there are weaknesses in the Bucs defense. However, their lack of a strong pass defense doesn’t tell the whole story.

The Buccaneers are ranked 1st in allowed yards per game, 7th in yards per game and interception rate, and 6th in sacks per game. The Tampa Bay defensive line is stacked with veterans such as Shaquil Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul, Ndamukong Suh, Steve McLendon, and Lavonte David. Barrett registered eight sacks and 43 solo tackles, Pierre-Paul 9.5 sacks, 34 solo tackles, and four force fumbles, Ndamukong Suh had six sacks, 27 solo tackles, and a forced fumble. As for Steve McLendon, he finished the regular season with 15 solo tackles, and David has 1.5 sacks, 82 solo tackles, and three forced fumbles. The Bucs’ defense was able to frustrate Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints with multiple turnovers on their way to Super Bowl LV.

10. Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis ranks fourth in intercept rate, fifth in yards per game, and seventh in racing yards per game and passing yards per game. The Colts are also tied for sixth place in the league in authorized completion percentage on expectations to -1.4 percent. Their pressure figures are not quite so strong (10th in sacks per attempt, for example), but the Colts are downright unpleasant when it comes to defending the run.

The Colts quickly approached the ball carriers and closed the running lanes just at the time of the opening, producing the league’s fifth-best percentage over 10 yards allowed at only 9.5%. This helps explain their standing among the top seven in the aforementioned categories. We can point to the addition of DeForest Buckner as a major reason for this success. 

Indianapolis is close to average in third-down percentage and even worse in red-zone percentage (tied for 22.) Nevertheless, the Colts ranked 10th in points per game.

11. Buffalo Bills

Head coach Sean McDermott did a good job building the Bills into a postseason team during his tenure, starting with the improved defense. The Bills gave away the second-lowest NFL points last season, just behind their rivals, the New England Patriots. 

They lost some key pieces from last season like Shaq Lawson, Jordan Phillips, and Lorenzo Alexander. However, their nucleus remains intact with Jerry Hughes, Tremaine Edmunds, and the secondary led by the corner Tre’Davious White. They were able to reach the AFC championship game for the first time in 30 years thanks to Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and their solid defense.

12. Tennessee Titans

Tennessee has gone through a cultural transformation under head coach Mike Vrabel over the last two years, and the defense has made great progress, placing 3rd in points allowed in 2018 and 12th last season. They solidified the secondary, and 2019 first rounder Jeffery Simmons showed great flashes after returning from injury. The team found a ball hawk in  Kevin Byard, and they hoped the additions from Jadeveon Clowney and Vic Beasley would solidify their pass rush. 

However, Byard only finished with one inception this past season for the Titans; meanwhile, the Clowney signing in the offseason was very disappointing as he only registered 14 solo tackles and one forced fumble. 

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Sports Strength

Memphis Hustle’s Christian Vital Talks Hoops, Chess, and Spreading Positivity

After four years at the University of Connecticut, NBA player Christian Vital, unfortunately, went undrafted in last November’s draft. 

However, unlike other ex-Huskies from this year’s draft class, he had an opportunity to play in the G League. Vital was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies last month only to be waived after they signed Shaq Buchanan.

Per Rob Joyce of Radio.com, Vital was signed to an Exhibit 10 deal, so he will start the season in Orlando with the Memphis Hustle, as he looks to showcase his talents in the NBA G League. 

Vital recently spoke with ONE37pm about preparing for this upcoming season with the G League’s Memphis Hustle, expectations, and how he wants to use his platform for positivity. 

ONE37pm: Can you share with us how UConn helped prepare you for the NBA?

Vital: U Conn helped me prepare for the NBA in many ways. If you have any hopes of playing basketball at the next level, you want that next step to be the league. When you go on a recruitment trip and walk into the Gample Pavilion & Werth Champions Center, you see where guys like Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Caron Butler, Kemba Walker, Shabazz Napier, Andre Drummond, Rudy Gay, and Emeka Okafor walked before you. You see the university’s history and you’re working towards that as a player. So, when attending UConn, thinking of playing in the NBA is part of the process. It’s not reinventing the wheel; there is a tradition at UConn, and you try to create a space within that tradition for yourself.

ONE37pm: Your final season with the Huskies was cut short due to this pandemic. During your time in quarantine, what did you learn the most about yourself?

Vital: I learned that I have a lot more time outside of basketball. I did a lot of soul-searching because you are so used to hopping on planes and getting on buses, so you rarely reflect on how much time has passed. When I first came to UConn, I was a teenager, and I left as a young man. This unique time period has helped me better understand the world and focus on what it truly means to play basketball at the professional level.

ONE37pm: How often did some of the UConn Alumni come back while you attended the university?

Vital: NBA players have a rigorous schedule, so it was not all the time. But, I was able to cross paths with Shabazz Napier, Kemba Walker was in attendance for the first night of my senior year, Ray Allen came by, and I got to see Rudy Gay. Those guys would come in and out if they had the time or get in some offseason workouts. I would ask questions and learn from them. They say there is no such thing as a dumb question, so I was trying to learn and obtain as much information and knowledge as possible to make myself a better player. Also, I learned that it is my duty to pay it forward and come back to mentor younger players in the future.

ONE37pm: You are gearing up to head to Orlando to play in the G League. How have you been preparing for this upcoming season?

Vital: It has been different, and it has been the craziest offseason I have had in my life. I have just been prepping, and usually, when you are preparing for the NBA, they have you flying and working out for different teams. However, during quarantine, you must depend on yourself because you don’t have the same routine in place. You need to make sure you’re eating the right things and doing your best to stay in shape. It’s tough to replace playing five on five at full speed, but you try to get with a trainer that you trust, someone that knows your game, your body, and try to establish a routine that will stick.

ONE37pm: What are some of your expectations for this season?

Vital: When I arrived at UConn, I got caught up in expectations, and it didn’t go too well for me. I expect to take advantage of every day and opportunity before, during, and after the bubble. I hope and strive to be the best that I can be every day that I step on the court and be a true professional. Early in my college career, I focused on things I couldn’t control or didn’t have complete control over. I believe that was the wrong approach and the wrong mindset because it left me open for disappointment. I want to take advantage of the G League bubble and showcase the best of my abilities. There was an NBA bubble, but never a G League bubble. So, just seeing the difference and knowing some of my friends in the league and their experiences, it will be slightly different, but an experience that I will take advantage of and not let a day slip away.

ONE37pm: Did they have to go through the bubble experience last season? If so, did they share any advice with heading into this season?

Vital: The NBA Bubble will be a little bit different because of the budget, and that is just how it goes. So, the experience may be slightly different in regards to the time frame and resources. They shared their experiences and made sure to remind me to only control what I could control; that includes what I eat, my sleep schedule, the amount of film I watch, and my recovery routine. Coming into the NBA, you get the opportunity to play basketball, but it is also your career. Displaying professionalism is the top priority for me while being my authentic self.

ONE37pm: I heard that you play a lot of chess. How does the game help you mentally on the basketball court?

Vital: In the game of chess, you must think at least three moves ahead. At the same time, elite players can think five, seven, or ten moves ahead. Like basketball, chess is a game based on runs and momentum; you need to be aware of when you have the momentum and knowing what to do with it. On the court, especially as a point guard, I need to consider everything; what offensive set to run, what shots to take, how the defense will react to a pick and roll, and making sure my big man gets touches so he stays engaged on both ends. Chess is only a two-person game, but basketball requires you to take into account nine other people, not including the referees. It is a constant reminder that you are not out there alone, and it’s my job to execute and get everyone involved.

ONE37pm: Is that something you would consider pursuing professionally after your basketball career is completed or in the offseason?

Vital: I have not thought about it. I have been recently watching Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, but I forgot that people still take chess very seriously. I have been so caught up in basketball and put everything else aside, but it is a great hobby for me. It forces me to think and use my mind, which is essential in all aspects of life. Your body can shut down, but as long as you have your mind, anything is possible. So, do I see myself doing that? I would not be opposed to it. I would love to find a way to include chess and basketball in the future, possibly at youth camps or events. It gives the youth a chance to discover new hobbies and show them different possibilities outside of basketball. So, we will see what happens down the line.

ONE37pm: Athletes are using their platforms to speak up for things that they believe in. What do you want to use your platform for?

Vital: Post-2020, I want to use my platform for positivity. The decade started with a lot of negativity. It was even tough for me; I did not get drafted. I played well, and I felt like it was some of my college career’s best basketball. However, when the pandemic started, I never got the opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament. I had a goal, and it was on my checklist for this season; I believe we were approaching a berth into the conference tournament.

So, as we transition into a new year and as I begin my professional career, I want to use my platform for positivity because there have been a lot of things going on. For example, what happened on Capitol Hill earlier this month, which was crazy to see because it has you wondering what would happen if that was people who look like me engaging in that type of activity on federal property. But, I think it gets lost that we are all just people despite what color we might be.

We are all the same. It isn’t easy to look past all that has happened, but it is also a moment where we can educate ourselves. Many people have platforms, and that is the one thing about this country, it is a democracy, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Still, we must educate ourselves fully before using our platforms to say how we feel. We need to make sure what is said is accurate and not something to spite others.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

Open Dialogue with Justin Guilbert, the Co-Founder of Bravo Sierra

Justin Guilbert, the Co-Founder and CEO of Bravo Sierra, was this week’s guest on ONE37pm’s Open Dialogue with Phil Toronto. The two discussed the company’s new initiative ‘Echelon,’ how and when they started it, and the approach they took when they met with the Department of Defense and asked what they needed.

So, what is ‘Echelon’?

“Echelon is a project that emerged from an initiative we started about three years ago called Bravo Sierra, which is essentially a project that tries to deliver a novel approach to consumer development. What we did was identify what we believe is the community that is not only prescriptive, but the most critical, valuable, and that is the armed services community,” said Guilbert.

Not only does his performance needs exceed that of most civilians, more importantly, but they also need to have something affordable and accessible that aligns with their needs. They also need consumer goods companies, manufacturers, research and development organizations to focus on them.

Most consumer goods companies focus on traditional communities with disposable income. That is not necessarily a priority for Guilbert and his team. Their mission is centered around a critical piece of our social fabric.

When did it start?

“Three years ago, we approached the Department of Defense, especially the exchanges, which are the retail operation in the military, and said ‘listen, why don’t we develop consumer goods for these folks wherever they may be and design it with them and for them.’ Based on their needs and work with small businesses around the country and delivering that product to them wherever they are fighting, wherever they are stationed, where they are deployed. Interestingly enough, we didn’t expect the responses that we were getting, whether it was the Navy, Army, Air Force, or the Marine core, they all said yes.

So, we started working on this project, focusing on personal care first with Bravo Sierra, and from that, we were able to exchange with this community. Specifically, special forces operators and I would call them the least BS people I have ever met in my life. They don’t care about what you think, and they are not about representing themselves, but their mission is a matter of life and death in a lot of cases. When you allow them to contribute to the development of the brand and the border community, they take it super seriously.” Guilbert explained.

Going to the Department of Defense and asking them why they need it instead of trying to push a product to them was great, and Guilbert sees the world heading in that direction.

“I think that is where the world is going, and we are slowly picking apart the giant brick wall of the market that has been essentially manufacturers divided by marketing. Manufacturers serve marketing, and consumers are sold by marketing when consumers and manufacturers should be collaborating on what they need and then manufacturers deliver it.”

You can listen to the latest Open Dialogue episode above, and you can also follow Justin Guilbert on Instagram and Twitter.

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Consoles Gaming

ONE37pm Reviews Mavix’s M7 Gaming Chair

Gaming is as popular as it has ever been, especially with the new release of the next generation consoles of PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. Purchasing the hottest new systems is really only half the battle, though. If you ask any diehard gamer, they will tell you that a system is only as good as the accessories that accompany it.

When you are building out the ultimate entertainment system, you purchase the latest TV or monitor, and the next step is you want to be as comfortable as you can be while you game, which means that your next purchase should be a gaming chair.

Numerous brands carry gaming chairs, including a new company by the name of Mavix.

The brand launched its first suite of chairs in mid-November and sent its intermediate model, the M7, to SPY for examination. Mavix is a company that ONE37pm’s  Aaron “Don” Dukes wholeheartedly endorses. If you are unfamiliar with the Don, he is ONE37pm’s resident hardcore gamer.

“As someone who has spent probably days and nights just straight gaming. I have had a lot of lower back pain. Recently, Mavix sent me a chair, and by the way, I have tried out multiple gaming chairs, and most of them made me feel like I was sitting on a pile of bricks. It does not allow me to game as much as I desire to, so Mavix sent me a chair, and I built it. It is one of the easiest chairs to build, and I could put it together without the instructions. I was able to use the tools that were provided and can put the pieces together without a problem,” said Don.

The Mavix M7 model provides a lot of comfort for its users, according to Don.

“When it comes to comfortability, it feels like you are getting a back massage from something that is not even plugged into the wall. It is a different concept than a normal chair. Normal chairs look like racing chairs. The Mavix chair looks more like an ergonomics chair, so it is better than other gaming chairs on the market. They shipped me the M7 model, which is one that I have enjoyed.”

That great to hear because we all know if you are gaming for hours and you move the wrong way, you can be stiff for hours or even maybe days.

It is also user-friendly for those of us that are of average height.

“For individuals that are average in height, this is the way to go. I am 5’5 or 5’6, and I own a high desk, and this chair brings me up, while a lot of chairs on the market bring you down. Meaning they drop you to the floor and then bring you up. The M7 from Mavix brings you up more than it brings you down. You can lean forward, back, and tilt. It reminds me of a seat in the front row of a car,” Don shared.

So, if you are in the market for a gaming chair, you should start with the M7 by Mavix.

You can purchase the M7 here, and check out Mavix’s other options as well.