NFCN Barroom on 20 Day Hiatus – Back on July 20

NFCN Barroom on 20 Day Hiatus – Back on July 20

Aldo Gandia is the Founder and Editor In Chief of NFCN Barroom. In late June he told the volunteer staff of more than three-dozen Barroom writers and production people that we were going on a 20-day hiatus. We asked Aldo to share why he thinks a hiatus is a good idea.

We need a fucking break.

That’s why we’re going on hiatus.

Excuse my language, but I found the “F” word to be the perfect adjective to punctuate why we’re taking 20 days off.

Psychologists cite the need for everyone, whether you think you need it or not, to take time away from your work. Steven Covey, the author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, assigned it habit number seven – Sharpening the Saw. He wrote:

“Sharpening the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have – you.”

So, we’re going to sharpen the saw.

Nothing is wrong. The work we’re putting out is strong and, I think, getting stronger. Take a look for yourself.

Sip your coffee, tea or martini and read any one of Matt Krier’s weekly shot at sports, A View From The Barstool. Drew Mahowald has recently started his To-Drew List. His last one listed his take on the top NFCN defenses. Read Jordan Reid’s Reiding Between the Lines for a sharp take on scouting, college and pro football and a potpourri of other topics. Great stuff. BJ Reidell, Tony Wenham (from way over in England) and new-guy Undre Smith-Brewer serve up Vikings features like the beer guy at halftime.

Packers fans watch any of Brandon Carwile’s cool videos on the Green and Gold. His last was on Eddie Lacy’s top plays. It will make you want to go out and body guard him away from pizza and hamburgers. Or read his take on charges that Aaron Rodgers is arrogant. (Of course he is. The smug prick.)

And listen to Robert Trader’s new Packers Barroom podcast. Robert has just begun this cool pod where he will join a fellow Packers fan at some Wisconsin watering hole and over a few beers (yeah, it’s usually more than two) they will deliberate, diagnose and debate all things Green Bay Packers. If you’re a Packers fan and want to join Robert sometime during the season, send me an e-mail at

Our Lions coverage is just starting to roar. Our agreement with the cats over at Detroit Lions Radio has us promoting their excellent weekly podcast and in return Nick Kostora shares a column. Kevin Remenap writes his Stirred, Not Shaken column and it perfectly captures the mood of Lions fans: trampled upon, but never quitting. His last piece worried about the potential loss of Darius Slay. Kent Platte is a numbers guy who is well known for his RAS metrics used to evaluate player talent. He’s also a huge Lions fan and when he saddles up to the bar he offers his unique take on his favorite team.

Von Lozon came to us as an intern, he attends Central Michigan University, and we don’t want to give him back. Barely old enough to drink (legally), he still possesses the wisdom of a whiskey-snorting sportswriter. He’s written eight stories for the Barroom. Take a look at his passionate take on why he loves the Lions or his analytical prediction on whether Ezekiel Ansah can break Michael Strahan’s sacks record.

Want one man’s opinion on whether the Detroit Lions should employ cheerleaders? Read Kyle Mallett’s take.

Care for something even more risqué than cheerleaders. I asked an old pal Bobbie Talman to judge where the Lions were headed this year and the potty-mouth made crude allegations about me, but also offered up some interesting thoughts about what we know, don’t know and hope to soon know about the Lions. Bobbie says he’ll write again for Lions fans if you want him back. (He’s such a needy fella.)

Over at the Bears Barroom, I think we offer up one of the best podcasts available for Chicago Bears fans. The collection of barflies – Shayne Marsaw, Jose Cotto, Lorin Cox and Phil Ottochian (Lorin and Phil work for are just smart, passionate guys.

The work of Danny Shimon and Matthew Balsley compliments the podcast perfectly, I pitch in here and there and I promise to bail out Benny Slacks so that he can resume his R-rated rants.

And, while I’m proud about the work we’ve done at the Bears Barroom, I’m even more excited about what is ahead. Not just for our Bears coverage, but what we will offer up in all four barrooms and our Halftime Show area, where we post material on booze and popular culture.

We’re still searching for more interesting voices to share with you. We’re looking for men and women with a passion for NFC North football and the ability to communicate that passion with words and or pictures.

But, to those who have been loyally with us for the past several months and sharing their unique talents, I thank you for being a part of this journey and hope you have a wonderful time off.  Remember what Abraham Lincoln once said about sharpening the saw:

“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first four hours sharpening my axe.”

See you all July 20th.



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Aldo Gandia

Aldo Gandia

Among my career highlights I have produced two films while in high school that received nationwide attention; leaned out of a helicopter over the Gulf of Suez at the age of 20 to shoot movies of oil rigs; won an Emmy award for a sports special and another for a kid's fitness show; and led a team of very talented creative professionals to produce break-through corporate communications.

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