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From Dad’s Desk:

Americans live in a “Winner Takes All” society.  Ricky Bobby’s statement, “If you aren’t first, you’re last”, resonates with many today.  As a parent, I have learned the shallowness of those sentiments.  I want more for myself and my children.  Game Time:  Tackling the Past, which is on NBC this Saturday at 8pm EST/ 7pm CST, takes this issue head on.

Jake Walker is a winner. He is a star football player who is on his way to a record-breaking career. But in the blink of an eye he is brought face to face with his past and all its issues.  While waiting to renegotiate his next big contract, Jake is called back to his hometown when his Dad has a heart attack. During his time there, all his ideals are challenged by his Mom, brother, Dad, and others.  What is a winner?  Is it all about me?  A big part of the process for Jake is helping his brother coach their old high school team while their Dad recovers.  The brothers band together to heal old wounds and teach the next generation a lesson they had forgotten:  It’s all about One–doing one thing for someone else.

This movie is one for the whole family and one that will really reach those with kids involved in sports.  The story emphasizes family and helping those around you for the benefit of all.  This is a much needed message in today’s world.  So, plan on catching this one with your family Saturday night on NBC at 8pm EST/ 7pm CST.

The disclaimer:

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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To see if you have the correct answer be sure to tune in this Saturday (August 6, 2011) to NBC at 8pm E.S.T./7pm C.S.T.  Here’s a preview:

It’s rare to find a television movie that is safe for all eyes and still entertaining. P&G’s upcoming offering Who is Simon Miller? fits the bill. In the blink of an eye, an ordinary family is faced with the disappearance of their father and the reality that he is not who they know him to be. The family begins a journey of discovery that will help them determine who is Simon Miller.

The best way to describe this movie would be a cross between True Lies and the Spy Kids series of movies. They managed to tone down the violence (very minimal and not graphic) and yet maintain a strong sense of suspense and action. This movie models the virtues of loyalty and trust and exposes some of the real life issues all families face (not just those with a spy for a parent).

So take time to schedule your family movie night now! This would even be a good flick to watch with other friends who have kids. When you are done watching this movie, you will be able to answer the question Who is Simon Miller?

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

From Dad’s Desk:

Since the creation of “Business Casual”, it has been a struggle to balance the fine line between too formal and too casual.  The polo shirt does an excellent job of filling in that gap–it can be worn with jeans, khakis, and in some cases, dress slacks.

Land’s End is introducing their newest member of the polo family–The Original Mesh Men’s Polo.  This is the first major overall since they introduced their version of the polo shirt in 1981.  I think it is reasonably priced and comes in lots of great colors.  It is guaranteed to become a staple of your wardrobe.

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I was lucky enough to get one to field test, and I have to say it performed flawlessly. When I first opened the package, you could see and feel the difference compared to the competitors–some of them very well known names.  In the Virgina heat it kept me cool.  The color was bold (blue), there was enough material to tuck it in, and the collar didn’t curl up–like some of my other shirts.  It laundered well and looked as great as when I first got it.  There are so many new features that you need to go to Land’s End and check them out for yourself.

So, now for the Giveaway.  This will run until June 22, 2011.

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Again, a winner will be chosen on June 22, 2011.   If you are chosen, you will be contacted for your shirt size and address.  Unfortunately, you won’t be able to choose the color or pattern, but you will be getting a great new polo and addition to your wardrobe!


“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of Lands’ End and received a polo shirt to facilitate my review, one to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”