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3/31/17 – The failure of Ryan and Trump

Uh oh! It looks like President Donald Trump has gotten a little too high on his horse lately, a particular pitfall of the #15 FCIL when they think they’re invincible. Our readers are probably aware by now of the recent health care bill that was shot down by conservative Republicans who labeled it “Obamacare Lite.” Yes, both Trump and fellow #15 Paul Ryan came down much too heavy-handed in trying to ram through the health care bill, not unlike the way #15 Ms. Nancy Pelosi rammed though Obamacare just a few years back. The familiar motto seems to be, pass it so we can read it!!

While Trump is certainly responsible for the defeat, the bill has rightly been nicknamed “Ryancare,” as he “concocted it in secret, without input from the Freedom Caucus and others outside his ring. This was a fatal mistake in judgment and hubris.”  As has been rightly pointed out by many, voters went to the polls last year to repeal Obamacare, not fix it.

It indeed is a blow to The Donald’s image, but not indefinitely. If he can start over and “concoct” a bill (perhaps with the help of Rand Paul and not Paul Ryan this time) that appeases those who wish to see Obamacare gone for good, this failure will surely become a distant memory. Politics must be set aside, however. Trump has shown himself capable of doing such in the past, and must now do so again.

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3/30/17 – Kindred spirits, Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady

Yesterday we talked about two teammates who didn’t get along. Today we want to talk about two unselfish teammates who really got along.

Remember back when Yao Ming (#9 FCAR) and Tracy McGrady (#6 BEIR) were an item for the Houston Rockets? They were like Batman and Robin, and neither fought for the limelight. In the words of Coach Jeff Van Gundy (#15 FCIL), “I loved the way Tracy McGrady and Yao treated each other as teammates. One thing they showed everyone was that basketball shouldn’t be a selfish endeavor. Yao and Tracy were kindred spirits in this way. They never fought over the silly notion of whose team it was. Instead, they understood what everyone should remember from kindergarten: to share the credit, the blame and the responsibility. Much like Tim Ducan and Steve Nash, Yao was a unifying leader. I believe that if a great player is also a compassionate, caring, unselfish teammate, then his team’s chemistry is going to be exceptional. That’s what Yao did every day, in every way.”

Yes, their cordial relationship likely (and largely) was as a result of Mr. Ming and his peaceful ways.

Dirk Nowitzki and Nash were another great combo. Dirk is a #10 BCAR, while Stevie is a #5 FEIR. Quite often, Inanimates seem go fairly well with Animates on the basketball court, namely when they’re the two best players on the team. Think of Michael Jordan (#6 BEIR) and Scottie Pippen (#2 BEAR), or Penny Hardaway (#2 BEAR) and Shaquille O’Neal (#6 BEIR). Animates took the backseat in these cases, though there have been plenty of ‘feeling’ team-leaders like Kobe Bryan (#2), Lebron James (#1), Chris Paul (#1), and Kevin Durant (#1).

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3/28/17 – The rift between Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb

What happens when two Animate ‘feelers’ get miffed at each other? Well, depends on how they were raised.

Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb were NFL teammates who just didn’t get a long, and people have wondered why. After all, they were roommates and soulmates all through their first training camp. Owens, in his own words, had this recently to say, There was a game, I can’t remember if it was we were playing the Giants or the Browns or whatever the case may be, but throughout the course of practice, there were designed, specific plays for myself. Ran it over and over. Knew it was going to work in the game. Ran that play to a T. Open, wide open, I didn’t get the ball. I could hear my teammates from the sideline,why didn’t he throw the ball? So I go back to the huddle and I was like dude, I was open. And you know what his response was to me? Shut the F up. That was disrespectful. I’ve never disrespected any of my teammates to that degree.”

T.O says he doesn’t know why McNabb turned on him, though he has ideas. “To go into Lincoln Financial Field, do what I did, have 70,000 people chant your name, T.O., T.O.’ Maybe that got under his skin. But, for me, I didn’t have anything personally against Donovan, because I went there to achieve the goal of helping them get to the Super Bowl.

Knowing the #1 FEARs tendency to crave the limelight, McNabb may very well have been a bit jealous of his talented teammate. Owens says if you don’t believe him, ask others. You can ask the teammates. You can go to Philly, you can ask the some of the staff. Again, even from Ray Sherman, who coached me in Dallas. He basically has said tell them to call [me]. Talk to him. These are the guys that have coached me. If you want to know the truth, call him.”

On the other side of the coin, it is always prudent to take the counsel of the wisest man to ever live, ancient Israel’s King Solomon. Among his many writings, he penned in the book of Proverbs, chapter 18:v.7, The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. Certainly there’s more to the T.O./ D. Mc story, but it’s a no-brainer that these two high-energy, Right-brained Animates have strong visceral ties to this distant on-field occasion and their many more moments together. Neither of their Q1 inborn designs operate by Q4 analysis, so there are surely more blanks to fill in, the g-rated blanks.

It’s also relevant to note that BTI Director Jon Niednagel was the to first notice T.O.s tremendous upside way back in 1996 before Mr. Owens was drafted in the third round by the 49ers. Working for an NFL team and attending the 96 Combine in Indianapolis, Niednagel waited in the hotel hall as all the players were scurrying from one team to another for their evening interviews. Having only a few minutes to get from one room to their next appointment down the hall, Jon strategically placed himself to spot any diamonds in the rough as they hurried by. When Jon spotted T.O. approaching, neither knowing who he was nor his playing position, he respectfully asked for only 2 minutes and a few questions. T.O. consented and within their brief conversation, Niednagel discerned he was definitely a #9 FCAR Brain Type, which instantly revealed his inborn mental and physical skills and upside potential (as all BT students know). Niednagel could check later if T.O.s key football stats made the NFL grade. Now 20-plus years later, Owens has since retired as the second all-time receiver (with career yardage) in NFL history (short of who else, Jerry Rice another #9 BT)!

That very evening many moons ago, Niednagel told his team’s personnel authorities of Mr. Owens’ BT assessment and to check him out carefully. If T.O. came clean on the team’s criteria, Niednagel highly recommended him and gave numerous reasons for this. (Many of these can be read in the numerous editions of Jon’s sports book, under football and the #9 BT.) In fairness to the team Niednagel was serving, they had never used his services before and thus didn’t grasp the full extent of his recommendation (similar to the Manning Leaf situation).

And by the way, T.O was much calmer in those days, and he demonstrated this in his interview with Niednagel. As we all know, success doesn’t usually lead to greater humility, another lesson King Solomon warned against (regardless of the time in history). Here are only 2 of the many verses he wrote on the subject:

16:19 The humble spirit and humble eyes are better than he that divides loot with the mighty.
18:12 Before ruin, the heart of a man will be lifted up, and before honor is humility. 

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3/23/17 – Paul Ryan finds Trump ‘Reaganesque’

Just days after a phone recording was revealed from 2016 with the voice of Paul Ryan stating to fellow Republicans, “I am not going to defend Donald Trump. Not now, ever,” the Speaker of the House is singing a new tune. Apparently, all he needed was a little quality time spent with his fellow #15 FCILAs a new health-care plan is nearing completion, Ryan and Donald have been speaking to one another nearly “every day,” and Ryan praised the president for his rare Reaganesque ability to connect with the American people and his hands-on, crucial role in negotiating sharp differences among Republican lawmakers.

 I’ve gotta tell you. I am very pleased and very excited it’s something I haven’t seen in a long time. This president is getting deeply involved. He is helping bridge gaps in our conference. He is a constructive force to help us get to a resolution so that we get consensus on how to repeal and replace Obamacare.

And again, “The president, his involvement and his engagement, his listening and his negotiating skills, are bringing people together so that we have a bill that we can pass.”

Wow, almost sounds like a quote from one of Jon Niednagel’s books! “This Brain Type has the ability to harness people or groups toward a goal.They are natural leaders who work hard, delegate well, and accomplish much,” Niednagel wrote of the #15 FCIL more than 25 years ago. And keep in mind, too, Niednagel had already Brain Typed Mr. Trump as a #15 years before that blurb was even written.

 No offense, Ryan finally went on to tell reporters, but he goes around the media and connects with people specifically and individually. This is a power that we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan. Yes, an FCIL comparing a former FCIL to a current FCIL. Irony, wouldn’t you say? With the knowledge of BT, your friends may start finding your accurate predictions being a little more than “ironic.”

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3/21/17 – Nancy Kerrigan on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

“Dancing With The Stars” gives us a chance to see some different Brain Types take the stage. We’ve written previously about the disaster that was #7 FEIL Kate Gosling, among others, and for season 24 we will be witnessing another Left brain dominant female take the stage. This gal, however, has practiced over her lifetime, not so much in dancing but in graceful figure-skating. Her name is Nancy Kerrigan.

Kerrigan, for those who remember, is a #3 FEAL who made a name for herself in 1994 when she won a silver medal at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics. She was also known for her fashion sense, which comes as little surprise knowing her inborn design (think Princess Diana). Now she will be trying her hand (or feet) at dancing on live television, but before the season has even started, rumors are spreading that she’s been a bit bossy.

Nancy is really starting to make a lot of people angry because she is acting like she already knows what she is doing, a production insider claimed. She is trying to choreograph her own routines and is just being incredibly bossy to the other contestants and to the production crew. It got so bad that they had to straight up tell her, this is Dancing with the Stars, not Skating with the Stars!

To be sure, spoiled #3s females can turn into major divas, and Kerrigan has certainly lead the privileged lifestyle. Also, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time the world witnessed Nancy acting a bit bratty. One author goes on to recall back in the early 90s, When Oksana, overcome by emotion, cried tears of joy for a good long time, Nancy’s body language was unmistakably disgusted. As if to say Hey we can shut off the waterworks and just get on with it.’

At any rate, also taking the stage will be recent Olympic sensation Simone Biles, a #9 FCAR, and she admits she is a bit nervous, largely because Simone has never danced with a man before. “I think just generally dancing in heels and dancing with a partner because I’ve never experienced that before. Sasha Farber is the first guy I’ve danced with.”  Kerrigan later commented about her and Biles, “I think as an athlete we’re used to being coached. I think having performed to music, I have a little bit of an advantage. I’m hoping that helps.”

Naturally, the #9 far exceeds the #3 in dancing ability (pliability, agility, quickness, etc.), so Kerrigan is fortunate to have had her nurture, rather than nature. Still, as an EA ‘dove’, Nancy still is gross-motor dominant, which is a plus. She is 47 years old, however, while Biles is a youthful 20, so that may come into play as well. In the end, both have had significant practice on their feet, so will match up rather evenly, but should the pressure really hit, look for Kerrigan to perhaps make a few stilted moves, or Left brain ‘rigid’ mistakes. If she remains relaxed, however, thanks to her years and years of figure skating nurture, Kerrigan will certainly be the one to beat!

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3/16/17 – NFL’s Greg Hardy falls on hard times

Brain Typists don’t typically think of the #3 FEAL as being “haughty”, or necessarily “cocky”. Particularly among females, they are kind-hearted individuals who enjoy conversation and hospitality, deriving energy simply by mingling with people. Males, too, can share these qualities, though in sports they tend to over-focus on self-image, desiring to appear cool, confident, and the best player on the team. In professional sports, however, they are never the best player on the team. This, unfortunately, can push them to try even harder to keep up their fragile image.

For Greg Hardy, who formerly played for the Dallas Cowboys, he learned his lesson the hard way, taking beating after beating from guys as big and strong, or even stronger, than he. Yes, Hardy has joined MMA fighting, and he says it has been a positive experience.

 It’s helped me a lot of ways, Hardy told Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour. I have a lot of problems as a human being. It’s not something that you do, just walking around saying I’m perfect or I’m good. Man, I have a lot of different issues that I’m definitely working through and working on. I would say this helps me channel everything. It helps me just come back down to Earth, be humble, because these are machines that I see everyday. I get choked out, punched in the face, and laid out on the mat daily, and that’s not something that a guy my size and my stature with my history has every come across.”

A bit of humble pie for Mr. Hardy, for sure. He went on to conclude, “It’s a humbling experience, man.

Hardy is starting drug rehabilitation and anger management classes next month. He says he accepts complete responsibility for his actions, which led him to be kicked out of the NFL. “It feels like I did this to me, and it sucks. I was where I needed to be, I had everything that I wanted, and the normal story is, ‘Man, somebody took it away,’ and I don’t have that. I took it away from myself. Now I’m nobody. I’m nowhere. I’m just in the middle of where I put myself.”

A good lesson for us all that having everything can cause us to appreciate nothing.

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3/14/17 – Dirk Nowitzki scores 30,000 points

He’s a talented star in his own right, and arguably the best #10 BCAR to have ever played the game. On Tuesday, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki became the sixth payer in NBA history to reach 30,000 points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#10 BCAR), Karl Malone (#5 FEIR), Kobe Bryant (#2 BEAR), Michael Jordan (#6 BEIR), and Wilt Chamberlain (#5) on the A-list. Former teammate Steve Nash (#5) had this to say about Dirk and his historic accomplishment: “Big congrats to my buddy Dirk! 30 stacks!!! Only six players in the history of the game have scored 30,000 points. On this day in 98 I would’ve never believed you’d still be with the Mavs, be an MVP, NBA Champ and in the 30k club no matter how many nights we went back to the gym for 1 on 1 and shooting battles. Unreal, historic, clutch player and better person.”

Indeed, Dirk started from humble beginnings, struggling “mightily throughout his rookie 1998-99 season with the Dallas Mavericks when he conjured up the courage to approach Don Nelson about what he thought was a dire situation.” Nelson (#16 BCIL), who was the Mavs general manager and coach at the time, remembers the conversation like it happened yesterday. I’ll never forget he came to me and said I think I want to go home. So we just had to convince him to weather the storm, it’s going to be great. We loved him and said just don’t worry about making mistakes or whatever was bothering him. I guess he was homesick more than anything.

Yes, when the dominant Animate #10 feels pressure, or feel that they don’t measure up, they seek the comforts of Neverland, or the closest thing to it. Thankfully, the logical #16 was able to talk some sense into Mr. Nowitzki, who ended up staying and never leaving the organization, a rarity in the NBA these days.

But as Steve Nash said, Dirk for years has been known as a “better person,” and that is the accomplishment that really matters. Unlike the self-focused, insecure Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was long known as a jerk throughout his career and only in recent days has turned a new leaf (also thanks to the power of the pen), Dirk is a class-act, and deserves all the credit he has received. Coincidentally, Dirk and Kareem are the only 2 players in NBA history to achieve four consecutive 30-point, 15-rebound post-season games. When it really matters, the normally mild-mannered #10s become more aggressive.

BTI’s Director, Jonathan Niednagel, goes way back with Dirk. Prior to Dirk’s selection in the 1998 draft, Niednagel assessed him off some poor-quality European video tape for Coach Nelson’s son, Donnie Jr. To say the least, Niednagel was excited to find a rare #10, much less one from overseas and 7 tall with skill and a 3 point shot.

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3/13/17 – When Kendall Gill tried strangling Jim McIlvaine

The #12 BCAL is a very rare bird, especially in the NBA. Those old enough may remember Jim McIlvaine, the tall white guy who spent seven seasons with the Washington Bullets, Seattle SuperSonics and New Jersey Nets. Yes, he was/is a #12 who, all things considered, did well enough for himself to be remembered.

Recently, Kenyon Martin (#13 FCIR) of the Denver Nuggets joined Chris Broussard on the. In The Zone podcast and opened up about some brutal fights he has witnessed (or been in) during his time in the league, and one of those included, yes, Mr. McIlvaine. Only, it wasn’t Jim who started it, necessarily.

“I’ve seen fights, been a part of fights in practice, fights in the locker room after the game. My rookie year, I saw Kendall Gill choke out Jim McIlvaine in practice. Choked him out in practice one day. Jim McIlvaine was wild. He elbowed him one day in practice, elbowed him a couple times, and Kendall got fed up. Grabbed him, put him to the ground, man, and choked him, like, ‘I’ll kill you!'”

lol, it’s no surprise that McIlvaine was “wild” with his elbows. As dominant Conceptual, Left brainers, #4s are not gifted in the here-and-now world of reality (i.e. being fine-tuned to their surroundings), nor in motor-skill finesse. They are stiff, deliberate, and mechanical, and must start at an EARLY age to better suppress these BT tendencies. In fact, of the 16 inborn Brain Types, they are arguably the least gifted athletically (though in the classroom is an entirely different story!).

Kendall Gill is a #2 BEAR, which, too, makes sense. Notice he didn’t attack McIlvaine right away, but let his frustration stew to the point where he could no longer hold it in. And when a #2 gets angry, watch out!

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3/9/17 – Kevin Garnett channels Beyonce

Former NBAer Kevin Garnett always tried to play the “bad boy” type, but Brain Type enthusiasts were never fooled. A #9 FCAR, Kevin was all heart and emotion (and talk!), but never the killer instinct, ala the #6 BEIRSo when it came out recently that KG, who recently joined the Clippers staff as a consultant, said he was inspired to exercise like fellow #9 Beyonc after seeing her work out while singing, it was only all-to-predictable!

One time I saw her working out, and she was doing her dances and she was singing while she was doing her dancing,” says Garnett. “So then I’m thinking to myself, maybe I should run and sing at the same time. So in the offseason, I would go to Malibu and I would go down to the beach, and when I run on the beach I would be like Lalala lalala lalala, while I’m running. So then, when I get on the court and I’m getting back on defense and I’m talking on defense, I don’t get tired.”

Yes, channel that “Motivator” energy, Kevin! As children (especially females), #9s commonly love music, whether it’s singing to it or dancing (they want to move their energized bodies!). They can be gifted musicians, too, with a good ear for tone and melody (Right brain dominant coupled with Animate feeling). Whitney Houston, Reba McIntire, and Amy Grant are just a few #9 notable names.

Actually, humming music before an athletic event can be beneficial for any BT, relaxing the body and activating the Right side of the brain (the Right hemisphere governs creativity and the arts, including many phases of music). It’s not surprising that a 7-foot KG never went into the entertainment industry, but had he done so, he and #9 Kanye West certainly would have made quite the emotional dynamic duo!

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3/6/17 – Warren Beatty passes the buck

Quick! Among all Inanimate, logic-seeking Brain Types, which is the slowest to reach an in-the-moment conclusion? Quick!

If you said the #16 BCIL, you would be quite correct. Catch the Oscars last week? Even if you didn’t, you probably heard about what happened. Warren Beatty (#16 BCIL) and Faye Dunaway (#13 FCIR) announced the wrong film for “Best Picture”, sending the world into an uproar. And the winner is, “La La Land!” Nope, the real winner was “Moonlight”, but somehow the card for “Best Actress” ended up in their hands.

Garrett Temple (#13 FCIR) of the Sacramento Kings said it best when he Tweeted: “I love the fact that Warren Beatty passed it off to Faye Dunaway and was like u gotta take this one!!”

Leave it to the methodical #16 to not know what to do, passing the buck onto poor Ms. Dunaway. And how did the #13 FCIR respond? Forget that it says, “Emma Stone – La La Land” on the card, and just interpret the winner to be “La La Land!”  She did just that, sending Hollywood into a tailspin.

I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land,’ Beatty explained. That’s why I looked at Faye, and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny. Host Jimmy Kimmel (#13 FCIR) then took to the microphone to ask, Warren, what did you do?

Ahh … well, it made for good TV.

What was made for the BT audience, however, is what transpired behind the scenes. According to the New York Post:

The drama involving Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty began well before the duo co-starred in the most humiliating gaffe in Oscars history. During the rehearsal for Sunday’s show, Dunaway and Beatty argued over who would be the one to announce the winner for Best Picture when they took the stage as co-presenters, TMZ reported. Things got so combative that they reportedly refused to rehearse walking out together, opting to do so separately instead. Beatty, 79, ultimately relented and let Dunaway announce the winner, according to TMZ, but that turned out to be bad news for her considering he was given the wrong envelope.

One can only imagine exactly why the two sparred over which would be the ultimate presenter, but knowing their differing BTs, it’s not a shocker for this to occur. If you watch the accompanying link, you’ll notice at its beginning, Faye softly says to Warren, you’re impossible. It’s doubtful this is the first time the #16 BT heard this during his lifetime!


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