Chris Syme

My personal thoughts are here. My business website is at I'm a crisis manager and social media trainer. I live and love college sports. Living in the two best places on earth. Once an SID, always and SID.
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My fingers are a little wet from drooling while posting this!

These are four of the most delicious-looking concessions available at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field:

1. The Hangover Burger: The hangover burger uses a mix of ground beef and ground bacon for two quarter-pound patties. They’re topped with american cheese, lettuce, onions, a fried egg, and a sauce made from sriracha, ketchup, mayo and cornichons.

2. The Double Play: A polish sausage and a bratwurst stuffed onto the same bun, side by side.

3. The Brat Dog: A footlong hot dog wrapped in bratwurst, then wrapped in bacon, served on a pretzel roll. There are peppers, too, so you get your veggies. It’s healthy, right?

4. Lobster Corn Dog: Fried lobster on a stick. There are no bad parts about that.

(Photos: Delaware North SportService)

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Blastoff…roughstock riding at the Livingston Roundup Rodeo where some of the worlds best compete for an awful lot of money.
#livingston #livingstonroundup #montana #montanamoment #rodeo #roughstock #cowboy #capturemontana #broncs #western

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I’ve seen a lot of articles written lately about brands on Snapchat that make me think the people writing them aren’t actually on Snapchat. They are mostly making recommendations based on an article written four months ago in a major business online mag that recommended a few brands that were there at the time. If we are going to watch how this platform is growing, we need a list of who is there now. Because I get emails from time to time asking for recommendations of people to follow on Snapchat, I thought I’d just publish a list with a couple notes attached.

First, I’d like to mention that many of the universities on this list are not very active over the summer. I am assuming they will pick back up in the fall. 

This is a list of brands I follow, not necessarily brands I recommend for best practices. After you follow someone long enough, I think you’ll know if they are missing the mark or hitting the nail on the head. It’s just like any other platform. There are winners and losers on every social media channel.

I am always learning—about every platform—and I like to watch what other people are doing. If you’re thinking about trying out Snapchat, this is a good list to start with. Honestly, you may see the good, the bad, and the ugly here. But people are just learning, so it’s hard to be too critical yet. Add any others you might follow in the Notes. The brand username (name to search on Snapchat) is up front.

browns (Cleaveland Browns)
cocacola - Coke is pretty creative. Not regular but great ideas
cycloneath - Iowa State - like their creative mascot exploits
dabttll - gal from mashable that is awesome doodler/creative storyteller. Must follow.
denvernuggets - quiet in off season
disneyland - Disney
eagles - Philadelphia Eagles. was good last season
evianwater - Evian
ewuathletics - Eastern Washington University. active during summer w/ #Doodle Wednesday promo.
fathermarquette - I really like this from Marquette. They have an iconic campus statue that they have made human. Good doodling
foxsportslive- meh, so far
goshockers - Wichita State - very good during school year. Quiet now
heinekensnapwho - they use this to promote real-time music events.     
jayhawks - Kansas U. 
kstatesports - Kansas State U
mariners—creative, but sporadic
mashable - great stories and sometimes movies-good doodling from dabttll (above). 
mcdonalds - great when they are on. use it for promotions
mplatco - great doodler that works w/shonduras on Disney account
mtv - considering their demographic, not much going on here.
nbcthevoice - was good when show was on. Inactive now
nowthisnews - excellent doodling on day’s news events.
officialnyjets - New York Jets
officialspurs - San Antonio Spurs
oregonathletics - University of Oregon. 
princetonu - Princeton University. creative, but quiet now.
Saints - New Orleans Saints—good one to watch
sfgiantsmlb - San Francisco Giants
shonduras - king of doodle stories, head of Disney’s
snapreds - Cincinnati Reds baseball - 
tacobell - The best channel out there, IMO. Most creative stuff
twins - Minnesota Twins 
uhouston - University of Houston 
uofmichigan - Univ. of Michigan was really creative during school year 
waltdisneyworld - creative stories
washwizards - Washington Wizards. Quiet now. 
whitesox - Chicago White Sox
wsuathletics - Washington State University Athletics

In this month’s Athletic Management Magazine, there is a featured article on upgrading the fan experience, with an inset piece on The Disney Institute I recommend everyone in college sports (and beyond) read. In it, Jeff James, VP and GM of the Disney Institute talks about the difference between just completing tasks and meeting a common purpose. An excerpt is below and the full text is in the above link. I loved the illustration of the custodial person and the dropped ice cream cone. Read on. Awesomeness. 


“If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly,” said G.K. Chesterton. That line always makes me laugh, but it carries an essential truth: Doing is better than not doing perfectly. Why get hung up on the fact that things are going perfectly—or even really well? If it’s worth doing at all, we should keep going.

Just a thought about how travel from Bozeman is complicated. I have to go to Salt Lake for a meeting in July. One day, overnight, back next morning. Driving takes 6 1/2 hours (one way). Flying (one hour direct): Delta wants $700 for a round trip. Travelocity has flights starting at @$350 but they take longer than it is to drive. Hmmm….eeny, meeny, miny, moe.


Japanese fans clean stadium after losing 2-1 against Ivory Coast - Huffington Post

Japanese fans who watched their national team be defeated by the Ivory Coast in the Fifa World Cup on Saturday showed it is possible to lose graciously, when they stayed behind after the match to help clean up.

Despite seeing the Blue Samurais lose 2-1 against Didier Drogba’s team at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Japanese spectators armed with bin liners patrolled their side of the stadium and gathered up discarded litter, Yahoo Sport reported.

While gathering waste after a sporting event is customary in Japan, the spectators’ actions came as a shock to football fans from other countries.

Wonder if this tradition could rub off in the U.S.? Pretty cool example of good sportsmanship.


Heroes will be remembered but legends never die.

June 16, 2014

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Spartan Race Montana: FOUNDERS EDITION

When you have a company outing, your CEO sips lemonade in the shade. When Spartan Race has an outing, the CEO cuts down trees, jumps over fire and flies around in helicopters looking for terrain that will kill you! Watch the 2014 Montana Spartan Sprint: Founders Edition Video:

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Well y’all, another year is in the books for NACMA. Overall, these past few days sure did fly by, but they definitely provided an excellent condensed learning environment and a wonderful opportunity to meet people. While we are all on information overload right now, I can not help but recap a few…