Game Stop

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Game Stop 


I almost missed the controversy around Game Stop earlier this year.  Then again, anything that seems somewhat sports-related can fly over my head.  But Game Stop piqued my interest because it had the retail angle to it which was familiar to me as well as various elements of surprise and intrigue.  Very much like any good storyline. 


Even if Game Stop isn’t  a traditional sport in any kind of way, it might as well be since finding analogies can be trickier than prevailing in a game.   


Sports and high-level game playing can each benefit from an assist to two, right?  And while a home run is kinda cool, there’s something about a sacrifice that can be good for the sake of the team effort.  Since it’s Sunday, should I discuss the obvious opportunities of a Hail Mary pass?  Nah, my time on this subject is nearly over. Or is that overtime?


Or might it be better to stay focused on the goal?  Come on, “putting on” ones game face works out well sometimes.  And sometimes not.  That’s how the ball bounces. More or less. 


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Michael Jacobs


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Pasadena, CA 91102

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Comments (26)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I remember a story on the news, but have never been to Game Stop, so probably went back to what I was doing.

May 02, 2021 06:03 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - there are many reports that go in one ear and then out the other so I can understand the obvious advantages of  "moving on".  This one had a bit more to the story so it caught my attention even though I had no direct relationship with the business or the scandal.  

May 02, 2021 06:16 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I must admit, this is the first time I've heard of Game Stop. :) Now, I'll have to educate myself. Happy Sunday. 

May 02, 2021 06:48 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - it may be much ado about nothing. There are many things and thoughts that fall into that category for me. 

May 02, 2021 08:00 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know much at all about Game Stop but I did see that the stock rose astronomically in a short period of time and that some trading platforms were doing weird stuff with regard to it, perhaps even illegal stuff.  I know my brother is mad at Game Stop right now because they won't allow him to return a brand new unwrapped game for full value.  Game Stop is not really a place I have ever supported so I don't pay too much attention to them.

May 02, 2021 07:13 AM
Michael Jacobs

Brian England - I don't know much about their customer service but the example you cited reminds me of a lesson I learned long ago.  A dissatisfied customer is more likely to speak up than a satisfied one.  And what they say. . .well, you can imagine it's not going to be favorable.  

May 02, 2021 08:03 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I think you pretty much explored every sports analogy in the United States in one single blog post. If not, you pretty much give it your best shot. Thank you for sharing Michael Jacobs 👍.

May 02, 2021 09:05 AM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - far from "all" - there's a "hole in one" missing reference plus numerous racing terms with planes, trains and automobiles.  Or I mixing up competition of things with other sorts of sports stuff?  

May 02, 2021 10:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and game stop not a fan of but always learning something from you to ponder about now.

May 02, 2021 09:18 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - my acquaintance with their business was and still is quite limited.  Not enough to be a fan or a foe.  

May 02, 2021 10:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am barely aware of the store, other than that I remember Chick Hearn Lakers broadcaster who had all kinds of sayings when describing the game, "like the hot dog is off the mustard", and the hail Mary shot, and other silly sayings.  They are now part of basketball speak these days...A

May 02, 2021 09:36 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - there is no shortage of industry-specific lingo.  

May 02, 2021 10:05 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there Michael Jacobs yeah, I didn't quite pay attention to all that. I am with you there

May 02, 2021 10:33 AM
Michael Jacobs

Rocky Dickerson - much comes our way, some of it flies quickly beyond us.  

May 02, 2021 10:41 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Never heard of it but then again it doesn't surprise me. I live in my own world. 

May 02, 2021 10:58 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Lee - there was an old sitcom called "My World And Welcome To It" --- so focusing on ones orbit can be a comforting place as well as one that can jolt one into action as well.  

May 02, 2021 11:23 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I just cannot bring myself into investing in scams like Game Stop (even if it was a legal scam). I think I will just work hard for my money.

May 02, 2021 11:20 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - it did seem to have some scam-like aspects to the entire scenario.  Definitely something fishy.  

May 02, 2021 12:13 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty

Michael, I do not wish for much. I only wish people who scam or steal would spend that time trying to do good.

May 03, 2021 08:03 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - that makes sense.  

May 05, 2021 02:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Michael- I do remember the controversy. A sports analogy might be a call of Interference in a football game when the receiver is in position for a good catch. 

May 02, 2021 11:35 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - the "interference" reference as well as "good catch" have been well-played.  Good job.  

May 02, 2021 12:15 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Michael Jacobs ,

I had to chuckle at your (as always) clever post today. My granddaughter  texted me from NYC when the controversy began. She had several friends who bought in early and made a killing..trying to beat the hedge fund players at their own game! Wasn't received well 😆.

May 02, 2021 11:52 AM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - it seems many were caught up in the hysterics as well as the hysteria.  

May 02, 2021 12:16 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I do sometimes get jolted into action because I want something I am not getting in my world. 

May 02, 2021 08:37 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Lee - there are many things beyond a caffeine or a slap in ones own face that can provide that surprise jolt.  

May 03, 2021 02:58 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michael.

Never been to one of those stores, don't even know if we have one in our area.  Not into professional sports, except for golf.  

May 03, 2021 12:13 AM
Michael Jacobs

James Dray - beyond the obvious ones like hole-in-one, bogey and eagle my knowledge of golf references is also quite limited.  

May 03, 2021 03:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Michael.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

May 03, 2021 07:09 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - may your Monday be the start of another terrific week.  

May 03, 2021 08:54 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Well I don't drink coffee or any caffeine beverages.  I have never had a physical slap in the face but had enough of the other kind from others  Now reality many times has caused a slap in the face than hurts more than any physical one would.  As you say often. I am a work in progress.  Sometimes it doesn't feel like I am progressing but in other ways I suppose I have. 

May 03, 2021 08:38 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Lee - life is like that.  Figurative slaps in ones face as well as varying degrees/definitions of progress.  

May 03, 2021 08:56 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs - had I not spent many hours roaming the malls of America (snicker), I might not have realized what "Game Stop" was.  This was an amazing game of market awareness that cost some billions of $.

May 04, 2021 03:10 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - a high price to pay.   That's for sure.  

May 05, 2021 02:51 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That whole Game Stop thing was pretty interesting. I love all your sports references. Fun read, as always!

May 05, 2021 01:06 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I am glad you enjoyed it.  Thank you.  

May 05, 2021 02:52 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I never saw a single customer inside Game Stop store. Want to play short squeeze. You are likely to lose out....

May 18, 2021 11:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sam Shueh - I was "aware" of Game Stop but that's about it.  I am not their target market.  

May 18, 2021 04:51 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Michael,

Stock market Game Stop? Interesting loophole that does not work often.

May 18, 2021 09:42 PM