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Going Off The Grid: Execs Talk Tennis Grand Slams, Superstitions

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. This week, our panelists discuss the most overrated statistic in sports and their favorite tennis grand slam.

  • DAZN Exec VP/North America Joe Markowski
    -- Loves listening to cult Australian podcast "The Grade Cricketer." 
  • NBC Sports Chicago VP/Sales Jill Fields
    -- Has met up with a group of college friends at an away UCLA football game for the last 18 years.
  • NHL Kings President of Minor League Affiliates & AEG Senior VP/Revenue Darren Abbott
    -- A huge fan of Austin Powers and 007.
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts Events & Sports Marketing Manager Tim Herbel
    -- Finds joy in seeing a no-hitter broken up in 9th inning, especially on a bunt.
Going Off The Grid
Favorite tennis grand slam Most overrated statistic in sports? What's your weirdest superstition? First three guests if you had your own talk show? How do you pass the time during long layovers?
Triple-double, when sub-20 points
Don't believe in them
Barack Obama, Bob Dylan, Tiger Woods
Returning John Skipper's voicemails or FaceTiming friends in London

French Open
MLB pitchers' win-loss records
Not buying into superstition
John Wooden, Mary Garber, Serena Williams
Reading, watching TV shows or catching up on emails
U.S. Open
Driving distance
Luc Robitaille has enough superstition for all of us
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson together, Bill Belichick
I eat so I can sleep on the plane
Wins Above Replacement
Putting a Chiefs jersey on my dog before Chiefs games
Patrick Mahomes, Dwayne Johnson, Graham Hancock
Work, books and striking up conversations with other travelers

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