Episode 37 – Awards

Your CrockCast is back better than ever! Awards are a crock – from the Academy to the Olympic games. In fact, in this ground-breaking episode, Katherine uses “crapping your pants” to illustrate three distinctly different crocktacular examples.

Economics Briefing

Both crockcasters got into the economics of awards in this week’s podcast. Michael briefly discusses how big budget flicks are often overlooked by the Academy when awards season hits. Maybe on purpose? Perhaps even to spite the ticket-buying public? Could be that or maybe the Academy of Motion Pictures has other considerations in mind. The crockcasters discuss and dispute these possibilities.

Katherine also brings up economics from her research into Olympic gold. Ever wondered how much those medals are actually worth on the open market? Well, she found out and shares a bit about it in this Episode 37 CrockCast.

Post-Olympic Depression

It’s an incredible accomplishment to win even one gold medal. Talk about an amazing award! Right? So, imagine what Michael Phelps must feel, having won more than any other human ever. Well, the fact is he felt like crap. That’s because of a phenomenon now known as post-olympic depression. Turns out winning the biggest prize of all many times over can be a real drag.

Katherine shares some tips from healing and preventing Olympic depression. Not so much because the CrockCast audience is mostly elite athletes… but more as a service to help all of us regular people out there seeking our heart’s desire. How can we avoid this subsequent let-down after our own brand of ceremonious glory finally comes? Find out with a listen to this week’s delightful and informative episode.

Are the Oscars a Crock?

Michael shouts a definitive Yes! to this question about our esteemed Academy Awards. He takes us on a fun romp through a decade’s worth of Oscar winners and sends them up for debate. Many of your favorite movies are considered and discussed in depth including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Back to the Future.

The CrockCast thus traverses a multitude of films, nominated and not. This is thanks to a list Michael found in the Washington Post. Turns out it could have been written by Katherine given how much she agrees with their views on the Oscars through the years.

It’s a rollicking good time to chat about which movies are the most deserving and why. Best part is, all of this centers around an article entitled The Oscars Always Get it Wrong. What’s more thrilling than extreme declarations and subsequent deliberation? Not a gosh darn thing!

Silver Might as Well Be Bronze

Katherine wraps up the podcast with a study about why Olympic silver medalists seem so unhappy in the awards ceremony pics. Turns out it’s because of mental state called Counterfactual Thinking. This particular frame of mindset is all about expectations and asking yourself what “could have been?”.

It’s human nature to think this way. So, the crockcasters talk about the different times in life when counterfactual thinking comes into play and craps on one’s coffee cake. How can we avoid, or at least recover quickly, from it? Check out CrockCast Episode 37: Awards to hear all about it!

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