Monthly Archives: April 2009

Adding To Yesterday’s List…

In addition to the comments on the website adding items to the list I produced yesterday of things I just do not care about, I got some e-mails suggesting other items: One gentleman took exception to my statement that sex was not a spectator sport and said that XXX Rated Movies were interesting but that […]

I Just Do Not Care…

Recently, I had the opportunity to break bread with an old friend – a long-term reader of these rants – and his new significant other. As the conversation evolved, she asked me if I cared about a variety of sports and I answered that I did – – even if some of the minor sports […]

Milton Bradley Warming Up?

Last weekend, Scott Ostler has this short comment in his column in the SF Chronicle: “Milton Bradley, who woulda thought he’d already be suspended for bad behavior, and injured?” Looking at the 2009 baseball season still in its infancy, Bradley has already been suspended for two games after he bumped an umpire; he went 1-23 […]

The Silence You Hear Is The Passing Of The NFL Draft

The NFL Draft weekend had come and gone one more time. Even though it is hugely over-hyped, it is an important element in the building and maintenance of a franchise so I need to make a couple of comments about the draft. I will NOT, however, succumb to the temptation to give draft grades to […]

Kentucky Derby A Week Away – – Anyone Notice?

The Kentucky Derby is a week from tomorrow. Ten years ago, there would have been a general buzz about the race among sports fans; twenty five years ago, a significant number of sports fans would have had their “Derby Horse” picked out because they had been following his performance in prep races from January until […]

Blatant Racism

As a person of Italian extraction, I am not proud of today’s lead item. Juventus – – one of the top-shelf teams in Italian soccer in Serie A – – will have to play its next home game in front of no fans. The Italian Football Federation as a result of the last home game […]

Isiah Thomas Still Making News…

The hiring of Isiah Thomas as the head basketball coach at Florida International University continues to draw “less than fully positive” reviews from columnists around the country. Here is an item from Greg Cote in the Miami Herald – a local paper for FIU: “FIU athletic director Pete Garcia reportedly did not even bother to […]

NFL Draft Analysis – 2009

It is that time of year again. Mel Kiper, Jr. and all of his imitators and wannabe successors are in full throat. Fanboards for NFL teams all over the country are exploding with comments, analyses, rumors and wishful thinking regarding the impending NFL Draft. Here in Curmudgeon Central, it is time to get out the […]

Caveat Emptor …

According to reports late last week, the Arizona Cardinals will now entertain offers for Anquan Boldin and the bidding will open at a first and a third round draft pick. Since I have no pipeline into the Arizona Cardinals’ front office, I am going to assume – dangerously – that the reports are absolutely accurate. […]

Recommended Reading…

I have seen/read more than a couple of columns today on the retirement of John Madden. Not surprisingly, Scott Ostler of the SF Chronicle had a great one. I commend it to your reading… Ray Ratto – also of the SF Chronicle – wrote this piece on It is also worthy of your attention…