Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Brief Hiatus…

I will be “off the air” for most of next week assisting #1 son, his lovely bride and our grandson pack out for an international move. There is a chance I will be able to write next Thursday (2 August); I am almost certain to be able to write next Friday (3 August). Please check […]

Start With Baseball Stuff Here…

I want to start with a couple of baseball items today because one of them – – the so-called Marlins’ Fire Sale – – is bordering on outrageous. The Marlins broke with team tradition and went out and spent a lot of money in the off season last winter; their team payroll jumped from just […]

NFL Tid-Bits Today

Before the NFL exhibition season even gets underway, I want to put on the record what good NFL coaches do. They adapt their game plans to the abilities and the weaknesses of the players that will be on the field for them on any given weekend. Too many coaches try to force players on the […]

Recommended Reading

Bob Molinaro’s column today in the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot deserves to be read in its entirety. In the column, he looks at the corrosive effect of television money on college athletics and at the role that the people who cover college athletics play in the deification of coaches and the enabling of anti-social players. I […]

Seattle Says Sayonara To Ichiro…

The Seattle Mariners traded Ichiro to the Yankees for two young players. I have written here several times that Ichiro is worth the price of admission to the ballpark and that remains the case even though his career is clearly on the downslope and his skills are not what they used to be. He was […]

An Olympic-class Idea…

The London Olympics will be underway in less than 100 hours. For about the last 3 months, there have been plenty of heartwarming and heart wrenching stories about Olympic athletes and Olympic hopefuls as they strive to make it to these competitions. Trust me; the proliferation of such stories is nowhere near being in the […]

The NCAA Drops The Hammer

A couple of weeks ago after the Freeh Report hit the streets, I argued here that the administration at Penn State should take down the Joe Paterno statue and that the NCAA ought not to impose sanctions on Penn State. Well, the administration did take down the statue so I am now batting .500 with […]

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Back in the 1960s, folk music was a more important segment of popular music than it is today. In one portion of folk music at the time were the so-called “protest songs” which decried things like racial inequality, gender inequality and war in general. One of the most popular of the “protest songs” was Where […]

A Dangerous Journey…

When #2 son was in Middle School, the discussion at the dinner table once turned to the clubs available in the school for him to join. He had expressed interest in a few of them and I asked him if he might be interested in joining the Math Club because he had always been good […]

Are You Ready For The Olympics?

The London Olympics are upon us. The drumbeat of feelgood stories about the Sisyphean obstacles ultimately overcome by athletes and their families to get to the Olympic Trials in various countries began three months ago and it has been increasing in terms of volume and tempo. Fear not, it will reach a crescendo and then […]