Category Archives: Daily Rants

My daily (or whenever) contributions to what is currently going very, very wrong in the sporting world.

If You Are In The Area Tonite…

If you are in the Little Rock, Arkansas area tonite, you might want to think about taking in the Arkansas Travelers’ game there. The team has often hosted Clunker Car Night promotions whereby a fan or three win a car in “less than mint condition”. However, tonite, the Travelers are setting sail for that concept […]

The Tony Dungy Brouhaha…

Surely, you have heard/read by now about Tony Dungy’s remarks regarding the drafting of Michael Sam and the furor it seems to have caused. In short, Dungy said that Sam should have the opportunity to play in the NFL but that he (Dungy) would not have drafted him because he did not want the distractions […]

Recommended Reading

I do not follow hockey nearly as much as I follow other sports and I have never pretended to be knowledgeable about the sport. When I got my copy of Sudden Death, The Incredible Saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos, I was not sure what to expect. If I know only a little bit […]

The Dismal Science

I am not an economist; I took an economics course at the dawn of the Iron Age and recall only a few basic concepts. I am capable of doing arithmetic, however; and that ability made me stop and call “Bulls[p]it” on a report by Bloomberg News asserting that LeBron James return to Cleveland would boost […]

RIP Red Klotz

Red Klotz died about a week ago. Most folks know him as the player-coach of the Washington Generals or the New Jersey Reds or the Boston Shamrocks. Those were the teams that toured with the Harlem Globetrotters and lost virtually every game they played. Klotz was actually a good player; he played for the Philadelphia […]

Letting My Mind Wander…

I had occasion to watch part of The Open Championship over the weekend. I heard two golfers interviewed as part of the coverage and they both said that part of their “game plan for the course” was to attack the Par 5 holes and try for birdies there. The ESPN interviewer nodded when they said […]

A “Freeway World Series”?

A couple of days ago, I was talking about the mid-season status of baseball and that provoked an inquiry from a long-term reader of these rants who lives in California and is a huge Dodgers’ fan. He wondered what I thought about the likelihood of a “Freeway World Series” between the Dodgers and the Angels. […]

Misuse of Technology

Yesterday, I mentioned the automated/robotic beer-dispensing machine that will debut at Target Field in Minnesota and I wondered why it represented an improvement over the current human condition. I got an e-mail from a former colleague on that subject; here is the salient portion of his communique: ” [Beer dispensers] are a bad idea but […]

Catching Up On Baseball

With the All-Star Game out of the way, it behooves me to make a few observations regarding the progress of the baseball season to date. However, before turning to the sport, there are reports of a new technological innovation for baseball that will make its debut at Target Field – site of the All-Star Game […]

Recommended Reading

I am not a golfer nor do I particularly love watching golf on TV. Nevertheless, I have just finished reading Dan Jenkins’ novel, Slim and None. I commend it to your reading with one reservation: If you are offended by blatantly politically incorrect dialog between fictional characters with regard to just about every bastion of […]