Category Archives: Daily Rants

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

Happy Birthday Wrigley Field

Yesterday, they celebrated the 100th “birthday” of Wrigley Field in Chicago. As you might imagine, there was a ton of sentimental falderal for the day but the Cubbies knew the best way to honor their home field for the past century. They took a 3-run lead into the top of the 9th inning and then […]

Guess What Today Is…

You probably did not know that today is International Nose Picking Day. Well, it is and you can Google it for verification. Now that you know, how might you plan to celebrate this “holiday”? I guess this is a day when you should give thanks that Jimmy Durante is somewhere else in the cosmos and […]

Aimless Meanderings…

In the spirit of Earth Day, allow me to offer some perspective on the event: One way to lower one’s carbon footprint is to join the ranks of the long-term unemployed. However, this is not generally a good choice… Hollywood might support environmental issues by doing a movie titled “Mission Compostable”. The rise in the […]

The NBA Playoffs Have Begun…

The NBA regular season began on 29 October 2013; that was almost 6 months ago. Since then, the 30 teams in the league have staged 1230 games – many of which were meaningless even before the teams showed up at the venue. Last weekend, the NBA Playoffs began and those games will last another two […]

Timing Is Everything…

They say timing is everything. That certainly applies to stand-up comedy; it surely applies to investing; timing may not be everything in the world of politics, but it is surely a critical ingredient in political success. Warren Spahn once described the role of timing in baseball: “Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.” I mention […]

Seven Inning Baseball?

Buster Olney of ESPN had a report last week that one of his executive sources in MLB thinks that baseball games should be shortened to 7 innings. This exec cited the lack of pitching and the injuries to pitchers as a significant problem for MLB that would be alleviated to some degree by shorter games. […]

There is $100K Out There With Your Name On It

Just in the event that you are – like me – someone who could use a cold $100K deposit in your bank account, the NFL’s St. Louis Rams have a challenge for you. To get that $100K, all you have to do is to predict the Rams; 2014 schedule exactly – before it is released […]

Get Those Tax Returns In…

To recognize today as the day on which US Income Tax Returns are filed, let me offer an observation from a former British Member of Parliament, Jerold Rochwald, with regard to taxes: “Nuclear physics is much easier than tax law. It’s rational and always works the same way.” Niners’ linebacker – and sackmaster – Aldon […]

Who Is This Person?

We had a guest for the weekend for whom watching The Masters creates a similar sense of euphoria as watching March Madness instills in me. For that reason I watched and heard more “golf television programming” in the last 3 days than I have watched/heard in the last year. Twice – once on Friday and […]

Legal Issues Today…

Back in July 2012, I wrote that the NCAA should not issue the ‘Death Penalty” to Penn State just as the “Sandusky Matter” was exploding in the headlines and people were demanding the removal of Joe Paterno’s statue on the Penn State campus. My thesis was that the NCAA was an organization with an overarching […]