Larry Thornberry

Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.


Where Are the Vicious Animals?


With all the nation’s acute economic, cultural, and security problems, I hate to bring up yet another. But with the increasing number of sports teams throughout the republic, we’ll eventually have to face up to the acute shortage of vicious animals to name these teams after. Vintage franchises long ago scooped up kick-butt mascots such […]

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Just Show Us the Game


How does ESPN muck up the televising of baseball games? Let me count the ways. Not only does ESPN disfigure the game screen with that pointless strike zone box and those X marks at the spots where the pitch arrives, they also minimize the picture so they can interview people on various baseball subjects (and […]

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More Criminal News Judgment


The Tampa Bay Times — formerly the St. Petersburg Times — bills itself as FLORIDA’S BEST NEWSPAPER. You can’t miss it. It’s on the top banner of page 1A every day. A stranger to humility is our Times. What the Times actually is, its elephantine opinion of itself notwithstanding, is one of the most relentlessly leftist newspapers […]

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Criminal News Judgment


Watching on Fox the tragic news out of Baton Rouge. More cops ambushed and killed — seven shot, three dead at the moment. And this is not an important enough story for NBC, CBS, or ABC to break into regular programming. NBC and ABC give us golf. CBS is my favorite — an infomercial on some kind of lawn-trimming gizmo.

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The All-Star Game Break Blues and Masa-cree


This column is for baseball addicts. Readers who do not suffer from BWS — baseball withdrawal syndrome — during the doleful (for us) baseball All-Star Game break may move on to other of TAS’s fine offerings this morning. There may have been a time when players and fans cared who won baseball’s annual All-Star Game. Not […]

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Donald the Swinger


Some states you can put in the bank every fourth November. California for the Democrats, various states in Dixie for the GOP. This is what makes the so-called swing states so critical for any candidate who wishes to win the White House. These are politically competitive states with large numbers of electoral votes. Let’s pick […]

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Chickens Come Home to Roost Department


Before their Saturday night WNBA game at the Target Center in Minneapolis between the Minneapolis Lynx and the Dallas Wings, players held a news conference where they denounced police racism. They then wore Black Lives Matter warm-up jerseys during the pre-game. As a result, the four off-duty Minneapolis police officers hired to provide security for […]

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Now There’s a Mean Mean? 


Early in this century a good friend, that rarity of a professor who in neither boring nor leftist, took his daughter on the summer college tour, looking for the right place for her to spend the next four years. One of the stops included Wake Forest University, the alma mater of the recently retired Tim […]

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A Song of Old San Antone


OK, perhaps the ageless wonder Tim Duncan isn’t ageless after all. Though one easily could have concluded he was ageless watching him perform at the highest level in the final years of his championship 19-year, NBA career, all of which was with the San Antonio Spurs. There will be no debate over which uniform Duncan […]

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America’s Outlaw Heroes of World War II


These civilian warriors, trained in the U.S. Army, Navy, or Marines before resigning their commissions to go to China, were members neither of the American nor Chinese air force, making them outlaw pilots. Outlaw or no, they seriously slowed the ongoing annexation of China by military forces of Japan, and provided some of the few things Americans could cheer about in the early days of the Pacific war.

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