Geoffrey Norman

Geoffrey Norman is a long-time contributor to The American Spectator. His novel Inch by Inch can be found on Amazon.

State of Secrets: Do You Have a Need to Know?

 

Andrew McCabe has not been charged with any crime… so far. But he lives in a world where innocence is a relative thing and people who have government jobs, like the one from which McCabe was recently fired, routinely carry insurance to cover the legal costs of dealing with special prosecutors. McCabe may not have […]

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March’s Mild Madness

 

“The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.” That line is usually attributed to Damon Runyon, but he credited Hugh Keogh, a Chicago sportswriter who died in the early 20th century as America was becoming a nation of fans. Chicago is the […]

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Tiger, Tiger

 

It had been a long time. So it had to be satisfying — and better than that — for Tiger Woods on Sunday. He had a shot. Drop a couple of putts and he would have won the tournament. Impossible to imagine what he must have been feeling. Making the turn and only one or […]

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In the Tank: Playing to Lose in the NBA

 

You play to win the game. — Herm Edwards Well, not always, Herm. Not in professional basketball, at any rate, where these days you sometimes play to lose the game. You do it since it appears to be the shortest route to respectability, the playoffs, and possibly even a championship. If you are bad enough, […]

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All About the Shoes

 

The thing called “March Madness” is upon us. Happens about this time every year, it seems. Which makes it just slightly more reliable, as college basketball stories go, than a big scandal about money. The road to the final four is both crooked and dangerous. The story this week comes chiefly from Yahoo and is […]

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Down Here, We Race

 

They ran the Daytona 500 yesterday and it was the kind of race that made you think fondly of the old days. Of a time, that is, when they raced on the actual beach at Daytona and among the great drivers were men like Lee Petty, Curtis Turner, and Junior Johnson. A time when all […]

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Torch the Olympics

 

The Olympics — winter edition — are upon us in all their usual extravagance. They are being played in Korea — the one that is south of the 37th parallel — and this makes for a kind of tension. The Olympics are supposed to be about peaceful competition and a celebration of humanity’s better angels. […]

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End Game

 

It was probably exactly the game that the NFL craved. It was close; coming down, in fact, to the final play, which was one of those long desperation passes that they call a “Hail Mary.” No Patriots receiver could quite make the catch in the end zone. If one had, then the Patriots would have […]

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Tom Brady, A Perfect 40

 

Many, many Super Bowls ago, it was a few days before the game, when the media was, as usual, desperately trying to find material for its coverage. Some desperate reporter asked a Dallas Cowboys running back named Duane Thomas how it felt to be playing in the “ultimate game.” Thomas, who was something of a […]

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End Games — Though Chuck Bednarik Would Be Happy

 

Could have been worse. That, anyway, is what serious NFL fans were most likely thinking after the conference championship games were done and the Super Bowl matchup had, thus, been decided. It had been a season of discontent. The worst, in that regard, since the bad old days of players strikes and replacement players. By […]

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