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by | Jul 13, 2019

The U.S. Women’s Soccer team came home with the trophy, but, of course, that isn’t the end of it. Winning, it seems, is not enough. The contemporary script called for some politics and protests over injustice and unequal treatment, without…

by | Jul 6, 2019

Dear Alex, Congratulations! You’re in another World Cup Final. What an achievement for you and Team USA. If, as I fully expect, you win on Sunday, making it four World Cups in total, there will be no question: America rules….

by | Jul 5, 2019

Last week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that the league may begin requiring its teams to use a term other than “owner” to describe the majority shareholder due to what some consider racial insensitivity. The possibility has elicited a number…

by | Jun 9, 2019

“I came here to do glory to the mother of God and also to spite those bastards.” It wasn’t exactly what Jesus might have said, but one can sympathize with this sentiment from a Polish citizen long repressed by the…

by | May 6, 2019

Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks By Ron Rapoport (Hachette Books, 454 pages, $28) For baseball fans of a certain age, especially those in and around Chicago, there has never been a cheerier…

by | Apr 14, 2019

“There are no second acts in American lives.” The line is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s and it is overused and demonstrably false as Tiger Woods proved on Sunday at the Masters. Fitzgerald probably would not appreciate the way his famous line…

by | Mar 21, 2019

It was just luck that I abandoned my office/man-cave about 1:30 Thursday for lunch. I flipped on the tube in the kitchen and dialed in MLB-Network, which was featuring a spring game between the Phillies and the Blue Jays from…

by | Feb 25, 2019

A college friend from Connecticut told this joke (it was also a joke made at the expense of Michigan Tech, the engineering school in the frigid U.P.) about Maine: “Maine, where the men are men, and women are, too.” Well….

by | Feb 11, 2019

Knowing of my love of baseball, including the college game, a friend kindly sent me a clip from the Gainesville Sun, a story about a new baseball yard being built on the campus of the University of Florida. The shocking datum in…

by | May 29, 2018

You see where the line is between a good tennis player and an Immortal in the first round match between former No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Rogerio Dutra-Silva on the Philippe-Chatrier Stade at Paris’s Roland Garros the other day. The…

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