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by | Oct 21, 2019

Yankee Stadium, 1958 When Washington was in town, the drill was always the same: Play hooky; 15¢ for a bus to the Staten Island Ferry; a nickel ferry ride and 15¢ more for the BMT to Woodlawn and Jerome avenues….

by | Oct 9, 2019

During the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, the Communist Party of China (CCP) deployed the weapon of compelled self-abasement to devastating effect. In the practice, rendered in English as the “Struggle Session,” enemies of the party, real or imagined, were…

by | Sep 30, 2019

I have published articles on many controversial topics: Trump, border walls, religion, politics, terrorism, Tim Tebow, and, heck, even one on dodgeball. But this may be my most controversial subject yet. Here goes: Tom Brady is overrated. Now, before the…

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…

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