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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…

by | Apr 6, 2018

Conor McGregor and a pack of goons on Thursday attacked a bus transporting mixed-martial artists two days away from fighting at UFC 223. The Dubliner hurled a handtruck through one of the vehicle’s windows. Others in his group followed his…

by | Jan 3, 2018

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. The words may be from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, written over 400 years ago, but the Bard of Avon sure knew people. At issue is the latest sports National Anthem protest controversy, this one courtesy…

by | Nov 9, 2016

Pardon the pun, but Harvard University is Crimson in the face with embarrassment over a so-called scandal involving the men’s soccer team. Because of the “scandal,” Harvard has voluntarily forfeited its remaining schedule of men’s soccer games. The accusations, which…

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