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‘Take My Wife’ Is Out

 

“I know you guys may be angry with me, but I’m used to it because I have a black wife and three mixed kids, so I’m used to people being angry and argumentative.” With those 33 words, which probably took less than 20 seconds to utter, Atlanta Hawks General Manager Wes Wilcox’s reputation has been […]

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The Late Great Smokin’ Joe

 

There are obviously no savvy fans of the sweet science at the Philadelphia Fox affiliate. Early Wednesday morning (obviously too early) the hosts of Good Day Philadelphia wished local hero and former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier a happy 73rd birthday. It was nice of these folks to remember Smokin’ Joe, who was a great champion and a great […]

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Beleaguered Like Beckham

 

Is social media and modern technology turning us all into a bunch of worrywarts and wannabe nannies for people who didn’t ask our opinion in the first place? An insignificant incident this past week involving some players on the New York Giants football team that generated way too much publicity than it warranted has me […]

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A Schilling for Your Thoughts

 

Is former Major League pitcher Curt Schilling too conservative to be allowed into baseball’s Hall of Fame? As outrageous as it sounds, this seems to be one of the criteria that was considered by many Hall voters. To give some perspective on Schilling’s Hall of Fame credentials, Schilling finished his career with more than 3,000 […]

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2016, the Year That Time Remembered

 

The obligatory annum-ending column that traffics in fresh nostalgia (the stalest kind) gets a double-dose of it in 2016, the year that time remembered. The calendar nearly past borrowed heavily from the past. One must travel down the box-office bestsellers list to #19 to find an original, live-action film (Central Intelligence) that does not fall […]

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Quitters Never Win

 

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once quipped, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” Some current football players, however, are betting otherwise, and their actions speak volumes about our modern time. Outside of opening presents on Christmas morning and the ball dropping in Time Square on New Year’s Eve, nothing says the holiday season more […]

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Baseball Changes Its Dress Code

 

Everyone knows there is no crying in baseball, but apparently now there are no dresses either. With this development, players both past and present aren’t happy, and you can thank a double-dose of political correctness for making sure fun and frivolity has struck out in Mudville. To explain, Major League Baseball and the Players Association […]

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This Bud Wasn’t For You

 

During the Watergate era the phrase “What did he know and when did he know it?” became part of America’s lexicon and the rallying cry of the press while hounding Richard Nixon from office. The same question should have been asked and answered last week before Bud Selig, former longtime owner of the Milwaukee Brewers […]

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The Decline of the Sweet Science

 

It may seem out of place as we approach a holiday celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace to be reviewing a book on boxing, which is a good deal less than a peaceful activity. But within living memory of many Americanos — myself included — boxing was a popular and respected sport with a large following here and abroad. I know that while Ike was snoozing in the White House, my dad and I would never miss Friday Night Fights on that new-fangled gadget called television. (“The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports is on the air — look sharp, feel sharp, be sharp.”)

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Tune In At Three

 

The NCAA has gotten so ham-handed about pushing progressive politics that I’ve pretty much blown off college football altogether. But at 3 today on CBS there’s one patriotic Americanos can trust. It’s the Army-Navy game, with all the tradition and celebration of patriotism that go with it. Navy has a serious winning streak going, but […]

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