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The Juice Is Loose

 

The juice is loose, as was popular to say in the 1970s when O.J. Simpson ran through NFL backfields with abandon. Now O.J. is on the loose again (or soon will be this October), this time getting probation from his lengthy prison stay that had nothing to do with the killings of his wife and […]

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An 820-lb. Wild Hog Is Rooting Around Your Front Porch: What’s the Protocol?

 

Wade Seago of Samson, Alabama, knew something was amiss when his daughter started screaming and his schnauzer started barking. From a window he could see that his dog, Cruiser, had cornered a wild hog — a very, very big wild hog — about five yards from the family’s front porch. The Seago place sprawls over […]

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With Malice Toward Most

 

Remember when all your local sports team had to worry about was winning games and selling tickets? Now they are also expected to be political activists as well. Case in point is what is happening in Tampa Bay. As is vogue these days, Confederate statues and memorials are being removed as quickly as ISIS obliterates […]

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Upper-Cut Redux

 

In Monday’s NYT there is yet another article about the supposedly new discovery, complete with new, abstract, and techie-sounding words, of a very old baseball concept. All the current chatter about launch angles and exit velocity further convinces the old boys with the spit cups, who actually know the difference between a hit-and-run and the straight […]

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You Could Look Him Up

 

MLB Network’s Prime 9, the baseball network’s program that rates the best of baseball in just about every conceivable category, chose Casey Stengel as “baseball’s greatest character” in 2009. It was a good choice, though there was tough competition for the honor, and one of the beauties of baseball is it can produce endless talk (I hesitate to say arguments) about who the greatest (or worst) this or that is or was. In this case, what about Babe Ruth, Satchel Paige, Jimmy Piersall, Bob Uecker, Rocky Bridges?

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The All-Star Break Blues

 

Speaking of the All-Star break, it’s time for that annual interruption of the everydayness of real baseball for an exhibition game where 50 or so talented and criminally overpaid jocks try for nine innings not to get injured in a pointless exercise. I always thought that the best thing in From Here to Eternity was […]

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Colin Goes ‘Home’ — But Will He Stay? 

 

Just when you thought Colin Kaepernick couldn’t get more over-the-top in dissing the country that has made him a wealthy and privileged man… Kaepernick is looking for a football job. This should come as no surprise when you consider he was 1-11 as a starting quarterback last year and shows no sign of being able […]

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Tebow Fed to the RiverDogs

 

Is it healthy in America for Christianity to be the default punchline of jokes regarding religion, at the same time other belief systems are off limits? This question comes to mind after the razzing Tim Tebow received as a minor league baseball player when his team, the Columbia Fireflies, visited Charleston, South Carolina to play […]

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Bad Sports Are All the Rage

 

Remember when sports were a relaxing and nonpolitical activity, and nothing could be more laid back than a softball game? The renewed calls for civility after the ghastly attack on a softball practice in Alexandria, Virginia due to political beliefs are long overdue. If you haven’t noticed lately, your local neighborhood sports venue has been […]

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Imagine if Johnny Manziel Had Keyshawn Johnson for a Dad and Mike Riley for a Coach

 

So Keyshawn Johnson is not happy with his pot-smoking dummy son Keyshawn Johnson, Jr. His son got caught by campus police with pot and drug paraphernalia: Keyshawn Johnson Jr. — one of the most touted wide receiver recruits in recent Nebraska football history — is taking an extended leave of absence from the Husker program […]

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