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Opinion & Analysis

  • Sports commentary: This is the year!

     

    "This is the year!" I stated, both inaccurately and a bit too loudly.

    "The year for what?" asked the wife.

    "The year my Cubs win it all," I bellowed.

    The inaccuracy, as my beloved pointed out, is that 2014 has already passed relative to the baseball season.  As things turned out, 2014 was the Giants' year.

    But, 2015 is certainly going to be the year all of this talk of goats and curses and 1908 and Bartmans comes to an end.

  • Nailing it

     

    As this is the season of giving, I'm more than happy to give something to you, valued reader.

    Oh, it's nothing that comes wrapped in shiny paper with a bow affixed to its top.

    But it is, nonetheless, quite valuable.  At least I believe it is.  It is the gift of unsolicited advice.

    To the point, it is unsolicited advice on what to add to your Christmas shopping list.

    Flip-flops.

    Yes.  If you happen to have an athlete on your shopping list, I urge you to buy him or her a pair of flip-flops.

  • Sports Commentary: Army-Navy Redux

     

    Although it doesn't take place until ten days from now, it's not too early to write my favorite column of the year:  The one directed at the Army-Navy game.

    Folks in these parts point to UVa-Virginia Tech as the big rivalry game.  And rightly so.  But, since I attended neither school, I don't have a dog in that fight.  That is, I can make lighthearted fun of neither of those schools.

  • Sports commentary: T-Giving thoughts

     

    Ah, the big day is nearly here.

    Thanksgiving is truly one of the great holidays.  It is a  day to load up on great food and then waddle your Tryptophan-laden self to the couch to catch some football.

    Yeah, turkey and football go with Thanksgiving like candy canes and creches go with Christmas.

    Or do they?

  • Sports commentary: Bills and credit

     

    Folks around here don't hesitate to show pride in their teams.  Whether it be at the  high school, college or professional level, these teams get plenty of love.

    And that love comes in many forms.  Certainly game attendance is one of them.  As is watching them on the telly.  Adorning one's vehicle with flags, stickers and magnets depicting a team's (or teams') logo(s) is yet another.

  • Sports commentary: Trophy trappings

     

    Well, we're heading into mid-November.  This is the time of year for leaf rakin', turkey eatin' and Heisman talkin'.

    That's right.  It won't be long before some young man heads to the podium to collect the second coolest-looking trophies in all of sports (after the Stanley Cup).

    Prior to the start of the season, I took up a friendly challenge from my nephew, Sean.  We each picked five players who we thought had the best shot at winning the Heisman.

  • Sports commentary: Don't panic

     

    Please, folks.  Can we all take a breath?  This is not the end of days.

    Of course, I speak to the panic which seems to have gripped anyone who is a fan of teams such as Notre Dame, Ohio State and Alabama.

    These are among the teams which are on the bubble of the inaugural NCAA football playoff slate.

  • sports commentary: Alma mutter

     

    I apologize for my alma mater.  Only one of them.

    While I received my MBA from the University of Minnesota, I got my bachelor's degree from Cornell University.

    I often cite Minnesota in this column because I often write about football and basketball issues, sports in which the Gophers are (arguably) competitive.

    I rarely mention Cornell because it excels in sports such as fencing, crew and squash, sports that have a less robust following in these parts.  (And, no, I never fenced, crewed nor squashed.)

  • Sports Commentary: Intangibles

     

    Similar to almost every sports columnist across the fruited plain, I'll give you my sense of the World Series.

    And, similar to almost every other one of those jamokes, I'll analyze it in terms of offense, pitching, defense, coaching and intangibles.

    Here goes.

    Offense.  Blah, blah, blah.  Edge:  Royals.

    Pitching.  Yada, yada, yada.  Edge:  Giants.

    Defense.  Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.  Edge:  Royals.

  • Sports commentary: The Un-Help

     

    There's plenty heading your way over which to worry.

    What will you wear for Halloween?  How are you going to rake up all those leaves?  When do you start your Christmas shopping?  When might any of our latest national crises come knockin' at your door?

    But, at least you don't work for ESPN.  The good folks who  man the offices in Bristol, Connecticut have way bigger worries than you.