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Opinion & Analysis

  • 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.

  • Sports commentary: Black Saturday

     

    Weekends have changed forever.

    With the CW's announced cancellation of its slate of Saturday morning cartoons, a golden era has finally closed.

    When I was a young lad, Saturday morning consisted of an endless parade of cartoons.  What a joy it was to watch the likes of the Looney Tunes, Jonny Quest and Scooby Doo.

  • Sports commentary: Driven to drink

     

    We are becoming mere mounds of meat.

    By "we," I am referring to humanity, in general.  By "mounds of meat," I am referring to blobs of protoplasm that do little for themselves (or for anyone else, for that matter).

    Automation has made it so that we no longer have to do an awful lot of things which humans did.  Common household chores, such as dishwashing and clothes washing were automated long ago.  Now, there are vacuum cleaners which operate on their own.  You plug 'em in, and forget about 'em.

  • Sports commentary: Wrong again

     

    Well, that was quick.

    The Penn State football program has seen the once-Draconian sanctions it received reduced in both impact and duration.

    Last Tuesday, the NCAA announced that it was granting Penn State eligibility for bowl selection this year.  Additionally, the school would be able to start dishing out the full allotment of scholarships in 2015, a number that has been significantly curtailed over the past two years.

  • Sports Commentary: New on the New

     

    At some point in a man's life, he's the New Guy.  The new kid at school or on the block or on a team.  The new guy at work or at church or at the old folks' home.

    Being the New Guy is a rite of passage, and we all go through it.  I understand there is a similar dynamic for the fairer sex but,  having no experience as a New Gal, I'll stick to what I know.

  • Sports commentary: Dribs and drabs

     

    Some dribs and drabs for you to consider.

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    While Virginians can't unite behind any single college football team, I think we all agree on one thing:  The Commonwealth's teams aren't timid when it comes to scheduling.

    In the first week, we got UVa taking on a UCLA team which is among the favorites to take the national title.

    Liberty, meanwhile dared to take on North Carolina, with its top-25 preseason ranking.

  • Sports commentary: Sheesh-cago!

     

    Forgive me if I come across as a sourpuss in this week's column.  But I'm a Cubs fan which, almost by definition, tends to make one dour.

    That sentiment was magnified this weekend, as the Cubbies swept the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field.

    "Wait a minute," you might be thinking.  "Isn't a trio of victories a cause for celebration?"

    Not in Cubs World, my friends.

    You see, in that magical (albeit not wonderful) place, the Cubs have a way of torching things by winning.

  • Sports commentary: Things I've learned

     

    Well, the school year cranked up last week, believe it or not.  Yep, we were barely halfway through August and the kiddos were heading to schools.

    I really don't have a vested interest in when the schools get cranked up, but the early start is puzzling.  At least to me.

    After all, why would you want the kids in school during the hottest part of the year?  Doesn't that mean cranking up the air conditioning?  At my house, at least, you have to pay money for that luxury.