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Opinion & Analysis

  • Sports Commentary: Third place?

     

    Well, this World Cup business will finally be settled this Sunday.  Even though this column isn't about the World Cup, per se, I'll still throw out a prediction.  It could be way off, however, since the semifinals haven't taken place yet as this paper goes to press.  Nevertheless, I'll boldly go with Brazil over Netherlands, the former seemingly the New York Yankees of FIFA, and the latter the Buffalo Bills (three title games, three losses).

  • Sports Commentary: Upside down

     

    Baseball is still called our national pastime: a pleasant diversion designed to while away the hours in a pleasant fashion.

    All sports should be so defined.

    Unfortunately, today the world of sports also plays a role that extends beyond providing mere entertainment.

    Sports have become part and parcel of how we define ourselves as a people.

  • Sports commentary: Pure pride

     

    It's a shame it had to end this way.

    My heart goes out to the Jefferson Forest girls' soccer team, just as it would have gone out to the Dominion squad had JF been the one to eke out the win.

    And by "eke," I mean a margin so slim it makes the Olson twins look portly.

    I'd like to write that the loss was heartbreaking.  In fact, my original headline on the story included that term.  But thinking back to the end of the match, as well as its immediate aftermath, the word seemed inappropriate.

  • Sports commentary: Weighty issues

     

    "This pricing is unfair," I thought to myself.

    It had that thought as the wife and I were shopping for running shoes the other day.

    Now, I know that sentence is fraught with incongruities.  For example, the wife and I really shouldn't go shopping for anything together.  At the grocery, while she's filling the cart with staples, such as flour, breakfast cereal and bananas, I'm trying to slip large bags of beef jerky and lime-flavored Tostitos onto it.

    Alas, such goodies typically get the boot.

  • Sports commentary: Help wanted

     

    It seems that everyone has their hand out lately.

    Barely a day goes by when you're not solicited by some good cause or another.

    Well, let me join in the fun.

    The good news is, I'm not looking to hit you up for any of your treasure.  

    What I seek is your brain and the thinking it can generate.  You see, summer is just around the corner, and I'll need your help.

  • Sports commentary: Just perfect

     

    Well, they've gone and made a mess of things.

    I'm not exactly sure who "they" are.  But I am sure what the mess is:  It's the end of the preps' spring season.

  • Sports Commentary: No triple crown

     

    I'd love to see horse racing produce a triple crown this year.

    But it won't happen.

    Oh, I'll see the last two races, all right.  I just won't see California Chrome win both of them.

    The horse is already a champion, having won the Kentucky Derby in dominant fashion.  And the story of the two regular guys who own the horse certainly makes you want to pull for the horse.

    That Chrome has a 77-year-old trainer makes his an even better story.

  • Sports commentary: Just thoughts

     

    Allow me to use this space to declutter the old coconut.  I've had the following thoughts bouncing around my bean, though none merited a full column.  You, valued reader, may deem them of no merit at all!

    *****

    I know I'm weighing in late on this whole deal with the (soon to be former) owner of the L.A. Clippers.  That's the price of working for a weekly periodical.  

    Still, I wish the NBA was as severe on other transgressions as it is on racism.

  • Sports Commentary: Viva España!

     

    Ink runs in my veins.

    That's not a surprising statement, as any old newspaperman will make the same figurative claim.

    Only I make mine literally.  At least I can now.  You see, the wife and I recently returned from a trip to Spain.  Among other delicacies, I treated myself to a pile of seafood in black rice.

    Now, when I ordered the dish, I assumed black rice was a mere variant of the grain.  Sort of like blue corn or red wheat.

  • Commentary: Need a new team?

     

    We're one week into the baseball season, and I'm one week late in giving up on the Cubs.

    I could dedicate this column to going over just how terrible the Northsiders are.  But, you can easily discover that for yourself by flipping on the tube to WGN.

    I knew I was in trouble when nearly every baseball prognosticator had this to say about the team's upcoming season:  "2014 is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.  That's about all Cubs fans will have to celebrate this year."