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Opinion & Analysis

  • Sports commentary: Grumblin

        It causes me great sadness to see the great Ernie Banks dragged through the posthumous muck and mire.
        “Mister Cub” was a boyhood idol of mine.  He was one of the main reasons I continued to like the team, particularly after I’d outgrown my toddler affinity for the bear cub worn on the players’ sleeves.
        Unfortunately, the dignity with which he carried himself in life has so far eluded him in the afterlife.

  • Sports commentary: Grumblin
  • Sports commentary: The buck is passed

        I’m hopeful Governor Terry McAuliffe breaks out the veto pen.
        And, I’m hoping the governor vetoes what is commonly known as “The Tebow Bill.”
        This legislation recently passed both houses of the Virginia legislature.  As originally passed in the House of Delegates, the law would open the way for homeschooled children across the commonwealth to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities at their local public schools.

  • Sports commentary: The incredible shrinking man

        I’m not a small man.  Never have been.
        True, some may accuse me of having a small heart or a small mind.
        But never a small body.
        That’s why I was stunned when the wife returned from her shopping foray with a packet of tee-shirts for me.

  • Sports commentary: Command-z!!!

        Many of us live in a "Command-z" world.
        Those of you who use Apple computing products are likely familiar with the term "Command-z."
        It refers to holding down the command button on your keyboard while hitting the key for the letter z.  That action immediately undoes what you'd previously done.

  • Sports Commentary: The Age of Aquarius

        "April is the cruelest month" is the opening line of a poem called "The Waste Land."
        That poem was written by T.S. Eliot.  I understand the poem is considered one of the most important poems of the 20th century.
        I'm uncertain how critical such prose might be when its opening line is patently false.  These being the sports pages, rather than arts and letters, I'm looking at it with a sporting eye.

  • Sports Commentary: Bedford's Bowl

     

    The challenge to a community newspaper is to somehow make national issues resonate with the local populace.

    That bit of logic earned no traction with the big boss when I tried to make the case for a Bedford Bulletin presence at the upcoming Super Bowl.

    "It would cost my entire paycheck just for air fare, hotel, meals and game tickets," he thundered.  "And it would cost your entire paycheck to buy a commemorative game program."

  • Sports commentary: Super duper

     

    Well, we've got our Super Bowl teams.  To the surprise of nobody (except those that bet on other teams), the Seahawks and Patriots will face off ten days hence.

    In the spirit of the big game, I'd like to dedicate this column to aspects surrounding it.  Hopefully, there are some points here that you may not have considered previously.

  • Sports Commentary: Dubuque rebuke

     

    Joining the likes of Scrooge, the Grinch and Mister Potter as  cold-climate curmudgeons is the city of Dubuque, Iowa.

    Specifically, the wintery wretch here is the city council of Dubuque.  For that is the entity which recently banned sledding in the city's parks.

  • Sports commentary: Winging it

     

    There are few areas in which I'm a snobby stickler.  In fact there are only three.

    Frist, I take grate pride in my speling.

    Second, I make it my business to never split an infinitive:  To grievously make such an error in grammar is a no-no. 

    Third, I'm a martinet when it comes to chicken wings.