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Opinion & Analysis

  • 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."

  • Sports commentary: Training payback

     

    There is no medal for finishing in 16,974th place

    Since they give gold for first, silver for second and bronze for third, I suspect that 16,974th deserves something made of, oh, dirt or sticks or a discarded Gatorade paper cup.

    I should know, for I finished in 16,974th place last Saturday.

    That showing took place at the Monument Avenue 10K, held in Richmond.

    The organizers of this event are very clever.  You see, they don't call it the "Monument Avenue six-point-two miler."  

  • Sports commentary: What a (b)racket!

     

    Well, my bracket is already marred.

    But, then again, it's highly likely that yours is, too.

    It has been proven, fairly conclusively, that nobody will ever have a perfect bracket.  The odds of doing so are something along the lines of 9.2 quintillion to one.

    I don't know what a quintillion is, exactly.  I do know it's larger than a quadrillion, which is bigger, still, than a trillion.  So, it's big.

  • Sports commentary: Warnings and cautions

     

    Lately, I've learned not to let the tank run low on a certain car.  You'll not hear the end of it.

    For the past couple of weeks, I've been driving a rental car.  It's a late-model Nissan Altima.

    It's not a bad car, as far as rentals go.  It certainly will never, ever let me run out of gas.  That's because it has at least four different ways of letting me know when it is low on petrol, including the traditional gas gauge as well as audio and visual alerts.

  • Sports commentary: Making the right choice

     

    Financial advisors will tell you that you need to have diversification in your investments.  Good ones will, anyway.

    The idea is that a mix of stocks, bonds, real estate, cash and gold will minimize risk while giving you a decent return.

    Life is the same way.  A wide mix of activities makes for a richer life.  In other words, don't put all of your eggs in one basket.

    Of course, a wide range of involvement can often result in timing conflicts.