Opinion & Analysis

  • 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.

  • Sports commentary: New Year hopes


    Over the next couple of days, you'll hear people wish you a Happy New Year.

    The sentiment is a good one, even if the well-wisher has no idea what a happy new year might look like to you.

    If given the opportunity to craft a happy new year, as well as a happy year, this is how it would look through my sporting eyes.

  • Sports commentary: Holiday hoops


    The NBA:  Scrooge or Grinch?

    Or something else?

    The National Basketball Association has five games scheduled for Christmas Day.  The slate runs end-to-end from noon until the wee hours.  Two games will be carried by ABC, two by TNT and one by ESPN.

    I've written before about how wrong it is of the NBA to besmirch Christmas Day by holding and broadcasting these games on that day.

    The purpose of this column is to refute that judgment.

  • 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.