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Opinion & Analysis

  • 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.

  • Sports Commentary: Spring is in the air

     

    Ah, springtime!

    "Wait," you might be thinking.  "Spring is still a couple of weeks away."

    True, according to folks who figure such things out, spring doesn't become official until March 20.  That's when the Vernal Equinox takes place.

  • Sports commentary: Are districts still needed?

     

    Bad laws rarely get repealed.

    Right now, we're living with the results of a law that many find confusing and counterproductive.

    Implemented with the most noble of intentions and after months and months of painstaking and dedicated work, the law is meeting resistance on many fronts.

    It has been widely bashed in the press for an awkward implementation and for providing unforeseen side effects.

    The law of which I write, of course, is the Virginia High School League's realignment.

  • Sports Commentary: We hardly knew ye

     

    I never really got to know Bruce Cassels.  And now, he's gone.

    Cassels passed away last week.  I'm told he was felled by a heart attack.  A youngish 63, Cassels could outrun some of the kids he coached:  His physical condition was that good.

    Regrettably, he couldn't outrun the silent predator that overcame him with a too-soon death.

  • Sports Commentary: Pisces' lament

     

    Twenty-eight days of nothing.

    The month of February used to be derided by sports pundits, using the above statement to point out:  a) it is the shortest month and b) it contained nothing of value sports-wise.

    As a guy who tries his best to be pundity about sports, that hurt, since I was born in February.

    Until recently, such disparagement was deserved.  After all, February had no baseball, no football, no college basketball tournaments and no NBA or NHL playoffs.

  • Sports commentary: The Lost Weekend

     

    Why can't we point out the obvious?

    That was a bad Super Bowl.

    Unless you're a die-hard Seahawks fan, have a burning hatred of the Broncos or had a wad of cash riding on a Seattle win, there was little to like about Sunday's Super Bowl.

    It got so bad that the wife and I actually started switching between the game and a flick on Turner Classic Movies.

    The movie was "The Lost Weekend."  It's a beaut, starring Ray Miland as a drunk who is out on a life-altering toot.

  • 'X-Men' show what they're made of

     

    The Jefferson Forest wrestling team's warm-up tee shirts feature a large X on them.

    The symbol is the Roman number which stands for "10."  There are 14 weight classes in high school wrestling.  Jefferson Forest has only been able to fill 10 of them.  The 106, 195, 220 and 285 pound slots have remained vacant for much of the year, and will do so for the post-season.

    That means that the Cavs go into meets short of a full complement by 28.5%.

  • Sports commentary: A short story for you

     

    In honor of the Staunton River boys basketball team, I'll keep this column short.

    You're probably thinking two things:  "Thank goodness!" and "What does the Staunton River boys basketball team have to do with you being merciful to us poor readers?"

    Glad I had you thinking that (even if you weren't).

    There's no way to avoid a direct answer here.  The brevity of this column is reflective of the shortness of that particular team.