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Opinion & Analysis

  • Sports commentary: Great expectations

     

    The good thing about sports is that you're never 100% sure of an outcome.

    The bad thing about sports is the exact same thing.

    Take the state of baseball.  Going into the season, I expected the Giants and Yankees to return to the World Series.  At a minimum, I expected them to make the playoffs.

    Neither did.

    How many of you expected the Pirates and Indians would catch the playoffs from places other than the field of play?  If you're like me, your expectations were wrong.

  • Say no, UVA!

     

    Virginia is for lovers.

    Or, so stated the old advertising slogan.

    Virginia is also for smart folk.  The Commonwealth has one of the finest portfolios of colleges and universities in the nation, if not the world.  I believe that Virginia is the top dog when it comes to secondary education opportunities.

    In my job I have the opportunity to chat with some of our local high school athletes.  Invariably, the topic that comes up when talking with seniors is their future plans.

  • Sports commentary: Dribs and drabs

     

    Here are a couple of items for your consideration.  I wanted to share them, but I couldn't stretch any of them into a full column's length.

    Consider it housecleaning for the old noggin.

     

    While I must confess to having never heard of Diana Nyad prior to last week, I am startled by her accomplishments.

  • Sports Commentary: Auto-message

     

    "So, your new lady friend is a Wiccan, huh?"

    Those words were spoken to me many years ago.

    At the time, I lived in Richmond.  At the time, my next door neighbor was a musician:  as laid back as they come.  He was a pleasant fellow, cut from the stereotypical cloth of the 1960's style hippie.

    He had wandered over my way after the woman who would become the wife had just departed my abode, asking his nonsensical question.

    "What are you talking about, Cory?" I asked.

  • Sports commentary: What's in a name?

     

    Serious topics merit serious action.  And discussion.

    Lately, things seem to be getting fired up about the Washington Redskins.  

    The debate isn't whether the team has the right pieces in place to make the playoffs (it does).

    Nor is it about whether last year's sensation, RG III, will be pushed into action prematurely (I certainly hope not).

    The controversy is over the team's name.  Now, this issue erupts every so often.  Now, on the cusp of the season, it has arisen once more.

  • Sports commentary: A real bummer

     

    My summer is over.

    At least, my summer as it relates to Major League Baseball is done.

    I blame Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle.  They are the general manager and manager (respectively) of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    With my Cubbies swirling the drain, I have been pulling for the Pittsburghers to take the NL Central.  Of course, any of the other teams in that division are preferable to the hated Cardinals of St. Louis.

  • Commentary: Welcome back

     

    It would appear that the Steroids Era is back from the grave.  

    But absent the fun that came with it.

    The Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun seems to be the latest Major League ball player who couldn't resist steroids' siren call.

    These days, big-name players are getting hit with big-time penalties.  Braun will sit out a 65-game stint, making him useless to the Brewers for the rest of the season.

  • Sports commentary: Happy state

     

    I love Virginia.

    I've lived in seven states and another country.  I've been to roughly 40 states and 20 countries.

    Virginia tops them all.  I think it is nearly the perfect place to live.  

    I could use this column to write a love note to the commonwealth, singing of its many, many virtues and attractions.

    But we have a tourism board to take care of that.

  • Sports commentary: Los gordos

    The news has been heavy lately. As in fat.
    Two items that have recently hit the national conscience involve weighty matters.
    The first is that the United States is no longer the fattest nation on earth. Mexico, of all countries, has supplanted us as the country with the greatest percentage of its people falling into the obese category.
    Or should I say that Mexico now has the largest percentage of ill people. That's because the second news item tells us that the American Medical Association (AMA) has deemed obesity to be a disease.
    More on that later.

  • Sports commentary: Inclusiveness

     

    How do you like them apples?

    The "you" in this case is anyone who was raised a fan of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    "Them apples" refers to the new configuration of the ACC.