Too Much Sunshine Dims Outdoor Hockey in Tahoe
February 22, 2021

File it under the best laid plans of mice and men. Because the National Hockey League's pandemic-shortened season began after New Year's Day, which is normally the day of their Outdoor Classic, the NHL tried to get creative. Since fans wouldn't be allowed to attend anyway, how about building a rink on a golf course, in the very picturesque setting of Lake Tahoe? It was a great idea, but there was one thing they didn't take into account. The sun...(continued)

McConnell: Trump's Not Guilty, But He Really Is
February 15, 2021

There are all kinds of things wrong with the American political system. Members of both parties more interested in seeing the other one fail than success for the nation as a whole, members of Congress more interested in their own re-election chances than the important issues of the day, and garnering donations from big business instead of working for the best interest of the individual, just to name a few. But the 78 year-old poster child for Washington's broken system is Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell...(continued)

It Turns Out This Brady Guy Is Pretty Good, Isn't He?
February 8, 2021

Let's get this over with. It's hard for me to say, and even harder to write. I've never been a big fan, but you still have to acknowledge his greatness. It's kind of like hating the New York Yankees just because they are good. There's really no comparison here. In other sports, you can compare eras, but you can't do that here unless you can somehow go back more than 55 years. It's true. We extend our arms out, and bow our head multiple times because we're not worthy. Tom Brady is the greatest of all time...(continued)

Trades, Not Games, Highlight 'No Sports Weekend'
February 1, 2021

You have to be disappointed in the so-called marketing geniuses that seem to run sports on television these days. You know, the ones that brought you quintupleheaders of NBA basketball on Christmas Day, 24 consecutive hours of college basketball when the season tips off, an outdoor hockey game on New Year's, and, even further back, a home run hitting contest the day before the MLB All-Star game. But where were they this weekend? It seems like they missed out on a golden opportunity...(continued)

New President, Legends Pass, Super Bowl Matchup Set
January 25, 2021

It's been quite a week in this country. An emotional roller coaster, too. Despite an insurrection at the U-S Capitol just two weeks prior, there was a peaceful transfer of power on Wednesday as Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States. Baseball legend and human rights icon Henry Aaron died on Friday, and Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton and talk show host Larry King also passed away this week. Sports fans can celebrate the Super Bowl, which we now know will feature the Kansas City Chiefs at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and, just hours ago, the House of Representatives delivered an Article of Impeachment to the Senate against Donald Trump. That's a lot of stuff happening in less than seven days...(continued)

In Time of Covid Optimism, Bad News Still Dominates
January 18, 2021

It's come to the point where I record the evening news on my DVR. Not so that I won't miss a thing about what's going on locally, regionally, nationally, and globally, but so I can fast-forward through it. It's important to know what's happening in the world, but it's the same thing every night, only worse. This, of course, is because of Covid-19, and the number of cases and deaths continuing to skyrocket. Over a million cases in Los Angeles County alone, now. I can't take it anymore...(continued)

Capitol Invaded, Lasorda Dies, 'Bama Wins Big
January 11, 2021

The first full week of 2021 was not supposed to be this eventful. There were a couple of big items on the political calendar, it was back to work after the holidays for most people, and there was a lot of football on television over the weekend. That was how it was supposed to go, but a lot of other stuff happened instead. The biggest, of course, was a protest that turned into an insurgence that got five people killed...(continued)

A Decade of Blogging, But Is There That Much To Say?
January 4, 2021

It's one New Year's resolution that I actually kept. It's probably the only one, as far as I can remember. Ten years ago, I decided I would write a weekly column and post it on my own website. I had written a few blogs before, but now I was going to do one every week, like it or not. The first one was on January 3, 2011—the first Monday of the year. I didn't think I'd last ten weeks let alone ten years, but this is the 523rd consecutive Monday I've written something. That and a nickel, of course, won't buy you anything...(continued)

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