Category Archives: Sports

Error on Terror

Warning! Probably not terror! Eerily similar to the terrorist incident during the Boston Marathon in 2013, a bomb hidden in a garbage can along the route of a 5K foot race in Seaside Park, NJ exploded – thankfully without injuring … Continue reading

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Trump Does the “Walk on Back”

A headline in today’s Washington Post reads Trump, amid criticism, walks back suggestion that armed clubgoers could have prevented Orlando massacre. Apparently the notion of several dozen clubbers – many no doubt at least half-drunk – simultaneously opening fire in … Continue reading

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Cut That Man a Check

Mass murderer Omar Mateen when he was only just a douchebag The moment the stock market opened on the Monday after this past weekend’s horrific mass shooting in Orlando, the share prices of prominent arms makers – Ruger, Smith & … Continue reading

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El Al Can’t Help Us

State of the art in airport security: TSA checking for C-4 in man’s ball-sack Another modern jetliner fell out of the sky yesterday into the Mediterranean Sea, and considering its origin (France) is a top target of ISIS (Islamic State … Continue reading

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Norman Agonistes

Thirty years ago this week at Augusta National Golf Club, Jack Nicklaus pulled off an improbable upset over several top professional golfers to win his sixth Masters tournament and his record 18th major tournament at the “advanced” age of 46. … Continue reading

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Martin Shkreli: Smug Face of Wanton Greed

To label Martin Shkreli a douche-bag would be an affront – to douche-bags. Shkreli is the supposed wunderkind who founded the drug company Turing Pharmaceuticals earlier this year with a business model for buying up rights to older, specialty medicines … Continue reading

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In Defense of A-Rod

Exiled New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez is about to rejoin his team after serving a 162 game suspension in 2014 for taking banned performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in what became known as the Biogenesis Scandal named after the now-defunct “rejuvenation” clinic. … Continue reading

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Three Rounds of Sudden Death Golf – And Maybe One More?

As they say, deaths of famous people always come in “3’s”. And so it was in the professional golf community when three big figures of the sport succumbed in just the past couple weeks: Billy Casper (Feb. 7/83 years), Kel … Continue reading

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Breaking the Brokers

As a harbinger of the turmoil to come in the music publishing industry, a ragtag service called Napster caught the imaginations of musicians and their fans, the record industry and not a few lawyers. A friend who was both a … Continue reading

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Where are the Great Golf Movies?

New York Times’s columnist Richard Sandomir yesterday published his list of his top ten favorite sports-oriented movies. Heading the list: Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” – the visceral story of boxer Jake LaMotta, starring Robert DeNiro in the title role. I … Continue reading

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Culture Justly Scrutinized: Rice, Wilson, OPEC

Toasted Rice on the Side Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won a pyrrhic victory this week when a judge ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell improperly punished him twice for the same crime of violence against his fiancée … Continue reading

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Saint Derek of Jeter

Now that Derek Jeter, New York Yankees long-time short-stop and team captain, has retired from Major League Baseball, it seems a near certainty that he will achieve sainthood well ahead of Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. For a … Continue reading

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Now You See it, Now You . . . Still See it?

Almost a year ago Facebook offered $3 billion for Snapchat, a tiny company that had made almost no money since its founding in 2011 – and in typical hubristic Silicon Valley style, Snapchat’s founders told Facebook to fuck off. Now, … Continue reading

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Take Back Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

Do you remember where you were when the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 was enacted? Neither do I, but thanks to meticulous records kept by the U.S. Congress, we know that George W. Bush signed the … Continue reading

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Suspect Decisions – What Happens Next?

News reports abound with stories of decisions made by governments, businesses, sports franchises, religions and many others that on the face seem remarkably suspect. Decisions that lead inexorably to pain, suffering, disenfranchisement, disillusionment, ennui, and any number of unproductive reactions. … Continue reading

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Shirts and Skins?

The Washington Redskins lost trademark protection from the U.S. Government the other day on the basis that the term “redskins” is considered disparaging to Native Americans. Apparently this is not the first time the Patent and Trademark Office nixed a … Continue reading

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Justly Scrutinized: Don Zimmer, NRA, Elise Stefanik, Mary Soames

Don Zimmer died the other day. The various headlines and photo captions noted unanimously that the 83-year old former NY Met and bench coach for the Yankees had established a career of 60 uninterrupted years in baseball. How sad then … Continue reading

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