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August 09, 2013
Mazeppa and Teddy Jack Eddy
I told you about the Tulsa mini-renaissance of my college days in the 1970s, mentioning...
August 01, 2013
Remember Darryl Strawberry, the baseball superstar whose life came apart because of alcohol and drugs? ...
May 06, 2013
Benching sports metaphors
Figures of speech are not just ornamentation. They can shape the way we think about...
May 02, 2013
Sports figure comes out of the closet
A noted sports figure came out of the closet. Not Jason Collins of the NBA...
April 24, 2013
Church vs. children’s sports
There was a time (I'm sounding old) when community activities were never planned on Sunday...
April 10, 2013
Louisville wins, as do some Cranachers (sort of)
Louisville beat Michigan to win the NCAA basketball championship. In our Cranach contest, no one...
March 18, 2013
2013 NCAA Tournament
The NCAA basketball tournament is all set. You may fill out your brackets: 2013 NCAA...
February 23, 2013
What to call Washington’s football team?
I usually cast a jaundiced eye at efforts to change the name of sports teams...
February 15, 2013
For some people, the portent of spring, with it promise of new life and new...
January 21, 2013
Stan the Man
One of the most awe-inspiring baseball players of all time died last Saturday, Stan "the...
November 19, 2012
I was glad to see that the Washington Nationals' Davey Johnson won the National League's...
September 17, 2012
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler illustrates why talking trash against an opponent is not wise. ...
August 27, 2012
Lance Armstrong and two kinds of evidence
Which do you think is the stronger evidence for guilt or innocence? Eyewitness accounts or...
August 13, 2012
The Olympics are over. The United States took the most medals (104), including the most...
August 06, 2012
Pride vs. Gratitude
When Gabby Douglas won the gold medal for individual women's gymnastics, the first thing she...
August 03, 2012
Losing on purpose at the Olympics
Badminton players from China, South Korea, and Indonesia, were expelled from the Olympics for intentionally...
August 02, 2012
Mitt Romney’s Olympic event
Mitt Romney not only organized the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, he has a horse...
July 30, 2012
The blind Olympics archer
Are you following the exploits of the archer in the Olympics who is legally blind?...
July 27, 2012
You can watch EVERY Olympics event
Are you psyched up about the Olympics, which starts this weekend, with the opening ceremonies...
June 22, 2012
A Heat wave stifles Oklahoma City Thunder
Well, the Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the NBA championship series but got beat...
June 07, 2012
The Thunder rolls
As I have confessed in this space, I have pretty much stopped watching basketball, due...
April 02, 2012
The Final Two
One of my alma maters, the University of Kansas, will play in the NCAA basketball...
March 28, 2012
NFL’s bounty-for-injury scandal
One of the things we enjoy about professional football, frankly, is its violence. And as...
March 19, 2012
Can sports be a vocation?
David Brooks argues that the nature of competitive sports is in conflict with Christianity and,...
January 19, 2012
The two kinds of warriors: Hector & Achilles
University of Virginia English professor Mark Edmundson has written a fascinating essay entitled "Do Sports...
December 29, 2011
Football as the collision of Hobbes & Locke
Gerard Baker of England has become a convert to American football. He explains why: In...
November 04, 2011
More and longer field goals
Football has a new wrinkle, thanks in part to the phenomenon of youth soccer programs:...
October 20, 2011
The World Serious
Even though the St. Louis Cardinals broke my heart by beating the Brewers in the...
October 10, 2011
Watching baseballl playoff games is intense, especially if you have a horse in the race....
October 03, 2011
Wisconsin’s big weekend
This was being called the biggest sports weekend in the history of Wisconsin, my former...
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