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Women in Tennis

  SAY WHAT?!? When I recently heard the words coming out of the mouth of Raymond Moore, CEO and Tournament Director of Indian Wells in Arizona, home of the prestigious BNP Paribas Open tennis event, I said, “Uh, oh.  Are you kidding?” Moore, a veteran tennis guy, said, and I quote, “I think the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association)….you know, in my next life, when I come back, I want to be someone in the WTA because they ride on...

Strat-O-Matic Mania

  REMEMBER THE STRAT-O-MATIC? I wax nostalgic every time I see an ad for the Strat-O-Matic baseball game.  For those of you who don’t know anything about this wonderful and long-lasting board game, Strat-O-Matic has been around since 1961, when Hal Richman, a college mathematics student and avid baseball fan, began selling a version of a tabletop game out of his basement.  Richman created one player card for every Major League player, refined his concept, and the game quickly...

The Thrill Seeker Within

  JUST FOR THE THRILL OF IT! She found her thrill in Blueberry Land.  Once or twice a year, thrill seeker Tamela Rich, 52, leaves her husband.  She packs a couple changes of clothes, dresses in helmet and protective gear and sets off on her motorcycle.   Her sons are grown, her husband loves her and she averages six weeks on the road.  You can follow her adventures on her blog or read her books.  She inspires all, male or...

Bye, Bye Pete Rose… Again

  PETE ROSE JUST WON’T GO AWAY.   So Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, recently decided not to lift the permanent ban imposed on all-time base hits leader Pete Rose. Seems Manfred didn’t see fit to bring old Charlie Hustler back into the good graces of baseball, some 25 years after the former star was banned from the game for betting on baseball while manager of the Cincinnati Reds.   The decision came less than three...

Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL, CONNECTICUT WOMEN STAND ALONE AT THE TOP. Connecticut has certainly had its ups and down during the last two decades: soaring taxes, an unsteady job market, residents bailing out to head South and West, traffic jams and political scandals, to name just a few unsavory aspects of living in the Nutmeg State. But the one thing the state has that no other in the U.S. does is University of Connecticut basketball.  The men have won...

Save the Celebrations for the Championship

There is far too much celebrating in sports. I’m not talking about celebrating in the clubhouse after winning a championship. I’m talking about celebrating any time something happens of note.  For instance, teams celebrating by pouring champagne and beer on one another in the locker room after winning a Major League Baseball playoffs wild card game! Teams that are 30 games under .500 celebrating a game-winning hit by chasing the player who had the big hit around the base...

The Rise of Fantasy Sports Leagues

One of the biggest industries in sports has become fantasy sports leagues.  What started as some friends sitting around a table, drinking a few beers, putting up a few hundred dollars each in a kitty and drafting players for their teams has grown into a multi-billion-dollar business. Fantasy Sports Leagues Explode Online One of the biggest fantasy sports undertakings is FanDuel, a web-based “premium game” and the largest company in the daily fantasy sports.  The model consists of traditional season-long...

A Golden Age in Men’s Tennis

THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEN’S TENNIS IS BEFORE US. There has never been such an amazing array of talent in men’s tennis as we have at the present moment. As I watch the U.S. Open from Flushing Meadows, I marvel at the possibility that no fewer than five or six men may have a chance to win this year’s title.  Of course, the way that the number one player in the world, Novak Djokovic, is playing means he is...

Water Skiing at 88? Why Not?

WATER SKIING SENIOR CITIZENS? At 88 and 86, Harry and Artis Price know how to have fun.  This married couple from Florida are an inspiration to anyone who fears they’re getting too old for certain things.  They have participated in more national water skiing championships than anyone else in the history of the sport.  In the process, they have earned 150 gold medals… and counting. In an interview with the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the couple offered their thoughts on...

Let’s Take the Air Out of Deflategate

DEFLATEGATE FATIGUE, ANYONE? I don’t know about you, but I’m getting quite bored hearing about what has been called “Deflategate.” That’s what the wags dubbed the New England Patriots’ subterfuge in deflating footballs below what the National Football League rules allow during last year’s playoffs. Tom Brady, the golden boy quarterback of the Super Bowl champs, got whacked with a four game suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for allegedly either asking that the balls be deflated or not...

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