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American Women & Soccer, Perfect Together

US WOMEN’S SOCCER WORLD CUP CHAMPS! The fireworks went off one day late for the United States women’s soccer team, but the feeling was just as thrilling as seeing the sky light up on the Fourth of July. The U.S. side came out of the box like gangbusters in its World Cup championship game against Japan on Sunday.  Japan was the country that caused the U.S. misery when it came back and knocked off the U.S. in the 2011...

The “Sport of Kings” Gets a Pharoah

ALL HAIL AMERICAN PHAROAH! I watched with gleeful amusement as American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown of racing by capturing the 147th Belmont Stakes. For the uninitiated, that means the horse won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, the latter coming on a beautiful late spring evening with 90,000 roaring fans in attendance at the big track in New York and millions more watching on television. American...

Bygone Glory Days: Athletes in Retirement

TIME TO RETIRE— On September 25, 2014, Derek Jeter, longtime New York Yankee shortstop and team captain, drove in the winning run in his last at bat at Yankee Stadium.  Three days later he was fully retired.  He did so on his own terms, ending on a high note, still competing to the best of his ability, still regarded with affection and respect by teammates and fans alike.  He has a charitable foundation; he’s building a large house in...

Minor League Baseball: Give It a Try!

Why You Should Visit a Minor League Baseball Game This Year Minor League baseball.  Sure, it’s not the Major Leagues, the crowds and stadiums aren’t as big, and most of the players may never see the “Bigs.”  But it’s still baseball.  The price of admission for a minor league game doesn’t set you back a month’s rent, the beer is $3 a bottle, and a hot dog won’t bust your budget. Listen, there’s nothing like being at a big...

The Jordan Spieth Era Begins

Exit Tiger Woods, Enter Jordan Spieth. That’s the way it felt watching this year’s Masters tournament from Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.  While Tiger Woods groused and swore his way around the venerable track and finished as an also ran, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth emerged on the world stage as a shining new light for golf, one that will likely burn bright for a number of years. The Texas resident, just old enough to down a glass of champagne...

Let the NCAA March Madness Begin!

It’s the time of the year when rabbits—especially the Mad Hatter (LOL)—welcome the approach of spring and, along with that, NCAA March Madness. You know, the annual love fest we have with college basketball that slows production in offices around the country and sends sports fans into a month-long hysteria of around-the-clock hoops until we reach that most magical of all weekends, Final Four Weekend.  And then it’s down to two teams for all the marbles in the men’s...

Pitchers and Catchers Baseball Report

After being buried in snow and frozen by below zero temperatures, wasn’t it grand for us northerners to hear those sweet words uttered each February, as Major League Baseball spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona? I still welcome with childlike wonder and joy the beginning of a new baseball season. Just seeing the players in their uniforms cavorting around fields in the warm Sunshine State and Southwest tickles the soul and gives cause for optimism. The sun...

Serena Williams – Still Queen of the Courts

Recently, I watched with rather grudging admiration as Serena Williams  won the Australian Open for her 19th Grand Slam singles title. I use the term grudging because I’ve never been a huge fan of Serena, probably more so because of the way her father, Richard Williams, has acted and spoken through the years. But Serena has come up short on the sportsmanship end more than a few times during her career, and her ridiculous display in doubles with her sister...

When Less Meant More at the Super Bowl

The first super Bowl was not that big a deal.  The contest attracted some interest because it was the establishment against the rebels, the National Football League versus the American Football League.  But the fanfare was about one-tenth or less of that which takes place around and during today’s megalithic Super Bowl, where the country basically comes to a standstill for 12 hours and billions of people watch on television around the world.  I mean, Al Hirt was the...

Family Golf with Your Grandkids

Let’s face it, golf is in a bit of trouble. Rounds and participation are down, some daily fee clubs are closing, and private clubs are struggling to stay afloat or going public.  The rose bloom clearly has no petals left. But there is hope that the game can grow again—maybe not to the extent that it did during the 1980’s and the heyday of Tiger Woods—but grow nonetheless. The PGA of America has successfully launched the PGA Junior League...

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