Recent Commentaries

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Class and Character
Watching the end-of-the-season games between the Sox of Boston and the Bronx Bombers, the TV cameras would frequently cut-away from the action to catch a glimpse of Yankee Captain Derek Jeter. The 40-year-old Jeter has amassed enough stats to easily make Baseball’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot. According to Baseball Reference, a website devoted to tracking stats of...
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September 29, 2014
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Boobs on the Ground
What’s your reputation worth? That’s the question Minnesota Vikings principal owner Zygi Wilf needs to ask himself. It’s also a question that every league owner needs to seriously consider in the face of public criticism concerning the escalation of players who have moved beyond thoughtless conduct to criminal behavior. After benching Adrian Peterson for just one game stemming from charges...
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September 17, 2014
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Education, Texas Style
Imagine that you’re the black parent of a 9th grade student opening a textbook on United States History and read that the slave trade is referenced as the “Atlantic Triangular Trade.” How about this one: that same parent is helping his son study for a history final and read that during the era of segregation only “sometimes” were schools for...
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September 15, 2014
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Are You Ready for Some Fooootballl?
Are you ready Are you ready Are you ready, ready Are you ready for some football? – Hank Williams, Jr. I don’t ever remember a time when football wasn’t King. Yes, there’s always been baseball (love it), basketball, hockey, and golf to a lesser extent, but football has always reigned supreme in the hearts of most Americans. In the past,...
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September 12, 2014
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The Punch and the Roll Back
Two football stories made the news yesterday, but the focus on one all but buried the other. Let’s begin with the obvious. By now, most people have seen the video circulated by celebrity news web site TMZ that shows what happened inside the elevator between Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice and then-fiancé-now wife Janay. Frankly, after watching it, Rice is lucky...
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September 10, 2014
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ISIS: The Assad Dilemma
Like many, I was sickened and repulsed by the single still images that came out of somewhere in Syria of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff before each was savagely beheaded by a member of ISIS, or ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), an extremist group so devoted to hate and heinous acts of terror that even...
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September 8, 2014