Monthly Archives: June 2011

Kobayashi vs. Major League Eating, Part Deux

When we last left the world’s premier sporting event — that would be Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest — it was to the sight of competitive eating’s greatest glutton ever, Takeru Kobayashi, being hauled away from the Coney Island battlefield in handcuffs. Kobayashi had been barred from the proceedings by MLE’s […]

Yoo Hoo, NBA and NFL, Knockoff the Lockouts, please!

What a pity that major league baseball and the National Hockey League don’t have labor agreements coming to an end this season. Then we’d have a clean sweep of intransigent owners and overvalued players picketing and firing polemics at each other. If MLB locks out McCourt in LA, we might be able to get a […]

Tuesday Pot Shots (& I’m not talking Marijuana)

Question du Jour. What do Russia, France, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Austria and Belarus have in common that the U.S. of A. does not? If you answered: A chance to win the Women’s Futbol World Cup, that would be incorrect. If you said each of those European countries has a survivor in the women’s […]

McIlroy & Mavericks = Patience & Perseverance

Okay, it’s not like golfdom’s flavor of the month, w√ľnderkind Rory McIlroy, really waited that long to break through. Unless, of course, you started your countdown when, as legend has it, he hit a forty yard drive . . . at the tender age of two. Really, he’s been on the average sports fan’s mind, […]

My New Favorite Golfers of All Time

The first question, I guess, is whether I’ve ever had a favorite golfer? Um, well, not really. Okay, Julius Boros. What I loved is how fast he played. He’d pull his club from the bag to hit a second shot . . . while still walking toward the ball in the fairway. And, I swear […]

Lord Stanley’s Game VII: Canucks Host Bruins Tonight

Addled minds think alike. Fellow hockey fan (and writer) Christopher Hall commented on — you know where — that’s right, Facebook, that the NHL Finals series reminded him of the ’60 World Series. That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking, I thought when I read it. Then Tony Kornheiser made the same observation on PTI. When […]

Much Ado About Nothing: NCAA & Kentucky Both Wrong

This one’s gonna be quick. (In fact, I probably wouldn’t write about the NCAA vs. UK-Coach Cal- 500 W brouhaha, if the 2010-2011 men’s basketball season hadn’t ended last night. My buddy Bruce calls me periodically during the off season, as he did today to set up lunch tomorrow to talk, ahem, b-ball. He always […]

Mavericks Win NBA Title, LeBron Sells Insurance

You know what I want you to do? Will you do something for me?¬† Do me a favor. Just kick my ass, okay? Kick this ass for a man, that’s all. Kick my ass. Enjoy. Come on. I’m not asking, I’m telling with this. Kick my ass. — Artie Fufkin (Paul Shearer), “This Is Spinal […]

Heat Wilting, Dallas Mavericks Up 3-2

I’ve written this hundreds of times, but it always slips my mind when I go off and write something foolish — as I did of these extraordinary NBA Finals when I declared Miami a lock to win the title. The Best Players don’t necessarily make the Best Team. It remains one of sports’ premier truths. […]

No Bellarmine on Former Louisville Cardinal Goode’s List

Lost in the discussion about U of L’s abundant roster for next season has been George Goode. Despite having a year’s eligibility left, he’s obviously been a goner. (Frankly, it appears his coach gave up on him early on in his Cardinal career.) Given the flaws in Goode’s game, a move across town to National […]