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Entries from January 2018

Blake Griffin and the Historical Necessity of the Clippers Getting Rid of Their Best Player

January 31st, 2018 · No Comments · Basketball, Clippers, Lakers, NBA

If you live in France and get a batch of English-language programming on your TV deal … you can watch a ton of NBA games. There are the ESPN nights, and the TNT nights and whoever has the weekends … and it feels like I can count on an NBA doubleheader at least four nights […]

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The Trials and Tribulations of the Arsenal Fan

January 30th, 2018 · No Comments · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, soccer

When I decided that, oh, what the hell, I was a fan of Arsenal FC, the English Premier League club … I was concerned at being branded a front-runner. Straddling the turn of the century, Arsenal won the Premier League three times in seven seasons, and this was when Alex Ferguson, the knighted coach of […]

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‘How Did I Ever Get Along with Five?’

January 29th, 2018 · No Comments · Baseball

Another ride in the Wayback Machine, inspired by poking around the other day for the Firestone “Wheels Are Turning” television ad. In this one, the advertising spot is fairly lame … but the product it is flogging is Just Plain Weird. That would be the Sixfinger toy kit sold by Topper Toys and promoted heavily […]

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Roger Federer and the Upside to Being the Last Man Standing

January 28th, 2018 · No Comments · Tennis

I do not appreciate Roger Federer as much as the generic tennis fan should. I know for certain that I rooted against him throughout the Aughties, mostly because I was sick of him winning everything — which is pretty much what he did for years at a time, back then. From 2004 through 2007 Federer […]

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Real Me, Anyway, Has Quit Twitter

January 27th, 2018 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Journalism

The New York Times today posted a very interesting and very alarming long-form piece on the practice of selling social media accounts. The story suggests that 15 percent of Twitter accounts are actually “bots” — bogus accounts created to help ethically challenged entrepreneurs amass enormous lists of account holders which they can sell on to […]

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‘Following a Golf Ball or Keeping the Peace’

January 26th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

No, not about a domestic dispute over a husband taking an afternoon to play a round at the country club. The title, above, are words from a famous Firestone tires jingle from 1963. One that was so compelling to a kid in fourth grade that more than a half-century later he can remember the whole […]

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An Escapee from Hell: The XFL Returns

January 25th, 2018 · No Comments · Los Angeles Rams, NFL, Rams

We thought we had buried the XFL after one limp and forgettable season, in 2001. But now it is back, a ragged zombie out of the grave, with wrestling impresario Vince McMahon planning to take another whack at the 11-on-11 game two years from now. McMahon promises a “re-imagined” game … and I imagine it […]

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Wozniacki and Prying a Simian Off Her Back

January 24th, 2018 · No Comments · Tennis

Caroline Wozniacki is a veteran tennis player with lots of fans and  accomplishments. As far as I can tell, she has always been polite, honest and modest, which we like in our athletes (and increasingly do not get). Wozniacki is not the sort of athlete who complains about fan behavior or who snaps at journalists […]

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Botox Cheating in Camel Beauty Contests?

January 23rd, 2018 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Journalism, The National, UAE

So says the camel expert at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, where we worked and lived for more than six years. Anna Zacharias, a journalist from Canada who has made the Arabian Peninsula her home, has her ear to the ground concerning the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, near Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. […]

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Glory, Glory Alexis Sanchez

January 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, soccer

Alexis Sanchez, an attacking player recently of Arsenal FC, moved to Manchester United today, as his deal to switch Premier League teams was completed. That meant it was time for an “unveiling”, as the Brits inevitably describe an “introduction” … typically with stiff and anxious new player behind a table, with a club executive nearby, […]

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