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Checking Out Other Countries’ Olympic Heroes

I don’t remember when I subscribed, but I’ve been receiving Rolling Stone magazine’s daily emails for several years. At this point it’s become background noise; I barely glance at it before sending it to the trash folder. This week, though, something finally interested me. There’s a story listing the Greatest 100 U.S. Olympians. There are…

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Just For The Record

I’ll be rooting for the Broncos tonight. I’m not a real fan of either team, but as an old guy, I feel obliged to root for Peyton Manning. It’s hard to root against a guy who came back from an injury like his, at his age, and play as well as he has.

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Young Kicker Shows Courage In Coming Out

When I read the story about the first active football player coming out, two things impressed me. For those who missed it, Conner Mertens, a kicker at tiny Willamette University in Oregon, publicly came out this week. He’s the first active player on any level to have done so. First thing that got my attention…

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Creating the Perfect Super Bowl Party Playlist

Last week, I accepted an assignment from Yahoo to come up with a Super Bowl music playlist, to liven up pre-game parties (I get paid per hit, so here it comes: shameless plug). As usual, I had to overthink things. Is there, I wondered, a difference between regular party music and Super Bowl party music?…

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Reds Desperate For A Leadoff Hitter

So, after the 2013 season, Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty fired Manager Dusty Baker for two years of playoff futility. Then, he loses leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Chin to free agency, without having a legitimate replacement. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Jocketty to fire himself. Instead, the Reds are trying to sell rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton…

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Memo to Grantham: Do Something First, THEN Talk

I don’t know much about Todd Grantham, but one thing’s for sure: Louisville’s new defensive coordinator has a big mouth. At his introductory news conference January 16, the former Georgia DC decided to forgo the customary modesty and humility, and instead decided to take credit for the Bulldogs’ two SEC East titles earned during his…

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Don’t Be Too Rough On Andy Dalton

I would have fired Marv Lewis. If I owned the Bengals, he would been handed his walking papers before he left the field after losing to San Diego. I would have interrupted his postgame comments to fire him, live before a national television audience. Too many years of playoff futility. But the folks wanting to…