I Could Have Used a Billion Dollars

Yup, I got sucked in. Thursday afternoon, I filled out my NCAA bracket and went to bed dreaming of getting my hands on a billion dollars of Warren Buffet’s money. That fantasy lasted about as long as it took Dayton to take down Ohio State, in the very first game. I’m in good company, though;…

Another Opinionated Day

On Michael Sam: Good for him. He’s not the first college football player to come out (Conner Mertens, a kicker at tiny Willamette University in Oregon, took that honor), but coming out before this spring’s NFL draft took courage. It’s not just about the big-ticket items, such as Westboro Baptist protesting. Every move he makes…

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…

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.

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…

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?…

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…

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…

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…

Kenny Miles Shines Light on Suicide

I like to think I follow college football fairly closely, but I never heard of Kenny Miles before this week. Until last year, Miles was a running back for South Carolina. He had a rather undistinguished playing career, rushing for 1,341 yards and four touchdowns, adding one touchdown reception, in four years. He graduated in…