Category Archives: sports

Avoiding Americanization of Aussie Rules

Since I mentioned my beloved Detroit Red Wings in my last blog, I suppose that some of you are wondering how I feel about them missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter-century this past season. First of all, given that Mom passed away less than a month into the regular season, it was pretty much impossible for me to feel any kind of emotional attachment to the team in the wake of everything else that was going on around me. Honestly, I…

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Sports, Still as Stupid as Ever

Why can’t Jason Collins find an NBA job? (sfgate.com) Deadspin raises the blacklisting question about Chris Kluwe (blogs.citypages.com) I won’t deny feeling quite a bit of pleasure earlier this year when NBA player Jason Collins, shortly after his season was over, came out in Sports Illustrated as a homosexual. Coming on the heels of the military finally allowing non-heterosexuals to serve openly (and the colossal non-story integration was, with only two chaplains resigning in protest instead of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers predicted by the…

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The Littlest Victims of Fanatic Competition

‘Bounties’ split Tustin Pop Warner club (ocregister.com) As a culture, modern America is not very self-reflective. Maybe it’s a natural outgrowth of our previous national tumults, or maybe it’s a symptom of our ever-shortening attention spans, but when something bad happens to us as a nation, we usually don’t spend any significant amount of time after the problem to think about the underlying circumstances that might have caused it, and how we might go about altering those circumstances so that future problems are at least ameliorated,…

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Grounding Myself

Apologies for not blogging for such a long period of time.  As I’ve mentioned before, I finished the rough draft of my first novel this past May, and after “letting it rest” for three months — basically letting myself forget about it completely so I could come back to it with fresh eyes and really see what did and didn’t work in it (the story is great but my language is too bare) — I began editing the rough draft a couple of weeks ago. …

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Vuvuzelas Everywhere

By this point most Americans have once again stopped pretending to be interested in soccer, and those who are still pretending will likely stop doing so in the next couple of weeks when the World Cup is over once and for all.  For those who think that this, this could be the time that America finally embraces soccer, I have one word for you: Curling.  Most of you forgot about that a couple of weeks after the Winter Olympics, didn’t you?  There are certain things…

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