General Sports

In honor of the New Year: 50 Personal Sports Blessings

Well, we have survived another year. Many things have changed, but most fire hydrants remain the same, at least where I live. I will be going out and getting drunk on this grand day. When the masses drink, I join. Who am I to question this sweet ritual?

I do not relish being out and about during the holidays. The bar is crowded. The garden variety alcoholic is more apt to throw hands, and why the hell not, it’s a special occasion. Every girl seems to have a boyfriend, and the couples are so damn happy. Bastards. I see bizarre styles, and wonder in vain if I could pull off those funky 2009 shades. No way in hell, I realize, no way in hell. And there’s always this lonely former Army lieutenant named Dan, sitting by himself in a wheelchair, covered in confetti and staring straight ahead, perhaps still lost in the jungle… Maybe he’d feel better if he were wearing a top hat.

MLB General

The 60th Anniversary of an American Hero

He was a black man, living in a white world. A time when the sky was blue, the grass was green, and everything else was white. He had to witness things during that time when racism was at its peak and stirring out of control. Everyday he had to listen to racial slurs being thrown at him, not being able to go to certain places because of his skin color, death threats, you name it the list goes on and on.There was one thing that this man wanted more than anything in life and would not stop until he achieved that dream. That dream was; acceptance. April 15, 2007 marked the 60th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke not only baseball’s color barrier, but this country’s. He not only changed the way we look at sports, he changed the way we look at life.