Better Late Than Never

December 11, 2021 My former father-in-law Walter Slovenski coached track and field at Bates College for 43 years.  They dedicated the track in his honor in 1999, when he was too ill to attend. “1982-1983 men's track team carries coach Walter Slovenski,” Bates College Muskie Archives Photo and Audio Collections, accessed January 1, 2022, https://archives.bates.edu/photos/items/show/657 Former Rochester ...

UB’s Six Degrees

December 4, 2021 There are fourteen Section Fivers on the roster of the University of Buffalo football team.  Including kicker Alex McNulty out of McQuaid.  Originally a walk on for the Bulls, McNulty won the starting job as a sophomore and led the team in scoring this year.  McNulty kicked a 55-yard field goal to ...

Games That Keep Us Connected

November 27, 2021 We've spoken many times about how sports... despite their many flaws... still serve the greater good.  My family is pretty far flung.  My kids live in Athens, GA - Detroit, MI and Missoula, Montana.  It makes it tough to grab a quick cup of coffee and talk about current events. Elbert Dubenion, ...

Jake and Doctor Rick

November 20, 2021 I've seen just one Aaron Rodgers commercial over the last two weeks.  And that was on a Green Bay game.  Rodgers is clearly being publicly flogged for his vaccine approach.  That's when I realized just how much attention we're giving these commercials.  How powerful they are.  And what a significant year 2020 ...

That Other Name on the Wall

November 13, 2021 This is National Veterans Awareness Week.  Veterans Day last Thursday commemorated the official end of World War I... on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  The war to end all wars it was called.  How'd that work out?There are 31 names on the Buffalo Bills ...

The Rem Dog

November 6, 2021 Modern baseball analytics would probably deny Jerry Remy a career.  He hit only 7 home runs in ten years, none over his final six seasons.  But in the 70s, there was room for a 5 foot 9, 165-pound second baseman who could field and run, and who got every ounce of ability ...

Why Sports Endure

October 30, 2021 So, I was in Atlanta last week to visit a friend and watch a little baseball. Phil is a lifelong Braves fan and a good bit younger than me.  1999, to him, is a long time ago.  That's when the Braves last played in a World Series. Now Atlanta isn't Boston, Philadelphia ...

The Last World Series

In 1968 the American and National Leagues had ten teams each.  They played 162 games and the teams in first place went to the World Series.  Simple as that.  It had been that way since 1903.  1968 was the last year before expansion brought expanded playoffs.  The Detroit Tigers and the defending champion St. Louis ...

The Long Road to Legitimacy

It wasn't always like this.  In the early days the then Boston Patriots were the sorriest franchise in the NFL.  The last of the eight original American Football teams to join, they were homeless, playing alternately at Harvard, Boston College, Boston University and Fenway Park. There was talk of moving the team to Tampa... ironically... ...

The Big Drum and other things…

Honestly now.  Before this week, did you know that Purdue claimed the world's biggest bass drum?  Marching bands were and are still are a big deal in the Midwest.  So, the drum became Purdue's thing. The drum was commissioned back in 1921.  It was originally 7 feet 3 inches in diameter; 3 feet 9 inches wide.  ...

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