| August 25, 2011

On Tuesday, August 23, 2011, around 2:00 PM, we experienced an earthquake in Maryland. I was working alone on my computer on the 3rd floor of the hospital when I saw my monitor shake and felt a vibration in the floor. My first thought was that someone was wheeling a heavy cart down the hallway. [...]

Why the World Cup is un-American

| June 27, 2010

The FIFA World Cup is just a plain un-American sporting event. I’m not talking about it being anti-American, and I’m not talking about it’s participants having an anti-American sentiment. I just mean that there are so many aspects of the tournament that are antithetical to what we as Americans expect of our professional sports. I [...]

Plaxico Burress, just a regular guy

| August 28, 2009

When Plaxico Burress was first indicted on weapons charges in New York City, he pleaded Not Guilty (I still don’t understand the difference between pleaded, plead, and pled) . I guess he and his lawyer were going to claim that someone stole Plaxico’s pistol, then stuck it down and his pants and shot him. Okay, [...]

Six Degrees of Separation on Facebook

| August 16, 2009

The idea behind six degrees of separation has been around for nearly a century, but it was John Guare’s play and film of the 1990s that brought the actual phrase into public consciousness. Put simply, the concept is that any two people in the world can be connected by jumping from one’s friends, to their [...]

Does Anyone Know the Rules?

| December 15, 2008

This afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers took the lead and won the game over the Baltimore Ravens on a touchdown at the end of the game. However, there was considerable controversy over whether or not a touchdown was actually scored. The play in question proceeded in the following manner: The receiver ran his route in the [...]

The BCS vs College Football Playoffs

| December 12, 2008

The controversy continues. Little has changed since I wrote my article before the 2007 NCAA football season. This year, we ended up with no less than 7 major college BCS teams with one loss, plus two lesser BCS teams with undefeated records. So, once again, no matter which two teams ended up on top, there [...]

Oklahoma and the Big 12 Championship

| December 8, 2008

The University of Oklahoma Sooners were chosen to represent the Big 12 South in Saturday’s league championship game. It was a most unlikely scenario which hasn’t happened since… oh, wait, it had never happened before. Three teams in the South division ended the season with exactly the same won-loss record. Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Texas [...]

A Safety isn’t what it used to be

| September 28, 2008

A safety in football is an exciting play and can be a game-changer. The defense scores 2 points, and then their team gets the ball, hopefully with good field position. It’s kind of like a technical foul in basketball, where you get uncontested free throws plus possession of the ball. But in football, the safety [...]

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