I’m Done with Horse Racing

| June 7, 2008

Not that I’ve ever really been into horse racing… But as a sports fan, yes, I pay attention to the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. And when a horse has a chance of winning the Triple Crown, I get excited about the Belmont Stakes. I’m old enough to remember watching Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed [...]

Somebody Get a Dictionary

| March 29, 2008

One of my pet peeves is hearing people, especially those in the broadcast media, use a particular word to emphasize their point, but use the incorrect definition of the word. Two such words are prototype and literal. How many times have you heard a sports broadcaster describe a player as “the prototype of an NFL [...]

Elite Eight or Eight Elite?

| March 25, 2008

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is one of the most exciting sporting events in the US. Unlike the NBA playoffs, what makes the college tourney so fascinating is that every game is an elimination match. On the first 4-day weekend games are played throughout the day as the field gets whittled down from [...]

Sam Bradford’s Certified NCAA Record

| November 25, 2007

Yesterday Sam Bradford, the Oklahoma freshman quarterback, threw four touchdown passes against the in-state rival Oklahoma State Cowboys enroute to a decisive 49-17 victory. The victory gave the Sooners the outright division championship of the Big 12 South and bragging rights in the state for another year. The four touchdown passes brought Bradford’s total to [...]

Sam Bradford, “Certified Cherokee”

| September 24, 2007

Readers of this website may already know that I am a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a faithful fan of Sooner sports, particularly football. So I was glad when my father called me last week to remind me that the Sooners were playing Tulsa on Friday night, and that the game would be [...]

Middle America isn’t just in the Middle

| September 23, 2007

I attended my high school Homecoming football game yesterday. There was no particular reason for me to go, other than that my mother called and invited me, and I had no other plans for the day. The last time I had been to a football game at my old high school was probably about fifteen [...]

Soccer in the USA

| September 18, 2007

In case you hadn’t noticed, the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament is in full swing in China. We all know that football is the most popular sport in the world. That’s soccer to those of us in the USA, and since this article is about the USA, I will call it soccer. Last month I [...]

Baseball is Digital, Football is Analog

| September 9, 2007

In general terms, digital means that information is contained in discrete elements, with nothing in between. For example, a digital clock with an Hour:Minute display shows you the time as discrete elements of minutes. By glancing at the clock once, you cannot tell how close you are to the next minute. There is no in-between. [...]

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