Goodbye, Columbus?

I’ve got no personal investment in the Michigan-Ohio State football rivalry, but I’ve got enough friends and colleagues who do and, more importantly, I respect a good old-fashioned mutual loathing steeped for generations.  For many of the seniors who played in and attended today’s 107th installment of this game, they had never known a world … Read more

Midweek Night Lights

It’s Wednesday night in November, baseball season is finally done, and the country’s still intact.  Pro basketball has a full slate of games, college basketball’s off and running, and the NHL is already more than a month into a surprisingly competitive season. But for a surprisingly significant portion of the TV sports audience, that all … Read more

Handicapping the CFP Race Week 9

From now until the last week of the regular season, I will be sharing my weekly thoughts on the college football playoff chase. CFP contenders after week 9: Group of 5: No one Independents: No one ACC: Clemson. They’re 8-0 and will likely make it through the regular season undefeated. Big 12: Texas Christian. They’re … Read more

What’s A Ute?

One of–if not my absolute–favorite movie of all time is MY COUSIN VINNY, which, incredibly, is 30 years old this year.  Among its wonderful comedic performances was one of the last offered by lanky legend Fred Gwynne, who anyone of my vintage knew was Herman Munster in the classic ’60s farce about the monstrous family … Read more


As my actual alma mater never has has a football team, I assign my passions and loyalties based upon how schools have affected me beyond being an alum.  In the case of the University of Miami, my love of them is dually inspired by two wonderful recent years I had teaching upper level undergrads spending … Read more