Posts in category "Sports"

Between MEN: Jack Silverstein, Sports Oral Historian

Between MEN: Jack Silverstein, Sports Oral Historian
“Between MEN” is a series of posts written for the sole purpose of exploring men — men from varied backgrounds and unique experiences from all walks of life. Today, writer Jack Silverstein. At the ripe age of 33, Jack Silverstein has done a lot. After a brief stint reporting up close on the Chicago Bears... Read more »

Hawks Win But No High Fives With Strangers

Hawks Win But No High Fives With Strangers
Saturday night I was a little disappointed. And why? I was in the best of situations. I was holed up in a crowded bar with the TVs blaring a 3-3 tie game in double overtime. Surrounded by friends it couldn’t have gotten any better for me and all the people I knew who gathered for... Read more »

Women & Athleticism: The Often-Missed Story

Women & Athleticism: The Often-Missed Story
Right now there are two major stories regarding women in sports. And the two stories are only trending in the blogosphere and all over the internet for little more than what could be each story’s profound dumbness. First this week we heard about a sports writer, a woman no less, named Ann-Megan Raley, who writes... Read more »
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The Sweetness of Pranks and April Fools

The Sweetness of Pranks and April Fools
A few years ago I got in trouble on April Fools Day. Back in my more tamed civic citizen days in the mid 2000s, I was a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago and the writer of the club‘s weekly newsletter. Part of my little volunteer position was to publish an emailable newsletter  –also... Read more »

Three Never-Written Sports Books That Should Be

Three Never-Written Sports Books That Should Be
In the world of sports, books are big. And even though we don’t think of our pro athletes as the main source for what’s next in literature, books about sports figures or ones written by them count among a large and likely growing share of biographies available at your local Barnes & Noble. Much of... Read more »

Seattle: A Fist Full of Sports Fans

Seattle: A Fist Full of Sports Fans
I picked up last week’s Sports Illustrated to catch up on the latest from NFL pundits. Nestled within this issue’s mid-season review was good sports journalism still laced with typical big sports hyperbole. After dutifully marching through what was going on here and now in the NFL, the author threw in a little foreshadowing. It... Read more »
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'Cocks, Football and Grilling Dogs in the SEC

'Cocks, Football and Grilling Dogs in the SEC
The University of South Carolina and its football team have always been stuck with a naming dilemma. Anyone living outside of The Palmetto State would rarely be inclined to call South Carolina “USC”, as most people think of the University of Southern California, the 11 time National Champions. Southern Cal’s football teams have spawned such... Read more »

Seven Pro Athletes with Unfortunate Bodily-Related Names

Seven Pro Athletes with Unfortunate Bodily-Related Names
Just because I turned 40 this year doesn’t mean I am willing to give up my accomplished knack for bathroom humor. Plus, as a sports fan I’m bound, like anyone else watching TV sports in the privacy of one’s own home, to crack a joke now and again about a questionable-sounding surname. One night several... Read more »

Summer / Camp Stories: Final Roundup

Summer / Camp Stories: Final Roundup
Summer Camp is over. The camp fires are out, and the canoes are docked. The mess hall is clean and out of food. About two months ago I threw out the idea about a series on camp and the things that keep us occupied when we’re not cooped up in an office or behind a... Read more »
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Summer / Camp Stories: "Girl Scouts Are More Than Cookies"

Summer / Camp Stories: "Girl Scouts Are More Than Cookies"
Picture this: 100 girls ranging from ages 14-18 from all over the United States, all Girl Scouts (GS), one adult supervisor per ten girls, staying in the dorms at the State University of New York Utica. Fourteen years old, and I was the only Minnesotan. By the end of those two weeks in July of... Read more »