Category Archives: Sports

Book Review: The Patch

The Patch, by John McPhee One of the things that happens when a writer has a lot of material is that one tends to see feasts of scraps made of those materials.  This book is an example of that.  This … Continue reading

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The CBI For What It’s Worth

[Note:  South Florida ended up winning the 2019 CBI.  Article updated below.] Starting in 2008, the College Basketball Invitational (hereafter CBI) became the third of what are now four postseason college basketball tournaments for division I teams.  Without a doubt, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Boys In The Boat

The Boys In The Boat:  Nine Americans And Their Epic Quest For Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown Spoiler alert:  They got the gold.  This book is the sort of work that purports to be more … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Three-Year Swim Club

The Three-Year Swim Club:  The Untold Story Of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids And Their Quest For Olympic Glory, by Julie Checkoway In reading this book, which I generally enjoyed, although I am not particularly well-versed in swimming history, I was … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wildest Race Ever

The Wildest Race Ever:  The Story Of The 1904 Olympic Marathon, by Meghan McCarthy I first heard about this particular race from a Sports Illustrated feature that dramatized this shambolic Olympic race, but the SI crew may have gotten it … Continue reading

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The Alliance Of American Football: The Latest Iteration Of A Perennial Idea

There are some things that get tried over and over again in the hope that they will work.  One of these ideas is another league of professional football in the United States aside from the National Football League.  And it … Continue reading

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Liveblogging Super Bowl LIII

2:34PM:  Since I was not invited to any Super Bowl parties this year, I decided to camp out this year at my normal location for reading, eating, and watching sports on Sundays, the Applebee’s at 185th Avenue and Walker Road.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Jackie Robinson

I Am Jackie Robinson, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos In looking at this book I had one obvious question.  Where was Jackie Robinson’s father?  A good deal of this book (like the entire series I have read thus … Continue reading

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My Country Did Not Send Me 9,000 Miles To Start The Race; My Country Sent Me 9,000 Miles To Finish The Race

This evening we had a Bible Study to begin the Northwest Family Weekend here in sunny Portland, Oregon, and the theme this year is “Steadfast To The End,” which was also (not coincidentally) the subject of the Bible Study tonight.  … Continue reading

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The Surprising Depth Of NCAA Football 2014

As I have noted elsewhere [1], I greatly enjoy the gameplay videos that various YouTubers have for NCAA Football 2014.  I cheer on imaginary football programs like the University of Georgia-Fairburn Pandas or the University of Alaska Golden Eagles or … Continue reading

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