Simply Put, This Is Disgusting

I've written about gun control before, sometimes in response to a recent mass shooting, sometimes just to share my thoughts. Of all the hot-button issues we face as a nation, this is my number one. My wife and I have supported Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action through donations, protest marches, and phone calls. … Continue reading Simply Put, This Is Disgusting

I’m Betting (Literally) the NCAA Selection Committee Knows What It Is Doing

It was late Thursday afternoon, and my picks for March Madness were due early the next day. As I wrote in a previous post, I haven't really paid much attention to college basketball this year, so my picks were going to end up being completely random. So I decided to go with the quickest, most … Continue reading I’m Betting (Literally) the NCAA Selection Committee Knows What It Is Doing

If You Don’t Know Who the Patsy Is, You’re the Patsy

It's that time of the year where I play the patsy. It's March Madness here in the U.S., the annual tournament to determine the men's and women's national collegiate basketball champions. There's lots of betting during March Madness, and it's the only time of year I bet on sports. I participate in two pools, or … Continue reading If You Don’t Know Who the Patsy Is, You’re the Patsy

Resistance Is Futile

It's not how I meant to spend my Saturday night. I was just mindlessly scrolling through the cable channel guide, hoping that an idea would come to me for today's blog. And there it was. Rocky. The original. One of the best movies of all-time. And a movie that no self-respecting kid from the Philly … Continue reading Resistance Is Futile

Here’s Something You Probably Never Wondered About – the History of Clapping

I heard another great Geico commercial on the radio today, and one of the lines was asking about how clapping ever got started. Why would you celebrate something by hitting yourself, the announcer questioned. It gave me pause, and I wondered "how did clapping originate?" Forty years ago it may have been hard to answer … Continue reading Here’s Something You Probably Never Wondered About – the History of Clapping

Three Cheers for the Ivies

Here was the heading in a Wall Street Journal story today: The Ivy League Is Still on the Sidelines. Wealthy Alumni Are Not Happy. followed by this sub-heading: Billionaire Joe Tsai’s rebuffed offer to fund a lacrosse ‘bubble’ is one sign of how pressure is mounting on the conference that never returned to the field. … Continue reading Three Cheers for the Ivies

Add One More Item to the List of “I Just Don’t Get It”

  In July 2019, Sotheby’s sold a historic set of Nike’s “Moon Shoe” waffle-soled sneakers from 1972 for a then-record-setting $437,500. Not to be outdone, during the peak of the Michael Jordan fever triggered by ESPN’s 2020 docuseries “The Last Dance,” a pair of game-worn Jordan 1s sold to an unnamed buyer for a record-breaking … Continue reading Add One More Item to the List of “I Just Don’t Get It”

On the Day of a Major European Football Match, Don’t Use a Car in Singapore or Taiwan

In a quirky published report from the BMJ, researchers found that days featuring high profile (popular) football matches in Europe were associated with more traffic accidents in Taiwan and Singapore than were days with lower profile football matches. Although football enjoys global popularity, most high profile games are played in Europe. The top five most-watched … Continue reading On the Day of a Major European Football Match, Don’t Use a Car in Singapore or Taiwan

Christmas Ad Features Functional Fitness at Its Finest

I'm not sure I would have ever come across this ad if it hadn't been for my middle son sending me the link. “Take Care of Yourself” is a new holiday advertisement from Doc Morris, one of Germany’s biggest online pharmaceutical services. The ad starts off with an elderly man apparently living alone, looking at photographs … Continue reading Christmas Ad Features Functional Fitness at Its Finest

Music Monday: the Best National Football League Fight Song

My son and I are watching the Seattle Seahawks vs Philadelphia Eagles football game, and admittedly we were not too optimistic going in. Yet somehow the Eagles managed to score a touchdown at the end of the first half, and they are only losing by a score of 14-6. And the best part of an … Continue reading Music Monday: the Best National Football League Fight Song