Category: Sports

World Cup Powers

That the United States of America, China, Russia, or India are not favored to win the World Cup is proof that money and might can’t buy you everything. That only one of the global powers (the USA) is even among the 32 finalists is proof that the great powers put their money and attention on...

A Puzzling Conundrum We Invite You to Solve

When a metropolis wishes to attract a professional sports team to their precincts, the City (obstensibly with the blessing of a majority of voters) offers the team owner attractive financial incentives. These enticements often include newly built stadiums (with copious luxury boxes available for rental) and substantial tax breaks. Does this situation best exemplify…?  1)...

To Be the Best

Is it possible to be the best at something in which “best” is measurable and quantifiable — such as athletic championships — while being a nice person? Or is it only possible to distinguish oneself, seperate oneself from the rest, by practicing a conscious aloofness and distance that inspires fear and respect from one’s opponents? ...

Super Thoughts, One for Each Quarter of the Big Game

1. The angry folks at Focus on the Family bought a Super Bowl advertisement meant to illustrate what a big mistake abortion is. They enlisted college football superstar and possibly closeted gay religious zealot Tim Tebow to communicate how terrible it would have been for his mom, doing missionary work in the Philippines and carrying...

Unbelievable!

If what I’m hearing every time I turn on a television, computer, or radio is true, we’re living in a peculiar epoch in which the freakiest, most unexpected, downright craziest stuff is happening on a daily basis. Ours is the Age of Strained Credulity.  Everything is unbelievable! (Or “great,” but that’s another story.) People who...

Magnificent Obsessions

People who are obsessed with Star Wars, comic book heroes, vampires, defunct boy bands, and long-canceled television series of the 1970s are effortlessly (and frequently) mocked by the self-satisfied masses who have managed to not care deeply about strange and specific phenomena. Blatant nerdiness makes an easy target.  But what of the tens-of-thousands — millions?...

The Meaning of Sports

Reliable sources report that there’s some sort of governmental event going on this week in Washington, D.C. But anyone who has cable TV knows that the really big news is that the NFL Divisional Finalists have been set, and either the Pittsburgh Steelers or Arizona Cardinals will win the upcoming Super Bowl.  Lest you scoff,...

Tiger, Burning Bright

Watching Tiger Woods do what he does better than anyone on the planet simultaneously inspires and humbles those who dare to be great — at anything. His deal is golf, a sport that poetically integrates athleticism with introspection. But it might as well be something else. Woods is clearly someone who has harnessed the dual...

Protesting Business As Usual

The normally jovial and celebratory Olympic Torch Relay, a mostly symbolic journey meant to link the entire planet in the joy of quasi-amateur athletics, has been transformed into a kind of Keystone Kops fiasco, without the comedy. In London and Paris, pro-Tibet demonstrators were so civilly disobedient that the riot police had to be summoned...

How to Win at Football Betting

With the opening of the NFL season this week, thousands of gamblers, serious and recreational, all want to know how to beat the pointspreads, how to get the best of the Line. Many of these hopeful souls end up writing me for the “secrets.” Since the publication of my book “The Smart Money,” which explains...