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Knicks’ Lin living out every kid’s dream

February 14th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Blog

At heart, most of us are benchwarmers, waiting for our chance to shine. Drift back to your high school days and do the math. We had something like 1,200 kids in our school. I wasn’t going to make one of the 10 spots on the basketball team, let alone the starting lineup. Never stopped me […]

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Throwing in the towel on the home gym

January 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Throwing in the towel on the home gym · Blog

A Consumer Reports survey conducted last year indicated that 32 percent of respondents used their home-exercise equipment less than anticipated. I’m a little suspicious of the other 68 percent. Fess up, people. You aren’t all hitting that treadmill every day. Admit it. I bet half of you have at least one item of clothing hanging […]

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Vampires in Washington? Don’t be surprised, they’ve been there forever

December 13th, 2011 · Comments Off on Vampires in Washington? Don’t be surprised, they’ve been there forever · Blog, Writing

Since I started writing book reviews for Baseball America three years ago I’ve seen all kinds of pitches. We get e-mails from Big Six promo folks and personal pleas from authors who have struck out on their own. In early 2010 I received an e-mail from a small publisher called Chin Music Press about a […]

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Santa Claus is coming back to town

December 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on Santa Claus is coming back to town · Blog

I don’t recall the exact moment I stopped believing in Santa Claus. By third grade I was well enough convinced to join several others in mocking a classmate who claimed to have seen Santa’s sleigh passing through the winter sky. He’d have had an easier time selling a UFO sighting. Kids are a particularly unforgiving […]

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Witness in Penn State rape case had responsibility to do more than tell his bosses

November 9th, 2011 · Comments Off on Witness in Penn State rape case had responsibility to do more than tell his bosses · Blog

Character quiz time. You witness an older man raping a child. You: a. Do everything within your power to stop it immediately, using physical force if necessary, and if not necessary using it anyway. b. Slink away and tell your boss the next day. c. Do nothing and hope it doesn’t happen again. Sorry, Mike […]

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The seven habits of highly annoying tweeters

October 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on The seven habits of highly annoying tweeters · Blog

Once upon a time, not all that long ago, I preferred Facebook to Twitter. Part of this was due to my half-hearted commitment to Twitter, which had held me back from making a serious attempt to connect with folks beyond those I might have been connected to anyway. In other words, the same type of […]

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Globe opens up Theo-bashing to all comers

October 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Baseball, Blog

To most people, writing about sports for a newspaper probably looks like a pretty easy gig. Not nearly so difficult as, say, explaining business and economics to the local readership. Anyone can write sports. Aren’t those the guys who sailed through school with a C average? Look at Ray Barone. He’s a doofus. For some […]

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Seattle Jonesing for a superhero

October 12th, 2011 · Comments Off on Seattle Jonesing for a superhero · Blog

Batman never had to deal with this. Oh, sure, the authorities wanted him on numerous occasions, trumping up charges to make the Dark Knight look like a menace to society instead of the superhero he was. But Commissioner Gordon knew an ally when he saw one. Then again, Batman never pepper sprayed a bunch of […]

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Newest soldier in the Kindle revolution

October 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on Newest soldier in the Kindle revolution · Blog

I am not the bellwether for technological devices. I still don’t own an iPod. I’ve never owned an Xbox, Nintendo, Sega—any gaming system beyond Pong, really. I’ve only had a cell phone for about three years, and it’s the boring kind where all you do is talk into it and punch the button to check […]

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Piling-on pundits piss off prospective paper purchasers

September 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Piling-on pundits piss off prospective paper purchasers · Blog

It’s not the media’s job to cheerlead for the local sports franchise. Newspapers are not PR departments. We don’t need or expect them to include a pair of rose-colored spectacles on our front porch bundled with the morning paper. (Or use a rose-colored font for those who get all their news online.) If our team […]

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