A-Rod’s Unfinished Business

MSNBC’s Mike Celizic had this to say about the slumping Alex Rodriguez: “He’s shot. Toast. Finished as a Yankee, and there’s no sense pretending he can come back and be the man he was advertised to be.” Defensively, A-Rod has had a trying season. And offensively, he struggled in June, […]

If “The Juice” Came from Oranges

I’ve often heard the argument that Barry Bonds is worthy of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame because of what he accomplished before he allegedly began using performance-enhancing drugs. This begs several questions, one of which is “What would his numbers look like if were clean?” I’ve wanted to […]

Fervor vs. Facts

From Buster Olney’s blog entry today: “Derek Jeter had another moment at Yankee Stadium. A note from Rob Tracy of the Elias Sports Bureau on the Jeter hit: It was only the second hit of Jeter’s career in the eighth inning or later that drove in the tying and go-ahead […]

Vive La Protestation

When I lived in France, I became convinced that the primary purpose of the French government was to undermine the French economy. It’s become clear to me that the population is now in cahoots. There have been sweeping protests across the country in response to proposed legislation to reduce the […]

Heeb Hop

A few years ago, I was in Washington Square Park when a friend of mine ran up to me and said, “There’s a Jewish guy singing Reggae and he’s ridiculously good.  And he’s not Jewish like you…he’s one of those serious Jews.  You know — with the beard and the […]

Microsoft Humor

Think Microsoft employees can’t poke fun at their company’s products? Think again. This bit of CSS code was posted on a Microsoft webpage: /* fix for the IE 1px-off margin error */ * html .StupidIEMarginHack { margin-right: 1px; } * html .StupidIEWidthHack { width: 100%; }


This weekend, while dealing with tendonitis in my left knee, I found myself on the couch watching Brainiac.  I had never seen the show before, but it struck me as a lightweight version of Mythbusters.   One of the assertions that the Brainiac cast validated was that paper can only […]

Unhealthy Systems

I was in college when Hillary Clinton was charged with overhauling the U.S. health care system.  My contention at the time is that the last people who should be impacting the decisions of doctors were lawyers.  I still feel this way.  (It was particularly galling to many that doctors were […]

Bowden’s Blunders

Thank you, Jacob Luft. In his piece, “Defensible Position,” Luft writes, “If the Nationals had an owner — and a GM that wasn’t pulled off the set of Cold Pizza, for that matter — they could have gotten serious about winning and acquired some Mike Cameron types to take advantage […]

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