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Soccer: The Gift From a Younger Generation

Posted on 07/1/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Your LifeA crowd of several hundred people has gathered in a town square between a church and a school in the colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador, where our family is vacationing. The World Cup has brought them together to follow the fate of their national team, competing in Brazil. Ecuador scores to even the game, and the crowd goes wild. I turn to look at my daughter, who’s the reason I know anything at all about this great sport. She was just …

Why Is Basketball Legend Bill Russell Suing the NCAA?

Posted on 06/20/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThis month, after five years of legal wrangling, the NCAA finally finds itself facing off in court against basketball legends Ed O’Bannon, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell and more than a dozen other former college athletes, some long since graduated and even retired from professional sports. The issue in the class-action lawsuit? Whether former student athletes should, on graduation, be entitled to financial compensation for commercial uses of their images by the NCAA. The NCAA, which governs all college sports, has …

Tony Gwynn, Baseball’s ‘Mr. Padre,’ Dies at 54

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyIn college, Tony Gwynn read Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams’ how-to book, The Science of Hitting. It must have made an impression. The stocky left-handed outfielder, who died on June 16 at age 54 in Poway, Calif., went on to build the sort of baseball career with the San Diego Padres from 1982 to 2001 that little boys dream about. He won eight National League batting championships (tying Honus Wagner’s record), amassed 3,141 hits, had a .338 career batting …

Andy Granatelli: The Indomitable Showman

Posted on 12/31/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyThough he immodestly titled his memoirs They Call Me Mister 500, Andy Granatelli actually was behind the wheel at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway just once, in the time trials in 1948. Back then, he was billed “Antonio the Great, Famed Italian Speed Ace,” even though he hailed from Chicago and had raced only a few times, on state fairgrounds and small tracks in the Midwest. Despite the hype, Granatelli’s career as an Indy driver ended ignominiously, when he crashed, …

Why I Hope Tom Watson Will Do It Again

Posted on 09/26/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayIf you love golf as dearly as I do, you surely remember Tom Watson, at the tender age of 59, coming within a whisper of winning the British Open in 2009. Playing masterfully over four days at Turnberry’s Ailsa Course in Ayshire, Scotland, Watson would have tied the record with a sixth Open victory but for a bogey on the last hole of regulation play. Instead, he lost to Stewart Cink in a four-hole playoff. “It would have been a …

Golfer Shoots Back-to-Back Holes-in-One

Posted on 08/16/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayMost of us — well, at least the golfers among us — can only dream of hitting a hole-in-one. Actuaries tell us that the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one on a par 3 are approximately 12,500 to 1. The feat seems so elusively luck-laden. I say this with some authority: You’ll see my name on a plaque memorializing holes-in-one at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton, Va., and mine was a totally mis-hit eight-iron shot that had …