Baseball, Analytics, and When Not to Swing for the Fences

It was a little over a year ago that I posted on the extent to which the many postseason near-misses suffered by Philadelphia’s pro sports teams during my youth turned me into a pessimist. They always seemed to be taking us – their loyal fans – to the brink of a title, only to fallContinue reading “Baseball, Analytics, and When Not to Swing for the Fences”

Larry, Mo and Richie

As a nearly lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, I have had my share of favorites among the many athletes I’ve seen play for the Sixers, Phillies and Eagles. But there are three who hold a special status for me, not only for their stellar careers on the field and court, but because they returned to workContinue reading “Larry, Mo and Richie”

Passing the Milkshake Torch

There are certain life events that are extremely unimportant in the big scheme of things, but which stand out in one’s memory.  I still vividly remember the day in 1980 that a new color TV was delivered to my family’s home to replace the one that had stopped working months earlier; that one having beenContinue reading “Passing the Milkshake Torch”

Favorite Sports Memories

A couple recent posts from an online Philly sports nostalgia group provided the inspiration I needed to return with another sports list. I was going to make it a Top Ten; but there is a four-part entry and another one that isn’t really a memory, but which I threw in for personal reasons. So thereContinue reading “Favorite Sports Memories”

On the Road: The Leftovers

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any trip reports; be they old or new. After going through my online photo archives, I unfortunately determined that I don’t have any other vacations documented well enough to do a comprehensive report. But I do have some odds and ends from various trips and decided to combineContinue reading “On the Road: The Leftovers”

Top 10 Athletic Feats of All Time

I am overdue for both a Top Ten list and a sports post. So I figured I’d knock both out in one shot. “Athletic Feats” is a somewhat ambiguous term. I’m using it in three ways: a remarkable single performance; accomplishments achieved by an individual during the course of a single Olympics; and, in theContinue reading “Top 10 Athletic Feats of All Time”

Where Have You Gone, Barry Sanders?: The Decline of Sports

I’ve decided to demonstrate what a curmudgeon I now am with this post. For years before I was fanatical about cheesesteaks, burgers and barbecue, the Philly pro teams and a handful of individual athletes were my driving passion. But I have a difficult time working up any intensity over who wins or loses at thisContinue reading “Where Have You Gone, Barry Sanders?: The Decline of Sports”

Lunch Truck Heaven: Denver 2016

My only trip to the Mountain time zone took place in 2016, when my wife and I flew to Denver. We initially planned to hit a couple other spots outside of Colorado’s biggest city and state capital, possibly Colorado Springs or somewhere scenic in the Rockies. But we made what I consider to be theContinue reading “Lunch Truck Heaven: Denver 2016”

Kansas City 2017: Burgers, Barbecue, History (part 3)

For the final full day of the trip, we remained in Kansas City, taking advantage of the best the city has to offer in terms of both history and food. Our first stop was the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which shares a building with the American Jazz Museum. Nearly every available square foot of spaceContinue reading “Kansas City 2017: Burgers, Barbecue, History (part 3)”