A Challenge for Us All

October 17, 2008

One of my favorite on-line places to hang out is Tomato Nation, where Sars gives great advice and occasionally rants about baseball. (I’ll forgive her for being a Yankee fan–I think she may have been born that way.)

Each year for the past few she and her “awesome” readers have supported teachers’ projects through Donor’s Choose. If you follow that link, and scroll just a few projects down, you’ll see a high-poverty school is in need of about $300 worth of basketballs and other basketball-related equipment. Donations through Donors Choose are 100% tax deductible and you can donate as little as a dollar. Believe me, little donations add up fast.

And as a special treat for those of us who follow the antics of the inimitable Sars, donors through her bloggers’ challenge get her closer to her goal of $100,000 donated by her readers and supporters. If that goal is reached, Sars will dress up as a tomato and dance at the White House. If you wonder what a dancing tomato looks like, check out last year’s Donor’s Choose tomato dance at Rockefeller Center.

You know as well as I do how much sports can mean to keeping high-risk kids in school. So click on that link up there, give some dough, and maybe noodle around in the site a bit to find more places to give.

MSG Doesn’t Understand the Message

April 19, 2008

Excuse me if there’s an obvious answer, but what in the world does Isaiah Thomas do well enough that a company (especially one with the internal, on-court, and PR troubles of MSG) would pay him money to consult? It isn’t coaching, or player personnel, or anything GM-related, and certainly he isn’t going to be working with Employee Relations.

MSG shows its utter cluelessness almost daily.

Minute by Minute (Part Thursday Afternoon)

March 20, 2008


I’ve discovered that if you blog you can’t watch and if you watch you can’t blog. This is the first and last running commentary! 

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Gays in Sports

April 30, 2003

Once again an athlete (in this case Todd Jones of the Colorado Rockies) has decided it’s the thing to do to gay bash. In the context of commenting on “Take Me Out,” a play that deals with a superstar baseball player who announces that he is gay, Jones is quoted in the Denver Post. “I wouldn’t want a gay guy being around me,” Jones said. “It’s got nothing to do with me being scared. That’s the problem: All these people say he’s got all these rights. Yeah, he’s got rights or whatever, but he shouldn’t walk around proud. It’s like he’s rubbing it in our face. ‘See me, hear me roar.’ We’re not trying to be close-minded, but then again, why be confrontational when you don’t really have to be?” He later apologized, saying at a Rockies press conference. “I think my only mistake was that I made my views public.” (Huh?)  Read the rest of this entry »

For Me in 2003

December 31, 2002

If the world were organized for my happiness, these things will happen in 2003. Read the rest of this entry »

Do I Love the Tourney?

March 16, 2002

Okay, so maybe I was wrong. Maybe it’s the upsets. Or the kids. Or the surprises, and I’m not talking who wins or how. But by the end of day three I see more reasons I love this tournament.


There are the kids. It’s Creighton’s Terrell Taylor on a mission to eliminate Florida. And even more, it’s the post-game press conference. It’s seeing a young man who really is just a kid who wants to be like Mike.


It’s watching Quinn Snyder, looking so young you think he really should still be playing for Krzykrzyvski at Duke, take his Missouri Tigers to the Sweet 16.


It’s discovering that Bob Knight, of all people, could teach Billy Donovan a thing or two about losing gracefully. Do you think Billy has figured out yet that if he just had effectively taught his players what to do when they had trouble inbounding at crunch time, they’d be through to the second round? Perhaps he was too busy greasing up to look like Pitino to figure out how to coach like him.