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SWEET 16 PICKS: AM I SMARTER THAN A 4-YEAR-OLD?

March 26th, 2014

  For the second straight year, I have prevailed upon my grandson, Oliver, to make his Sweet Sixteen picks, using his intuitive method of studying team mascots, usually for a period of 10 seconds or less, and selecting his favorite. I do this with the hopes of overcoming what already promises to be my middling […]

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A PERSONAL ANNIVERSARY … AND MORE CONFUSION

February 22nd, 2014

  As I write this, I am celebrating the two-year anniversary of the robotic prostatectomy that rid me—by all indications—of cancer, at least cancer of the prostate. As I always do in these posts, I ask that you not consider my “battle with cancer” to be heroic for the simple reason that it was not. […]

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BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: RETIRING COMMISSIONER STERN

February 6th, 2014

  Interviewing David Stern is—as I wrote in my Q&A that ran on SI.com [[http://tinyurl.com/n6ssvj5]] and was made clear in a story in this week’s Sports Illustrated—a sometimes perplexing exercise, the real-world counterpart of going up against Frank Underwood, the character played by Kevin Spacey in “House of Cards.” (Free advertisement: Season 2 premiering on Netflix […]

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THE FUTILITY, BUT THE IRRESISTIBILITY, OF COMPARISON

January 19th, 2014

  I’m writing this a few hours before the NFL conference championships, the first one being New England versus Denver, more popularly known as the AFC Brady-Manning Bowl. It is the nature of sports journalists, not to mention Mankind in general, to turn team games into mano a mano personality contests. I understand it. Heck, […]

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Previous Entries

READERS WEIGH IN ON “THE PROSTATE MONOLOGUES”

December 28th, 2013

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: THE BIRD OF 1990-91, BAD BACK AND ALL

December 11th, 2013

JFK? THE MAYS LANDING MILKMAN WAS NOT IMPRESSED

November 21st, 2013

PROSTATE 101: PSA CONFUSION

November 15th, 2013

UNFINISHED BUSINESS MEMORIES: CASE AND J.J.

October 26th, 2013

MCHALE: WHAT I REMEMBER ARE THE LAUGHS

October 7th, 2013

SEX AND THE PROSTATE-LESS MAN

September 17th, 2013

BEHIND THE PROSTATE INTERVIEWS: ARNIE

September 5th, 2013

CONFUSION A NEAR-CERTAINTY FOR THE MAN WITH PROSTATE CANCER

August 29th, 2013

GOOD NEWS FOR CARROT TOP … and MORE PRESSING PROSTATE MATTERS

August 22nd, 2013

SOON TO COME: A FEW WORDS ON PROSTATE CANCER

August 3rd, 2013

THE TIMELESS GLORY OF THE BATTING ORDER

July 17th, 2013

DOES THE LEAGUE’S BEST PLAYER USUALLY WIN IT ALL?

July 7th, 2013

A LONG-AGO TRIP WITH THE CLASSY CLIPPERS COACH

June 28th, 2013

FOLLOWUP TO THE “DOC” DOC: HOW GOOD WAS ERVING?

June 12th, 2013

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: THE 1993 FINALS

June 5th, 2013

THE YELLOW BIRDS: WORTHY ADDITION TO THE GREAT WAR NOVEL

May 20th, 2013

SCORING CHAMPS AND CHAMPS: RARE BEDFELLOWS

May 3rd, 2013

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: THE ELUSIVE POP

April 23rd, 2013

LET’S TRY THIS AGAIN–IT’S MADNESS AND MAGIC BUT IT’S NOT SUPERIOR TO THE NBA

April 8th, 2013

DAD, HAMMERIN’ HANK and the ’57 BRAVES

April 1st, 2013

SWEET 16: PICKING WISDOM FROM A 3-YEAR-OLD

March 25th, 2013

AN ELITE THREE IN AN ELITE EIGHT

March 19th, 2013

HOW GOOD IS LEBRON? PART DEUX

March 5th, 2013

REVISITING A TRAVELOGUE WITH COMMISSIONER STERN

February 22nd, 2013

BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK: UNFORGETTABLE

February 5th, 2013

ONE MAN’S SPORTS BOOK READING LIST (TOP TEN)

January 28th, 2013

ONE MAN’S SPORTS BOOK READING LIST (19-11)

January 17th, 2013

A BAD BREAK FOR A RARE LEHIGH STAR

January 7th, 2013

ONE MAN’S SPORTS BOOK READING LIST (29-20)

December 27th, 2012

THERE IS NO “DIALOGUE” WITHOUT A GUN DIALOGUE

December 18th, 2012

ONE MAN’S SPORTS BOOK READING LIST (39-30)

December 12th, 2012

ONE MAN’S SPORTS BOOK READING LIST (50-40)

December 5th, 2012

UNBELIEVABLE? NOT IN SPORTS

October 23rd, 2012

ONE MAN’S READING LIST: THE TOP TEN

October 12th, 2012

THE OTHER DREAM TEAM: THEY KEPT ON TRUCKIN’

October 5th, 2012

ONE MAN’S READING LIST: PART FOUR

September 29th, 2012

ONE MAN’S READING LIST: PART THREE

September 20th, 2012

ONE MAN’S READING LIST: PART TWO

September 12th, 2012

ONE MAN’S READING LIST: PART 1

September 6th, 2012

THE BOOK: JOE POS and JOE PA

August 30th, 2012

BOB RYAN: A PRO’S PRO

August 22nd, 2012

ALL-TIME STARTING FIVES

August 17th, 2012

ONE MAN’S 1968 DREAM TEAM

August 6th, 2012

THE ALL-TIME OLYMPIC STARTERS

July 31st, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: PATRICK

July 25th, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: THE ADMIRAL

July 22nd, 2012

BOB CREAMER (1922-2012): A GENTLE GIANT OF JOURNALISM

July 19th, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: BIRD

July 16th, 2012

1992 VERSUS 2012: NOW, WHO DO YOU THINK I’D LIKE?

July 15th, 2012

REGRETS? I HAVE A FEW … BUT NOT MANY

July 12th, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: MICHAEL

July 9th, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: THE MAGIC MAN

July 4th, 2012

RACE-BASED DREAM TEAM SELECTIONS? I DON’T SEE IT

July 2nd, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: MULLIN

June 30th, 2012

MORE ON CLYDE, AND NO, THIS ISN’T FUN

June 28th, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: THE GLIDE

June 27th, 2012

A FAMILY AND A TOWN FIGHT OVER THORPE’S REMAINS

June 25th, 2012

LEBRON and the ORIGINAL DREAM TEAM

June 22nd, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: CHARLES

June 18th, 2012

A FATHER WHO PLAYED FAIR

June 17th, 2012

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM TEAM SCRIMMAGE

June 14th, 2012

A HEAVY WEIGHT IN THE KEYSTONE STATE

June 12th, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: LAETTNER

June 10th, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: THE MAILMAN

June 6th, 2012

A Lesson He Never Knew He Gave

June 1st, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: STOCKTON

May 29th, 2012

THE DREAM TEAM $$$ BONANZA BEGINS BUT IT WASN’T THE NBA’S IDEA

May 24th, 2012

BEHIND THE INTERVIEWS: SCOTTIE

May 21st, 2012

An Excerpt from DREAM TEAM

May 16th, 2012

POSTING UP

May 14th, 2012