Brushes with Sports Greatness, Vol. 9: Arthur Ashe biographer Dr. Raymond Arsenault

Professional biographers are an odd lot. When I write a post about someone other than me (which is rare), I obsess about it for a few days, churn out some concoction that consists of anywhere between 600-1000 words and then Continue reading

Hulu Reboots Hornby Classic High Fidelity

Many moons ago, I fondly remember picking up Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity for the first time. From the opening page, I wondered if the author had secretly been following me around and documenting my life in excruciatingly sordid detail. High Continue reading

Dominique, Denzel and the mystery of the Van Halen Panama

Let me preface this post by saying I love the Van Halen song “Panama.” I owned the 1984 album (yes, on vinyl) back in high school and wore it out upwards and downwards, backwards and forwards, just as I did Continue reading

Look there goes another Major League scandal. Yawn!

There I stood in the batter’s box, a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 15 years old, pants a little too baggy but with a keen eye for the baseball and ready to strike. The pitcher stood on the mound some 60 feet Continue reading