One Mel of a weekend

I tell myself not to do it. Play golf instead. Go fishing. Read “War and Peace.” Watch all of Clint Eastwood’s movies. Drink. Drink. Drink. Drink some more. But when the clock strikes 11 Saturday morning, I will do what I always do on this day every year. I will watch the NFL Draft.

Happy 34th anniversary to me!!

This column ran back in 2002 when I celebrated my 30th year working for the Times Record News. Today — April 27 — is my 34th anniversary with the newspaper, so I thought since 34 was the number worn by both the great Nolan Ryan and the late, great Walter Payton, I would re-run it…

To see or not to see, that is the question

My wife and I went to the movies last night. And the “Coming Soon” caught our attention more than the “Now Playing.” The Da Vinci Code — directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks — was previewed to be coming in May. I haven’t read Dan Brown’s best-selling book, mainly because I wasn’t sure…

Way to go, granny

When I was in junior high, I had one goal in life. To view as much of the female anatomy as possible. That’s just the way God made little boys — out of snips and snails and puppy dog tails.. (What is a snip? Must have something to do with circumcision.) So I can understand…

31 points, 11 rebounds

I don’t know if Dirk Nowitzki deserves to be the MVP of the NBA. That’s because I probably didn’t watch one entire NBA game all season. I covered the Grizzles-Mavericks Game 1 Sunday night in Dallas, and that was the first entire game I had seen this year. I have a hard time getting excited…

It’s 4-20: Where are your children?

4-20 is now one of the most interesting days of the year. If you planned ahead, you bought lots of stock in Oreo cookies because it’s a good bet on April 20, Oreo consumption will go up drastically. You have heard of crunchtime. Well, welcome to munchtime. It’s “Reefer Madness” all over the USA —…

Racial tension and the Golden Rule

“Racial tension.” How many times have you seen those two words on the sports page lately? Like everytime there is a story about the Duke lacrosse team. All of the Duke players indicted for the alleged rape are white. The victim is black. And they’re quickly taking sides in Durham, N.C.

Gone fishing

Just thought I should tell you that I am taking a couple of days R and R on Monday and Tuesday. I will start my blogs back up on Wednesday. Not sure anybody is reading these things because I get almost no feedback.

A round to remember

If you’re unfortunate to be addicted to the game of golf, then you know what I’m talking about. It’s the day you dream of. The day when your drives sail into the middle of fairways, your iron shots don’t hook out-of -bounds and your chips don’t fly over the green. Then you knock down a…

Easter Eve?

Just sitting here flipping the remote and wondering “Why isn’t there an Easter Eve??. . . . I started flipping the remote Saturday afternoon trying to find the Rangers’ game. Once I realized it wasn’t on TV, I began looking for alternate viewing. And what I found was better than the Rangers. (That really doesn’t…

Track thoughts

GOOD – The effort: In what other sport do you see most of the competitors so physically exhausted that they can’t stand or walk. Let’s face it. Running isn’t the most glamorous sport, and these athletes push their bodies to the max. BAD – The execution: I’m sure Denison tried its best, but it wasn’t…

It was a Good Friday

For much of my life I couldn’t understand what was so good about Good Friday. I saw nothing good in the torture and execution of an innocent man. And when that man just so happens to be the son of God and the execution is crucifixion upon a cross – well, what’s so good about…

$2 million for a basketball coach?

When did basketball coaches become so expensive? It’s not like they’re rare and hard to find. And you really don’t have to be very smart to do it. So why are colleges offering 2 million bucks a year for a coach? Yeah, you read right. 2 million bucks to coach a game that basically is…

The Paper…

“The Paper” was once the marketing trademark for the Times Record News. For some reason, we stopped using it, but I always liked it because that’s what everybody called us. “Do you work at The Paper?” “I’ve been subscribing to The Paper all my life.” Etc., etc., etc. Well this week The Paper ran out…

Playoff hockey

I have my favorite times of the year. Football season ranks highly, for sure. March Madness is also up there. And the World Cup, which cycles only every four years (and is only a couple months away), tops the list. But there’s also a two-month gap coming up where one sport is at its finest.…

Don’t call me, I’ll call you

I spent part of my morning today learning how to answer the phone. Now, I’m waiting on the big test. I just know the company is going to plant a mole to dial my number to see if I learned my lesson. Here is how a call would have gone before my Team TRN changed…