150 ways to play the Super Bowl

A bookie friend of mine e-mailed me a list of  “150 ways to play” the Super Bowl. It’s a list of prop bets that allow you to be on just about anything you want in the big game. Will the final score of both teams added together be an odd number or even number? Take…

Carter: “Guitar Shows and Guitar Bands”

“Guitar Shows and Guitar Bands” Richard Carter So, last Saturday started at the guitar show at the MPEC, which was actually kind of cool, but not as cool as the one last year. It seemed more crowded last year with more cool items. That doesn’t mean I didn’t find some things that I wanted, but…

Alpharedda in any other language is. . .

I just got off the phone with some guy in Pakistan or Istanbul or the Kingdom of Kabul or some place I don’t plan on vacationing anytime soon. The IRS and ADP — and quite possibly the CIA, FBI and YMCA — don’t believe I used by flexible spending account on drugs. Even though all…

Who’s invited to your Pro Bowl party?

So who out there is planning a Pro Bowl party on Sunday? Isn’t it strange how the NFL has now replaced baseball as our national pastime, yet few people care about watching the league’s annual all-star game? My football season ends on Super Bowl Sunday. So playing the Pro Bowl the week after the Super…

It may not be Dallas, but it’s close enough

The ink barely had time to dry on the morning newspaper when an angry email showed up in my editor’s inbox on Monday. Two headlines in the sports section no less had one reason asking for a correction. The first one was on Page 1C. It read “On to Dallas.” The second one was over…

1,200 reasons why we need health care reform

Does America need health care reform? The Democrats say yes Republicans say no. I have never read the health reform bill that Democrats consider the crown jewel of the Obama presidency and Republicans have vowed to abolish. Most of those lawmakers have never read it either. But why should they? We the people will pay…

Beautiful Ricky G.

Ricky viagra pills for sale Gervais needs to host every celebrity award show from now until the day he dies. He was the reason I watched the Golden Globes this weekend. Maybe it was see to Emma Stone, who I didn’t recognize as a blond, and maybe it wasn’t. But I turned the channel to…

Ryan twins both look like winners

The more I watch these NFL playoffs, the happier I am that the Cowboys are going to hire Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator. Rex Ryan, in my humble opinion, is the star of this postseason show. And jumping on that Ryan bandwagon by hiring his twin brother sure seems like a smart move. There…

Will hockey ever make it in Hooterville?

It was cool to see 7,200 people jam into Kay Yeager Coliseum to see the first hockey game ever played in Hooterville Falls. Kay Yeager showed up in the joint named for her and tossed the first puck instead of dropping it on the ice. No big deal. The former mayor was learning a new…

Those kooks from Kansas are headed to Arizona

The saddest part of  the Arizona massacre was the death of 9-year-old Christina Green. God forgive me, but when I saw that smiling mug shot of her murderer in today’s paper, I wanted to kill his sorry ass. To think that this worthless piece of trash  killed this innocent little girl just to get his…

Without playoff, national champ is an imposter

College football will crown a fake national champion tonight. Either Auburn or Oregon will steal that beautiful Waterford crystal football. As long as TCU is 13-0, nobody can honestly claim to be the champ. Auburn knows that better than anyone. The Tigers had a 13-0 record and won the prestigious SEC championship back in 2004…

Carter: “Panama”

“Panama” Richard Carter My week was officially made when I heard Mr. Fairchild learning “Everybody Wants Some” by Van Halen, and you’ll never guess who is singing. I think this could be the cover of the year. Needless to say, as much as I dislike covers, I am onboard with this one. Everybody wants to…

These aren’t Tom Hicks’ Rangers

Instead, the Rangers went to Adrian Beltre, the best positional player left in the market. He’ll be a major upgrade at 3B on defense. It’s almost unfair to line him up next to Elvis Andrus.
And Mike Young should fit as a Paul Molitor-Tony Phillips type of Super DH-Utility player at the top of the order.
Beltre won’t likely give the Rangers five good years or even five healthy years, but he certainly improves their team in 2011 and 2012.
And it won’t likely be the wasteland that signing a bad Scott Boras pitcher would have been.
Good riddance, Mr. Hicks.

“Huckleberry Finn” is art; don’t mess with it

Some have called it censoring. Some call it editing. And then there are others who call it whitewashing. As for me, I simply call it  bull-caca. Leave “Huckleberry Finn” alone. The n-word is offensive to most of us. But we are dealing with art here and the rules change. You’re not going to put a…

Thank you, Jack Hathaway; God, forgive me

When I first went to work here at the paper, an old newsroom veteran offered me this advice: “Don’t ever borrow any money from our credit union. If you do, you’ll be here forever.” Back then, the newspaper had its own employee credit union right here in our building. And it took only a few…