When Collecting Becomes an Obsession

Like many ’80s babies, I was a huge card collector when I was kid. I bought, sold, and traded baseball, basketball, football, and even some hockey cards with my friends. We’d have card collecting parties where everyone would bring boxes of the cards with which they were willing to part and we’d act like weContinue reading “When Collecting Becomes an Obsession”

Remembering When Kobe Bryant Won the Slam Dunk Contest

Today, Kobe Bryant is one of the elder statesmen of the NBA and next weekend his career will be celebrated at his 18th and final All-Star game. Like Peyton Manning, he now relies on his intelligence and guile rather than his athleticism to keep competing against the young upstarts. Things were very different in 1997.

Sweet Home Pennsylvania

It’s not even on Google Street View. About a mile from the home in which I grew up, Google decided they had seen enough and turned onto (more of) a main road. And after my parents sold that house in 2007, I’ve never had a reason to go back, so the place I called homeContinue reading “Sweet Home Pennsylvania”

I Was There: Michael Jordan’s Final Game

Last week, I read (with escalating anger) the story of the Kobe Bryant fan who had the foresight to purchase tickets to what will almost certainly be Kobe’s final NBA game, only to later be screwed by StubHub’s greed. (StubHub has since apologized and promised to make things right, but only because of the outcryContinue reading “I Was There: Michael Jordan’s Final Game”

The 10 (More) Best Scenes from “The West Wing”

This is a follow-up to The 10 Best Scenes from The West Wing Taste is subjective. Rankings are subjective. And personal preferences are subjective. So, when you combine those three, people will appreciate the attempt and applaud the effort, but also wonder how you could forget that one thing that is clearly as good asContinue reading “The 10 (More) Best Scenes from “The West Wing””