With apologies to the University of Central Florida

The college football champion has been crowned and, again, it is a Southern team. A few weeks ago, I made an argument for expanding the payoffs to eight teams rather than four. While in the midst of that very valid argument, I noted that the only undefeated major college football team, even if the field […]

The destroyer of toys

Question: Just how long will the joy of Christmas last in a toy? Answer: right up until it breaks. The time it takes for a toy to break depends on three factors. First, what kind of toy it is. Second, how well it has been constructed. And third, whether or not you have a resident […]

A young girl and the Bulldogs

It was an undeniable blessing when I, a college kid and part-time sports writer, was given the assignment to cover a University of Georgia football game. What I didn’t know at the time is that that one assignment would provide a springboard to bigger opportunities as well as giving me friendships that remain many years […]

Character matters, so do results

I do not make it a practice to comment on the work of fellow columnists, though occasionally some care to comment on mine, which is fine. I’m happy to help them make a living. An exception will be made here because of New York Times “conservative” columnist, Bret Stephens. In an end-of-year column titled “Why […]

Here come the animal spirits

According to a New Year’s Day New York Times story, business has become energized and optimistic: to the point of backing its hopes and ambitions with investment capital. Is all this about tax cuts? Not quite all, say Times writers Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley. “In the administration and across the business community, there is […]

Technology can trump tough love

“It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones,” Calvin Coolidge wrote in 1910 to his father, a newly elected senator in Vermont. Coolidge, an advocate of limited government, wrote those words 13 years before becoming the 30th U.S. president in 1923. More than a century later, it seems politicians […]

The Perfect 10 for 2018

Happy New Year, everyone. As you read this we’re just a few days into 2018, and there’s still time to set your goals and aspirations for this coming year. I have a most excellent suggestion as to how you can live the happiest, healthiest, most wise year possible. I shared this with you several years […]

Book review: ‘Direct Fire’

On the occasions I am invited to speak to a veterans group, I tend to start with these bites of humble pie: “Compared to many of you guys I was just a bit player. I was in the Army only four years, and my stint as a helicopter gunship pilot was cut short when my […]

Resolutions and lists for the new year

I’m not doing New Year’s resolutions this year. I have written some down over the years with varying degrees of success. I even put together a “bucket list” or two over the years. Not a great deal of success there either. I still haven’t made it to England or Scotland or Vietnam. All those were […]

The very grumpy raindrop

There was only one thing that separated him from all the other happy raindrops – he wasn’t. He was grumpy. Why all the other raindrops calling his cloud home were terminally happy, he really had no idea. “What’s the sense of it all,” he thought. “We start off small, grow up by joining together, then […]