Category Archives: Sports

I Am With Kaepernick

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. […]

HANDS OF BRICK by Peter Nolan Smith

Every high tide deposited beer bottles, oil containers, fishing lines, shiny candy wrappers, and plastic bags onto the sloping shoreline of Jomtien Beach. At low tide I harvested the trash into sea-worn rice bags. Within a half-hour the sand was devoid of any human refuse and I could smugly regard the pristine strand with pride. […]

Before Big Papi

Before he was Big Papi, he played for the Appleton Rattlers in the A League. Under the name David Arias. Twenty years ago. The Seattle Mariners went on a barnstorming tour of the minors. Their game in Appleton was rained out, but the Mariners’ catcher suggested a home run derby to make up the cancellation […]

Bringing The Title Back Home

In 2007 the USA failed to qualify for the finals of sailing’s most prestigious title, The America Cup, however Joey Chesnut of Potomac Falls, VA vanquished the six-time defending hot dog eating champ Takeru Kobayashi and brought the trophy back to the States.  At the annual Fourth of July eat-off the two finalists were tied […]

Monster Wipe-Out

In 1996 Richie Boy flew out to Bali. I met him at the airport. His baggage consisted of a knapsack and three surfboards. “Why so many boards?” “Because one of them is for you.” Richie Boy had come halfway around the world to surf Kuta, Ulu Watu, and G-Land. “Me.” My surfing skills were taxed […]