Category Archives: Sports

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 […]

Ali Versus Stevenson

Fight promoters were dying to match Muhammad Ali versus the undefeated Cuban heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson. Many boxing pundits wrote that Stevenson could last fifteen rounds with Ali, but judging from his reach Teofilo wouldn’t have needed fifteen rounds. Longer arms. Taller. Better shape. All action. No talk. But Ali had an edge, Something no one […]

Black and White TV From Havana

Key West marks the southern terminus of US 1. In 1980 I spend several weeks there and stayed in a small hotel off Duval Street. TV reception for the Miami stations was weak, however the signals from Havana came in crisp and clear. Most of the programming served Socialism in Spanish, however one station broadcasted […]