From ‘Field of Dreams’ to ‘Damn Yankees!’, it’s Baseball Heaven – Dennis Richardson

11.2017 ORLANDO, FL – Where have all the baseball movies gone? There was a time when Hollywood loved the game. Baseball films have given us unforgettable characters — like Nuke Laloosh and Crash Davis (Bull Durham), Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Major League), and Morris Buttermaker (The Bad News Bears). They’ve presented us with memorable, and often repeated and mimicked lines, such as: “If you build it, he will come” (Field of Dreams); “Just a bit outside” (Major League); and “There’s no crying in baseball” (A League of Their Own). A couple decades ago, we could anticipate movie studios releasing one or two … Continue reading From ‘Field of Dreams’ to ‘Damn Yankees!’, it’s Baseball Heaven – Dennis Richardson

A Deep Sense of Personal Responsibility – Randy Coppersmith

15.11.2017 Hilton Head, SC — There is some perception that Fraternities and Sororities are becoming obsolete on America’s campuses. Recent scandals involving heinous acts of hazing undergraduate pledges have made headlines. Members of various fraternities seemingly each year are confronted with negative stories about the pledge and initiation process to the point where some schools are starting to ask hard questions about the need for the Greek System. Full disclosure, I am a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In fact, I was recently elected to the Board of Governors of The Sigma Chi Fraternity Foundation, which is holding its Fall … Continue reading A Deep Sense of Personal Responsibility – Randy Coppersmith

From Alexander Hamilton to Harvey Weinstein — Sexual Harassment Keeps Reappearing – Randy Coppersmith

25.11.2017 WASHINGTON, DC — The expose in The New York Times of now former Hollywood Mogol Harvey Weinstein’s alleged female exploitation and sexual misconduct is shocking. To learn of the kind of exploits he’s purportedly foisted on young female actresses — with witness after witness coming out of the closet to explain how they were abused — is juicy with plenty of unsavory details. Suffice to say, over 20 women have now come forward, detailing how Weinstein would ask women employees and workers to take showers with him, give him massages, groping them, and worse. It is wrong, outrageous and sad. … Continue reading From Alexander Hamilton to Harvey Weinstein — Sexual Harassment Keeps Reappearing – Randy Coppersmith

How to Fix the Presidents Cup? Make It Co-Ed Teams – Dennis Richardson

10.2017 ORLANDO, FL – ORLANDO, FL – Let the women play. Before the United States golf team’s smack down of the International Team in the 2017 Presidents Cup was even finished, observers were asking if changes are needed to keep this event relevant. It’s a legitimate question. The biennial Presidents Cup, begun in 1994, is the Ryder Cup’s less glamorous sister. As such, it does little to move the needle for sports fans. And with such a lopsided competition this year — the U.S. team had all but wrapped up the cup for the seventh consecutive time by the third day of … Continue reading How to Fix the Presidents Cup? Make It Co-Ed Teams – Dennis Richardson

‘Chicks Dig the Long Ball’; Apparently, So Does Everybody Else – Dennis Richardson

10.2017 ORLANDO, FL – In a classic 1998 Nike commercial, actress Heather Locklear is devoting all her attention to slugger Mark McGwire as he launches batting practice pitch after batting practice pitch over the outfield fences. Meanwhile, standing off to the side, Cy Young Award-winning pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine go unnoticed, much to their dismay. As a disappointed Maddux tells Glavine, “Chicks dig the long ball.” Apparently, so does everybody else (except pitchers, of course). The 2017 Major League Baseball season will be noted for a number of things: for instance, the Chicago Cubs’ first season as defending World Series … Continue reading ‘Chicks Dig the Long Ball’; Apparently, So Does Everybody Else – Dennis Richardson

‘Big Cedar Six’ Aims to be No. 1 with Golfers, Part 2 – Dennis Richardson

09.2017 RIDGEDALE, MO – Standing on the ninth green at Big Cedar Lodge’s Top of the Rock golf course, with Table Rock Lake in the foreground, the water glistening under a setting sun, and lush green foliage as far as one can see, the view is mesmerizing. “Recently, we had a group of people visiting from California, and they all marveled at how green and lush and beautiful everything is here,” said Lynn Berry, of the Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Now, as autumn descends upon these Ozark Mountains, transforming that deep forest green hue into a portrait-worthy canvas of vibrant … Continue reading ‘Big Cedar Six’ Aims to be No. 1 with Golfers, Part 2 – Dennis Richardson

Is Branson America’s Next Great, Must-Play Golf Destination?, Part 1 – Dennis Richardson

09.2017 BRANSON, MO – Johnny Morris is a man of incredible vision. He seems to know what we want even before we do ourselves. For example, Morris turned a small bait-and-lure business that he started out of a corner of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, MO, in the early 1970s into a successful mail-order catalog venture; and then into Bass Pro Shops, a mega outdoor retail chain that has grown into 94 stores in the United States and Canada. The southwest Missouri native and billionaire, who competed on the professional Bassmaster Tournament Trail for a few years before diving into … Continue reading Is Branson America’s Next Great, Must-Play Golf Destination?, Part 1 – Dennis Richardson