‘A Good Walk Spoiled’ Turning into a Marathon – Dennis Richardson

24 August 2018 ORLANDO, FL — The TV screen zooms in on the face of Tiger Woods as the golf great intently surveys his putt. In typical Woods fashion, his focus is solely on this shot. As Woods continues to study the putt, viewers hear a shout from off screen. Tiger looks over, and the TV screen shows a clearly exasperated young golfer — who implores, “While we’re young!” — and a surprise setting: a miniature golf course. When Woods misses the putt, another boy says derisively, “He thinks this is a major!” That TV spot was part of a … Continue reading ‘A Good Walk Spoiled’ Turning into a Marathon – Dennis Richardson

PAYBACK – Sarah Spicehandler

At approximately 3:10 p.m. on a September afternoon, Sally was called into her supervisor Octavia’s office and told to close the door. Sally started sweating, and her heart was pounding. When she swallowed, she had no saliva. Octavia was impeccably dressed in a dark blue pantsuit and a crisp, white blouse with large collar lapels. Her jet-black hair was in a perfect bob with a part so straight it looked as if she had used a ruler. Her olive skin was flawless; makeup perfect like a mannequin, and her cinnamon-colored lipstick looked as if it would never wear off. Her … Continue reading PAYBACK – Sarah Spicehandler

No Bark, but Lots of Bites in These Dogs – Dennis Richardson

15 August 2018 ORLANDO, FL — Food concessionaires at Major League Baseball stadiums around the country have become increasingly creative with their hot dog and sausage offerings. It’s almost like there are two races in baseball: one on the playing field, and another for the most creative hot dogs or sausages served. There’s even a sausage race on the field: the Racing Sausages (people dressed up as seven-foot-tall sausages) run before the bottom of the sixth inning before every game at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. “Teams are equally competitive with their (food) concessions as they are on the field,” said Eric … Continue reading No Bark, but Lots of Bites in These Dogs – Dennis Richardson

In the ‘Dog Days of August’ a Tribute to the Ballpark Hot Dog – Dennis Richardson

15 August 2018 ORLANDO, FL – Recently, a friend texted a photo as he prepared to chow down on something called the Boomstick before a Rangers baseball game at Global Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The Boomstick is an artery-clogging exercise in gluttony: a two-foot-long hot dog, topped with chili, cheese, grilled onions, and jalapenos. It weighs 3 pounds, and checks in at over 2,700 calories. According to the Rangers, it has been a fan favorite ever since it was introduced in 2012. My friend’s wife, meanwhile, was getting ready to feast on the equally gluttonous “M.V.T.” (Most Valuable Tamale): … Continue reading In the ‘Dog Days of August’ a Tribute to the Ballpark Hot Dog – Dennis Richardson

Tigermania Fails to Stop PGA Champion Koepka – Dennis Richardson

14 August 2018 ORLANDO, FL – Brooks Koepka won the trophy at the PGA Championship Sunday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO., but Tiger Woods stole the show. Upon seeing the massive crowds at the tournament, TNT network sportscaster Ernie Johnson quipped on air that all of the three million people who live in the St. Louis region must be at Bellerive. From the sound of their cheers, most of those fans were rooting for Tiger. Throughout the four days of the tournament, the crowds shouted encouragement wherever Tiger went. Spectators roared whenever he got the ball airborne. … Continue reading Tigermania Fails to Stop PGA Champion Koepka – Dennis Richardson

Should MLB Require Pitchers to Wear Protective Headgear? – Dennis Richardson

05 August 2018 ORLANDO, FL – In the early evening California sunshine on April 8, 1989, California Angels left-hander Jim Abbott took the pitching mound at Anaheim Stadium. He looked in at Seattle Mariners’ hitter Harold Reynolds, drew a deep breath and prepared to throw the first pitch of his major-league career. Every player’s debut is noteworthy – if for nothing else, that the player beat the long odds against reaching the major leagues (about a 1 on 10 chance for college players, and 1 in 20 for high school). But, what made the appearance by Abbott – who would … Continue reading Should MLB Require Pitchers to Wear Protective Headgear? – Dennis Richardson