Tiger’s Masters Roar: ‘Hello World. I’m Back!’ – Dennis Richardson

15 April 2019 ORLANDO, FL – In August 1996, Nike aired a commercial with Tiger Woods trumpeting the start of the golfer’s PGA Tour career. The commercial showed action images of a slender, youthful Tiger during his heralded amateur playing days, and listed some highlight achievements. Part of the script said, “Hello world…. There are still golf courses in the United States that I cannot play because of the color of my skin.… I’ve heard that I am not ready for you. Are you ready for me?” It was somewhat controversial, and the type of cutting-edge commercial for which the … Continue reading Tiger’s Masters Roar: ‘Hello World. I’m Back!’ – Dennis Richardson

America’s Red, White — and Mostly Blue — After Ryder Cup Debacle – Dennis Richardson

03 October 2018 ORLANDO, FL – From 1337 to 1453, France and England fought the Hundred Years War over a number of issues, including the right to rule the Kingdom of France. Almost seven centuries later, a cynic might suggest that United States’ Ryder Cup team is locked in its own Hundred Years War – to win a Cup on European soil. That cynic might also say that at the rate they’re going, the Americans may need all 100 of those years. The United States hasn’t hoisted the Cup in Europe since 1993 at The Belfry in England, a span … Continue reading America’s Red, White — and Mostly Blue — After Ryder Cup Debacle – Dennis Richardson

Biggest Grudge in Tiger vs. Phil Golf Match May be Viewers’ – Dennis Richardson

9 September 2018 ORLANDO, FL – Well, golf has finally done it. The game has taken a page out of the playbooks of boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts in an effort to fleece fans out of more of their money. Sadly, golf has joined the world of Pay Per View telecasts. That’s not something to be proud of. On Friday, Nov. 23, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will square off in “The Match,” an 18-hole, “winner-take-all,” made-for-TV exhibition from Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas. At stake is $9 million. It seems only fitting that this is being … Continue reading Biggest Grudge in Tiger vs. Phil Golf Match May be Viewers’ – Dennis Richardson

Which Candidates Will Make the MLB Expansion Cut? – Dennis Richardson

1 September 2018 ORLANDO, FL – “I think 32 teams would be great for our sport,” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told Fox Sports’ First Things First show. “[MLB has] a real list of cities, that I think are not only interested in having baseball, but are viable in terms of baseball. “Portland, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Nashville in the United States, certainly Montreal, maybe Vancouver, in Canada. We think there’s places in Mexico we could go over the long haul.” Here are some of the top candidates for the two expansion teams, in no particular order. Montreal Montreal is … Continue reading Which Candidates Will Make the MLB Expansion Cut? – Dennis Richardson

Is 32 the New Magic Number for Major League Baseball? – Dennis Richardson

1 September 2018 ORLANDO, FL – Sports fans love statistics. Doesn’t matter the sport: football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf; fans have this seemingly insatiable appetite for statistics. What is Tom Brady’s Yards Per Completion average? What’s Mookie Betts’ On Base Percentage? How many rebounds a game does LeBron James average? What is Sidney Crosby’s plus-minus rating? But none love numbers more than Major League Baseball’s fans. That’s how many connect to their sport. For them, numbers and statistics are the Old and New testaments in the Bible of Baseball. Mention figures like 56, .406, 714, and 61, and even casual … Continue reading Is 32 the New Magic Number for Major League Baseball? – Dennis Richardson

‘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

Time for PGA Tour to Go Back to Future with Co-Ed Event – Dennis Richardson

23 July 2018 ORLANDO, FL — Brittany Lincicome missed the cut, but she still made an impact. While the two-time women’s major champion failed to make it past the first two rounds of the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship just outside of Lexington, KY, this past weekend, her 1-under-par 71 in the second round showed that she can hold her own against the men. Lincicome, who has won eight times on the LPGA Tour, said that playing in a PGA Tour event wasn’t about gender equality, but rather showing people, and young girls in particular, that they can, and should, follow … Continue reading Time for PGA Tour to Go Back to Future with Co-Ed Event – Dennis Richardson

Where Have All of Major League Baseball’s ‘Horses’ Gone – Dennis Richardson

6 July 2018 ORLANDO, FL – Fifty-five years ago, on July 2, 1963, San Francisco Giants right-hander Juan Marichal and Milwaukee Braves left-hander Warren Spahn staged a pitching matchup for the ages.   Over four hours that afternoon, the 27-year-old Marichal and Spahn, age 42, matched each other scoreless inning for scoreless inning at San Francisco’s wind-blown Candlestick Park.   What made the game – won by Giants, 1-0, on a Willie Mays home run in the bottom of the 16th inning – so extraordinary is that the two future Hall of Fame pitchers were the only ones used. Marichal … Continue reading Where Have All of Major League Baseball’s ‘Horses’ Gone – Dennis Richardson

‘Tanks’ for the Memories: MLB Teams Embrace ‘Lose to Win’ Philosophy – Dennis Richardson

30 June 2018 ORLANDO, FL — On May 9, two bitter rivals – the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox – squared off at Yankee Stadium in a clash of teams with the best won-lost records in Major League Baseball: a combined 50-20.   Some 200 miles to the south, the Baltimore Orioles were hosting the Kansas City Royals in a game between teams with the worst records: a combined 20-50.   Though separated by just a four-hour drive on this day, those four teams are polar opposites in their records, aspirations and prospects for the 2018 season.   … Continue reading ‘Tanks’ for the Memories: MLB Teams Embrace ‘Lose to Win’ Philosophy – Dennis Richardson

Koepka Stands Above the Rest in Eventful U.S. Open – Dennis Richardson

18.6.2018   ORLANDO, FL – U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka – correction, make that two-time Open champion — cemented his reputation as one of the world’s best golfers at the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, NY, this weekend. Meanwhile, another multiple-major winner, Phil Mickelson, tarnished his.   In one of the more eventful Open championships in recent memory, one golfer joined an elite fraternity, another come within inches of making golf history, a third player deliberately hit a moving ball to draw a two-shot penalty, and the United States Golf Association took the rare step of publicly … Continue reading Koepka Stands Above the Rest in Eventful U.S. Open – Dennis Richardson

Importing Investments Into American Companies – Randy Coppersmith

28 May 2018 COLONIAL BEACH, VA — As the CEO of an international Mergers & Acquisitions Consulting firm, I often am asked about the validity of bringing international capital to American firms. And as someone who has spent over 40 years at the confluence of technology, finance, media and international relations, I often find myself thinking about ways to bringing allied nations together for the common good.   Indeed, a recurring theme in some of my stories for Words Matter over the last two years has been international politics. It’s a subject I keep coming back to time and again … Continue reading Importing Investments Into American Companies – Randy Coppersmith

New Playoff Format is Right Move for USGA – Dennis Richardson

15 June 2018 ORLANDO, FL – Ten years ago today Tiger Woods is standing on the 18th green in the final round of the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course near San Diego, looking over a 12-foot birdie putt that would tie him with Rocco Mediate for first place.   As Woods surveys the putt from all angles, Mediate anxiously watches the TV monitors in the clubhouse. If Woods makes it, he forces a playoff; miss, and Mediate wins.   It is not an easy putt; the green is showing the effects of four days of play. Putts … Continue reading New Playoff Format is Right Move for USGA – Dennis Richardson

Once Again, Mickelson Sets Sights on Elusive U.S. Open Victory – Dennis Richardson

6.6.2018 ORLANDO, FL — To quote an old proverb, “Time and tide wait for no man.” Phil Mickelson probably hears the clock ticking louder than other golfers at this week’s U.S. Open.   Twenty-five times he’s played in the national championship. Twenty-five times he’s come away empty handed, including finishing second a record six times. With each passing year, the pressure mounts.   “The difficult thing for me is I continue to put a little bit too much pressure on myself in the majors now because I know that I don’t have a ton of time to win them, especially … Continue reading Once Again, Mickelson Sets Sights on Elusive U.S. Open Victory – Dennis Richardson

More and More, America’s Game – Baseball – is a Global Game – Dennis Richardson

20.5.2018   ORLANDO, FL – Somewhere, Abner Doubleday must be smiling. The American game that he is credited with inventing is headed to Europe, with the recent announcement that the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will play a two-game series in London in late June 2019.   Major League Baseball has played in various international cities over the years, but this will mark the first time the league has played in Europe. It also will be the first time that the Yankees and Red Sox have played one another in a regular-season game anywhere other than in New … Continue reading More and More, America’s Game – Baseball – is a Global Game – Dennis Richardson

Wacky Weather turns ‘Boys of Summer’ into ‘Boys of Winter’ – Dennis Richardson

    22 April 2018   BY DENNIS RICHARDSON   ORLANDO, FL – April showers bring May flowers, and a slew of postponed games for Major League Baseball.   One of the big stories early in the 2018 season — aside from the surprisingly strong starts by the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox, and the struggles of New York Yankees’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton — has been the weather. While neither rain nor snow will stop the mailman, they sure play havoc with baseball games.   Just three weeks into this MLB season, some 26 games already have been … Continue reading Wacky Weather turns ‘Boys of Summer’ into ‘Boys of Winter’ – Dennis Richardson

Pick-up Baseball – Mike Varga

Pick-up Baseball   Just a lad of about five or six, mom said enough, now go play   I knew of a park two blocks away   I rode my bike, dad had just taught me how to ride without training wheels   Not really a park, it was land carved out under the power lines   Early summer, and there are kids gathering around a makeshift field   Rocky base path worn in the grass, nothing more   A fence that define the edge of the so-called park   Some swings and a monkey bar in the corner that … Continue reading Pick-up Baseball – Mike Varga

2018 Masters Shaping Up as One for the Ages – Dennis Richardson

2 April 2018 ORLANDO, FL – On Sunday evening, as the sun sets over Augusta National Golf Club and the final round of the Masters Tournament, defending champion Sergio Garcia will help the 2018 champion into his new green jacket, then will step aside and join in the applause for the winner.   The presentation of the green jacket, symbolic of a Masters champion, is one of those iconic moments in sports, like the singing of My Old Kentucky Home prior to the Kentucky Derby, the call of “Gentlemen, start your engines!” at the Indianapolis 500, and the march onto … Continue reading 2018 Masters Shaping Up as One for the Ages – Dennis Richardson

From ‘Only Option’ Surgery to Masters Favorite: Tiger is Back! – Dennis Richardson

30 March 2018 ORLANDO, FL – The story reads like a script from some low-budget Hollywood movie.   The golfer – the most dominant of his era and one of the greatest of all time – is felled by injuries and personal problems while at the top of his game. After struggling for a couple years through unsuccessful back surgeries and aborted comebacks, he’s fallen so far into the abyss that he finally resorts to a somewhat dicey, “only option” surgery.   Then, suddenly, 11 months and five tournaments removed from his “last resort” procedure, he is considered by Vegas … Continue reading From ‘Only Option’ Surgery to Masters Favorite: Tiger is Back! – Dennis Richardson

Baseball Fans: Would You Rather Watch a ‘Convention’ or a Game? – Dennis Richardson

29 March 2018   ORLANDO, FL – There is a hilarious scene in Bull Durham, a classic movie about a minor-league baseball team, involving a conference on the pitching mound.   The scene starts when catcher Crash Davis (played by Kevin Costner) goes to the mound after his pitcher, “Nuke” LaLoosh (actor Tim Robbins), has walked a batter. Soon, all four infielders join in the conversation.   “It’s a convention,” the team’s assistant coach cracks, from the bench. “Pretty soon they ought to call the roll.”   As the coach arrives on the mound to find out “what the hell … Continue reading Baseball Fans: Would You Rather Watch a ‘Convention’ or a Game? – Dennis Richardson

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