Category Archives: Sports

Finishing William Zinsser’s Spring Training (Pages 124-190)

Friday morning we rode over to Mississippi Gulf Coast to eat some po boys and do some shopping. It was evening before we made it back and later still when we got the kids to bed. Then it was Miller … Continue reading

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Pages 1-123 of William Zinsser’s Spring Training

Back in 1988, baseball fan and writing guru William Zinsser (1922-2015) traveled to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ spring training in Bradenton, Florida. Zinsser’s purposes were to enjoy some baseball and to try to find a new slant on professional baseball. I’m … Continue reading

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Pages 195 – 336 of Mike Rensin’s All for a Few Perfect Waves

Wednesday’s sections of the Miki Dora biography dealt with Dora’s middle age. Predictably, the chickens come home to roost. In the late 1960s to early 1980s, Dora spent him time traveling the world to a) search for the perfect surf … Continue reading

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Pages 1- 194 of Mike Rensin’s All for a Few Perfect Waves

Monday I walked down the big hill by my house to the Mobile Public Library. I had my heart set on getting Barbarian Days by William Finnegan. Not only was it checked out, someone had put a hold on it … Continue reading

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12 – 13 December 2017 – finishing David Maraniss’ When Pride Still Mattered (pp. 343 – 504)

Tuesday I almost finished When Pride Still Mattered. However, the Doug Jones – Roy Moore election results pulled me away from the book, so I finished it Wednesday. On pages 343 through 504, David Maraniss takes the reader from the 1963 NFL … Continue reading

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Monday, 11 December 2017 – Reading Pages 282-342 of David Maraniss’ When Pride Still Mattered

“…an intolerable disparity between the hugeness of their desire and the smallness of reality” (p. 69, attributed to Ignatius Loyola). Monday night after the kids went to bed, I managed about 60 pages in When Pride Still Mattered. The material that I … Continue reading

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Saturday, 9 December 2017 – reading pages 135-237 of David Maraniss’ When Pride Still Mattered

Saturday, I had to go to graduation. When you’re on faculty, it’s hard to get much out of still-another speaker and still-another group of graduates. The best thing that you can say about graduation is that it’s a great opportunity … Continue reading

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