Category Archives: miscellaneous

Old school New Year’s celebration

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Because this simply has never been bettered, and probably never will.
Good grief, this is older than I am.
Wishing everyone a terrific 2013!

Ringing out the auld

TweetAnd presaging what’s ahead while riffing on an Olympic theme, as only Kyle Whelliston can.

A ‘last bit of chivalry’ and a Christmas kickabout

TweetThe nephew of a British World War I veteran has come across a letter his uncle wrote about the famous 1914 Chrismas truce in the trenches around Ypres that included an impromptu game of soccer between the warring sides. Says Imperial War Museum historian James Taylor:
‘Various accounts of the truce exist so to have one [...]

From the rest of us, have one hell of a Festivus

TweetOn behalf of my fellow heathen secularists, we’re taking this day to indulge in our annual Airing of the Grievances.
Enjoy!

The sports media’s rush to judgment on a tragedy

TweetOnly a few hours after Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs shot his girlfriend to death and then took his own life, grand pronouncements about the cause of this tragedy predictably made their way into publication, and on television airwaves.
With only threadbare facts available to them beyond the deaths that left an infant girl [...]

An extra helping of Thanksgiving week’s best sports links

TweetWith college football rivalry games on the slate this weekend, The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Futterman takes a long look at a signature event that’s threatened by continuing realignment, conference championship games and, starting in 2014, a four-team playoff for the national title.
As of this season’s there’s no more Texas-Texas A & M game, nor [...]

A rededication of labor to this blog

TweetWhen I created Extracurriculars two years ago, I set out to explore away-from-the-field matters in sports.
Since that’s just as expansive a category as the games, I realized I was risking becoming too broad and unfocused. And for a while, it did seem that way.
In the last year or so, I’ve devoted much of the space [...]

Among the rest of us doing Festivus

TweetI lost my Christian faith a long time ago, and detest the holiday shopping frenzy that turns many decent, intelligent Americans into Pavlovian dogs.
But I try not to take all this too seriously as the day that secular humanists like me dread the most. I’m not an “avid atheist,” just a doubter trying to understand [...]