The Tom Brady effect and unreal expectations

Is Wes Welker a Hall of Famer? Probably not. Yet if you listen to a vocal segment of NFL fans, you’d hear that the diminuitive receiver is a first-year lock for the Hall. Welker’s numbers over the last few seasons are sky-high. When the football comes his way, he usually finds a way to catch…

NCAA basketball: Duke Blue Devils in Dubai, Coach K in a Sweet Spot

As Duke handled the UAE squad to finish their tour of Asia, Coach K floats above the epidemic of college sports scandals   The home team kept it close for a while, though United Arab Emirates tops out at around six-foot-eight. But superior talent won out over its slightly-older competition Friday night, as the Duke…

Roanoke, Virginia: Taubman Museum 2011

From the Taubman Museum, July, 2011. In-between exhibits. Lots of empty space. Except in the gift shop. Pictures can deceive. This wooden knight is about twelve feet high. Rendering of Joe Louis. The towel floating into the frame is a nice touch. What follows are three fancy handbags. Are they weather-proofed?        …

NFL Crime and Punishment: Roger’s Luggage

The NFL lockout is over. Well, at least in practical terms. Barring the return of Jesus Christ, World War III, or an alien/demon assault, the 2011 season will proceed uninterrupted. Men everywhere, and a few women, are sighing in relief. The sports fanatic churches have not been padlocked. All of the backslapping has smeared over…