From dogs to underdogs

Yes, I know last week was “sports week”, but an uncanny situation is developing in sports that demands some special attention.  You may have even heard about it. A few months ago, several of the NBA’s better players (including two often listed in the “top five”) decided to join together on one team in the… Read more »

I forget when I stopped remembering

I’m always impressed by people’s recall of their early childhood years.  I have a terrible time remembering what the heck went on in those days, except for some selective memories of personal quality (and an occasional icky one or two). I have come up with three possible scenarios for this apparent inadequacy compared to other… Read more »

Reach out and touch someone

Over the course of this blog, you will see me referring to advertising slogans, jingles and campaigns many times.  The peculiar offshoot of my original advertising degree is that I have a Warhol-like memory for ads throughout my lifetime, while suffering a curious lapse in many other areas (I think I mentioned I would do… Read more »

We are the champions

More than once on this blog you’ve read me going on about how lucky a life I’ve had.  This is not intended as bragging or one-upmanship and I certainly don’t want to bore you with endless repetition of a theme.  But I am deeply appreciative of what I have; living in a country of great… Read more »

Be true to your school

The penultimate day of “sports week” here at the JMD blog is all about the ultimate party:  college sports.  What better time to discuss this amazing phenomenon than in a month famous for college sports, the NCAA basketball tourney commonly referred to as “March Madness”? While the presumption that college sports is only a mania… Read more »

The roaring of the crowd

They flip you off in traffic.  You moan about them in check out lines.  They annoy you.  You aggravate them.  But put them all together in a round bowl with colorful people running around and we’re all closer than our own family. The bonding of all those disparate personalities, some of whom we wouldn’t spend… Read more »

Walk a mile in his shoes

Now that we’ve determined that all of sports is populated by greedy, selfish, immoral people without the ability to moderate their insatiable appetites for drugs, alcohol and more lurid pursuits, what’s left?  Is there anything redeeming about this squabbling group of millionaires and billionaires?    Is there anything we can do to bring back those grand… Read more »

Moneyball

It’s sports week here at the JMD blog in honor of the calendar turning to March and the huge schedule of events that occurs beginning that month.  Usually, there is no particular order in my ramblings, but, as a special this week only, I’ll start with the bad and end with the good. If you’re… Read more »

Really?

As a word lover, I’m always interested how new words get added to the lexicon or how a word suddenly “catches fire” and ends up being used (and overused) by everyone.  Driven either by popular entertainment or cultural blending, the words or phrases become almost a self-parody by the people ultimately using them. Examples of… Read more »

Egghead

As President’s Day weekend passes (and I’m sure all of you put on powdered wigs or top hats all weekend), so also passes an annual festival down in a snappy area of South Florida known as the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. For many years, I would try to gather a gaggle of people and head… Read more »