Part I: The Green and White Chess Board We had this closet when I was a boy that was overloaded with the strangest and most wonderful stuff. If you’re…
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There’s a little joke we used to tell at the Olympics: Nobody is more of an expert on anything than a sportswriter watching an Olympic sport for the…
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Fifteen years ago today, Buck O’Neil died. It was a Friday evening, and I was playing our brand new piano — I used the verb “playing” loosely — when I…
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Sometimes, I wonder why things don’t feel the way they used to feel. What is it about getting older that makes that happen? I think of myself now, I’m…
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OK, so a couple of weeks ago we made a critical decision as a family — we decided to finally watch all three of the “Lord of the Rings” movies. This was…
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Sometime during the Rafael Nadal-Daniil Medvedev match early Sunday morning, I tried hard to come to grips with how I watch tennis. Well, I can tell you…
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I’m so excited to tell all of you first that I have signed with the amazing folks at Dutton Publishing to write my next book: WHY WE LOVE BASEBALL. We…
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It goes without saying that I do not know Novak Djokovic. I have spoken to him in a group setting a couple of times and on one memorable occasion at the…
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For the first few months of Carlos Alcaraz’s life, the men’s tennis world was formless and empty. No fewer than four different players were No. 1 in the…
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The screen door slams, Mary’s dress … what? — Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen I don’t remember when the argument began. We’ve been friends for so long…
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OK, so, I have been trying to keep up appearances here at Joe Blogs — but I’m not going to lie to you: I’m pooped. The last few weeks have been some of…
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For a few years there, I used to collect my favorite Richard Williams quotes. There were so many. “I love me!” was a great one. “I’d do anything to make…
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