On Not Hating the Dodgers: a pre-Fathers Day column

June 17, 2016

I’d forgotten I’d written this. It’s from 1994 and it’s in my 1997 book The Shortstop’s Son, which you can still order online. My father was a Dodger fan. My earliest memory involves a blue and white T-shirt emblazoned with …

Wes Parker in Paris

June 16, 2016

There’s a grey rain in the rue du Rivoli There’s a French girl with her head upon my chest I don’t guess you could spare any sympathy For the rich kid’s existential unrest. They say the sun sets in Los …

For Ali

June 4, 2016

Cassius Clay (a folk song in bright G) My father was a middleweight; I never saw him fight still he showed me how to throw a jab and combo with my right. He’d cup my head in his hand, scrape …

Morgan Neville’s A Fighting Chance

April 21, 2016

And here’s how we spent our first evening, at the premiere of Morgan Neville’s 30-minute doc, A Fighting Chance, which while obviously fitting in the promotional film category, tells three compelling stories about athletes from poor countries and their attempt …

Fifteen years ago today ….

March 24, 2016

W.C. Fields in “The Golf Specialist”

February 12, 2016

Charlie Hustle’s Last Stand

December 17, 2015

By Paul Bown BDA Sports Editor emeritus Two days ago, Robert D. Manfred Jr., the Commissioner of Baseball, went up and in on the matter of Peter Edwin Rose’s application for removal from baseball’s Permanently Ineligible List. As virtually any …

Nelson Algren talks baseball: “Chicago divides your heart”

October 12, 2015

By Paul Bowen blood, dirt & angels Sports Editor Emeritus The historically inept Chicago Cubs have enjoyed a nodding acquaintance with actual competence this season and are in the playoffs where they are seldom seen. Indeed, some wag pointed out …

The Revenge of the Hare or Last Night in Fayetteville

September 20, 2015

By Paul Bowen BDA Sports Editor Emeritus I’m gonna go waaaaaay out on a limb and assume that Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury will not be expecting a Christmas card from Bret Bielema this year. The Red Raiders had just beaten …

Let go of your ego: The papaw driver

August 3, 2015

Civilization requires hypocrisy. When a friend of mine expressed his distaste for golf recently, I agreed that it is an expensive, prodigal pastime designed to appeal to rich and idle people. Golf culture is generally boorish, consumerist and elitist. And …