Winter Games 2018: Windy days, triple axels and more

The best of the best -- in varieties of events and competitions -- show up to compete in the Winter Games.
Athletes, coaches, fans, and more hope to achieve (and see) the greatest performances, play the best games, land the best tricks, and deliver the fastest times.
In two events on Sunday evening (United States time zone), one event exceeded promises while another was hampered by a vile acting Mother Nature.
United States figure skater Mirai Nagasu -- left off the team in 2014 -- has already made a name for herself in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Part of the bronze-winning American team, Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel in the Olympics.
The impressive feat made Nagasu only the 7th woman to land the jump in competition, a list that notably includes American Tonya Harding. (Part of her claim to fame before, well, you know.)
Nagasu will hope momentum carries her to the individual event later in the games. According to many pundits, American women will have a…

The Winter Olympics: Take 2 Curlings and call me in the morning

Day 86 of the Winter Olympics has come and gone...
...hold on. I'm hearing from my sources it's only Day 3. I think. The games appeared to have started on Thursday here in the United States, but the Opening Ceremony wasn't until Friday. Or was it? What kind of time warp are we living in?
No matter the case, the every-fourth-year celebration of the world's top (winter athletes) is upon us, live (on tape delay) from beautiful Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Winter Olympics have always taken a backseat to the summer version for me, as far as interest levels go. More events and -- no being much of an outdoor, winter sports enthusiast -- led to this, but I still enjoyed the Winter Olympics in some regard.
In my youth, I enjoyed going out to ice skate, even owning a pair of hockey skates at one point. (Thanks to the Mighty Ducks). Sledding was another favorite pastime. Both probably led to my love of watching the bobsled races and hockey games.
Outside of the occasional cross…

A little side of fun for Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl LII is upon on us (or Super Bowl 52 for those no longer practicing the art of roman numerals).
Millions across the world will tune in, gorging themselves on beer, wings, and other exotic food concoctions reserved for this annual event. Traditional games of Puppy Bowls and Kitten Bowls will be watched, while many wonder if the Bud Bowl will ever return?

The Super Bowl continues to be a cultural phenomenon. And a divisive one at that. Societal issues have surrounded the NFL over the past few years, ranging from the effect of concussions to players right to protest to Tom Brady's connections to the Illuminati.
And of course, there is the wild world of betting on the game.
A standard (fun) betting game at Super Bowl parties involves participants picking squares. The corresponding squares in a 10X10 grid give people a chance to pick the final score at the end of each quarter. For example, you might pick a 4 on the horizontal grid and a 4 on the vertical grid. If the score a…

Royal Rumble preview 2018: Elias, Roman Reigns and more

Is there anyone who truly wants to walk with Elias?
Judging by the reaction of the fans in Brooklyn at the 25th Anniversary of RAW on Monday night, a mixture of applause with boos might indicate his stock is on the rise.
Will this translate to a win in the 2018 Royal Rumble for Elias? Can anyone stop The Miz? Who will win the first royal rumble match for women? And will fans in Philadelphia nearly revolt, like they did in 2015, if Roman Reigns wins the Rumble again?
All questions we'll get to. But first, Elias.
Watching "The Drifter" over the past six months or so -- especially last Monday -- reminded me of another wrestler and I got to thinking: Is Elias being groomed to be the next Rock?
Currently Elias shows up, sings a song, makes fun of the crowd/city, and then generally does something dastardly en route to receiving more boos from the crowd. 
A few things changed on Monday night. Maybe it was just the Brooklyn crowd, but it seems like creative is setting him up fo…

Forgotten literary favorites of my youth

A routine flipping through the channels on a windy Friday night yielded some surprising results. And a trip down memory lane.
Passing the regular channels, I skyrocketed towards the movie channels. It's Law and Order night on the Sundance channel. Nope.
Fury was on IFC. It's a great Brad Pitt movie but I had already watched it earlier in the day. Maybe TCM has something...wait. What's this?
My Side of the Mountain.
I began watching and memories of my youth flooded in. My Side of the Mountain was my favorite book in my formative elementary school years. By rough estimation, I read this book 15 times. Did I own a copy? If my memory serves, I did. Traveling to the far reaches of my brain space, I not only wondered if a copy of the book was still at my parents house somewhere, but I also began to piece together the story.
Watching the movie -- based on the book -- I recalled also wanting to be like the boy in the book. I wanted to live off the land; to live in a hollowed out tr…

Saturday night is all right for writing

"Keep it real."
Were these the last words she was ever going to speak to me?
A three-day fight, played out over text messages, emails, phone calls, and a six-hour standoff in my apartment had finally come to a head. This was it. The numbing silence hanging over us and drowning in the room ended by me asking, "Will you stay the night?"
Her response was simple and terse. "Keep it real."
Three years of dating, flirting, loving, brunches, fights, movies, day long sex-ins, quickies in the shower, long talks of moving in together and steps towards marriage ended with three simple words.
No more dates. No more cuddles. No more snide comments about every little single thing I do, no matter how hard I try to keep you happy. How can co-existing be this difficult?
Double-fault doesn't mean a redo nor does it lead to compromise. It leads to stasis. The trick is to move past it, to power through and find the answers. Romantic comedies tell you to never give up. F…

The challenge for inducting players into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Steroids, designated hitters, defensive wizards, crowded ballots, and protest ballots are all coloring the decision for the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame class.
The inductees to this year's class will be officially announced on January 24. A handful of sportswriters have made public their ballots, though, and the debate on who is to be elected is afoot.
Whatever happened to the days of just voting for the best (former) players?
Steroid usage -- proven or otherwise -- is something weighing heavily on minds of writers and fans alike. Those firmly against will say these players tarnished the game, they cheated to get ahead, they have no integrity.
On the other side of the coin, it's easy to argue that players such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were already on the trajectory for hall of fame careers. Players such as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa might have had a more difficult time in one day being voted in. 
Placing ten players on the ballot is the limit. You want to put only Omar…