Monthly Archives: December 2014

What’s Wrong with Resolutions

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 9:18 a.m. Resolutions. It sounds like a game show. Today I’m supposed to come up with a New Year’s Resolution. Or, preferably, many. I don’t believe in them. I’ve reached the age where … Continue reading

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The Sargasso Sea of Football

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, December 28, 2014, 9:25 a.m. Christmas has settled. Not only are the gifts open. The wrapping paper has been swept away. Even the fireworks have subsided as celebrants reload for New Year’s and consider whether or … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve at Bi-Lo

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 12:47 p.m. About two weeks ago, the proprietor of a local store, with whom I do a modest trade, and I were talking, and I asked him if he was opening on Christmas … Continue reading

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You Like Lyrics? Who Doesn’t?

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 12:47 p.m. Many years ago, I started compiling song lyrics, sometimes all mine but, more often, those that occur to me during the holidays. I started out sending these as e-mails, and then … Continue reading

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Why Johnny Can’t Race

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:02 a.m. One of the first lessons I learned about the NASCAR beat was away from the track, and I was slow on the draw. I should have already known it by then. … Continue reading

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Time Is Running Away

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, December 18, 2014, 10:47 a.m. The world grows ever stranger. Stranger / Shut out the light and lead me … An irrelevant country lyric, signifying nothing. A different connotation of the word “stranger” that showed up … Continue reading

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To Be a Fan

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 10:30 a.m. On the one hand, I enjoy going to ballgames, in part, because I’m trying to learn how to be a fan again. Most of a lifetime as a writer of sports … Continue reading

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That End-of-Year Feeling Again

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, December 14, 2014, 10:15 a.m. Football is in the pre-bowl doldrums (bowldrums?), or, if the NFL is your bailiwick, the pre-playoff blahs. NASCAR has been reduced for now to reports of tire testing from the various … Continue reading

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Here a Minute, Gone the Next

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, December 10, 2014, 3:38 p.m. Life provides us with periodic bolts from the blue. The delivery accelerates but not the immediacy. By that, I mean that, when I heard that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had … Continue reading

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The Coach Is a Straight-Up Guy

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, December 8, 2014, 9:33 a.m. Last night I drove home listening to classic rock songs and actually paying attention to the lyrics. Thunder only happens when it’s raining / Players only love you when they’re playing. … Continue reading

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