Love Letters, Part 5: Dear Cleveland

Dear Cleveland, Once upon a time at a bar in Harvard Square, a buddy from college remarked that I was his only friend who, when placed in a room full of bankers, consultants, doctors, and lawyers, would be drawn to the one guy wearing a Carhartt jacket. (The guy ended up being quite smart and…

Love Letters, Part 4: Dear John

No one likes to receive a “Dear John” letter — the note that is written to inform you that the relationship you’re in is over. I admit that I have dealt them and I have received them, and neither end is pleasant. We can probably agree that long-distance break-ups are poor form, but during World…

A Brief Lin-terlude

First of all, mea culpa. I’m helpless when it comes to resisting an opportunity to make a pun. This quality is high on my list of tragic flaws. Although Ricky is currently my favorite PG in the league, I’ve been observing the commentary about Jeremy Lin’s rise and its implications with some interest. For your…

Love Letters, Part 3: Dear Minnesota Lynx

Dear Minnesota Lynx, If there ever was an under-appreciated champion of a professional Olympic sport, you are it. Never mind that 40% of readers saw the image of women [basketball players] and decided to sit this post out. Never mind that 80% of readers will stop reading as soon as it clicks that you’re a…

Love Letters, Part 2: Dear Ricky Rubio

Dear Ricky Rubio, For quite a while, you were the new head-turning guy on the block in the NBA, the name in the mouths of  sports geeks and basketball fans in Minnesota and beyond. In recent weeks, however, the sports world has become enamored with a certain other rookie point guard. I just want to…

Love Letters, Part 1: p.s. your awsome

In my mind, Valentine’s Day has only one thing going for it: On, or in anticipation of, February 14th, many  will pick up a pen and dream up something to write to the person(s) one has feelings for.  Maybe H—mark or some other greeting card company will get the ball rolling with a sentimental message,…

Practice Makes History

After the Super Bowl, there are always a couple of stories that linger in the media, as if by mid-February we’re not quite ready to let go of the NFL season and move on with our lives. One such story is about Gisele Bündchen, who is, among her other roles, the wife of Patriots quarterback…

The Beautiful Unlikely

When I was a teenager, my dad was fond of setting my curfew early and saying, “Nothing good happens after 10:30.” With adult hindsight, I can admit that he was, for the most part, spot-on about that. In my present life, however, something really good happens after 10:30 (actually, from 10-11) each weekday night: “As It…

About Last Night

By the time I post this, most of you will have had your fill of Super Bowl post-game analysis. So instead of pretending like I have anything intelligent to say about this American cultural event, I will offer you a brief scrapbook of my own experience watching SB XLVI. These snippets are arranged in a good old-fashioned…

The First Day of the Rest of Their Lives*

*In which Lady Gaga, LeBron James, Nick Saban, and Rainer Maria Rilke are invoked in just 650 words, with special musical consideration from Kid Cudi and Lissie. According to columnist Gene Wojciechowski, “National signing day is the Lady Gaga of college football. It’s absurd, excessive, self-important and ridiculous beyond belief.” Wojciechowski goes on to say that he’s…