Pessimism: a different outlook on life

Christmas is a time for holiday cheer and joy well, at least it is for most people. But then there are those grumpy “Scrooges” who have to put a damper on everybody else’s good times. Scrooge himself would look down on his happy but less well-off cousins with lines like “Merry Christmas! What right have […]

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College Football: Big games, or just a vanity?

“Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity”. This, at least, was the opinion of wise old King Solomon in backward old testament times. But in a more enlightened age of science and reason, it seems college students on campuses across the country have a different opinion. Students are spending exorbitant […]

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Grayson Allen: College Basketball’s New Villain

The relatively recent “one and done” model of success at the college basketball level has had disastrous consequences for the overall well-being of the sport. Blue-chip schools such as Duke, North Carolina, and especially Kentucky hog virtually all the top recruits and reload so well that their strings of success become a blur of top-flight […]

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Army Achieves Long Awaited Triumph

To a previous generation of Americans, it was Pearl Harbor that was “a date shall live in infamy”. To today’s generation, surely this day is the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Since then our nation has embarked on a  costly and deadly war on terror, survived a terrible market crash and recently went […]

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Stoicism: Avoiding Life’s Peaks And Valleys

The 2016 MLB season was full of much excitement for Cubs fans, who finally lived their dreams of winning the World Series. It’s easy to forget now, but in April of 2014, the same excitement was held by Brewers fans, whose team was off to a fast start, putting Carlos Gomez on the cover of […]


Jill Stein: A Different Shade of Green

Fielding Yost, the old coach at Michigan at the turn of the century, had the following advice for those who accepted defeat: “all quitters are good losers.” It seems this advice was not followed by a losing candidate in the 2016 election. And I don’t mean Hilary Clinton. In three states, at this point far […]

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Big Ten Championship Game: Preview, playoff picture implications

Saturday Michigan and Ohio State battled it out in a thrilling double overtime affair ultimately won by the Bucks 30-27. It was a game chock-full of playoff implications and paves the way for an appetizing Big Ten Championship showdown between Wisconsin and Penn State. Wait, Penn State? Although OSU almost certainly clinched a spot in […]