Author Archives: Pat Ryan

#FairyTaleEnding

Derek Jeter played his last game in Yankee Stadium last night, and the final play of the game tried like hell to live up to the unbelievable hype that his year-long retirement tour generated.  Click below and see for yourself … Continue reading

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The odd obsession of CBS Sports

There is so much going on right now; what should I write about: hard on the heels of a toothlessly transparent gesture to militarize our border with Mexico, my governor has been questionably indicted…I’m enormously pleased for his discomfort, if … Continue reading

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The “Weird Al” for lovers of language

There is so much to like here: the lyric, the visual imagination, the beat…the fact that you don’t actually see “Weird Al” Yankovic during the performance (not if you blink).  Make all your illiterate friends watch and wisen up!

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You don’t give Mrs. O’Leary a forum to bad-mouth the firefighters, or let Capt. Hazelwood criticize how they clean up the oil spill

So extreme that they even scare Al Qaeda?  OK, you’ve got my attention. What the hell is The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and how is it able to take over major Iraqi cities apart from the luck of … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Mr. President

If you gave this backstory to a character in a novel it would be justifiably criticized for being unbelievable, too over the top: An East Coast child of Ivy League privilege, son of a U.S. senator, postpones college to enlist … Continue reading

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