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I may be going out on a limb here, but I'm guessing that LeBron James probably doesn't concern himself with how most Americans think of him -- or if they even think about him at all.
Harry Caray once rhapsodized that, "You can't beat fun at the old ballpark."
If the number represented someone's bowling score, it couldn't get any better.
Has there ever been a bigger lightning rod in professional sports than Tim Tebow?
Whatever happened to escapism?
Whoever first uttered the "no news is good news" phrase obviously wasn't employed by a media company.
At the risk of incurring the wrath of half the population, I pose the following question:
At the risk of exposing more of my old-world tendencies, I have to admit it's kind of cool receiving a handwritten letter.
It's never fun to be snubbed.
All collectors would love to have do-overs.
Ernie Banks will forever be known as Mr. Cub, and rightfully so.
Gee, I hope I'm able to display the same kind of feistiness when I'm in my mid-70s.
The memorabilia hobby can be a fickle one, with today's must-have items becoming tomorrow's what-the-heck-was-I-thinking-when-I-bought-that throwaway in the blink of an eye.
At this time of year, people tend to get both reflective and heartburn, the latter occurring because not enough introspection was given to one's dietary intake on the fourth Thursday of November.
It's impossible to read a paper or watch a TV sportscast without being inundated with the latest news out of Penn State -- or, as some of its critics have begun calling it, State Pen(n).
When two parties spend a lengthy time separated from each other, one of two things is likely to happen.
How often have we heard the phrase "everybody loves a winner?"
Didn't the O.J. Simpson escapade teach them anything?
Having bats in one's belfry can't compare to having baseballs in a vault.
Our treatment of senior citizens in this country may indicate otherwise, but old is intriguing to many of us.
He hasn't played pro basketball in nine years, although some may look at his two-season experiment with the Washington Wizards and declare that his NBA career realistically ended when he retired from the Bulls for good in 1998.
Let's hope the financial crisis besetting the U.S. Postal Service these days doesn't eventually lead to its elimination.
The next time you play EA Sports' college football game, think of Sam Keller.
Some things are never meant to go together.
For those of you who didn't make the trip to Rosemont for the National Sports Collectors Convention, I hereby offer my personal snapshot of the day I spent there.
Here we go again.
The phrase is more than 70 years old now, but it's still famous: Nice guys finish last.
Cain and Abel had nothing on these siblings.
Topps is going to make it right, at least from a PR standpoint.
People laugh about clichés, but what gives so many of them a long shelf life is the kernel of truth contained within.
Not all that long ago, it ranked as the annual highlight for sports memorabilia collectors, particularly when it was housed in one's own city or located at least within a reasonably short driving distance.
Well, at least this guy is allowing people to choose for themselves.
The hobby has been completely ignored by some and easily abandoned by many others once they reached a certain age.
To paraphrase an old cigarette TV ad from the past -- and yes, young folks, those really did exist prior to 1971 -- they've come a long way, baby.
How soon is too soon?
Remembering where we were when certain famous events occurred is not all that unusual.
The odds of success are extremely long, but that prospect doesn't dim the thrill of pursuit.
Try as we might, we can't live in a cocoon.
They've long been considered the next-best thing to being there.
Not too long ago, it typically received an icy reception.
The wait is nearly over.
Just for the fun of it.
Admittedly, it's fun to take potshots at people, particularly high-profile folks whose sense of self-importance practically begs for ridicule.
Remember, he once had a batted baseball bounce off his head.
Most collecting centers on a theme.
As difficult as it might be for today's younger generation to imagine, once upon a time there existed a world without computers, email, Skype, Smartphones and all the other technological wonders of communication so prevalent now.
Surprising as it may seem to people under the age of 35, NBA excellence was in evidence prior to Michael Jordan's ascent to the top of the basketball world in the 1990s.
Despite the fragile economy, sports memorabilia still means big business.
Much discussion has been raised in recent years about our shrinking attention spans.
The last thing boxing needs these days is another reason to make light of it.
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