One more reason to root for the end of winter

They’re half-healed. They’re not. My fingertips usually give me problems during our cold winters, splitting to reveal raw and bothersome cracks because of repeated use to clear the snow off my dear wife Karen’s Mazda and my Chevy and shovel the driveway of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood. Yes, I’m…

It looks perfect on my favorite Terps fan

My dear wife Karen and I were watching a Maryland basketball game earlier this season when the camera crew focused in on the student section. It was during holiday break, and an older guy was amid the happy regulars in those steep rows. He was wearing a cool red shirt that both gave him away…

We’re going to the great courses again

They nicked us for the birdie package again. That means KP, Tater and I went for the package deal at the annual Syracuse golf show, the one that adds a couple of Central New York’s top courses to the base ticket deal. Even that $10 price admission to the downtown Syracuse Oncenter’s pretty good, considering…

Martinfest heats up this year

They can take the chili cook-off out of Hanover Square, but they can’t move Martinfest out of the parking lot across the street. That special gathering of friends put on by the Martin family, naturally, went on last weekend, thankfully, even though a bother about permits and such according to a story on Syracuse.com moved…

Sharing the layers to Jesse Owens’ Race to Gold

The legend of Jesse Owens has long and sadly been relegated to history text books, grandfathers’ knees and the occasional sports talk show. At best. And so it was with great pleasure that this former sports editor saw the seats full when my dear wife Karen and I walked into the biggest of the Regal…

Round and round they’ll go at Daytona until the big one(s)

The drivers got together at the big track down in Florida last week. Again and again and again. It was the precursor for today’s season-opener for NASCAR’s season, the much-anticipated Daytona 500. The Super Bowl of Sprint Cup racing starts the season for the top stock car racers on the biggest teams in the richest…