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Rooting for the bad guysDick Flavin

Dear reader: For your own sake, please be sure that you are seated before reading this missive any further. I am about to admit to a dastardly deed, which brings me great shame. My only defense, weak ...

My friend, Tip Dick Flavin

My friend Tip Thiboutot died on Oct. 16. He was 85 years old. Tip was a great pal and a loving husband, father, and grandfather. To be honest about it, he was a better man than I am -- by a wide margin. ...

The baseball playoffsDick Flavin

A typical season for a major-league baseball team is a long, tough slog. It consists of 162 games played over a six-month period. That's in addition to the tens of thousands of miles that a team must ...

Ohtani or Judge Dick Flavin

S'pose you owned a Big League baseball team; and s'pose you had enough dough to acquire any player available, no matter the price. I realize that's a whole lot of s'posing to swallow in ...

The Darryl Stingley incidentDick Flavin

In early August of 1978, the New England Patriots reached an agreement on a contract extension with wide receiver Darryl Stingley. The Patriots were on the road at the time, in Oakland, California, for ...

Duke and his football tryout Dick Flavin

My grandson, Duke McCarthy, is 14 years old. Like many, if not most, boys his age, he loves team sports. He's a freshman at Bellarmine College Prep School in San Jose, California, and one of his first ...

Bad news doesn't come in threes, except when it doesDick Flavin

Bad news comes in threes. That is a superstitious belief with no basis in fact. It's just an old wives tale not worthy of our attention. Except that it often seems to work out that way. Take, for ...

Bill Belichick and the sands of time Dick Flavin

Wilson Mizner was a playwright, a man-about-town, and a bit of a conman a century ago who is credited with saying "Be nice to people on your way up because you're going to meet them on your way down." ...