October 17, 2016

In a time of vitriol and venom, peace seems long ago and far away. But it is actually in Minnesota.

In the heart of the continent, rippling outward in a thin reddish marrow of sedimentary rock, 10 feet beneath the amber waves of Minnesota, sweeps a vein of florid catlinite.

Catlinite is the stone…


October 16, 2016

Growing up in Michigan, I practiced tornado drills with my classmates and learned to anticipate blizzards.

But hurricanes were a distant terror. I gazed at photos of the storms’ devastation in a kind of wonder, stunned by the damage wind and water could inflict.

These days, of course, I have…


October 16, 2016

There are some numbers that immediately jump out in NASCAR lore.

The number seven represents the holy grail of championships, set by Richard Petty in 1979 and matched by Dale Earnhardt in 1994. Perhaps the only number more significant than seven is 200, as in the number of wins Petty,…

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October 15, 2016

My friend and former colleague, Scott Batchelor, suggested five years ago that the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Washington, D.C., would be a good tradition in memory of my father. We did it again last weekend, wearing matching purple shirts.

The front of the shirt says “I wear…

October 10, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. — As torrents of rain washed over Greenville on Saturday, tearing apart trees, marooning drivers and playing on the fears of a city with a stormy history of hurricanes, the city of Tampa stood in complete contrast.

The still, sunny Florida day surrounding Raymond James Stadium was…

October 09, 2016

Golf first descended upon me from a grainy TV screen with Arnold Palmer striding across the putting green, his club raised high, his hair tossed in the wind — no golf cap for this guy. But it was another man I would briefly encounter — and fondly remember — many years later.…

October 08, 2016

I have beaten to death in this column how divisive the Chase for the Sprint Cup is.

The format has been picked at and scrutinized since its inception in 2004, and NASCAR’s constant tinkering with it has not helped with fans’ ability to get comfortable with it.

I think the format is as…

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October 03, 2016

The day began with a chorus of disapproval that cascaded across Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. It ended amid an eerie silence, the mostly empty East Carolina football coliseum a colossus of disappointment for all but one block of spectators visiting from Orlando, Fla.

An afternoon marked by tension got an…


October 02, 2016

I am feeling rather sad about the situation in Montreal.

The Canadian city has suffered several serious dog attacks in the past year, including a fatal mauling about three months ago.

In response, city leaders have enacted a controversial ban on new ownership of pit bull and pit bull-type dogs.…


October 02, 2016

Last week, I wrote that when it came to rising to the occasion in the Chase, no one rivals Jimmie Johnson.

Perhaps what I should have said was "In the past, no one has rivaled Jimmie Johnson," because last Sunday proved as a reminder that there's another Cup driver who is making quite the…

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