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Watch Out for That Tree

One of the drummers was banging on a stop sign. Another percussed upon a kitchen sink as she marched past the camera. I had always heard that the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band was unusual but I got a … Continue reading

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Well, Well, Well

Einstein Simplified performed during halftime at a Lady Vols basketball game on Sunday. From center court, it was hard to tell whether or not the crowd was paying us any attention. However, my concern was unwarranted. As soon as we … Continue reading


Blue and Gold Smith

An autographed Harrison Smith jersey was one of the more interesting silent auction items at the event my wife and I attended Saturday night. The fancy benefit for Sacred Heart Cathedral School took place at Cherokee Country Club. There’s a … Continue reading

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Merten Call

The resemblance between Dr. Alan Merten and David Letterman never struck me until I saw Merten’s reaction to being surprised by a group of singing employees. The outgoing president of George Mason University got a musical send-off from the staff … Continue reading

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Maxims Mezzanine

Inside the security command post high atop Neyland Stadium, we were told that a motion detector on the field would immediately alerts campus police if there were intruders. I wondered how many years it’s been since the Vols’ offense triggered … Continue reading

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The Brew Crew

Kim Leslie came down the stairs as soon as I arrived at the Smoky Mountain Brewery. Lauren, the manager on duty, smiled and said she had given Kim one of the same buzzers used to tell patrons their table was … Continue reading

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State Pen

The parallels between the sex abuse scandal at Penn State and the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church are obvious. As a Catholic, I can understand the shock and disappointment that football fans are feeling. Coach Joe Paterno is … Continue reading

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Tall Order

FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Lambert was on TV shortly after I got home last night. Coincidentally, I had just talked with him at the graduation ceremony for this year’s Citizens Academy class at the FBI building. Each new … Continue reading


With a Rebel Yell

It seems like most events in East Tennessee are scheduled so they do not conflict with University of Tennessee football games. One of the biggest festivals in the area goes against that conventional wisdom. The Foothills Fall Festival draws tens … Continue reading

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Hurricane Jim

George Mason University’s commitment to basketball began when they built the Patriot Center. My class was the first to graduate in the almost-finished building. Things got more interesting when GMU hired Jim Larranaga as head coach. Obviously the highlight of … Continue reading


Mortal Men

In the 49 hours between George Mason’s thrilling victory over Villanova and their tip-off against Ohio State, I started thinking about all the kryptonite references from 2006. The Patriots would be wearing their green jerseys on Sunday. I was even … Continue reading

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Masonic Ritual

As the “home team” with the higher seed, the George Mason Patriots wore white jerseys when they beat Villanova in an unbelievable come-from-behind finish on Friday. I expect that they will be wearing their kryptonite green jerseys when they play … Continue reading

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Can an ugly loss be a good loss? The George Mason Patriots had the country’s longest active winning streak going in to today’s CAA semifinal in Richmond. They got drubbed by the hometown VCU Rams, 79-63. The winning streak had … Continue reading

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Going Green

The George Mason Patriots extended their winning streak to 14 on Thursday night. They close out the regular season in Atlanta on Saturday evening with a game against the Georgia State Panthers. In the past couple of days, Tom C. … Continue reading

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