Friday, April 18, 2014


Perhaps my favorite boxing quote...from a man who is not exactly eloquent ( he does have a one-man stage show these days however.)
This evening one of the promoter/managers I deal with will have his main fighter on Showtime for a TV debut and a big step up. We were talking about the opponent and related items of strategy and the fight plan. I closed the discussion by telling the manager to remind the fighter of this now famous line.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


1939 Ford Sedan and a Ruger Red label.....and a Sportsman Emeritus

Monday, April 14, 2014

Waterfowl Migration: Step Up For Conservation

Just a little plug for Ducks Unlimited. This organization is a prime example of how and why sportsmen are some of the best conservationists.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

1967 on the Main Line

Rosemont,Pennsylvania, 1967. A photo from the backyard of my childhood home. Even as a little spud I had a thing for guns.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Fifteen  Reasons Why Sometimes  Men Prefer  Dogs And Not Wives:

1. The later you are, the more excited your dog is to see you.

2. Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave lots of things on the floor.

4. Dogs' parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

6. You never have to wait for a dog; they're ready to go, instantly, 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you're pissed.

8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

9. Dogs won't wake you up at night to ask: "If I died, would you get another dog?"

10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and sell 'em.

11. When you drop a silent one, dogs don't run around frantically with room spray.

12. Dogs never tell you to stop scratching your balls. Instead, they sit pondering why you don't lick 'em.

13. Dogs will let you put a studded collar on, without calling you a pervert.

14. If a dog smells another dog on you, it won't kick you in the crotch; it just finds it interesting.

And last, but not least:

15. If a dog runs off and leaves you, it won't take half your stuff.

To verify these statements: Lock your wife and your dog in the garage for an hour.  Then open the door, and observe  who's happy to see you!

Bout Sheet

In horse racing you have your program, in baseball you have a scorecard. When you go to the fights you need a bout sheet. This document provides the list and order of the fights, the fighter's records, the weights and home towns of the combatants and the color of the trunks.This is the sheet I used Friday evening when I witnessed some of the best live boxing I have seen in years.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Staying Busy

 This weekend found me with a full slate of spectating and activity. Friday night I went to the fights at Temple University's Liacouras center for the USBA heavyweight title fight. I could write paragraphs about the main event and the undercard...but I do have a day job. Suffice it to say the evening was a fine spectacle of the sweet science...hard fought bouts and great athletic perseverance; some of the best boxing I have seen in a while.
 I also had the pleasure of watching my son play Rugby. I am still learning the game but I have sufficient novice knowledge to enjoy watching the sport.
 Then it was down to Salem County, New Jersey for a round of Sporting Clays with my buddy Jay.
 I have been shooting a fair amount of trap and skeet lately, but the Sporting Clay field can be humbling. It was on this trip as I shot far below my normal average. Perhaps the beers and cocktails and late night at the fights had some effect on my hand- least that is what I am telling myself.
It was an enjoyable weekend. Unlike next weekend...which will likely be taken up with yard work and Spring clean up.