January 26, 2010 |
Even with the whole of the 20th century and a decade of the 21st separating us from the Victorians, that era continues to fascinate, as the success of director Guy Ritchie's recent Sherlock Holmes movie shows. No wonder, for few other periods offer such a wealth of contrasts. On the surface, there was all that respectability and propriety embodied in the starchy image of the queen, a time when it was actually thought proper to cover the legs of pianos as well as women lest they appear too suggestive.
December 3, 2009 |
Good news for St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Detroit fans -- spring training baseball begins in three months. (I don't know what to tell Cleveland fans.) For St. Louis football fans, if any are left, it was another historic weekend: As the St. Louis Post Dispatch pointed out, the Rams became the first St. Louis NFL team to lose 10 of its first 11 games -- a period covering 43 seasons of NFL football in that city, much of it pretty bad football. To show you how inept the Rams are, Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was a disaster for fantasy footballers competing 14 of 25 passes for just 101 yards and no touchdowns.
June 12, 2007 |
Maybe it's because of the Church Pews. Those rows of bunkers between the third and fourth holes are probably one reason Oakmont Country Club is spoken about in such reverential terms. Or maybe it's all about Oakmont's long and colorful history of playing host to major championships, 10 in all -- seven U.S. Opens and three PGA Championships -- dating back 85 years. It could be all the great champions, a Hall of Fame list if there ever was one.
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February 2, 2007 |
The new book "Hit the Streets!" is an entertaining compilation of true-life police tales by Steven Rose, a retired L.A. cop. Rose takes the reader along on several unusual adventures, such as a late-night search of a deserted building near LAX where a would-be burglar was believed to be hiding. "Just about the time we were about to give up and call off the search," Rose wrote, "I spotted some blond strands of hair sticking out from under a large pile of carpets in a dark corner."
January 29, 2007 |
Ah, order is restored to the sports world. For a moment there it looked as if the laws of physics were unraveling when Tom Brady's pass was picked off in crunch time of the AFC championship game last week. Then Roger Federer won a Grand Slam tennis event, and the PGA golf tournament here at Torrey Pines ended up with Tiger Woods as the champion. In a related story, the sun rose in the east and set in the west. That's seven consecutive times Woods has played in a PGA Tour event and won.
September 18, 2006 |
Many women immediately quit smoking when they find out they are pregnant, knowing the habit is unhealthy for their unborn child. But sometimes that concern takes them only so far. A new study has found that women who were unmotivated to remain smoke-free after the birth of a child were more concerned about their weight than those who intended to kick the habit for good.