NFL Football In June Is Just A Fantasy

by Kevin Burton    I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing with you. Have you ever told that lie?    Also, what happens when your so-called “seasonal obsession” shows up out of season? Can a true obsession ever be limited to one season?    Spoiler alert, I do not have definitive answers to these questions.  …

Baseball’s 70s Mighty Have Fallen Hard

by Kevin Burton    When I was growing up in the 70s these teams were baseball royalty: Cincinnati, Oakland, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.     Of the 40 division titles available in the decade in the old playoff format, those four teams won 22 of them.  That was five each for Oakland and Baltimore, six each for …

In Cincinnati, Hungry For Victory And Chili

by Kevin Burton    Here we go kids, going to have a daaaaaay to-day.    Gonna do the full Cincinnati today. That’s right!    The Bengals are in the playoffs, still in the playoffs, having survived the Raiders last week.  I’m busting out the quarantine wardrobe Cincinnati Bengals pajama bottoms for the occasion. Ordered them …

ESPN Classic: A Thing Of The Past

by Kevin Burton    ESPN will discontinue the ESPN Classic channel at the end of this year according to published reports.    You know what this means? I will have to come up with a new joke to explain the futility of my Cincinnati Reds. I have been saying I still love to watch them, …

Here’s To Leo Foster And Old-school Ball

by Kevin Burton    Gonna tell you everything I know about Leo Foster, then I’ll tell you why.    Foster was a utility infielder who played parts of five seasons for the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets between 1971 and 1976.  He hit .198 in 262 at bats. He had two home runs and …

Canadian Border Opens For US Tourists

by Kevin Burton    My Canada vacation dreams are on the table again, but for how long?    On Monday Canada lifted its restriction of non-essential travel by US citizens for the first time since the pandemic hit in March 2020.  That made for immediate celebrations for border dwellers who have relatives, friends and property …

A Victory For Family, Canada, The Expos

by Kevin Burton    Game one of the sibling rivalry baseball series went to yours truly last week.  It was the moves I didn’t make that saved me.    Life is like that sometimes.    I mentioned earlier on Page 7 that my brother Steve and I are playing a best-of-five baseball series using a …

Taking The Helm Of Expos Baseball

by Kevin Burton     Growing up, if you had a sibling, you had a sibling rivalry.     There are a lot of variables here, closeness of ages, gender, talents, interests.  But even if it was just competition for the attention/approval of mom and dad, chances are you had a little something simmering at all times, …

I Can Spell Ambidextrous But I Am Not

by Kevin Burton    Though I have no background in statistical analysis, I fancy myself a talent scout for the Cincinnati Reds.    For you non baseball fans, that was a slap at the people who use analytics to determine a baseball player’s potential rather than say watching how well he plays.    Anyway, I …

Perez Was Vital Part Of Big Red Machine

By Kevin Burton    “How good are the Reds” was the question Sports illustrated famously asked on the cover of its 1976 World Series wrap-up edition.    Two more questions: how vital was Tony Perez to that team and how misguided was the trade that sent him to Montreal?    It’s Perez’s birthday today. He …