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Sporting Goods Stores Sinking into Oblivion
Wednesday, October 09th, 2019 | Author:


An update on the ‘woke’ sporting goods store:

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack admitted that his company lost $250 million after he decided not to sell guns to people under 21-years-old… Stack decided to take this route even though the shooter did not use the gun he purchased at Dick’s. He used the gun he bought at Sunrise Tactical Supply.   The company stopped selling guns at 125 locations. Stack has considered banning gun sales from all of the stores in the future.


May 12, 2018

Sporting Goods stores are already following the same “success” path as children’s toy stores into oblivion.  This decision by “Dick’s” management to engage in corporate virtue signaling will only accelerate their demise.

Sporting goods retailer “Dick’s” is losing access to several popular gun manufacturers’ products in a retaliatory strike, as the companies withdraw their business following a series of public moves by the popular store.

Dick’s made some news last month when they first pulled from their shelves, and then destroyed, what they characterized as “assault-style” guns in their inventory.

If your company has a political point of view and acts on it, that’s its right. But it’s also the right of the customer to go elsewhere. As this back and forth shakes out, we’ll see which ones wagered wisely and which didn’t.

Source: Gun Manufacturers Fire Back at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Halt Sales | Trending


March 30, 2018

Get woke, go broke… The results of Dick’s move to become an opponent to the 2nd Amendment:

Dick’s Sporting Goods’ bottom line took a very big hit after halting the sale of assault-style weapons in response to the Parkland school massacre. The policy change cost the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer about $150 million in lost sales, about 1.7 percent of annual revenue, Bloomberg News reported Friday.


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Cracked Bicycle Rims… and Derailleur… and Chain
Saturday, October 05th, 2019 | Author:


Let’s see.  I think I’m replacing my Cannondale R700 a piece at a time…  It was my rear rim in 2015, my front derailleur in 2018, and now in 2019, I snapped my chain while riding up a steep hill.   Attempting to walk 10 miles back home with my chainless bike would have taken quite a while.  Fortunately, I had my “training director” (my wife, Missy) drive out to pick me up along with my disabled bicycle.


August 18, 2018

I was riding up a hill at Englewood Reserve, and after shifting into what I thought was 10th gear, I pondered, “Wow, I must be getting old. This is more difficult than I remember”.  That’s when I looked down at my Shimano 105 front derailleur and discovered a broken spring.  I was actually in 20th gear going up the hill.

Oh well, another part to replace on my Cannondale (this model has 3 sprockets up front and 9 in back).  I suppose the one consolation is that I’m still a spry young man on my bike.


July 5, 2015

I’ve been noted to be pretty harsh on mechanical devices that I own (I used to break the frames of my motorcycles during my motocross days), but I never expected to have multiple cracks in the rear rim on my Cannondale bicycle.    These Mavic rims are not cheapies, but in the second photo below you can see one of six cracks in the holes for the spokes.

Fortunately, my trusty bicycle service center at Troy Family Bike Shop got me fixed up with new rims and a tuneup.

Mavic Rims

Cracks in Rim

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Dayton Dragons Baseball
Monday, June 03rd, 2019 | Author:

We attended our first Dragon’s baseball game this season on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  Needless to say, all I have to do is attend one baseball game to quickly determine why I don’t attend many more.

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First Four Basketball in Dayton
Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | Author:

We attended the First Four NCAA basketball games on Tuesday and Wednesday at UD Arena.  It looks like the games were very well attended again this year.  The most interesting contest was the matchup between St. Johns and Arizona State, which resulted in a win for the team from the PAC-12.

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Blue Jackets vs Ducks
Sunday, December 16th, 2018 | Author:

Bear and I attended the NHL hockey game at Nationwide Arena last night.  We  had some great seats in the lower level of the arena.  While the home team Blue Jackets dominated most of the game, Columbus ended up losing in overtime to Anaheim.

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Ohio State Wins Big 10 Championship
Sunday, December 02nd, 2018 | Author:

We attended the Big 10 Football Championship game in Indianapolis yesterday as the Buckeyes played to a resounding 45 – 24 win over Northwestern.  It almost felt like an OSU home game with more than 80% of the roughly 67,000 fans wearing the scarlet and gray.  The Ohio State defense again gave up one of those 80-yard runs for a touchdown, but held strong for the majority of the game.  And the fluid passing game of the offense was on display once again.

We left Dayton for Indy at 4:00pm (for an 8:00pm game start) and returned home by 2:00am.


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Wright State vs North Florida basketball
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 | Author:

Missy and I attended the Raiders basketball game this afternoon and watched the hometown team give an 89-72 shellacking to the visitors from North Florida.

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Cincy Tennis 2018
Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 | Author:

We spent a couple of days in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open watching some first-class ATP tennis.  We saw some great matches including Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, Jeremy Chardy, Ryan Harrison, etc.


Note: we watched all of 0 minutes of WTA tennis

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Who is Watching Women’s Sports?
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 | Author:

This opinion writer is pretty clear with his position:

So I unabashedly state that I don’t like watching women’s sports because women aren’t nearly as good as men are at them. I love watching sports, but I only have so much leisure time to do so. Why should I spend that time watching an inferior product?

Source: I Don’t Enjoy Watching Women’s Sports. That Doesn’t Make Me a Misogynist

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Equality in Men’s and Women’s Tennis?
Monday, April 16th, 2018 | Author:


It appears that the ‘equal pay’ issue has reared its ugly ahead again in professional tennis.  Evidently the Washington Post is tickled that men and women will have the same ‘purses’ (how’s that for irony?) in this year’s US Open.    At least the opinion-writer asks the proper question:

The U.S. Open tournament “was first to offer equal prize money for men and women.” So many times I’ve read (and agreed with) the economic need and moral right for women to receive equal pay for equal work. I’m curious: How is the pay equal when the men are required to play the best of five sets and the women play the best of three?

I suppose ‘equality’ is in the eye’s of the beholder.


May 6, 2016

Another tournament director weighed in on the craziness of gender political correctness in tennis:

Equal Prize Money: It’s Not OK When The Men Bring In 4 Times More Than The Women

Source: Ion Tiriac on Equal Prize Money


March 27, 2016

This is rather ironic considering the result tumult around women’s versus men’s tennis… evidently Andy Murray complained that he had to serve a women’s tennis ball that happened to roll onto his court during his match.  Even his comments are rather ironic:

The world No. 2 felt he was mistakenly given a women’s ball while serving on break point in the second set against Denis Istomin, leading to a brief but heated back and forth with chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani. “It’s unacceptable to have one of those balls,” a visibly upset Murray said after losing the point.

Oh, well.  The PC Police tell me that everything is fine…

Source: Andy Murray miffed after mistakenly having to serve with women’s ball


March 23, 2016

Politically correct people can deny facts all they want, but reality typically follows the money-trail.  Here is a dose of reality for the critics of Ray Moore and Novak Djokovic… picked up by Sean Randall:

The Miami Open is selling tickets for the men’s and women’s final at DIFFERENT prices when the prize money for both events is equal.The cheapest Saturday WOMEN’S FINAL (which includes the men’s doubles final) ticket is listed at $69.The cheapest Sunday MEN’S FINAL (which includes the women’s doubles final) ticket is listed at $105.

The article ignores the additional important fact that in the major tennis tournaments (e.g., Wimbledon, US Open, etc.) the men play best of 5 sets whereas the women only play best of 3 sets.

Go figure…

Source: Why Do The Miami Open Men’s Final Tickets Cost 52% More Than The Women’s Final?


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