Point of No Return

Too late now for any control

I woke up the other night staring straight into the face of a pug.

Imagine going from dreaming about dancing with the Malaysian cheerleading squad on top of a mountain of solid gold bricks to staring into the all-too alert eyes of an...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:37am

Favre better than many others

When word starting circulating on Tuesday that NFL quarterback Brett Favre was on an airplane heading from Mississippi to Minnesota, there was a collective groan from sports writers across these fruited plains.

“I knew he was coming back...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:33am

Pulling for the girls from Guam

There are so many things to enjoy over at the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana this week.

The action has been great, as many games have been decided in the last inning. There have been some pretty prodigious homeruns,...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:57am

World Series is now upon us

Play ball!

And with that short but sweet command, girls from around the world will set forth on a shared quest to claim the title of “world champion.”

I admit it. I’m a sucker for the Senior League World Series held for the past...

Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:39am

Catching up with a true icon

As a child, there were a few objects that all I had to do was see them and I would get excited.

I remember walking through the concourse at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and seeing the field appear before me. There was always an instant...

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 8:07am

Warming up to summer season

I confess. I’m one of those people who gets easily frustrated in the summer.

I find myself cursing while driving down congested streets, eating at home more to avoid the crowds and waiting until fall to stake my claim to a spot on...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:11am

A tough week for the spineless

It ain’t easy being an invertebrate these days.

I mean, for starters, you have no spine, and that makes it hard to find a jacket that looks good on you. Then there’s the problem with trying to sit in a chair — you just kind of slink...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 4:12pm

Embrace the dog days of summer

So, anyway, it’s been hot.

I don’t mean that typical man-this-place-gets-hot-and-sticky-in-the-summer kind of hot. No, no, no. This has been more of an I-think-my-shorts-just-fused-to-my-thighs kind of hot. The temperature on Tuesday...

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 4:23am

Independence is a unique gift

There’s just something magical about the word “Independence.”

It can mean so many things to so many people, and the word always plays a mental ballet in my head every July 4th. I think about the sacrifices made by those before us to...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 5:44pm

Strumming our way into history

A history professor at my beloved Temple University once told me that the best thing about history is that it never gets old, because it’s being made every day.

I often keep that in mind when thinking about current events, and...

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 4:47am

The lessons we learn from our dads

Father’s Day is, obviously enough, a day to celebrate fathers. We thank them for the sacrifices they’ve made, and generally make an effort to express our thanks to the men who reared us. We do it through cards, or brunch or a new hunting rifle,...

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 8:48am

Another Taste of greatness passes

We all have our own kryptonites.

Coastal Point

You know, those things or people in life that can seep into your very soul and leave you utterly helpless against their respective powers. Some of these things — like alcohol, drugs or...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:30am

NY Super Bowl is about money

NFL owners voted on Tuesday to hold the 2014 Super Bowl in the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands Stadium that will regularly play host to the New York Giants and Jets. The vote has created a fairly large amount of controversy, as this will be the...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:23am

Pondering a life of pure solitude

A conversation came up the other night that seemed harmless enough at the time, but has been bouncing around my brain quite a bit ever since.
Coastal Point

The question was posed: Would you be able to live on a deserted island by...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:10pm

The times, they are a' changing

I’m an admitted people-watcher.

I love sitting down at the boardwalk, the mall, casinos and even office buildings and just watch people go by. I like to imagine the conversations people are having, or try to answer hidden questions...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:35am

My mom really is cooler than yours

My mom is cooler than yours.

There, I said it. Now, before I start getting angry calls (and, yes, I’m looking at you, Mrs. Cobb), I’m not implying in any way that any of your mothers are not lovely women who have sacrificed of...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 5:20pm

Occupying my mind before vacation

Do you remember those sleepless nights as a youth? The calendar would flip to November, and you just knew Christmas was right around the corner. You would begin formulating the perfect list in your mind, going over it again and again until you...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 2:12pm

Caterpillars are the butt of the joke

It’s been said by many who know me that I sometimes talk out of my backside. Normally, I get that comment during poker games, when the common perception amongst those who play with me often is that if I’m giving away anything about my hand, it’s...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:10am

Give me a break on this rationale

According to various reports, the U.S. Army will court-martial a military doctor because he refused to deploy to Afghanistan. Conscientious observer? Nope. Dying kid at home? Wrong again. Allergies to poppy fields? Three strikes.


Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 9:27am

A great week for us sports fans

Let’s be honest. Life’s tough.

Regardless your economic standing, gender, race, religion or favorite breakfast cereal, there is always something in your life at any moment that requires deep thought, immediate action or a comfortable...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 6:54am

Tradition isn't always a good thing

I’m a big believer in honoring one’s culture. I cling tightly to my family’s Irish heritage, and enjoy hearing and learning from others who are also fascinated by their roots. Shaun Lambert, for instance, can make my eyes roll back into my head...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:23am

Trying hard to understand reform

I’m searching for an old friend.

This was the kind of friend that was always there for me. The kind that would come through in the clutch no matter what, and would never ask for anything in return. Oh, we had a few bumpy rides from...

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 7:43am

Brackets on the mind of many

Has there ever been a spring as widely anticipated by this area as this one?

Businesses hit by a sluggish economy are excited about seeing vacationers and second-home owners get back in the area, and residents trapped in their homes...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:28pm

It's an interesting world out there

There’s tough, and then there’s “Kentucky tough.”

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that a 32-year-old Kentucky woman, who reportedly had no idea she was pregnant, delivered a son on the floor of her laundry room, cut the...

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 5:01am

Hockey battle a game for the ages

There are moments in life when all seems right in the world. I remember feeling that way when the American hockey team scored a shocking goal with seconds left in regulation during their gold medal hockey game against Canada last Sunday. As the...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:57pm

Warning: Don't do stupid things

I remember exactly where I was when my head nearly exploded.

Camped out on luxurious Couch Island (centered in my living room, in a strategic spot in front of my television), I was catching up on some news on CNN when they did a...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 4:21pm

The war of generations wages on

We’ve done a few things very well in this nation.

The Constitution, for example, is one of the most beautifully-written idealistic documents in the history of civilization. Many nations have used ours as an outline when composing...

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 6:45am

It helps to have a captive audience

I apologize in advance, but I’m not letting go of this one without a fight.

The Nielsen Co. reported Monday that an estimated 106.5 million people watched the New Orleans Saints defeat Indianapolis during Sunday’s Super Bowl. That...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:14am

Trip to the Keys not quite paradise

Well, it looks like I picked the right time to go on vacation.

Sitting in various bars in the Florida Keys, I would see snowy images of home on the television screens. There were various texts coming to my phone providing me...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 6:05am

Mistakes are part of everyday life

People make mistakes. We’re flawed. It’s what we do.

While that sounds like an overly-simplistic humanitarian view of society at large, the fact remains that people sometimes screw up over the course of their lives. It’s been said...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:22pm

Ravens have me in a hiding mood

“Gone hibernatin’”

That will be the sign I put up in my office window this week. After watching my Baltimore Ravens get their crabcakes handed to them by the Indianapolis Colts last weekend, I’ve decided to go into a sports...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 6:36am

The world continues to entertain

I’m constantly surfing the Web.

If I’m home, chances are pretty good that my iPhone is in my hand and navigating me from one Web site to the next. I usually click on a headline that grabs my attention, only to click on to the next...

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 6:05am

A new year and new resolutions

Ah, the new year is now upon us.

There’s something refreshing about that, isn’t there? The concept of ditching the old calendar and all that it represented and flipping open that brand new (Coastal Point) calendar and its...

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:53am

A walk back down memory lane

History will not remember 2009 fondly.

Many in our nation, and globally, were hit hard by a struggling economy. Acrimony in politics reached new levels of silliness. An attempted bombing of a commercial flight on Christmas nearly...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:09pm

Tis the season for special gifts

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

As a child, I loved Christmas. Apart from those pesky socks and underpants that kept making their way to my gift pile under the tree, there was unbridled joy at each present that...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:01am

My cell phone bill is how much?

There are things that I come across that make me shake my head and contemplate how my father would have handled the situation had it been me as the central character.

For instance, I stumbled across a story recently that...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:01am

Santa, it's time we had a talk

Dear Santa,

I know you’re particularly busy right now. The big day is right around the corner, the elves are getting grumpy with all the overtime and it’s pretty much crunch time for people to fall on either the naughty or nice...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:09pm

I'll leave Tiger alone for now.

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger.

You know, I’ve always admired how well Tiger Woods has kept his personal life separate from the entity that is Tiger Woods the professional golfer. Oh, we’ve all been allowed little glimpses into his...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:36pm

It’s the season to offer thanks

Yup, it’s that time of the year again.

It’s the time when we’re supposed to mentally push aside those day-to-day trials and tribulations in our lives that invade our minds throughout the rest of the year and focus instead on the bigger...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 8:04am

The dictionary just got thicker

Hi. I’m Darin, and I’m a word nerd.

To be more precise, I’m a word nerd of the English language. I love how it is an ever-evolving language that adapts to changing times and changing vernacular, and it takes on the form of a living,...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:06am

Tuesday was not a slow news day


That was what was going through my mind and body when I first heard of the actions of the now-infamous “D.C. sniper.” I was living in Atlanta, and following very closely the events transpiring in my hometown. Like many, I was...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:29am

One simple scrape changes all

The tide has turned.

As is the case most mornings, I was still half-asleep as I stumbled out my front door to climb in my car to begin a new day of work. It was Wednesday, which is our final deadline of the week, and promised to be...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:36am

Fantasy sports can take you away

If there was ever an appropriately-named hobby in this modern society of ours, it’s fantasy sports.

I admit it. I play them. I’ve had a fantasy baseball team on and off for about 20 years, and I’ve been in a fantasy football league...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 7:30am

Fishy stuff going on in Oregon

During one of my daily voyages through the wild frontier of the Internet, I stumbled across an Associated Press story that made me stop mid-surf. That in itself is not odd, in that I tend to get sidetracked by some strange things on the Web, but...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 7:40am

Chicago's loss could be our gain

There was quite a bit of disappointment last week with the announcement that Chicago would not receive the 2016 Summer Olympics, and for valid reasons. The Olympics would have potentially brought a bump for that local economy, a global stage for...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:42pm

So much promise, so much misery

I spend a lot of time reading various newspapers.

Yes, it’s certainly part of the game when you’re in this business, but it’s also what I love to do in my spare time. If I’m sitting on my couch at home and watching television, there’...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 5:05am

The nocturnal pug has my attention

It felt like a soothing mist.

There I was, fast asleep in bed with visions of giant meatball subs dancing in my head, when I felt the little spray on my forehead. I originally chalked it up as part of my dream — the spittle escaping...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:58am

Another look at a weird, weird world

We all have problems. Bills get piled up, kids run around with scissors, work becomes too much, etc., etc., etc.

It’s during those times when I reach out for hope — a quest for people who either have it much worse than me, or do...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:53am

Disagree, but stay on the same team

It was said by many at the time that Sept. 11, 2001 would change the world forever.

There was a prevailing opinion that the majority of people, particularly in this country, would set aside pettiness and confrontational differences...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:22am

Shoulder season is welcomed here

For openers, let me tell you that I had a very funny column lined up for this week. Well, to be fair, it was funny in my eyes, because I was going to make fun of my good friend Bob Bertram for his respective tastes in old movies and current films...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 8:49am