When Bob Quinn was GM of the Cincinnati Reds they won the World Series with Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers in the bullpen. When I asked Bob how he did it he told me that his father who used to be GM of the Braves always told him "Son it is a game of defense; and the first line of defense is on the mound." What Bob's Dad didn't tell him was how to quantify the defense which today is done masterfully and neatly with numbers.

January 19th -- this time, your vote will really count

“Your vote counts” is such an overused political cliché that it has become a meaningless sound bite which our brains have long ago learned to ignore.

If we did stop and think about it, those of us living and voting in Massachusetts could realistically conclude that for state and federal elections, our vote did not really count, that the results were preordained by the self-perpetuating stranglehold that one party and one family dynasty have had on the politics of this Commonwealth.

Holy Land Hard Ball Documentary

On Sunday, January 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET I reccomend you tune into MLB Network to watch the documentary film called Holy Land Hard Ball.

New Years Weekend Images

Acton Eats: Benjarong

214 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA
(978) 635-9580

Acton residents are lucky to have several Thai restaurants within easy driving distance. But my wife and I, the chief consumers of Thai food in our household, prefer Acton's own Benjarong. While Thai Chili and Siam Village in Maynard are capable of serving up a perfectly good curry, we find the consistency to be higher at Benjarong. We've eaten both lunch and dinner there several times over the past decade and have yet to have a bad meal.

Brother, Can You Spare a Cup of Joe?

Health Insurance Reform, Part 2

In the first post, we discussed the so-called "death panels" and how the government would have to get involved in individual health-care decisions that are now made by patients, their doctors, and their insurers. We also talked about the potential demise of the best care available in the world when government mandates and cost-controls are imposed on doctors' salaries.

In this part, we will examine what happens when additional mandates like mandatory health insurance are added to the burden on business.


BC: Harvard Mon - Fri & Alabama on Saturday!

Boston College graduates 96% of its student athletes yet maintains a top quality competitive athletic program whose football team annually competes in bowl games and its basketball team regularly makes the NCAA tournament. If you want to hear the secret to their success, listen to the first 10 minutes of this dissertation by BC AD Gene Defilippo. He will tell you in simple terms how the school combines Ethics with quality Athletics and graduates Champions who understand the Jesuit mission to give back to their community.

Is Health Insurance a Right?

From President Obama on down, we have heard repeatedly in the healthcare debate that Americans have a "right" to affordable health insurance. In my view, this is the critical issue and perhaps the reason why Democrats and Republicans have not been able to (and perhaps never will) reach a compromise.

These are the times that try men’s souls

“These are the times that try men’s souls”. So began “The American Crisis”, penned by Thomas Paine in the days just before Christmas, 1776. Those were the darkest days of America’s struggle for independence and freedom. 1776 had begun with high hopes as General Washington forced the British to abandon Boston in the early spring. Optimism soared as the Declaration of Independence was signed early that summer. Soon after, the tide turned as Washington’s young American army fled New York, chased by a superior enemy force across New Jersey into the cold, bitter winds of the approaching winter.

A Gift From Our Mother

Happy Holidays to everyone. The world gives us gifts every day
if we but look.