Archive - April 2017

  1. Column: Muirfield Agrees To Admit Women MembersApril 27, 2017

    Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland, which has hosted 16 previous British Open Championships, recently voted to admit women for the first time in the club’s 273-year history. It was the second time in the past 10 months that Muirfield’s members voted on the issue of female members. The prior vote failed to garner the necessary two-thirds majority, failing by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent. Last month’s vote was supported by more than 80 percent of the members. Women had been allowed to play the course on certain days as guests of current members, similar to male non-members.

  2. Column: NFL Concussion Case Shows Lawyers At Their WorstApril 20, 2017

    “This case has done nothing but show lawyers at their worst.” Attorney Jason Luckasevic Even on their good days attorneys have been known to act, well, not so good. Luckasevic had to be upset to utter such a strong indictment of the legal profession. Luckasevic was referring to the actions of attorneys who are involved in the NFL concussion case, a class action lawsuit that was settled, sort of, in August of 2013. However, none of the plaintiffs in the suit, which was really a combination of hundreds of lawsuits, have yet to see a dime from the settlement and it may be years before they do.

  3. Column: Shohei Ohtani - Japan's Babe RuthApril 13, 2017

    The Major League Baseball season got underway last week and stars such as Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw will spend the next six months burnishing their reputations as the best in the game. But perhaps the best player on the planet will not be wearing an MLB uniform this year. Twenty-two year old Shohei Ohtani plays in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), acknowledged as the worlds’ top league outside MLB. After one more season in Japan, Ohtani is expected to cross the Pacific, bringing his dual talents with him. That’s right. Ohtani, 6’4” and 215 pounds, pitches and hits well enough to be considered the Japanese equivalent of Babe Ruth. Whether his accomplishments in Japan will translate to this country remains to be seen. However, scouts, who are known to be fickle and critical by nature, gush over his talent.

  4. Column: Women's Hockey Team Wins On and Off IceApril 6, 2017

    “Very united. Very strong. Persevering.” Those words were used by defender Gigi Marvin to describe the Women’s National Hockey team’s 2-0 win over the Canadians in the opening game of the Women’s World Championship. And who would disagree with her? The players were coming off a two-week standoff with USA Hockey, the governing body that oversees international hockey competition. Instead of practicing for the tournament, Marvin and her teammates announced on March 15 they would boycott the tournament unless they received a new contract. Negotiations on a new compensation package began some 15 months earlier but little progress had been made until the women took a firm stand: Pay us or we won’t play. In the end, the hockey federation blinked first.