In 1861-65, Americans waged a war among themselves that remains the bloodiest in U.S. history. It began as a fight to preserve the Union but morphed into an abolitionist war to free 4 million men, women and children from bondage.
In the past, sports rivalries -- notably in baseball -- evolved and played out over decades. The rise of the NBA shows how much things have changed.
Yet another top MLB player's reputation has been besmirched by use of performance-enhancing drugs: Take a bow, Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez. The Yankees star admitted Monday that he'd dabbled in steroids years ago in a moment of high pressure and youthful indiscretion. He said the drug use occurred only while he played for the Texas Rangers.
The first big scandal confronting Rudy Giuliani in his presidential quest has nothing to do with his personal life, his governing style in New York City, or his associations with people such as Bernie Kerik, his police commissioner now under criminal investigation.
They're gone! How to describe the euphoria, the smug satisfaction, the unrestrained elation at seeing the New York Yankees eliminated once again so early in postseason play? I'm thinking something silly, like, Eureka!