Had the Ravens and Patriots been division rivals, Tom Brady would have been retired by now

Nobody asked me, but . . . The three divisional teams Tom Brady has played against since becoming the New England Patriots starting quarterback -- that is, the teams he’s played against the most in the NFL regular seasons since 2001 -- have a combined record of 401 wins and 512 losses. That’s a winning … Continue reading Had the Ravens and Patriots been division rivals, Tom Brady would have been retired by now

On the passing of cartoonist Mike Lane

Sad news this week with the passing of another excellent journalist and former colleague, the editorial cartoonist Mike Lane. He created daily cartoons for the Baltimore Evening Sun from the early 1970s, giving him a chance to include Richard Nixon among his subjects, into the 1990s, after the afternoon paper merged with the morning edition. … Continue reading On the passing of cartoonist Mike Lane

Technology is great, but humans still have the power to discern what’s good, what’s bad for us — and for others

I am not a trog. I like technology, and use it every day. But I don’t automatically concede that all technology is good. Shopping online might be fun and convenient, and there are people who absolutely love getting packages delivered at home; they adore Amazon. But online shopping is killing local retailers, and here in … Continue reading Technology is great, but humans still have the power to discern what’s good, what’s bad for us — and for others

Real-life Shawshank: Aging inmates, punishment and redemption

“'The Shawshank Redemption' is such a popular movie. Do Americans really believe in forgiveness and redemption?” “Yes, for me, but not for thee.” By 2005, I had been a reporter and columnist for 32 years, and I had written numerous stories about crime and covered criminal trials. I had written some stories about prisons and … Continue reading Real-life Shawshank: Aging inmates, punishment and redemption