Weekly Musings – Arizona State Edition

Another week, a UC win, a 3-1 record, and an undefeated conference record despite the utter debacle in Boston. I share most Trojan fans perspectives on the Boston College debacle: I am more concerned with the questions it forces upon our team and our actual capabilities as an offense (and defense) than I am the loss itself (which technically does not affect conference realities). The problem is that if the Trojan team is as good as the one that played in Boston we need not worry about … [Read more...]

Why the Stock Exchange Matters

As I gleefully communicated this week to my Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and even clients and professional associates via private email distribution, I enjoyed one of the great blessings of my life this week in participating in the ringing of the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. The specific business interest and portfolio strategy that brought me there is not important for purposes of this blog, nor would it be prudent to delve into investment matters on this public blog … [Read more...]

Weekly Musings – Stanford Edition

2-0. Bring on the Eagles. Beating the insanely radicalized Stanford Cardinal is just supposed to happen. But when playing 60 on 85, plus when playing with PAC12 refs at Stanford, well, the win is meaningful. And I'll say this too: this is not the Stanford of the last 100 years; it is the Stanford of the last 5 years. They're good. And we won again. Let's go around the country quickly then talk USC ... What can you see about SEC football (and Florida State, and Clemson) this last … [Read more...]

The Black Dog at Martha’s Vineyard

Every now and then you come across a place so cool, so authentic, and so good, you just don't care about anything else. The Black Dog at Martha's Vineyard may have launched a bit of a clothing line and may have a sort of cult following out there (two things that normally do not bode well for this restaurant critic), but what it does have is the best lobster roll on the island and one of the most picturesque little locations you could dream of. I started, of course, with some fried oysters. I … [Read more...]

The Sarkisian Era Begins at Troy

Welcome to the 2014 season's inaugural musings from the biggest college football lover of all time. The reason I love college football is very simple: It is the best sport there is. And within my love of the incomparable sport of college football is a little school in south central Los Angeles that embodies the greatest things about the sport. I launch this year's musings with an unapologetic reminder of what these musings are for: My own reflections on the sport of college football, … [Read more...]