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...]

Five Questions to Civilly Pose to Your Liberal Friends

If I were being totally honest, I would say that it has not been my experience that very many left-leaning folks in this country want to have an honest dialogue on the key issues that separate left from right. This is particularly true amongst the academically credentialed leftists I have encountered who presumably know they have nothing to gain by exposing their worldview or ability to defend it. However, the vast majority of us know some in our rolodex of friends and co-workers who are … [Read more...]

The Great GOP Debate: Immigration

This last week I moderated a debate on the subject of immigration in Newport Beach, California. What made this debate unique is that it featured two folks quite to the right in their politics, Jon Fleischman of Breitbart.com and Flashreport.org fame, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (Orange County Republican), VS. Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute, and Teresa Hernandez of the Lincoln Club (where I also serve in club leadership). Four people who probably feel the same about 80-90% of various … [Read more...]