Robert Ringer Archives


The NFL and the Decline of Rome

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (112)

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When the news broke that three of the National Football League wildcard playoff games last weekend did not sell out, it got me thinking about, of all things, the connection between the NFL and the decline of the Roman Empire.  The NFL is to the United States what the gladiatorial contests were to Rome, sans […]

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Black Bart, Sam Walton, and a Grain of Salt

Posted on January 9, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (12)

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Do you ever yearn to discover the secrets of the big guys so you could explode your business?  I’ve certainly fallen into that trap on and off over the years.  And whenever I’ve managed to gain access to the “secrets” of those who appear to be above the fray, I’ll tell you what I’ve usually […]

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Comeback of a Reptilian Rocky

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (17)

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It’s cathartic to tell on yourself every now and then, and today I’m in a state of catharsis.  As the most self-disciplined reptile living in this corner of the Milky Way Galaxy, you would think that I’ve never missed a day of exercise.  If so, you’d be wrong.  Alas, much as it pains me to […]

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The Curse of the Lottery

Posted on December 20, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (28)

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Here we go again, another centimillionaire via the Mega Millions lottery — $173.8 million after taxes.  The winner was fifty-six-year-old Ira Curry, who bought her ticket at an Atlanta newsstand.  A second winner, who bought his/her ticket at a gift shop in San Jose, California, had not yet come forward as of the time this […]

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RGIII and “the Brothers”

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)

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I really dislike writing about race, not because I’m concerned that it might bring some criticism my way (it will), but because the whole issue has gotten both absurd and boring.  Every time you think it’s dying down, BAM:  It’s in the headlines again.  And so long as there are people who know how to […]

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Great Music Never Dies

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (31)

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An acquaintance of mine recently lamented to me, somewhat forlornly, that “great music is dead.”  He opined that youthful brains have been so soiled that all they want to hear is “junk.” Maybe I’m a hopeless optimist, but while I agree that perhaps a majority of youthful brains are soiled, I don’t for a second […]

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The N-Word Lives On

Posted on November 30, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (46)

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The latest brouhaha over Washington Redskins’ offensive lineman Trent Williams’ purported use of the infamous N-word in lashing out at umpire Roy Eillison (who, like Williams, is black) during a game with the Philadelphia Eagles is just another in an endless stream of incidents that keep this accident-of-history colloquialism alive and well. A visitor from […]

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The Joys of Black Friday

Posted on November 29, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (27)

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Well, here we are again — Black Friday — the official start of the Christmas shopping season.  But, unfortunately, Christmas shopping is no longer the joyful and relaxing experience it once was. How can you be joyful and relaxed when a teenaged sales clerk, with an earring in his nose and a tattoo on his […]

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Dealing with Dicks

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)

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The bizarre NFL bullying case involving Richie Incognito (the accused bully) and his alleged victim, Jonathan Martin, brings to the fore once again a subject I have been spotlighting for years.  I don’t know the facts in the Miami Dolphins’ case, but I have long been outspoken in my belief that bullying is the most […]

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Going Head to Head with Ms. Snarky

Posted on November 1, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (12)

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I’ve written about Ms. Snarky many times in the past.  Her most noteworthy traits are that she’s eighteenish, delusional about her importance, and always has her antennae actively searching for a nasty encounter with anyone who carelessly crosses her path.  Even though she gives the impression of being omnipresent, she most frequently can be found […]

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