Charlottesville aided by thoughtful sports community

We are, as a society, too invested in sports. Otherwise even-keeled men and women lose the ability to control emotions or think rationally when it comes to their favorite teams. We know this. We just can’t help it. There’s positive and negatives to this quirk of human nature. We do crazy things and overreact. My…

Friday Q&A: Best Sunny Episodes; Sleeping on Washington Football?

The Open Man weekly* Q&A isn't just a forum for your college football and basketball questions. In fact, some of the best reader-submitted material deviates, as this week's question on the best Sunny episodes of all-time demonstrates. For those who don't know -- and really, why would you? -- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia ranks…

UVA and others should remove Liberty from the football schedule

Given the ugly and tragic events that overtook Charlottesville and the University of Virginia over the weekend, one would think leaders of neighboring communities and colleges would have the compassion - or at least the common sense - to issue statements of support. Clearly, offering  sympathy and well wishes for the good citizens of Central…

The Pac-12 Big Ten Challenge That Should’ve Been But Wasn’t

A little more than five years ago, the Pac-12 and Big Ten entered into a landmark agreement for college football. Two of the sport's preeminent conferences agreed in principle to an annual crossover of nonconference games, extending the decades-old partnership shared in the Rose Bowl Game; upping the ante for postseason positioning; and addressing fans'…

Charlottesville, University of Virginia Will Forever Be Changed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Mid-morning, the line for brunch at Bodo’s on Emmett Street stretched out the door, smiling customers casually chatting while waiting for an everything bagel with deli egg. This was just a mile down the road from the Grounds of the University of Virginia, where hours earlier White Nationalists marched with torches and…