Interesting Weekend

Ralph McInerny, 1929-2010

Ralph McInerny was a bright light.

He patiently shone the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas into the darkness of post-Vatican-II American Catholic life.

I had the privilege of taking Dr. McInerny to dinner when he visited Catholic University at my invitation in 2001.

His death is a great loss.  May he rest in peace.

…Federer won his Australian Open semifinal in straight sets. He did not face a single break point.

Can Andy Murray beat him in the Final–at 3:30 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow on ESPN2?

Does the full moon sometimes appear twice in a month? Yes, but…(Next blue moon: August 31, 2012.)

Speaking of Blue: Do I want the Hoyas to beat Duke real bad? Do I want it never to snow again in the history of the world?

Do bees buzz? Does Spock beam up?

…If you are young, and want to learn how to find God’s will for you, check out this website and this Facebook group.

Hibachi, Yes. Delpo, No. Plus, Tough Evangelization

arenas-cut1Click here for some encouraging news about Gilbert Arenas.

40+ Wizards wins this season? Oh, yes…

…Delpo looked like he had Andy Murray in the bag this afternoon at the Rogers Masters finals in Montreal.

But Murray rallied to even things up with a second-set tiebreaker. Delpo fell apart, and Murray whupped him in the third set.

(Delpo beat Andy Roddick in the semifinals yesterday.)

Let’s face it: The U.S. Open is shaping up to be incredibly sweet. Too bad only one of these heroes can win.

I will be pulling for Roddick, by the way. Federer is my man, but Roddick won me over in the Wimbledon final.

Rogers Masters champ

mencken…Click here* for one of the funniest accounts of attempted evangelization ever written, from H. L. Mencken’s Newspaper Days.

(*The link brings you to the middle of a chapter about Mencken’s trip to the Indies in the summer of 1900. The account of his encounter with the Methodist man of God starts in the middle of the page.)

No Clashes of the Titans, but satisfying nonetheless

It is rather annoying to have to contend with the fact that ESPN radio and the sports bars of the world do not consider tennis to be a real sport.  I managed with some finagling to catch a lot of the US Open championship matches anyway.  (This evening I was handed the remote to manipulate myself by my scattered waitress.  It did give me a feeling of power, but then I couldn’t get the dagblame thing to work.  The manager had to step in.  She promptly assured me that there was no tennis on CBS, only the evening news.  ‘It’s not on my list.’  ‘Please try it anyway,’ I begged.  She graciously indulged me.)

It was fun to see Murray knock off the pretty boy yesterday (the hearthrob Raffy).  Then the lovely Serena took care of the lovely Jankovic.  And today the prettier boy made quick work of his historic second fifth-in-a-row Grand Slam title.  It would have been nice to see Nadal and Federer square off again, but I am happy that Roger is the champ.  Tennis is such a nice escape from even thinking about the Redskins.