It's the beginning of Spring. It's a golfer’s New Year. It's Masters week. As we end one of our nation’s most popular and prestigious sporting events with the Final Four, we begin another one that also is “a tradition like no other.” The Masters is a strange event. And Augusta National Golf Club is a strange place. The list of stories connected to them seems infinite. Like anyone raised as a golfer, by a golfer, I have a few of my own. My dad loved The Masters like no other sporting event. He was an athlete as a young man, a four sport ...

I was overcome on Saturday with the urge to do some research on a great quote from a great man.  "Knowledge is good." Oh, how difficult it is to argue with the elegant simplicity of that. And who is the inspirational leader who said those words? Why Emil Faber of course! Faber is the fictitious founder of the fictitious school, Faber College, home of Delta Tau Chi fraternity.  Which is otherwise known as "Animal House." Laugh all you want, but "knowledge is good" are words we need badly right now. So this week I have chosen seven random incidents to put on a list ...

The craze of the Olympics missed me. I don't really know why. I admire the athletes and I love to see American women and men win the biggest prizes on the biggest stages they will ever occupy. The personal stories of the athletes and their families is also classic fodder for the patriot in each of us. I haven't heard a bad one. I understand the fanaticism in the games and I want see it continue and grow. It's fun. And these athletes are extraordinary. This first week of the games though has provoked many opinions about the coverage by NBC, mostly ...

Throughout the country, but particularly in Indiana, March Madness is a serious celebration of both love and hate. For example, my most important bracket had plenty of eggs in the basket of Michigan State. So I temporarily had affection for the Spartans, a team I routinely despise. When it became clear that the nation was watching 15th seeded Middle Tennessee State knock them off in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night, I found myself rooting for the upset. Nothing is more American than that. Americans engage in the tournament with or without their team. Purdue’s early exit from ...

It is important to make clear that much like writing this column, the NFL is for entertainment purposes only.  So don't waste time tweeting to me not to use the word "hate," because in this context, there isn't a better word. Below are a few simple thoughts on how we can become a better NFL city.  It is regrettably not endorsed by the Indianapolis Colts organization or the NFL.  At least not yet. Having made that clear, here we go: 1.  Hate everything you can with everything you've got related to the New England Patriots. The organization's mere existence is detrimental to the ...

“I don't think I'm gonna go to L.A. any more...” –John Mayer The Contrarian went on a road trip out west this week. A real one. There were no wives, girlfriends or children. It was just four grown men and their golf clubs. It was the kind of trip that was historically memorable and exhausting. It was one that had a few great big features, and a lot of little ones. And I described the trip more than once, while I was still on it, as a trip that I went on so that I could tell people about it almost ...

Its a wonderful time of year for sports fans.  Americans love March Madness and I contend it's the greatest sports weekend of the year.  Grandmas. soccer fans, snobby academics, etc., all have brackets filled out.  And two weeks from now the winner of your office pool will be enshrined as a genius.  Only a genius would have predicted the Georgia State shot of the year, right?  Right. We can all agree with that.  But here is something else with which we should agree in the true basketball capital of the world:  it doesn't take a genius to run a successful college ...

No real golfer wants to play with a cheater.  I have said it many times that there are not many things that one can do that is more reprehensible than cheating at golf.  It is a game that is based on honor, and cheating is not something that takes any skill, slyness or cunning.  Unless you are playing golf under the watchful eye of television and PGA Tour size galleries, cheating is always an option.  It truly is just a choice. So today I challenge the country's most infamous cheater, having just dethroned another Bill, to a round of golf.  And ...

On November 16, I wrote a blog titled "Hating New England."  In that post, I hoped to get a bonus week and a second game against the one thing on this planet I truly enjoy hating.  The Broncos helped grant my wish.  Thanks #18, just when I thought you had given us enough. If I had to list the strongest emotions I have in my soul, I must admit the bulk of them are made up of love and gratitude. But somewhere in that top ten is my hatred for the New England Patriots.  You know, there's my love for ...

I started a piece about Thanksgiving, and gratitude and all that stuff a couple of days ago but it just didn't sound very Contrarian so I dumped it. Then I began facing the fact that I was drawing a blank this week, which is no big deal since I am my own boss. Which leads me to the protest I ran into at this afternoon's Colts game regarding the name of the team we creamed today. Members of the local chapter of the American Indian Movement were gathered outside Lucas Oil Stadium today protesting the use of the word "Redskins" and ...