A pitcher, an umpire, and the World Cup

By now, you are probably aware of the “Perfect Game That Wasn’t” (if you are at all interested in baseball). It is heartbreaking to see Armando Galarraga deprived of a much-deserved place in the record book for such an amazing accomplishment; I hope that he has a long, illustrious hall-of-fame worthy career to offset this […]

Essay Contest Results

Congratulations to the winners of the Westchester Optimist Essay Contest. The topic of this year’s contest was to write an essay about someone in your life who embodies the characteristics of a true Optimist (as spelled out in the Optimist Creed) and why. West Miami Middle School hosted the event and approximately 800 W.M.M.S. students […]

Fallen Heroes

(NOTE: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author only and are not to be construed as the opinion or policy statement of the Optimist Club of Westchester). A week ago Friday, Tiger Woods stood in front of the nation (the world?) and gave a teary eyed, heartfelt, apology to anyone who could listen […]


I recently read the following article: “Old Boxing Matches” While not trying to sound dated, old-fashioned or nostalgic, I found the article highlighted something that I find has been missing from competitive sports, both professional and amateur (see also “Hockey Players get Preferential Treatment“). Read it and let me know what you think. Our policy […]

Now its called “Handball”

Ireland was recently eliminated from World Cup 2010 competition because they gave France “a hand”. See attached video…