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Dr. Rodney Blackman

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Dr. Rodney J. Blackman is the Chair of Recreation Management at the United States Sports Academy, and can be reached at rblackman@ussa.edu.

Under the Shadow of a Knight

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals! What an absolutely great time of year. And so interesting! The story lines go on and on…How cool is that!...

A Wave of Curiosity on the Wings of International Delight

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For all of you who have diverse interests, and who like to try new things – there’s this new wave of curiosity. And from...

Based on a True Story (Part 2)

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So perhaps your most pressing question from Based on a True Story (Part 1) is, so did that guy die? Yes, he did. That was...

Based on a True Story (Part 1)

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So – with baseball season upon us, all of a sudden, like, right now – I have a couple baseball-related type comments. Sorta –...

Don’t Ever Forget It

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Hey all you parents out there – let me ask you a question. Your kids, they have a natural tendency to be good, right?...

‘Of the Realme’

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Politics and sports have a history of not necessarily agreeing with one another. But that’s ok – politics are generally disagreeable, to some extent....

Angel in Devil’s Shoes, Part Two

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Oi! For those unfamiliar – this is an interjection – also spelled and/or pronounced “oy.” The meaning of this delightful little word can be...

Angel in Devil’s Shoes, Part One

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There are sports personalities and/or celebrities that have found ways to bring themselves to the brink of unsalvageable situations… Take Donald Sterling – Banned for...

It’s Not About What You Got – It’s About What You Make of What...

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Fundamental to sports and recreation is the necessity, at times, to improvise. Mike Tyson may have captured this idea best when he said, “Everyone...

Beauty Out of Ugly Things

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Which is less forgiving, sky-diving, or bocce? Go-cart racing or putt-putt? Basketball, or football? Swimming, or archery? Table-tennis or water-skiing? Baseball, or Ice hockey? Which? If...
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