Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sports Columns

Thursday, January 5, 2012
Hicks now whistling another tune

Steve Hicks had spent close to two decades running up and down the hardwood as a varsity basketball referee before he had to make a life-changing decision.

After tearing the meniscus in his right knee about four years ago, Hicks' career in officiating slowed down a lot. In fact, so much so that a medical recommendation gave him the incentive to hang up his whistle for good.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Run 10k in 35 minutes. Ride 100 miles in 5 hours. Bench press 200 pounds 10 times. All three are excellent examples of superior physical health that really don't matter nearly as much unless they produce something else.

Peace of mind.

Yet far more of us focus on achieving any of the former instead of the latter. That's because we falsely believe that peace of mind is the byproduct of other accomplishments rather than an accomplishment itself.

Monday, December 26, 2011

A half-truth can do just as much damage as a blatant lie. Especially when it comes to your health and fitness.

That's why last week's article stressed the importance of critically reading health-and-fitness related information while being on guard for what I call "misinformation," information that's not really false, but is to some degree deceptive.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Well, it's almost that time to say goodbye to 2011 and usher in 2012, but before I do that, Good Ol' Santa has decided to make his usual stop here at THE TIMES NEWS Sports Department to find out who's been naughty or nice since he stopped here last time around.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas is a time for giving, sharing and spending time together with loved ones.

In the sports world, the holidays are also the time for local basketball tournaments.

Eleven area basketball teams will compete in Christmas tournaments next week. All 11 figure to play two games regardless if they win or lose on the first day, as they will either move on to their respective championship or consolation games.

Friday, December 16, 2011

I saw the hit that the Steelers James Harrison put on the Browns Colt McCoy and immediately I was angered.

My first thought was, "He did it again!".

My anger is oddly not directed towards the hit as it was my thinking about what will happen, and did happen, in the coming days.

I pictured Harrison playing the victim and vowing not to change and former NFL players and coaches who are now 'experts' defending him.

Friday, December 2, 2011


The 2012 Major League Baseball season is still months away.

That isn't going to stop a die-hard baseball fan especially this true Philadelphia Phillies fan from talking about what's happening now.

There's a lot going on with "America's pastime" right now something that I expect will continue through the off-season and right up until the Phillies' opener on April 5th in Pittsburgh.

Friday, November 25, 2011


Over the past nine seasons, he's had one of the most successful boys programs in the TIMES NEWS area.

He won four league titles, one district championship and reached the postseason all nine years.

But yet he never seemed to get the recognition he probably desereved.

Bring up Karl Rentzheimer's name around the area, and you're sure to get a few, Who? responses.

Among our writers and throughout the scholastic baseball region, though, Rentzheimer was widely regarded as one of the top people in his profession.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sometimes you need to spend money to make money. In a similar vein, sometimes you need to gain weight to lose weight.

Last week's column explained how you benefit from adding muscle. This week's column will continue to do so after expounding upon the paradoxical introduction.

Which brings us back to the bonehead we all bump into mentioned in last week's column. The former high school classmate who sees you in the grocery store and boasts that he weighs the same today as when he graduated high school: 195 pounds.

Friday, November 18, 2011

There's plenty going on around the sports world right now.

This week the Press Pass will take a look at one local, one regional and one national item that have been in the news this recently.

This week Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill that puts new regulations on how concussions are dealt with among scholastic athletes.

The bill, which goes into effect in July of 2012, calls for athletes who suffer a concussion to come out of the game and not be allowed to return to practice or play without written clearance from a medical professional with expertise in concussions.