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Sports Columns

Saturday, September 10, 2011

"The world does not require so much to be informed as reminded."

Yes, I've used that quotation by Hannah More in a column or two before, which is exactly why I'm using it again. At the end of every summer, you see, I devote a couple of days to reading or at least skimming all the printouts and photocopies crammed in the 100 or so manila folders that house the health and fitness info that fuels this column.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The high school football season kicked off last Friday night and that means it's time for another season of OVERTIME.

OVERTIME is the football column that goes inside the numbers and behind the scenes to provide you with stories, facts and trivia about our area teams.

Week one of the 2011 season produced interception, fumble and kickoff returns for touchdowns; a Blue Raider stat that hadn't been matched in nearly a quarter of a century, and an opening night victory by Palmerton's rookie head coach.

Friday, September 2, 2011

By EMMETT MCCALL

Are you ready for some football?

After weeks of practice and months of anticipation, the 2011 high school football season will kick off tonight for all nine TIMES NEWS area teams.

A couple of years ago, I did an A-to-Z rundown of high school football in my season welcoming column. This year, I thought I would change from an alphabetical look at the season to a numerical look.

So here it is, the 2011 scholastic football season by the numbers:

Monday, August 29, 2011

Scurvy is a nasty disease. It causes collagen, the protein substance found in the fibers of connective tissue, bone, and cartilage, to form improperly, meaning wounds don't heal, gums bleed, and severe pain occurs.

If untreated, it leads to death.

But in 1747, James Lind, a Scottish naval surgeon, fed lemons and limes to sailors with scurvy, and soon the symptoms stopped. After a few years of stopping scurvy this way, Lind wrote a paper about it. The British Royal Navy was impressed and adopted the practice yet others kept searching for better treatments.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Why do we remember what we do?

While I'm not qualified to answer that, I do know the question that I keep remembering from more than three months ago is a big reason why this column was created and the headline is so strongly worded.

The question came on Tuesday, May 10 at approximately 11:40 a.m., about 75 minutes after the Palmerton Area Junior/Senior High School had lost all power. The power outage had caused our school to lock down, and my class was antsy since they had been with me since 9:15 and couldn't use the lavatories or the water fountains.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Whoever is into fantasy baseball can probably name this year's positional MVPs without having to think very hard.

It's relatively obvious that Brian McCann, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp are the best players fantasy-wise at their respective positions. They were the no-brainers on draft day.

But what fantasy owners like just as much as a 'sure thing' is pleasant surprises. After all, who doesn't like surprises? Owners become overjoyed when they find value where they thought they might have little or none.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Anyone who follows professional golf closely, and even most that follow it casually, know that the sport's television ratings suffer when Tiger Woods doesn't play.

While viewership has declined over the past couple years as Woods has been either absent or not at his best, there has still been plenty of great golf and many exciting finishes. But a public that likes to follow favorites has missed much of them.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

In October of 2004, I purchased a 2005 Scion xB. It has provided me with what I value most in a vehicle: reliability. Other than yearly inspections and oil changes, it's been in the shop once for a minor matter.

So why am I planning to trade in such trusty transportation this fall? Because I live alone, need my car to be hassle free, and believe the more miles you put on a car, the more likely something significant will go wrong with it.

And as I write this, the car has traveled more than 53,000 miles.

Friday, July 22, 2011

In the past, all I had ever watched when it came to the Women's World Cup soccer tournament was the highlights provided by ESPN.

But over the last few weeks, I caught myself sitting down in front of the TV watching bits of each and every game of the World Cup 2011.

After watching the thrilling U.S. games against Brazil, Sweden and Japan, I would even find myself watching highlights afterwards on ESPN's SportsCenter.

The play of the USA women inspired me to stay interested during this year's World Cup more so than in the past and I wasn't alone.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It's one of those quotations that's so dead-on no one disputes it, like Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation, "Knowledge is the antidote to fear."

Almost 400 years ago, the English philosopher Francis Bacon wrote, "Knowledge is power." Since then, there's really been little reason to question him.

Until the obesity epidemic.

In the last 20 years, the number of overweight children and adult Americans has nearly tripled, yet during that same span our knowledge about nutrition, diabetes, and other weight-related subjects has probably increased tenfold.