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Sports Columns

Saturday, May 28, 2011

"You're not going to be happy with me," a good friend said near the beginning of a recent training ride. "I cracked. Did I ever crack."

Since that's a cycling term used when you can't keep pace, and we were at the front of a relaxed group of 12 riders, I knew there was more to the story.

"You know I've been doing really well on that diet." I nodded. "Well, one of my meetings last week lasted longer than I expected, and I absolutely was starving coming home, so I stopped for coffee at a convenience store to hold me over."

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Years ago, a teacher I didn't know very well entered my classroom after school. He told me because he was overweight and out of shape, he had recently purchased a bicycle and wanted to ask me a few questions about riding.

I remember answering questions about proper tire pressure, which roads to use around Palmerton for bicycling, and, most importantly, just how long and how hard he'd have to ride to see results.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Cody Remaley probably could have gone to any school in the PSAC. Even some Division I schools would have given the Colonial League's all-time rushing leader a shot.

But instead of taking his talents to the biggest stage he could find, he wanted to find the right place. He found it two and a half hours away in Williamsport.

Lycoming College has everything he was looking for in a school and a football program.

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's been a cold, wet spring.

Nobody knows that better than area high school sports teams.

It started with snow storms that prevented teams from getting outside to practice during the pre-season and has continued with almost daily rain storms that have forced postponement after postponement during the regular season.

While all spring sport programs have been affected by the weather, no sport has felt the brunt of Mother Nature's force more than baseball.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Earlier this month, America celebrated the 150th Anniversary to the start of the American Civil War. The Glorification and glamorization of the event through historians, re-enactors, and movies, only serves to hide the horror of the conflict.

Although there are many positive outcomes to the Civil War, one true and yet overlooked plus is the relationship of the Civil War and Baseball.

Friday, April 8, 2011


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Do you do what too many people do? Kowtow to partial truth and transform it into an absolute.

It's more common than you might imagine, for treating a partial truth as an absolute is comforting. It provides closure and means that there's no more thinking to do.

Unfortunately, that creates close-mindedness and sometimes something else: compromised health.

I'm pontificating like this because a couple of casual acquaintances have recently explained to me why they're carrying extra weight with the same two words. "It's genetic," they both said.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Clever fellows, those Buddhists monks of long ago.

They knew that ordinary, everyday tasks, like washing dishes, contained the spiritual quality that's the basis of Buddha's teachings if done with full awareness. They also knew that to get most ordinary people interested in Buddhism, they couldn't tell them to wash dishes.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Another basketball season has come and gone.

And while the season is still fresh in our minds, it's a good time to hand out some awards.

Below are some of our "unofficial" honors from the past year.

One other note: the boys and girls players of the year will be named at a later date.

Boys Team of the Year

Monday, March 21, 2011

It's a great time to be a basketball fan in Pennsylvania.

March Madness is going on at two different levels here in the Keystone State.

While most fans' main focus is the NCAA Tournament, the PIAA playoffs are also well underway as the third and quarterfinal round begins tonight. All of our area teams were eliminated in the first two rounds. And just three of the 18 District 11 teams that earned a spot in states are still alive.

Of course none of those three are in the Class AAAA boys bracket. That's the domain of Philadelphia area teams.