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Friday, November 26, 2010

The wrecking ball hit the walls of The Spectrum in Philadelphia this week en route to its demolition.

The venerable arena at Broad and Pattiston Streets holds memories for those who attended events there over the years. It is easy to wax nostalgic when an old stadium is torn down; it is as if a part of our lives is being removed with it.

The Spectrum opened in the Fall of 1967. The name was meant to evoke a wide range of events to be held within its confines.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

According to nearly 80,000 responses gathered by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, on any given day less than half of U.S. adults engage in what's considered by the Metabolic Equivalent (MET) intensity values "moderate activity," and the most frequently listed moderate activity for those who did was can you believe it? food preparation.

Since when did scooping coffee, scrambling eggs, and chopping onions constitute a workout?

Friday, November 12, 2010

So far, this has been a great year for Eagles fans.

It's hard to tell what brings them more enjoyment. Is it seeing their team battling for first place in the East Division? Or is it seeing the Cowboys buried deep in the standings and heading to one of their worst seasons in 20 years?

It's probably the latter.

The Cowboys aren't just losing games. They're in total disarray. The first mid-season firing of a head coach in franchise history is never a good sign.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Just three TIMES NEWS area football teams will be taking part in postseason action this weekend.

Pleasant Valley qualified for the District 11 Class AAAA playoffs and will host East Stroudsburg South on Friday night.

Northern Lehigh and Jim Thorpe both qualified for the District 11 Class AA playoffs and will face each other on Saturday night in Slatington.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

After a recent visit to see my niece and nephew, my brother walked me to my car. As he did, a neighbor approached whom I did not know.

He looked to be no more than 30 and possessed a muscular yet athletic build that told me he engaged in far more than typical health club workouts. Maybe that's why when my brother introduced me he added, "And he was writing health and fitness articles while you were in diapers."

Saturday, November 6, 2010

After a recent visit to see my niece and nephew, my brother walked me to my car. As he did, a neighbor approached whom I did not know.

He looked to be no more than 30 and possessed a muscular yet athletic build that told me he engaged in far more than typical health club workouts. Maybe that's why when my brother introduced me he added, "And he was writing health and fitness articles while you were in diapers."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

With just one week remaining in the regular season, as many as five TIMES NEWS area teams could still qualify for postseason play.

Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley already have spots in the District 11 playoffs secured.

With a win over Palmerton on Friday night, the Bulldogs will be the No. 1 seed in the four-team Class AA field. Even with a loss, they will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, which means that they are guaranteed a home playoff game next weekend.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Heard any bad jokes lately?

I have. But my joke doesn't have a punch line. It's a saying that, if accepted as the truth, is surely no joking matter.

"Forty is the new 30."

It's supposed to indicate that people are not only living longer but also aging better. For too many middle-aged Americans, however, this is totally untrue.

For them, a more accurate saying is "Fifty is the new 75."

Friday, October 29, 2010

By SHAWN MCFARLAND

The start of the 2010 NBA season has finally arrived. With that, so too has change.

Many players have switched teams or roles, while some coaches have begun, resurrected or ended their careers. The one thing that hasn't changed: the skill on the court.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

One look at the summaries from last weekend's area football games tells the story.

Pleasant Valley and East Stroudsburg South combined for 75 points, Jim Thorpe and Schuylkill Haven put up a total of 69, and Northwestern and Pen Argyl lit up the scoreboard for 63 points. Of the eight games involving TIMES NEWS area teams, the lowest scoring contest produced a total of 39 points and 11 of the teams involved in those games scored at least 27 points.