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Sports Columns

Friday, December 17, 2010

Here are my opinions on some sports topics in the news right now.

Topic No. 1: Does Cam Newton deserve to win the Heisman Trophy?

Absolutely.

According to Heisman.com, the trophy is awarded to an individual who deserves designation as the most outstanding college football player in the United States. The Heisman Trophy is a national symbol of collegiate football experience and competitiveness. No where in that definition does it say anything about controversy off the field.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"I might not be able to define it, but I certainly know it when I see it." Years ago, when a lawyer demanded a definition of pornography in a court of law, that's supposedly what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said.

I often borrow those words when I'm asked to define something far different.

Excellence.

Sure, I can tell you exactly what makes a meal or a workout excellent if your goal is health and fitness, and the same is true for a novel or a newspaper column, but there's no way I can express what makes one song so much better than the other.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Not every weightlifter wants to become massive.

In fact, the majority of people of lift weights whether they be females, endurance athletes, or middle-of-the-road exercisers more concerned about maintaining health than improving fitness don't want to develop too much size. This desire, however, does not mean the lifting has to be halfhearted.

Your workouts still should be intense; it's just that the end product should result in something other than adding two inches of muscle to your quads and an inch to your chest.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It was only a short phone call and a few weeks ago but it still has me thinking.

During most Saturday mornings during the bicycle racing off-season, I will ride from my father's house near Reading to meet anywhere from two to 20 cyclists who gather about nine miles away in Oley for a training ride that's usually 60 to 65 miles. We call the leader of the ride Big Jim, and if the wind chill is in the single digits or rain or snow is in the forecast, I'll call him on the phone that morning to find out if he's riding outside that day.

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."