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Sports Columns

Thursday, September 26, 2013

This week's OVERTIME column will highlight how Pleasant Valley has stepped up its defensive play the last couple of weeks. OVERTIME will also feature a long streak that came to an end at Northern Lehigh, a couple of rare offensive feats by Jim Thorpe, some noteable achievements by a pair of Pleasant Valley players, and a few other interesting items.

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It hasn't quite reached the point where Pleasant Valley's Jim Terwilliger needs to find a part-time job or take out a loan, but "Taco Monday" definitely has had Tewilliger digging deep into his pockets the last few weeks.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What a difference a year can make!

This week's OVERTIME column will focus on the early-season turnaround the Jim Thorpe football program has made in 2013. The Olympians haven't been alone when it comes to laying the ground work for a bounce back season, however.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Does anyone else remember Susan Powter, the former fat mom who wrote three best-selling diet books and became so popular in the 1990s that she hosted her own talk show? Besides her frenetic energy and white buzz cut, what I remember was the start of the infomercial for her first book.

After on off-screen voice lists all that can go wrong on fad diets, Powter appears on screen and shouts out what became her famous catchphrase: "Stop the insanity."

Saturday, August 10, 2013

After a particularly taxing training ride on a Saturday this spring, a training buddy of mine said, "After I shower and eat everything in sight, I'm not leaving the La-Z-boy until I eat again."

When I told him that I planned to read research, so I could start a column Sunday morning, he said, "The weekend's to relax and have some fun, not read stuffy research."

While he may have a point, reading certain articles is definitely not stuffy. In fact, it can be an absolute blast.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Last week you read that research performed at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey and presented in June at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies revealed that the amount of fat consumed at lunch, not the amount of carbohydrates, correlated to increased daytime sleepiness.

This work is newsworthy for two reasons. First, it contradicts a long-held notion that carbohydrates, especially simple ones eaten in isolation, make you sleepy. Second, it follows a trend of research that could radically change your views on dietary and body fat.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sometimes this column answers questions.

Today, it asks one, one specific question that has the potential to polarize the nation like hot-button topics such as abortion and gun control.

The question: Should the government create an environment that stigmatizes and to some degree ostracizes obese people as a way possibly the only way to solve what Daniel Callahan calls "[possibly] the most difficult and elusive public health problem the United States has ever encountered"?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

"That fitness kook is crying wolf again."

If that's what you're thinking after reading the headline, you're wrong. Well, I may be a kook, but just like smoking a single cigarette, a single bad meal certainly affects you.

In fact, the sentiment contained in the headline is why I got interested in nutrition as a teenager. To say I loved food, especially unhealthy food, back then would be right on target.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

As teams gear up for the end of the regular season and the post-season push, they are looking to get things in order before every game essentially becomes a 'win-or-go-home' scenario.

Meanwhile, coaches are busy planning for anything and everything that may come up in their respective games and are making sure their teams are prepared for certain situations.

However, there is one thing that coaches can't plan for that could possibly derail a team's championship aspirations: Injuries.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I don't think the comment came from jealousy. Someone who has seen the guy's girlfriend, however, might say otherwise.

What I'd like to think is that my brain was distracted still processing the amazing research I had read before meeting a group of about a dozen cyclists in a grocery store parking lot when what sounded like an insult just came out.

Big Jim, the ride leader introduced me to the new guy, a dentist from the Philly area. The dentist said, "You rode with my girlfriend last fall. The dental hygienist going on the cycling vacation. Remember?"

Did I ever.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Northwestern girls' basketball coach Chris Deutsch readily admits that he has one of the deepest teams he has ever coached.

That depth fits perfect into the Tigers' head coach's game plan of running an up tempo type of game.

The 10th-year Tigers' mentor said the bench is "one of the critical factors" in helping his team roll through opponent after opponent this season.

"One girl down. One girl in foul trouble. One sick. Whatever, the next girl comes in and gets the job done," Deutsch said. "Having the type of depth we have makes a big difference in our game plan."