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Sports Columns

Friday, July 30, 2010

I love going to sporting events, especially baseball games.

And while I enjoy the competition and watching the talents of the players involved, there's another part of the game that also interests me.

Checking out the fans.

Fans come in all shapes and sizes, they have so many different personalities, and they cheer for their teams in numerous ways.

Whether it's at a youth soccer game or a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, something happens to people when you take them out of their normal everyday lives and put them in attendance at a stadium.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Score one for truth in advertising. Even if the gap between the truth and the ad spanned 19 years.

And the commercial lacked specifics.

The 1991 version of the "Milk, it does a body good" television commercials shows a well-built young man drinking milk and holding a remote. As he tells you that "Milk is sure helping me to get stronger," he plays a video clip of himself from when he started high school and two kids pushed him around, "just because I was smaller."

But then he explains that he has been working out, drinking milk, and developing muscles.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Now that most of the major sports use instant reply in some way or another to decide or at least verify calls by officials, public outcry for more use of available technology has died down.

After recent officiating mistakes in the World Cup Tournament, soccer's international governing bodies have something to think about. But as far as the two most popular sports in America it doesn't seem any kind of change is on the horizon.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The original discovery in 2009 was so significant that the researchers all became Nobel Laureates. What they determined was the tiny pieces of DNA at the ends of chromosomes called telomeres had a job similar to aglets, the plastic or metal sheaths at the ends of a shoelace.

In the same way aglets keep laces from fraying as they are pushed through a shoe's eyelets, telomeres keep the active ends of chromosomes from being exposed.

Friday, July 16, 2010

From local baseball playoffs, to the World Cup, to "The Decision," the first half of summer has been filled with noteworthy sporting events.

I thought I would take a numerical look at some of the big events that have happened so far and some that are on the horizon.

1 - Goals Spain scored in each of its four knockout round victories on its way to the World Cup championships. Spain beat Portugal, Paraguay, Germany and the Netherlands all by identical 1-0 scores. Obviously, defense does win championships.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

When I see a lifestyle pattern emerging with the potential to induce a health disaster, I am duty bound to write about it.

Even if it makes me look like a Luddite and to some degree contradicts recent research.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The TIMES NEWS area definitely had its share of teams that went on to accomplish a lot in 2009-10. Some teams accomplished things that their program had never done before, while others continued to build upon the success they have experienced over the last few years.

With that, I would like to rank the area's five best teams from the past season. My rankings reflect the team relative to their sport and competition. It is impossible to compare a girls' team and their accomplishments to a guys' team, so it is only fair to judge them based on their peers.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I'd like to think that each week this column is chocked full of good advice and an equal measure of something else.

Hope.

And because of this, I hope that you come to see your health-and-fitness failings as I see mine: as patterns or habits that can almost always be altered by a combination of information, common sense, and resourcefulness.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The year was 1981.

The Northern Lehigh Bulldogs were coming off a 8-3 season and with 19 seniors returning all eyes in Slatington were pointed in the direction of a Centennial League football championship.

Head coach Dick Snell was beginning his 11th year and was welcoming back his most mature club since he took over for George Yaniger back in the early 1970's.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

There is no Nutrient Partitioning lobby, so I can't be in their back pocket. It's just that when a weekly health-and-fitness columnist argues for readers to construct their diet around those principles way three times in four weeks that's the conclusion you could reach.

But I had no intention of writing about nutrient partitioning again today. Honestly.

The Dukan Diet made me do it.