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Sports Columns

Friday, June 18, 2010


With Memorial Day as the gateway to summer, and Flag Day celebrated earlier this week, I found myself looking at how athletes, in particular baseball players, have served our country.

Some of you may recall a 2004 tragedy that claimed the life of Pat Tillman. The NFL safety made a selfless act after 9/11 to turn down the multi-million dollar contract and the cushy life to train as an Army Ranger.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Marcus Aurelius, The Roman emperor better known as a Stoic philosopher, is credited with saying, "It is a wise man that learns one thing from another."

Now that doesn't mean only wise men have the ability to assess one situation and apply it elsewhere. It means you become wise at least momentarily anytime you recognize the similarities in things and act accordingly.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Generally, researchers are matter-of-fact about results, content to simply present what they have found. So when the principal investigator of a health-related matter says that the logical end result of what she has researched is "like the sky is falling," you know that something serious is wrong.

It's something I warned you about years ago: that children are now developing diseases previously found only in adults.

The best-known example is type 2 diabetes. Only two generations ago, it was officially called adult-onset diabetes.

Friday, June 4, 2010


I'm not the best person when it comes to remembering things, especially when it has to do with events that happened years ago.

But, over the last two weeks, the past has caught up with me a bit when I ran into some familiar faces.

When I was covering Northern Lehigh baseball during its run in the Colonial League and District 11 playoffs, I began to reminisce about the times when the Bulldog players were only young 'pups' playing Little League Baseball.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sometimes it's hard to believe how the world once was.

For much of the first half of the twentieth century, the public viewed antismoking groups with a sort of What's-the-big-deal? bemusement now reserved to groups just north of the lunatic fringe, like PETA. After all, smoking was portrayed as glamorous, actors and athletes sung its praises in advertisements, and talk about peer pressure close to half of American adults were doing it.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The cardboard boxes contained note pads, tablets and scrapbooks filled with yellowed newspaper clippings.

In terms of monetary value, the contents are modest.

The information compiled inside is priceless.

The boxes are the record-keeping legacy of the late Bob Barnisky, whose hobby of following the exploits of Tamaqua High School athletes in particular and others in general was familiar to readers of THE TIMES NEWS sports pages over the years.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Lanny Buck has earned a top seed in the pole vault for this weekend's PIAA Track and Field championships.

The past two seasons, Allison Updike went into the PIAA State Track and Field Championships as the hunter.

The Tamaqua junior ended up bagging a fourth place medal in the Class AA javelin as a freshman and a seventh place last year, although she was still recovering from a knee injury.

For this weekend's State Meet, Updike will be both the hunter and the hunted, as she will be seeking gold in the AA javelin as the top seed in the field.

Also drawing a top seed for the PIAA Meet is Palmerton senior Lanny Buck, who is tied for the number one spot in the AA pole vault.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thirty-five years ago, most in the medical field felt there were two ways to overcome heart disease: drugs and surgery.

Doctor Dean Ornish was not like most.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Once again, I've taken a page out of the Bob Urban column-writing book.

The editor of our paper often writes short thoughts about what's happening in the world and in our area.

If it can be done about news and everyday events, it can also be done about sports.

So, here it goes ...


As of May 3, it's been 11 years since the TIMES NEWS Sports Department has been running the On This Date section.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"You are what you eat" is a frequently used saying to establish the importance of diet in all facets of living. But if the theory proposed by a company called Interleukin Genetics Inc. is right, that saying will change a bit.

People will now say, "You are, so here's what you eat."