Monday, March 30, 2015

Sports Columns

Saturday, April 24, 2010

In one segment of Morgan Spurlock's well-known documentary, "Super Size Me," he takes to the streets and asks a number of New York City residents, "What is a calorie?" No one comes close to the proper definition.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Steve Shinko/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area High School Javelin standouts Christine Streisel (left) and Allison Updike have put up some nice distances in competition thus far this season.

Allison Updike is hoping that her early season performance is a harbinger of even better things to come.

The Tamaqua junior is a two-time PIAA State medalist in the javelin, and her numbers so far have surpassed what she has accomplished in her previous seasons.

Not only is Updike setting new javelin standards, she has been a mentor for freshman Christine Streisel, whose rapid development could push Updike to even greater distances.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

1.) Four fewer hours in the day to exercise.

2.) Four more hours in the day where it's really easy to snack on the sorts of foods that lead to weight gain and hurt your health.

If you were asked why watching television for four hours a day increases your risk of dying, you'd probably cite one or both of the reasons above. Your response would make sense because both contribute, but a recent study done in Australia found something else.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Bob Schlosser has never forgotten his roots.

The Tamaqua native, who went on to star on the hardwoods at Marian Catholic and East Stroudsburg University, always likes to reminisce about his playing and coaching days back home and at Allentown

Central Catholic where he led the Vikings to three PIAA Championships, winning two of them.

Schlosser, who has been men's basketball coach at Elizabethtown College for the past 20 years since leaving Central, was recently inducted into the Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Via Basketball Classic recently.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

"The proof is in the pudding" is one of those seemingly clever catchphrases that you might say in the quick give-and-take of conversation. But don't ever write it unless you're compiling a list of the most confusing idioms.

That's because the saying is missing key words.

The original saying, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating," means things are uncertain until tested or in this specific instance tasted, which isn't what most people want to convey when they say the shortened version of the phrase.

Friday, April 9, 2010


I may sound like a politician when I say this, but change is coming.

I am not sure how the word change became such an "in" word. Especially when it's followed by actions that make you scratch your head and ask what lame brain came up with this idea? It's Madness!

If you are thinking I am talking about the health care issue you are wrong.

I am talking about two of the most popular sporting events every year the NFL playoffs and the NCAA basketball tournament.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Chris Crowley has the right idea. He doesn't delve, however, into scientific details.

You learned about Crowley in this column last October. He's the guy who went from a lawyer at a prestigious New York City firm to a ski bum to the co-author of two books on aging well, the best-known being Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy Until You're 80 and Beyond. As a result, Crowley now spends much of his time speaking to groups of graybeards on how to become "functionally younger."

Friday, April 2, 2010

Who would have ever thought that the NCAA 2010 Final Four would have panned out the way it has?

I surely didn't.

It was no where near the way that I thought it would end up.

I often ride on the odds that the higher seeds at least the top-three seeds rule the roost throughout the tournament. I had to go with them again this year.

This year there was an upset city in every one of the four regions.

After the first round there were 10 lower seeds that advanced to the next round.

Who could have imagined that happening? Not me of course.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I had cleaned up a kid's vomit before, so that wasn't the shock of my Saturday night a few weeks ago.

The shock occurred when we deviated from our tried-and-true plan. Normally when my father and I baby-sit my niece and nephew so that my brother and his wife can go out to eat and catch an early movie, we play at Pop-Pop's until the kids get hungry, and then he takes them out to eat at Arby's or McDonald's.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Do you remember when basketball was just a game?

Those were the days when you played pick-up games on the hot asphalt in the summertime, and shoveled the snow off the macadam in the winter in order to play.

Those were the days that the term "gym rat" was a compliment.

Those were the days when the high school hardwoods were located in sweaty bandboxes, with the bleachers almost on top of the courts.

Those were the days before the NCAA 64-team brackets.