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Saturday, November 28, 2009

You've seen the typical man-on-the-street survey on comedy shows, talk shows, and even documentaries. It's when a single question is asked of passersby while a camera is rolling.

Sometimes, the responses are humorous. Other times, they are downright ignorant.

Take the responses given in the well-known documentary, "Super Size Me." When Morgan Spurlock asks for the definition of a calorie, no one gets even remotely close to the correct answer. But there was no humor in the answers, just ignorance.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Last week, when Bob Mitchell decided to relinquish his football coaching duties at Northwestern High School after 28 years, it got me thinking.

First of all, it made me realize how long I have been covering local high school sports. It has been 10 years this fall.

That might be just a little more than a third of the time coach Mitchell has spent preparing his Tigers over the years, but it made me realize how fast time flies once you're out of school.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Plotinus, a Hellenistic philosopher who was influenced by both Plato and Hinduism, reportedly said, "It is a wise man that can learn one thing from another." While it is less than clear if the "another" refers to the word "thing" or an unnamed man (the rules of modern grammar suggest the former), both are accurate observations.

My hope is that by reading this column you'll learn from all of the aforementioned: the one thing, the other thing, and the man telling about them.

Friday, November 20, 2009

By MIKE HAINES

This is a fun time of year for playoff football teams. Not only do they get to play in big games in front of large crowds, but many teams get to travel to new and different venues.

So for this week, Press Pass decided to talk to some coaches around the area about their favorite places to play road games. Below are the most popular respones and reasons for the choices.

Northwestern

Tiger Stadium was the top choice for Lehighton's George Ebbert, who played and coached there when the Northwestern and the Indians both played in the Centennial League.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ask me my political affiliation and I will say, "Independent," since that is how I'm registered. Ask me my political philosophy and I will coin a term.

"Practical Libertarian."

While I believe the best government is a minimal one that allows for a maximal amount of individual freedom, I realize that's an ideal. What's real is that too often an unfettered pursuit of individual freedom shackles another's.

That's why we need laws. That's why I support a one-cent-per-ounce soda tax.

Friday, November 13, 2009

What a feeling it must have been for Northwestern's Lindsay Kerr last weekend.

To work day after day for years and years in hopes of becoming a state champion and then to have that dream come true is something few athletes can experience.

The Tiger senior is just the third runner from the TIMES NEWS area ever to earn a cross country gold medal at states and is the first female to accomplish the honor.

Congratulations Lindsay on a job well done.

Speaking of state titles, the Lehighton field hockey team is still alive for a PIAA championship.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another regular season is in the books. Ten weeks of high school football has flown past.

It might seem like only yesterday that the nine area high schools were running through summer practices in the heat and humidity of August, but anyone out attending last Friday night's games when temperatures fell into the 20s knows that the 2009 season is now in its home stretch.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

When I do a typical, early-autumn bicycle ride with a small group of buddies from Berks County, the pace is far from breakneck. Which means there's time to ask all sorts of health-and-fitness related questions.

On one such ride, I asked about beet juice, the best workouts for preparing for a time trial, and today's topic, the recently suggested tax on soda. The guy who asked about the soda tax is hooked on the stuff, so I decided to have some fun with him.

"What'd you pay the last time you got gas?"

"Two forty-three."

Friday, November 6, 2009

It's never fun losing or watching your favorite team lose for that matter.

And Wednesday night was definitely no exception.

Words couldn't express how I felt at this time last year. The Phillies has just won their first World Series since 1980 and the first of my lifetime. After seeing how good they were in the early-to-mid 90s and then how bad they were from then up until a few years ago I didn't think I would ever get to see a parade come down Broad St. Thanks to last year's team I did.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

For Stan Dakosty and Marian, it was stunning

For Mark Rosenberger and Jim Thorpe, it was exhilarating.

Last Friday night in Hometown, the Colts raced to a 20-0 first quarter lead against their rivals.

While there were still three quarters left to played, history instead hinted at the fact that this game was over.

Amazingly, the Olympians rallied to cut the gap to six by halftime, tied the game early in the fourth quarter and then won it on a 26-yard field goal off the foot of James Denny.

After the contest, Coach Dakosty said, "To lose like this is tough."