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Friday, October 14, 2011


There was a time when I was a younger man and lived in Alameda, California.

My purpose was to work in the Oakland Raiders public relations department. My other purpose was to learn and soak up a wonderful life experience that still carries with me in everything I've become today.

As a senior at Kutztown University, I was chosen to work with the team for the season as an intern. As a life long Raiders fan, it was a dream come true.

Friday, October 7, 2011


It's the time of year for every sports fan to just sit back, lick their chops and watch just about anything they want.

Major League Baseball playoffs still have Phillies fans hoping to move on, Yankees fans wondering what went wrong and Mets fans like myself trying to remember what it feels like to be in the post-season once again.

Friday, September 30, 2011


Is everyone else as confused about what the heck is going on with all this college realignment as I am?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Palmerton Flag Football Coach Todd Frank has a "golden" little secret.

In July, during the annual Palmerton Booster Club Football Camp, Frank let me in on his idea of how to keep his players, who range from 4 to 6 years old, interested in the game of football. That idea was the golden football, a small gold football which players earned through various activities and achievements.

At first, I was unsure how a small football would achieve Frank's goals; but after practices officially started, I quickly learned that the idea was the "golden" ticket for the team.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Are you ready for some football?

After weeks of practice and months of anticipation, the 2011 high school football season will kick off tonight for all nine TIMES NEWS area teams.

A couple of years ago, I did an A-to-Z rundown of high school football in my season welcoming column. This year, I thought I would change from an alphabetical look at the season to a numerical look.

So here it is, the 2011 scholastic football season by the numbers:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Whoever is into fantasy baseball can probably name this year's positional MVPs without having to think very hard.

It's relatively obvious that Brian McCann, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp are the best players fantasy-wise at their respective positions. They were the no-brainers on draft day.

But what fantasy owners like just as much as a 'sure thing' is pleasant surprises. After all, who doesn't like surprises? Owners become overjoyed when they find value where they thought they might have little or none.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Anyone who follows professional golf closely, and even most that follow it casually, know that the sport's television ratings suffer when Tiger Woods doesn't play.

While viewership has declined over the past couple years as Woods has been either absent or not at his best, there has still been plenty of great golf and many exciting finishes. But a public that likes to follow favorites has missed much of them.

Friday, July 22, 2011

In the past, all I had ever watched when it came to the Women's World Cup soccer tournament was the highlights provided by ESPN.

But over the last few weeks, I caught myself sitting down in front of the TV watching bits of each and every game of the World Cup 2011.

After watching the thrilling U.S. games against Brazil, Sweden and Japan, I would even find myself watching highlights afterwards on ESPN's SportsCenter.

The play of the USA women inspired me to stay interested during this year's World Cup more so than in the past and I wasn't alone.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

At the June quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioner's meeting, executive director Carl Roe reminded hunters that county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters, Monday, July 11, and from nonresidents, Monday, July 25.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Blue, which won the District 18 9-10 year old Little League championship last night in Jim Thorpe, stand behind championship banner.

After winning the first game in the best-of-three District 18 9-10 Little League Championship Series Thursday night, Tamaqua Blue knew what it had to do in Friday night's second game.

With its job laid out in front of it, Tamaqua defeated Valley West, 7-3, at Jim Thorpe's McGarvey Field to pull off the sweep and celebrate the title.

With the scouting report for Valley West, Tamaqua head coach Scott Hamm did not want to take any chances with another game tonight.