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Press Pass

Friday, December 24, 2010

You better watch out, you better not pout ... why?

Well it's that time of year when good Ol' Santa Hedes takes his turn here in the Press Pass Column to find out who's been naughty or nice and we've had a little of both this year.

I've received quite a list this year and believe it or not there are a few schools who have had some good things go their way and have had some bad things and a little excitement as well.

It's only fair, just as "Jolly Old St. Nick" has taught us, that the good ones will get better wishes than the bad ones.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Here are my opinions on some sports topics in the news right now.

Topic No. 1: Does Cam Newton deserve to win the Heisman Trophy?

Absolutely.

According to Heisman.com, the trophy is awarded to an individual who deserves designation as the most outstanding college football player in the United States. The Heisman Trophy is a national symbol of collegiate football experience and competitiveness. No where in that definition does it say anything about controversy off the field.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The wrecking ball hit the walls of The Spectrum in Philadelphia this week en route to its demolition.

The venerable arena at Broad and Pattiston Streets holds memories for those who attended events there over the years. It is easy to wax nostalgic when an old stadium is torn down; it is as if a part of our lives is being removed with it.

The Spectrum opened in the Fall of 1967. The name was meant to evoke a wide range of events to be held within its confines.

Friday, November 12, 2010

So far, this has been a great year for Eagles fans.

It's hard to tell what brings them more enjoyment. Is it seeing their team battling for first place in the East Division? Or is it seeing the Cowboys buried deep in the standings and heading to one of their worst seasons in 20 years?

It's probably the latter.

The Cowboys aren't just losing games. They're in total disarray. The first mid-season firing of a head coach in franchise history is never a good sign.

Friday, October 29, 2010

By SHAWN MCFARLAND

The start of the 2010 NBA season has finally arrived. With that, so too has change.

Many players have switched teams or roles, while some coaches have begun, resurrected or ended their careers. The one thing that hasn't changed: the skill on the court.

Friday, October 22, 2010

This is the time of the year that every sports fan lives for.

On the local level, high school football is winding down to the point where teams are battling for playoff positions. Soccer, field hockey, girls volleyball playoffs have just about been penciled in.

Golf season is nearing its end and district cross country meets are lined up for next week.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ah!, the leaves are falling and the long awaited post-season is underway in baseball.

With the first round complete and the final four set, this gives me a moment to give my two-cents on who will win this year's World Series.

YANKEES-RANGERS

Friday, October 1, 2010

There can be a fine line between winning and losing football games.

Just ask Tamaqua Area coach Sam Bonner.

Last season the Blue Raiders won their first five games. This year, the Raiders have a 1-3 mark entering tonight's non-league game with Pleasant Valley on Stadium Hill.

On the surface, it appears the Raiders' fortunes have been reversed. A closer look reveals how easily those records could have been flip-flopped.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton.

John Kruk and Darren Daulton.

Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

For about 35 years of my life, these people have been as much a part of my life as family members. In some instances, they've probably been more.

While it's up to you whether that's a sad statement or not, the fact remains it's true.

Ever since I can remember the Phillies have been a part of my household - first as a kid at my parents and now as an adult with my own family.

Friday, September 10, 2010

By EMMETT MCCALL

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's new enrollment classifications will be in effect for the fall sports season. The PIAA updates its enrollment figures and classification guidelines every two years and this year six of the 47 teams that have football programs in District 11 have changed classes. Enrollment for football is based on the male students in grades 9-11

There was a definite downward trend in the district as five of the six schools that switched classes dropped down while just one moved up a class.