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Friday, September 3, 2010

BY SHAWN MCFARLAND

It's that time of the year again.

Fantasy Football Draft Weekend. Chances are that if you are in a league this fall, you will be drafting your team this weekend if you haven't already.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

If you are any kind of NFL fanatic, you are probably locked in to a Fantasy Football League somewhere, whether it be with a group of friends or on a few online sites that offer you free league status this time of year.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been meddling through some of the tabloids I subscribe to and other sites along the way and have come up with a list of top prospects that I'll carry with me when draft day rolls around.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Here we are once again at the start of a new school year. As sure as teachers will hand out new pencils and books, the football season brings excitement and school spirit to each school.

In this, my 21st year of coaching high school football, I have seen and coached both successful and unsuccessful teams. At this time, the final week of double sessions, there is only one thing that is for sure: Every team is undefeated with each full of optimism for the upcoming season.

Friday, July 30, 2010

I love going to sporting events, especially baseball games.

And while I enjoy the competition and watching the talents of the players involved, there's another part of the game that also interests me.

Checking out the fans.

Fans come in all shapes and sizes, they have so many different personalities, and they cheer for their teams in numerous ways.

Whether it's at a youth soccer game or a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, something happens to people when you take them out of their normal everyday lives and put them in attendance at a stadium.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Now that most of the major sports use instant reply in some way or another to decide or at least verify calls by officials, public outcry for more use of available technology has died down.

After recent officiating mistakes in the World Cup Tournament, soccer's international governing bodies have something to think about. But as far as the two most popular sports in America it doesn't seem any kind of change is on the horizon.

Friday, July 16, 2010

From local baseball playoffs, to the World Cup, to "The Decision," the first half of summer has been filled with noteworthy sporting events.

I thought I would take a numerical look at some of the big events that have happened so far and some that are on the horizon.

1 - Goals Spain scored in each of its four knockout round victories on its way to the World Cup championships. Spain beat Portugal, Paraguay, Germany and the Netherlands all by identical 1-0 scores. Obviously, defense does win championships.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The TIMES NEWS area definitely had its share of teams that went on to accomplish a lot in 2009-10. Some teams accomplished things that their program had never done before, while others continued to build upon the success they have experienced over the last few years.

With that, I would like to rank the area's five best teams from the past season. My rankings reflect the team relative to their sport and competition. It is impossible to compare a girls' team and their accomplishments to a guys' team, so it is only fair to judge them based on their peers.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The year was 1981.

The Northern Lehigh Bulldogs were coming off a 8-3 season and with 19 seniors returning all eyes in Slatington were pointed in the direction of a Centennial League football championship.

Head coach Dick Snell was beginning his 11th year and was welcoming back his most mature club since he took over for George Yaniger back in the early 1970's.

Friday, June 18, 2010

By MIKE FEIFEL

mfeifel@tnonline.com

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.

Friday, June 4, 2010

By TJ ENGLE

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.