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Sports Column: Post from Alaska part 4 - Trout, tundra and the arctic

Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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It was late evening. I’d been in leaky waders all day and didn’t want to put them on again. So I was standing barefoot, knee-deep in the icy waters of an arctic river flowing across tundra toward the Chukchi Sea. My shins and ankles ached. My feet were numb. But at the moment, I was not aware of the pain. My heart was pumping with adrenaline because I’d just seen that the big fish at the end of my fly line was not another chum salmon, but my first ever sea-run Dolly Varden trout.

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Matt Dickerson in Alaska with seals and sea kayaks near Seward

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Karl Lindholm: It was old – and then it was new

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



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I had forgotten just how much fun it is to go to a professional baseball game in Burlington. I used to go all the time, but age, obligation, and habit combined to change my summer routines. I became less keen to drive up Route 7 to Centennial Field (and back!) night after night.

The first few years the Expos were here (they arrived in 1994), we had season tickets and came to as many games as we could, giving away our tickets to Middlebury friends when we were otherwise obliged.

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Another thought or two on soccer and the Red Sox

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



A few thoughts on soccer and the sorry state of the Sox, left behind in Vermont while the author lounges on the beaches of southern New England (or in movie theaters, depending on the weather).

First, one last visit to the women’s soccer World Cup. A lot of credit for the U.S. team’s late surge was given to the tactical switch in the formation that allowed Carli Lloyd more offensive freedom, and no doubt that played a role in the successful Cup run.

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Matt Dickerson provides posts from Alaska Part 1: The Yurts

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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“I want to stay in a yurt.”

That’s what my wife Deborah told me. The comment did not come out of the blue. Two years ago I went on a research trip to Alaska. It was the summer of the graduation of my oldest son, Thomas, from Saint Michael’s College. So I added a week to the end of my research trip, and took Thomas with me as his graduation present. We backpacked, fished, biked, and saw Dahl’s sheep. We also went on a three-night sea-kayaking trip in Kachemak Bay near Homer, and stayed in a yurt at Right Beach.

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Karl Lindholm: Ubiquitous announcer-man: Dave Sears

Posted on July 15, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



Editor’s note: Local sports figure Dave Sears died on Saturday at the age of 56 (see obituary on Page 6A). In February 2007, sports columnist Karl Lindholm offered this perspective on Dave’s generous, gregarious nature, and his powerful engagement in the community.

Every time I turn around I bump into Dave Sears. The man is everywhere. I think there must be three or four of him.

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Karl Lindholm: Baseball uses silent language

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

(Five Man Electrical Band)

 

All I did was open and close my fist, subtly — then all hell broke loose:

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Matt Dickerson: Fishing brings people together

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



I am often amazed at the connections that happen through fishing.  Indeed, “connections” is too sterile a word. They can be profoundly serendipitous, community-building, and often lifelong. 

Fishing is about connections. The most obvious one is between human and fish.

A classic blessing among anglers is “tight lines”—a quick way of saying, “may you often find yourself connected to a fish.”

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Andy Kirkaldy: Many thoughts on a crowded sports scene

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



So much sports news right now, so little time … some thoughts:

• Serena Williams just won her 20th Grand Slam tennis title, the 2015 French Open. Sister Venus Williams has won seven Grand Slam titles. They have teamed up for 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles.

How is this not a bigger story?

• Baseball this summer will be stress-free. The Red Sox stink.

And it starts with the bad pitching, which creates pressure on the hitters.

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