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Kirkaldy: VPA system needs to be overhauled

Posted on March 25, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Until a few years ago, the Vermont Principals’ Association endorsed a straightforward system for seeding playoff teams in its four divisions.

Teams were awarded more points for winning against teams in higher divisions or on the road, and fewer points for winning against teams in lower divisions or at home.

For instance, if Division II Vergennes won a basketball game at D-I Champlain Valley Union, it would earn six points. The same win at home would earn five.

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Matt Dickerson: More than sports played outdoors

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



“Just what is an outdoor sport, anyway?”

That is the question I am often asked when people discover that I am a famous outdoor sports columnist. Which is to say, if I ever become a famous outdoor sports columnist, I imagine somebody might ask me that question.  Indeed, I spent a great deal of time imagining the questions my devoted fans will one day ask me if I ever have any devoted fans. Do I use steroids? Have I ever blood-doped? How long before I retire?

Therefore, I thought it would be prudent to prepare a few answers. Just in case.

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Dickerson: Bears, beers, bars and other odds and ends

Posted on March 11, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Kirkaldy: VPA alignment system needs to be overhauled

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



In the past 20 years, there are three times teams in what the Vermont Principals’ Association calls its core sports have won Division I titles despite a distinct disadvantage — they were neither among the 13 largest schools in D-I, nor were they private schools who, whether they will admit it or not, recruit athletes.

Those sports are boys’ and girls’ soccer and basketball, baseball and softball. Among those six sports during those 20 years, there were 120 titles up for grabs, one in each sport per year.

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Lindholm: Beautiful day — Let's play two!

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



When Ernie Banks was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, he began his acceptance speech with his customary invocation: “We’ve got the setting. Sunshine. Fresh air. We’ve got the team behind us. So let’s play two!”

Ernie Banks died on Jan. 23, and the flag of every Cubs fan flew at half-mast on that day. He was officially “Mr. Cub,” having played only for the Cubs for all his 19 years in the majors. It is safe to say there has not been a more beloved athlete by fans in any sport than Ernie Banks was to Chicagoans.

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Dickerson: Offering praise for the white stuff

Posted on February 18, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



I hesitate to use superlatives in writing, especially when describing any sort of sporting activity or weather phenomena. We live in an age of hyper-sensationalism when blizzards are given names and every other snowstorm is hyped up to be the storm of the decade (or century), when any athlete who makes a decent play is called a “hero,” and when a football that loses a bit of air pressure due to a drop in temperature gets national media attention for a week and prompts calls for public executions.

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Karl Lindholm: Vermont's Schoolmaster is in the Hall of Fame

Posted on February 4, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



I was skeptical.

When I first heard that Middlebury College was considering an Athletic Hall of Fame, I had reservations.

A hall of fame can be a can of worms, producing as much discord as concord, as much dismay at who’s not included as celebration of who gets in.

Halls of fame are by their very nature exclusive. We preach in schools the joy of competition and the benefits of participation, but we know the most highly accomplished are not always the most highly dedicated.

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Matt Dickerson: Washing out and rinsing down

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Earlier this month I spent a long weekend in Oregon.

Oregon is deservedly famous for at least two things. One is craft breweries. According to 2013 Brewers Association statistics, Oregon boasts 6.3 craft breweries per 100,000 adults, ranking No. 1 in the country in that category. (For the record, Vermont claims 6.2 per 100,000, placing us at a very close No. 2. By contrast, our neighbors New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York have a mere 2.2, 1.2, and 1.1, respectively.)

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Andy Kirkaldy: Pats' cheating? Just business as usual in the NFL

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Oh, those darn Patriots, dirty cheaters.

Haven’t won a Super Bowl since Spygate, when they were caught filming the Jets’ defensive signals (Really? The Jets? Seemed like unnecessary overkill.)

Used evil trickeration to defeat those nice Ravens a couple Saturdays ago, lining up a halfback as a lineman. The nerve of a team trying to fool the opponent’s defense.

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Matt Dickerson: Merry fishing — patience on ice

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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We were out on the ice of Christopher Lake an hour before sunrise, and 30 minutes before the legal start of the new fishing season. But we needed those 30 minutes. The previous afternoon, in preparation for our early morning excursion, I had drilled 10 eight-inch diameter holes through ice a half a foot thick. But as I expected, an inch or so of new ice had formed during the night, and we needed the augers to reopen the holes.

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