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Matt Dickerson: Thoughts on snow, skiing and love

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



My wife, Deborah, and I celebrated St. Valentine’s Day last week by going cross-country skiing together up at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton. It was our 29th Valentine’s Day since we got married, and our 30th together counting the February when we were engaged and planning our wedding.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Appreciate this, Boston backers

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



I tell my daughters all the time they are spoiled.

We didn’t raise them to root for Boston professional sports teams, even though both Kristine and I grew up rooting for them, in her case especially the Bruins on Channel 38, the local UHF station back in the day when Orr and Esposito helped the Bs win a couple of Stanley Cups.

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Matt Dickerson: On steelhead, friendship and suffering

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



I used to be able to count on my older brother Ted. Any time we planned a fishing trip together, something would happen to make it more interesting and challenging.

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Karl Lindholm: 'Fences' shows how 'deprivation of possibility' mars a game and its players

Posted on February 1, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



“Ain’t but two men ever played baseball as good as you. That’s Babe Ruth and Josh Gibson.”

That’s Jim Bono, the best friend of Troy Maxson, the protagonist of August Wilson’s play “Fences” referring to Troy’s stature in baseball’s Negro leagues.

“Fences” is set in 1957 when Troy was 53 years old, 10 years after Jackie Robinson’s integration of baseball at its highest level, after 60 years excluding black athletes. 

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Matt Dickerson: Cabin fever and the green caddis pupa

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



I can go seven or eight weeks in a row without fishing if I want to. I just don’t want to.

Although if do go eight weeks without fishing, I want it to be in the winter when I am cross-country skiing. Which I’ve been trying to do regularly, but the weather isn’t cooperating. Twice in the past couple weeks we’ve been promised a half-foot of new snow, and twice the promises have been broken like the word of an unfaithful lover.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Pro sports offer alphabet soup

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FYI, this column is about acronyms. I hope that’s not TMI up front; sometimes in these pieces you’re supposed to keep the larger point on the QT for a while … Oops, showing my age, on the DL.

Oops again. That’s probably confusing in a sports column — the letters DL don’t mean “down low” to baseball fans, but “disabled list.” 

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Matt Dickerson: Outdoor Dreams, 2017

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



And, so, another new year has started. And, to be honest, I’m not sure what to expect. Volatility seems to be the operative word for the year.

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Karl Lindholm: Isaih, Julian, Mookie — Don't belittle them

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



Well, I don’t want no short people

Don’t want no short people

Don’t want no short people

’Round here

— (Randy Newman, “Short People,” 1977)

Randy Newman speaks to sports in the 2000s.

There is no doubt that the professional arena favors the behemoth, at least in the so-called major sports. Tall, large people prevail.

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Matt Dickerson: Of bears and sheep and fear and love ... and Christmas

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



“Do not be afraid.”

That’s what the angels said on that first Christmas night, when they paid a visit to a bunch of shepherds out in the fields keeping watch over their flocks.

Not in English, of course. Neither the King James “Fear not,” nor the more modern “Do not be afraid.” The angels were presumably speaking Aramaic — the language spoken and understood by first century Jewish shepherds. Still, what a thing to say!

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Matt Dickerson: Following a beeline through snowy woods

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



Just 40 yards from my stand, the tracks cut across the lumber trail I was walking along. They were too big to miss even in the dim light of dawn.

Bee thief. Honey stealer.

Black bear.

The tracks, left in three inches of heavy wet snow, were still distinct and fresh. Probably less than an hour old, I thought.

Five subsequent thoughts then crossed my mind, in the following order, I think.

Thought No. 1: This is really cool. It would be even cooler to actually see a bear. I hadn’t seen a bear in Vermont in two years.

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