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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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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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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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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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Matt Dickerson: Expectations and change

Posted on December 22, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



The Christmas season is a time of expectations. For many, Christmas morning is when those expectations are fulfilled. Or not.

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Matt Dickerson: Reflections, the scattershot way

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



•  I’m not a big fan of bullet point presentations. But it’s approaching the end of another year, which is the time when writers are expected to wrap up an entire 12 months in a single column. Which is to say, the time of year when we have an excuse to throw together a bunch of random thoughts that have at most a vague connection and call them a column. (It will get worse in four weeks. Trust me.) That’s what bullet points are for.

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Matt Dickerson: Seventy reasons to be thankful

Posted on November 25, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



Vermont’s cold, snowy January days. Vermont’s warm summer evenings.

Vermont’s warm winter afternoons. Vermont’s cool summer evenings.

Big Thanksgiving meals with relatives (especially the pies). Leftovers (especially the pies). The lunch about nine days after Thanksgiving when I don’t have to eat the leftovers again.

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Matt Dickerson: Wild and abundant

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
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Matt Dickerson: Fishing competition spawns innovation

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



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