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Got something to say? Say who you are

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Maybe I feel so strongly about this because all the words I write, and all the decisions I make in writing those words on these pages, right or wrong, come with my name attached.

And I don’t pretend I am always right. I’ve misspelled names, misunderstood rules and laws, forgotten to put scores of games in stories (usually my editors catch that error for me, thankfully), and simply phrased things poorly. All those mistakes are highly public, and published corrections often follow.

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Trout 2012, one month in

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



We are now one month into the 2012 open season for trout. I confess a little trepidation as the season began, wondering what would be the impact of Tropical Storm Irene on our local waters. And what would be the impact of our dry winter?

The second of these questions is working itself out nicely. The season started with the lowest, warmest water, and some of the best mayfly hatches I’ve ever seen in the first three weeks of the season.

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'Moneyball': Pitt spitting into a cup

Posted on May 3, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Generally, I am quite protective of this narrow patch I have carefully cultivated in the academy.

I am something of a baseball scholar, Dr. Baseball, teaching baseball courses in the American Studies Program at the local college.

When something of a serious nature about baseball enters the public discourse I feel I should take notice and have something to say.

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Rocks, sticks, a tree and a good friend

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



I think I have become a grumpy old fisherman. Actually, I’ve been a fisherman for over 40 years. The grumpy and old part is more recent.

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Thoughts on the world of pro sports

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



It’s a hectic time of the year, with Town Meeting Day coinciding with many winter athletic teams in playoffs, and then our Spring Sports Report blending with 20-degree nights, 80-degree days and heated debates on religious expression up in my news beat.

That makes it a perfect time for some random, scattershot reflections on the sports world. To whit:

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Early season trout strategy

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



This weekend begins a new trout season and will bring many anglers out on the water. There are two things to keep in mind when fishing in the early season: trout metabolism and food availability. Actually, these are two things to keep in mind year round, and for all types of fishing. But what it means to keep these in mind varies from species to species and season to season.

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Pure baseball: The sounds of the game

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Bliss.

Cloudless sky. 75 degrees. Palms swaying beyond the outfield fence. Two good teams in a tight, well-played game, on an immaculate, professional grade ball field.

Pitchers are throwing strikes, batters are raking, fielders are scooping ’em up and hauling ’em in.

And I don’t want to be anywhere else.

That was Arizona, where I watched Middlebury College baseball last week, six games in three days, double headers. I’m the baseball “faculty affiliate” (all Midd teams have one).

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Fishing tourney to open season

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



Opening day of trout season in Vermont is right around the corner. This year’s spring has been coming on as early as anybody can remember, with near record-setting warm March temperatures and a sugaring season that was finished about the date that last year’s season was just starting.

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Fun behavior, sportsmanship and change

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Big crowd at a college basketball game, full of noisy anticipation as tip-off approaches.

The public address announcer presents the starting teams: “And now, for YOUR (insert home team’s name)!” Crowd goes wild.

The last ritual before the game starts is the P.A. announcer reading a statement that urges “good sportsmanship . . . and cooperation by supporting participants and officials in a positive manner,” and indicates that “profanity will not be tolerated.”

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Pondering the Everest of fishing

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



I was standing atop Middlebury College’s Snow Bowl this past weekend, in several inches of fresh powdery snow, gazing out with appreciation and even a little awe at the tremendous western view that opens up from the summit. In the foreground were the lower hilltops and ridges of Ripton. Further down, patchwork swaths of the Champlain Valley were visible. And beyond, the higher peaks of the Adirondacks silhouetted against a clear blue sky.

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