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Time for rules to be altered or abandoned

Posted on May 26, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Some proposed rule changes intended to improve sports can be charitably dismissed as well-meaning, but misguided.

Periodically, for example, someone suggest raising the height of the basketball hoop to decrease the advantage enjoyed by taller players. Most recently, several other commenters on Charlie Pierce’s boston.com blog had to disabuse an otherwise intelligent fellow poster of that notion.

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High waters delay state stocking efforts

Posted on May 19, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I was driving one of my sons to one of his many activities on Monday evening. The thunder I’d heard in the afternoon was no long rumbling, and the rain had subsided from pounding to merely steady. As we crossed the one-lane bridge on Route 116, I glanced down at the New Haven River. It was swollen and murky — too high to invite fishing — but not quite at flood stage. I was surprised. Despite the tapering off of the rain, I’d been expecting the water to be even higher.

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Pay homage to the count of baseball

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Karl Lindholm



 

ONE, TWO balls; ONE, TWO strikes. ONE out. ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX innings. I love to count!

Just about my favorite Sesame Street puppet was the Count, dressed as he was in his black cape, ticking off numbers in his thick Transylvanian accent. He helped all four of my children learn to count.

I think the Count could also help young baseball players learn the game.

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Of ospreys and teens in 'wild' Florida

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



 

We all know of “wild” animals particularly adapted to human-made environments. Consider black bears in Adirondack state parks, deer in New Jersey suburbs, pigeons in the city and the ubiquitous raccoons. This winter an opossum was living in our woodpile until the pile got too low, and then it moved into our garage.

This past week I had an opportunity to witness another example, though one somewhat more surprising (at least to me). 

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A man with a message: 'play ball'

Posted on April 14, 2011 |
By Karl Lindholm



 

Charlie is the Messenger — and the message is “Play Ball! Have Fun!”

He loves baseball, knows the game, wants to see it played right, enjoys teaching kids the skills required to play the game. He’s effective at explaining the game’s complicated strategy and structure.

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Otter Creek Classic returns

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



Cold, high water. Slow fishing. That’s my prediction for the opening day of the 2011 trout fishing season.

OK, I admit it. It’s my prediction every year for opening day. I’m not going out on a limb. Still, the last couple years may have left anglers somewhat spoiled. On opening day of 2010, there was much less runoff from snow melt than is typical for early April, and thus much better opening day conditions than usual.

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Thoughts as many seasons blend together

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



We all have personal markers for the arrival of spring.

Mine include seeing Middlebury College baseball and softball scores show up from Florida or Arizona against schools I’ve never heard of, (McHenry County?), trash-talking at our annual fantasy baseball draft, (it did not go unremarked-upon that our defending champ bought non-Cy Young candidates Doug Fister, Vin Mazzaro and David Pauley), and second-guessing winter high school all-star teams (no Carl Leduc on the boys’ Lake Division stars, and no Tiger skaters on the Free Pressteams?)

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Amateur wildlife photographer goes extra mile

Posted on March 24, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



 

“It was all the dog’s fault,” explains E.J. “Eli” Elithorpe, from the living room of his Bristol home attached to his chainsaw business, White Rock Sport. He got a new Akita accustomed to long walks on a leash. As they’d walk, Eli would hear interesting birdcalls and wonder what the birds were. He began carrying his binoculars.

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Erin go Bragh slide, Kelly, slide

Posted on March 17, 2011 |
By Karl Lindholm



 

St. Patrick’s Day: I like it when my day to write this column falls on a holiday.

My first wife was born on St. Patrick’s Day, which made it easy for me to remember her birthday (editor’s note: no ex-wife wisecracks). My second wife’s birthday is Valentine’s Day, which I can also remember, but can’t get dinner reservations.

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Walking in a March winter adventureland

Posted on March 10, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



The famous “2011 March Blizzard” left me stranded away from home. Although my foolish attempt to go to work on Monday succeeded, and I arrived in time to teach two of my three morning classes, I was unable to get back home at the end of the day. I spent Monday night in town on a friend’s sofa. Tuesday I was back at work with a scheduled lunch meeting, and an exam to give, but no car.

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