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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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Many ways teams enjoyed good winter

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



It’s always one of the busiest and most enjoyable weeks of the year, when high school and college sports playoffs coincide with Town Meeting Day, where, as always, things were pretty lively this year. At least I didn’t have to write about school unification.

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Run and gun: Hoop mayhem

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Steve McKibben lives in Cornwall, but teaches in Connecticut at Hotchkiss School. He’s also the junior varsity basketball coach there.

Last year, when he was the assistant coach, the team won only one game and lost 11. “It was a miserable season,” he says. “Everyone was down, no one had any fun.”

Handed the reins this year, he decided to do things differently.

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Come on, ref, you're killin' us

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



A meditation on basketball officiating, stimulated by recent events:

My late brother-in-law, the football coach, didn’t watch much basketball, though he was an avid fan of sports generally. He said, “I don’t like a game where the official is so important. The whistle is blowing all the time. It seems the refs often control the outcome, not the players.” He preferred ice hockey in the winter.

That’s a valid criticism. This dependence on officials is basketball’s greatest limitation. Nonetheless, it’s a great game.

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Four things to do in a winter without snow

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



 

So it’s winter, and you can’t get your fix of fishing. This is a problem for Vermont anglers every winter, but this year it’s particularly acute because all the outdoor things you do in the winter when you can’t fish require snow. And, as you may have noticed, there isn’t any. Not only is there no snow, but as I write this column it is 46 degrees outside and the long-range forecast offers no promise of significant snowfall in the next 10 days.

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After weeks of hype and hours of analysis, they will play the game

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Apparently there will be football played on Sunday, at least intermittently between breaks for high-concept commercials and lip-synching by a singer better known at this point for cosmetic surgery.

For those who think the previous statement is exaggerated, this quote comes from a Jan. 15, 2010, piece on wsj.com:

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Pennsylvania still believes in Coach Paterno

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



“Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things,” said the hallowed Penn State Coach Joe Paterno.

As far as I could ever tell, during my formative years growing up in Pittsburgh, Pa., the only thing that ever did tie the two sides of the state together was Joe Paterno.

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Glory Years: Middlebury basketball

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



The glory years of Middlebury College men’s basketball are right now.

This year’s Panther team is 15-0 after their win Tuesday night and ranked number one in the country in Division III.

Under Coach Jeff Brown, Middlebury has earned a berth in the NCAA post-season tournament for the last four years, making it all the way to the final four last April before losing by two points to the eventual national champions from St. Thomas, Minn.

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Local fly-tier shares his experiences

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



It is winter (despite the lack of snow). Although a few Vermont rivers are now open year round for catch-and-release fishing, most are closed. And even those that are legally open, such as the lower sections of Lewis and Otter creeks, on most winter days are not especially productive.

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