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Sports Column http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/57/all en Kirkaldy: VPA system needs to be overhauled http://addisonindependent.com/201503kirkaldy-vpa-system-needs-be-overhauled <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> Until a few years ago, the Vermont Principals&rsquo; Association endorsed a straightforward system for seeding playoff teams in its four divisions.</p> <p> Teams were awarded more points for winning against teams in higher divisions or on the road, and fewer points for winning against teams in lower divisions or at home.</p> <p> For instance, if Division II Vergennes won a basketball game at D-I Champlain Valley Union, it would earn six points. The same win at home would earn five.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29332">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503kirkaldy-vpa-system-needs-be-overhauled" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:24:33 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 29332 at http://addisonindependent.com Matt Dickerson: More than sports played outdoors http://addisonindependent.com/201503matt-dickerson-more-sports-played-outdoors <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Matt Dickerson </div> </div> </div> <p> &ldquo;Just what is an outdoor sport, anyway?&rdquo;</p> <p> 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.&nbsp; 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?</p> <p> Therefore, I thought it would be prudent to prepare a few answers. Just in case.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29194">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503matt-dickerson-more-sports-played-outdoors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column Outdoor sports Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:50 +0000 Matt Dickerson 29194 at http://addisonindependent.com Dickerson: Bears, beers, bars and other odds and ends http://addisonindependent.com/201503dickerson-beers-bears-bars-and-other-odds-and-ends <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Matt Dickerson </div> </div> </div> <p><div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29068">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503dickerson-beers-bears-bars-and-other-odds-and-ends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column Alaska Bears spring Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:27:39 +0000 Matt Dickerson 29068 at http://addisonindependent.com Kirkaldy: VPA alignment system needs to be overhauled http://addisonindependent.com/201503kirkaldy-vpa-alignment-system-needs-be-overhauled <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> In the past 20 years, there are three times teams in what the Vermont Principals&rsquo; Association calls its core sports have won Division I titles despite a distinct disadvantage &mdash; they were neither among the 13 largest schools in D-I, nor were they private schools who, whether they will admit it or not, recruit athletes.</p> <p> Those sports are boys&rsquo; and girls&rsquo; soccer and basketball, baseball and softball. Among those six sports during those 20 years, there were 120 titles up for grabs, one in each sport per year.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28917">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503kirkaldy-vpa-alignment-system-needs-be-overhauled" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column playoffs structure VPA Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:22:00 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 28917 at http://addisonindependent.com Lindholm: Beautiful day — Let's play two! http://addisonindependent.com/201502lindholm-beautiful-day-%E2%80%94-lets-play-two <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Karl Lindholm </div> </div> </div> <p> When Ernie Banks was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, he began his acceptance speech with his customary invocation: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got the setting. Sunshine. Fresh air. We&rsquo;ve got the team behind us. So let&rsquo;s play two!&rdquo;</p> <p> Ernie Banks died on Jan. 23, and the flag of every Cubs fan flew at half-mast on that day. He was officially &ldquo;Mr. Cub,&rdquo; having played only for the Cubs for all his 19 years in the majors. It is safe to say there has not been a more beloved athlete by fans in any sport than Ernie Banks was to Chicagoans.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28757">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502lindholm-beautiful-day-%E2%80%94-lets-play-two" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column baseball Ernie Banks Hall of Fame Mr. Cub Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:41:08 +0000 Zach Despart 28757 at http://addisonindependent.com Dickerson: Offering praise for the white stuff http://addisonindependent.com/201502dickerson-offering-praise-white-stuff <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Matt Dickerson </div> </div> </div> <p> 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 &ldquo;hero,&rdquo; 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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28625">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502dickerson-offering-praise-white-stuff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column snow winter Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:02:12 +0000 Matt Dickerson 28625 at http://addisonindependent.com Karl Lindholm: Vermont's Schoolmaster is in the Hall of Fame http://addisonindependent.com/201502karl-lindholm-vermonts-schoolmaster-hall-fame <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Karl Lindholm </div> </div> </div> <p> I was skeptical.</p> <p> When I first heard that Middlebury College was considering an Athletic Hall of Fame, I had reservations.</p> <p> A hall of fame can be a can of worms, producing as much discord as concord, as much dismay at who&rsquo;s not included as celebration of who gets in.</p> <p> Halls of fame are by their very nature exclusive. We preach in schools the joy of competition and the benefits of participation, but we know the most highly accomplished are not always the most highly dedicated.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28378">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502karl-lindholm-vermonts-schoolmaster-hall-fame" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column baseball Fisher Hall of Fame Middlebury College Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:54:35 +0000 Zach Despart 28378 at http://addisonindependent.com Matt Dickerson: Washing out and rinsing down http://addisonindependent.com/201501matt-dickerson-washing-out-and-rinsing-down <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28231" style="width: 75px;"><a href="/201501matt-dickerson-washing-out-and-rinsing-down"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Dick.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Dick.jpg" title="Dick.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="75" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MATTHEW DICKERSON STANDS in the rain on the North Fork of the Nehalem River near Manzanita, Ore., this month with one of two steelhead he landed before the river became too flooded to fish. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Matt Dickerson </div> </div> </div> <p> Earlier this month I spent a long weekend in Oregon.</p> <p> 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.)</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28232">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501matt-dickerson-washing-out-and-rinsing-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column fishing Oregon Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:40:54 +0000 Matt Dickerson 28232 at http://addisonindependent.com Andy Kirkaldy: Pats' cheating? Just business as usual in the NFL http://addisonindependent.com/201501andy-kirkaldy-pats-cheating-just-business-usual-nfl <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> Oh, those darn Patriots, dirty cheaters.</p> <p> Haven&rsquo;t won a Super Bowl since Spygate, when they were caught filming the Jets&rsquo; defensive signals (Really? The Jets? Seemed like unnecessary overkill.)</p> <p> Used evil trickeration to defeat those nice Ravens a couple Saturdays ago, lining up a halfback as a lineman. The nerve of a team trying to fool the opponent&rsquo;s defense.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28093">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501andy-kirkaldy-pats-cheating-just-business-usual-nfl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column Belicheck Colts football New England Patriots NFL Pats Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:14:31 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 28093 at http://addisonindependent.com Matt Dickerson: Merry fishing — patience on ice http://addisonindependent.com/201501matt-dickerson-merry-fishing-%E2%80%94-patience-ice <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27955" style="width: 75px;"><a href="/201501matt-dickerson-merry-fishing-%E2%80%94-patience-ice"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Fish.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Fish.jpg" title="Fish.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="75" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MEREDITH KIMBLE HOLDS up a beautiful trout she caught through the ice on Bryant Pond in Maine on Jan. 2. The Middlebury girl proved she was a quick learner. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Matt Dickerson </div> </div> </div> <p> 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.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27956">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501matt-dickerson-merry-fishing-%E2%80%94-patience-ice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column fishing ice Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:47:44 +0000 Matt Dickerson 27956 at http://addisonindependent.com Matt Dickerson: Expectations and change http://addisonindependent.com/201412matt-dickerson-expectations-and-change <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Matt Dickerson </div> </div> </div> <p> The Christmas season is a time of expectations. For many, Christmas morning is when those expectations are fulfilled. Or not.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27576">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412matt-dickerson-expectations-and-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column christmas football holidays Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:33:59 +0000 Matt Dickerson 27576 at http://addisonindependent.com Matt Dickerson: Reflections, the scattershot way http://addisonindependent.com/201412matt-dickerson-reflections-scattershot-way <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Matt Dickerson </div> </div> </div> <p> &bull;&nbsp; I&rsquo;m not a big fan of bullet point presentations. But it&rsquo;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&rsquo;s what bullet points are for.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27350">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412matt-dickerson-reflections-scattershot-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column 2014 bullet points fishing Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:47:41 +0000 Matt Dickerson 27350 at http://addisonindependent.com Andy Kirkaldy: On Pats, field hockey & more http://addisonindependent.com/201412andy-kirkaldy-pats-field-hockey-more <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> In honor of what still may still lurk from Thanksgiving in our refrigerators, some leftover sports thoughts:</p> <p> &bull;&nbsp; It remains a better question to ask how have the New England Patriots managed to have winning seasons every year since 2004, not why have they not won another Super Bowl. The Patriots have been the best team overall in the NFL in that time frame despite being upset in two Super Bowls.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27216">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412andy-kirkaldy-pats-field-hockey-more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column America baseball budgets Patriots thanksgiving Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:14:55 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 27216 at http://addisonindependent.com Matt Dickerson: Seventy reasons to be thankful http://addisonindependent.com/201411matt-dickerson-seventy-reasons-be-thankful <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Matt Dickerson </div> </div> </div> <p> Vermont&rsquo;s cold, snowy January days. Vermont&rsquo;s warm summer evenings.</p> <p> Vermont&rsquo;s warm winter afternoons. Vermont&rsquo;s cool summer evenings.</p> <p> Big Thanksgiving meals with relatives (especially the pies). Leftovers (especially the pies). The lunch about nine days after Thanksgiving when I don&rsquo;t have to eat the leftovers again.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27112">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411matt-dickerson-seventy-reasons-be-thankful" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column Alaska thanksgiving Tom Brady Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:05:15 +0000 Matt Dickerson 27112 at http://addisonindependent.com Karl Lindholm: Whither baseball: Just too slow? http://addisonindependent.com/201411karl-lindholm-wither-baseball-just-too-slow <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Karl Lindholm </div> </div> </div> <p> I know, it&rsquo;s football season and here we are basking in the glow of the Middlebury Tigers championship, and excellent seasons from the Middlebury College team and the Otters down the road at Otter Valley Union High.</p> <p> Next week, we will cook a bird and overeat and collapse, many of us, in front of the TV to watch football. But as the temperature drops and winter beckons, I have baseball, the summer game, on my mind.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26993">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411karl-lindholm-wither-baseball-just-too-slow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column baseball Bud Selig pitch clock speeding up the game sports Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:47:09 +0000 Zach Despart 26993 at http://addisonindependent.com