Monthly Archives: January 2016

Heal Points for Dummies: The Mystery Ends Here

Another basketball season comes to an end and the waiting game begins.  A committee gathers round a large conference table.  Merits and demerits of teams are discussed.  Is Team A with a better record more worthy than Team B, which may have won fewer games but has more high quality wins?  What about the all […]

Press Box Honor Roll Celebrates Excellence

Over the past week, many high school students across Maine took part in that dreaded bi-annual ritual:  exam week.  Leading up to the week, some spent countless hours, burning the midnight oil, in hopes of scoring well.  The next few days will be spent by teachers grading the tests, calculating final grades for the semester. […]

Attention Student-Athletes: “Don’t be THAT Guy” (Or Girl)

We’ve all seen or heard these statements.  A politician, corporate executive, or educational administrator issues a written explanation or delivers a long-winded speech.  These supposed highly educated individuals may use jargon most of us cannot comprehend and for good reason.  This seemingly intentional ambiguousness takes up much time and space, yet in the end says […]

Playing Not to Lose has Merit

They’re leaving it all on the field.  That player is giving 110% effort.  It’s gut-check time.  The ball’s in your court. One thing sport has provided over the last century is an endless vocabulary of cliches.  Whether a sports enthusiast or not, you may have used an expression rooted in athletics forgetting you were doing […]

A Treatise on Sportsmanship: What it is and isn’t

If you attend even a few high school sporting events a year, you’ve heard the speech.  The public address announcer typically takes a moment, sometimes more, to exhort those in attendance to practice good sportsmanship.  Often the pregame address will go into detail as to what types of behavior constitutes poor sportsmanship. So what is […]