Laughter, Thoughts, Tears Define 2016

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.  That’s a heck of a day.”- Jim Valvano- 1993 ESPY Awards It’s been nearly a quarter century since the late coach turned broadcaster Jim Valvano delivered that memorable speech.  It’s a speech that is replayed at least once a year as ESPN carries […]

Youth Basketball: The Beginnings of a Basketball Journey

While snow was falling last Saturday morning many athletic administrators were on the phone postponing scheduled basketball contests.  With the wintry conditions, those looking for live basketball would be hard pressed to find a game in the greater Bangor area. The white stuff falling from the sky didn’t stop the basketballs from bouncing for a […]

High School Football: Old School is New Again

“The only thing constant is change.”  Heraclitus- Greek Philosopher 500 BC And on it goes.  Trends come and go in the fashion world, many for the better.  We can probably live on without bell-bottom pants and low-riders.  Some of the clothes and hairstyles which go out of style magically appear to be in vogue a […]

Finding the Objective Yet Passionate Fan is a Rare Treat

Attend virtually any high school football game on a given Friday night or Saturday afternoon and you’ll encounter several distinct groups of people within the crowd at large.  There are the students who attend as a social event, noses pressed into their phones throughout much of the contest.  Many may not know the difference between […]

Nasty Weather Creates Great Sports Memories

Thirty minutes before game time.  Keyes Field in Fairfield, one of the true shrines to Maine high school football.  Yes, the good folks in the working class communities which feed Lawrence High School know their football and take it seriously.  This past Friday night was playoff time.  The Bulldogs were playing host to their rivals […]