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Opinion & Analysis

  • First Column: A little about me

    My name is Margaret Pascale, I was born and raised in the Lynchburg/Campbell County/Bedford area.
        I am a Brookville High School alumnae as well as an alumnae of Lynchburg College. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management in May of 2014.

  • Margaret’s Extra Points

    Sports Editor
    Sports@bedfordbulletin.com

        I can’ believe I am officially half the age of the Super Bowl. Super Bowl 50 has been a huge deal this year, it has been advertised all over television for the last month and it has also been in stores.
        There have been special adult beverages coated in a gold colors to commemorate the Super Bowl’s golden year. Special paper plates and cups and mugs are offered in black and gold for the biggest game of the year.

  • Column

    The best part about my job is that I get to talk to all the student-athletes and coaches. I get to carry on a conversation about a sport they love and how well their team is doing. I get to experience the games alongside the team and hear the excitement after every score. I hear the coaches talking to the players and trying to keep them motivated when the game isn’t going as well as they would have hoped.

  • EXTRA POINTS

    This week I had the pleasure of meeting Ken and Dana Ballard. They were able to sit down with me and talk about how schools get into the playoffs, how power points work, and why football is the only sport that does its playoff system differently.

  • Covering my first football game

    When I walked onto the field for the first time in about nine years I was amazed. Things looked so much different from what I remembered, yet everything was still the same.
        The field seemed smaller, the students more rowdy. But being on the field was like being at home, hearing the chanting from the fans and the coaches yelling at the players.

  • Sports commentary: Final column

     

     

    This being my last column, I thought I’d share some of my more enjoyable moments from my nine years on the job.

  • Sports commentary: Community

        This column is my penultimate.
        That’s a fancy word of saying it’s my second-to-last column.  Second-to-last  section.  Second-to-last week on the job.
        So, why get all fancy-schmantzy with all of this penultimate business?
        Well, I’ve always tried to be informative and entertaining in this corner of the sports pages.

  • Sports commentary: Community

        This column is my penultimate.
        That’s a fancy word of saying it’s my second-to-last column.  Second-to-last  section.  Second-to-last week on the job.
        So, why get all fancy-schmantzy with all of this penultimate business?
        Well, I’ve always tried to be informative and entertaining in this corner of the sports pages.

  • Sports commentary: Scout's honor

        Have the Boy Scouts of America become sissified?
        That’s the contention of Richard Cromwell, a senior contributor to The Federalist.
        Cromwell points out that  the BSA now prohibits such time-honored activities as water gun fights, water balloon battles, crossbows, boomerangs, bottlerockets, potato guns and blow guns.
        What is life for a youngster without bottlerockets and boomerangs?

  • Sports commentary: Welcome

        So, Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) is becoming part of the Virginia High School League (VHSL).  That has lots of folks feeling CONCERNED.
        The VHSL and LCA recently issued an announcement that ended the school’s lawsuit against the state’s high school sports governing body.
        The key take-aways from the agreement are: