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Opinion & Analysis

  • Sports commentary: Stepping it up

     

    Hey, adults:  As the name implies, we're the ones who are supposed to act like the grown-ups around here

    I proffer that advice in response to some lame-o behavior I had the misfortune to witness while attending some spring post-season games.

    Specifically, I saw two instances of parents threatening to duke it out with other parents while said parents' children were out on the field of play.

  • Sports commentary: Mercy mercy

     

    An acquaintance of mine happens to coach a soccer team.  That's not odd; I happen to have at least a dozen such acquaintances.  A couple of times this season this particular coach has caught grief for "running up the score."

    Apparently, his team violated some unwritten rule about how many times it can put the ball in the net.

    This phenomenon isn't limited to the game of soccer.  It seems as though such finger-pointing takes place in baseball, softball, basketball and football.

  • Guest commentary: Hannah Steele

     

    It's Friday evening. What to do, what to do? Yard work or spend those hours out watching a high school spring sports game?

    For those of you who enjoy gardening, weeding, and mowing more than a sports game, you can stop reading now.

    For those of you who enjoy watching sports games while sitting on cool metal bleachers eating delicious junk food, you are in luck.

  • Sports commentary: Where is everyone?

     

    Lots of empty seats.  That's what you'll see if you happen to tune your tube to a Major League Baseball game these days.

    It seems to me that there are an awful lot of tickets going unpurchased.  Or, if they are purchased, they're sitting on someone's coffee table, never to be redeemed.

    To test my theory, I grabbed the sports section from the Roanoke Times.  The box scores in that newspaper list the games' attendance, as well as the seating capacity at the hosting facility.

  • Sports commentary: Don't be an um-dum

     

    This could have been a tribute column:  one written in memory of Chief Jim Day.

    I'm a big fan of the job the chief has done with Bedford's police department.  I also consider him to be a solid human and a personal friend.

    But, even someone who is a ne'er-do-well doesn't deserve to get the treatment meted out to Day.  Just a couple of weeks ago, he was struck by a car as he rode his bicycle.

  • Sports commentary: Time for you to make a stand

      Democracy is simple:  You can step up now or you can step up later.

  • Sports commentary: Baby, it's cold outside

      Spring sports:  what a misnomer!

  • Battleship diplomacy

      How, as Americans, do we present ourselves?

  • Sports Commentary: An age-old problem

      "They're a bunch of old men," said the wife.  

  • Sports commentary: Oops! We did it again!

      Wake up, people!  Your sports are being over-taken.