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Today's Sports

  • Sports commentary: Inclusiveness

     

    How do you like them apples?

    The "you" in this case is anyone who was raised a fan of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    "Them apples" refers to the new configuration of the ACC.

  • Sports commentary: The crooked...

     

    Before you know it, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game will be upon us.

    This year, the big fête will be held at New York City's Citi Field, home of the Mets.

    What this means is, in addition to witnessing the mid-summer classic game, we will be force-fed a bunch of pulp designed to glorify all that is New York.

  • Sports commentary: No fight left

     

    I'm not much of a golfer.  

    In fact, I'm not a golfer at all, having finally ditched my bag of sorry clubs a few years ago.

    The only golfing adventure I've had since then involved trying to get the ball through a windmill's blades or into the kangaroo's pouch at Pedro's Putt-Putt Paradise.

    I also don't watch the sport, having made the wife promise to shoot me, should she ever find me perched in front of the Golf Channel.  It is a promise she does not take lightly.

  • Big Island Post 217 kicks off...

     

    The boys of summer are back in swing.

    Big Island Post 219 has kicked off what the crew hopes will be yet another successful season.

    The team, which is comprised of older high school and first-year college players (there is a 19-year old age limit), has a roster that is chock full o' talent.

  • Sports Commentary: Love hurts

     

    I am in an abusive relationship, and I'm the one taking the abuse.

    No, you're not going to see me walking around with a shiner, or bloodied nose.  Nor will I be reporting to a shelter to seek help.  No restraining orders are to be issued.

    It is more in the realm of emotional abuse.

    Like many lousy relationships, I'm in it by my own choosing.  In fact, I'm the one who actively pursued it and have chosen to stay in it for well over forty years.

    It is my connection to the Chicago Cubs.

  • Sports commentary: A salute to...

     

    "A jug of wine, a loaf of bread–and thou."

    -Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

    "A jug of mustard, a bun of bread–and onions."

    -Rubaiyat of Oscar Mayer

     

    I'm pretty much an Oscar Mayer guy.

    But, as with just about everything else in life, my simple ways have been blown out of the water by progress.

  • Sports commentary: Stepping it...

     

    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.

  • Hop, Step and gold!

     

    On the basketball court, Mikalah Jones is known as a triple-threat player.  

    Now the Liberty sophomore will also be known as a triple-jump player.

    That's because Jones soared to victory in the triple jump at last weekend's State AA track championship.

    Jones was pure perfection as she launched herself an astounding 39 feet, 1.25 inches.

    That jump was a) more than a foot and a half better than her previous best effort and b) exactly one foot better than the best jump of runner-up Erin Morant (Liberty-Bealton).

  • 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.

  • Eagle nine gets huge win

     

    This is the time of year when big wins are a must.

    That's why it's encouraging that all three county baseball teams have come up with such big wins lately.

     

    River on fire

    Staunton River may have had the biggest win of the lot.  The Golden Eagles took care of visiting William Byrd, 5-3, behind the inspired play of its group of seniors.

    The win did the following:

    -Dropped the Blue Ridge District-leading Terriers to 6-2, allowing Lord Botetourt to tie them for the lead.