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Today's Sports

  • Commentary: Welcome back

     

    It would appear that the Steroids Era is back from the grave.  

    But absent the fun that came with it.

    The Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun seems to be the latest Major League ball player who couldn't resist steroids' siren call.

    These days, big-name players are getting hit with big-time penalties.  Braun will sit out a 65-game stint, making him useless to the Brewers for the rest of the season.

  • Sports commentary: Happy state

     

    I love Virginia.

    I've lived in seven states and another country.  I've been to roughly 40 states and 20 countries.

    Virginia tops them all.  I think it is nearly the perfect place to live.  

    I could use this column to write a love note to the commonwealth, singing of its many, many virtues and attractions.

    But we have a tourism board to take care of that.

  • End of the line for Islanders

     

    Martin and Dan conspired against them.

    That is, Martinsville provided the ball team.  Danville provided the venues.

    And Big Island's Post 217 American Legion team now finds itself with time on its collective hands.

    The Islanders made it close.  But, in the end, they didn't have the ponies to pull off a district crown.  They lost their opener in heartbreaking fashion, came back to dominate game two, then ran out of gas in game three.

  • Sports commentary: Los gordos

    The news has been heavy lately. As in fat.
    Two items that have recently hit the national conscience involve weighty matters.
    The first is that the United States is no longer the fattest nation on earth. Mexico, of all countries, has supplanted us as the country with the greatest percentage of its people falling into the obese category.
    Or should I say that Mexico now has the largest percentage of ill people. That's because the second news item tells us that the American Medical Association (AMA) has deemed obesity to be a disease.
    More on that later.

  • Post 217 in the mix

     

    What makes a cadet a Keydet?  Obviously, including a "K." 

    Nobody seems to understand that better than Jason Stafford.

    The big right-hander, back home after his first year at Virginia Military Institute, showed his fondness for being a VMI Keydet (with a capital K) by tossing eight strikeouts in Big Island Post 217's 4-3 win over Danville Post 325.  Stafford went the whole nine innings for the Islanders.

  • 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.