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Giambi’s career more, and less, than numbers

February 21, 2015 With Jason Giambi, it’s never about the numbers. Yes, Giambi hit more than 400 home runs in his major league career. Yes, he won an MVP award. more »»

 
 
 
Say, did you ever wonder what goes on behind those bowling pins?

February 15, 2015 My league bowling career spans nearly 40 years. For many of those I sat and listened to the calls of “180 on six” or “deadwood on 12” or “ball on 10. more »»

Rediscovering the fan inside

February 12, 2015 For a while, it was concerning. When you go to so many games as a reporter, ostensibly as an unbiased observer, do you forget how to be a fan? It was something that had come up over the years. more »»

Local bowling community mourns loss of a sports icon

February 8, 2015 We received the news Monday evening. After throwing shadow balls in our league at Dunn’s Lanes, proprietor Pat Weidner took to the PA and made the announcement. more »»

Pats overcome adversity for their latest championship

February 2, 2015 PHOENIX (AP) — The celebration seemed muted, maybe because these Patriots had gone through so much just to have a chance to win. more »»

Gambling money balanced evenly

February 2, 2015 GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Lines were out the door at some Las Vegas sports books in the hours before the Super Bowl, with bettors eager to take their shot at a game that oddsmakers called a tossup. more »»

High school bowling: Comparing the game to other team sports

February 1, 2015 Perseverance might be the best word to describe my week. I decided to take in a high school bowling match on Tuesday. more »»

Flag on the play

January 25, 2015 Use any argument you want when talking about the New England Patriots and their use of deflated footballs. Just, please, avoid this one: “The score was 45-7. It didn’t make a difference anyway. more »»

Here’s a little sound advice to all the bowling enthusiasts out there

January 25, 2015 My bowling game tends to leave a lot to be desired. As a result, I rarely offer advice to fellow bowlers. more »»

Buckeyes leave the critics silent

January 20, 2015 Can we say the playoff committee got it right? No, not with complete certainty, anyway. But Ohio State did everything it possibly could have to prove it was the best team in the country. more »»

A bowling show is put on for my benefit at Spanish Springs Lanes

January 18, 2015 Contrary to what Ol’ Doc might want you to believe, my foray to the Sunshine State did involve looking for a bowling column. more »»

January can’t freeze out corporate greed in the world of sports

January 15, 2015 It’s January and it’s cold. more »»

The doctor fills in for the scribe as he goes on a working vacation

January 11, 2015 Howdy folks. It’s Ol’ Doc Stephenson here. more »»

Another Browns-less playoffs

January 4, 2015 Sitting here on the first Saturday in January, waiting for the playoffs to start, it occurs to me that this weekend is just like every one I’ve had over the last dozen years. more »»

This week, bowling takes on a little different meaning for this writer

January 4, 2015 While many bowling leagues are on break, the college football season is coming to a close as a multitude of bowl games hit the TV screen. more »»

Harbaugh hysteria heightens expectations

December 30, 2014 There are t-shirts already: Welcome to Ann Arbaugh. There are tribute videos: Highlights of his playing career underscored by Matthew McConaughey’s cryptic Chrysler commercial dialogue. more »»

Another visit to the bowling terminology list brings some surprises

December 28, 2014 I’m always fascinated by words used by some but never heard of by others. more »»

An early lesson from a great man

December 21, 2014 One million, four hundred thirty-five thousand, four hundred fifty-four. That’s how many tickets were sold at Three Rivers Stadium during the 1979 baseball season. Tenth in the National Leagu. more »»

Christmas is a time for family — immediate or extended

December 21, 2014 The Christmas season is a very special time of year. It is a time when families gather. My kids will be at my house for Christmas day. more »»

Ten sports-minded Christmas gift ideas

December 18, 2014 Santa Claus is coming to town! A.K.A. Ol’ Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or Papa Noel (Brazil’s affectionate label), he is as much a global phenomenon as the Olympics or World Cup socce. more »»

Legacy left by Lyle Alzado

December 14, 2014 To this day, I’m still not sure what the booklet was doing on my brother’s desk. But it was there, with a frail man in a bandanna on its cove. more »»

 
 

Bake sale March 1, 2015

Bake sale, 4-7 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Our Lady of Consolation National Shrine Information Booth, Carey (across from the basilica). Proceeds will go to the elevator fun. more »

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