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Karl Lindholm: A century of hoop at Middlebury College

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Basketball, unlike our other major sports, has an actual creation story: our Canadian friend, Dr. James Naismith, really did invent basketball in the gym at the Springfield (Mass.) YMCA in 1891.

Only 27 years after Naismith nailed those peach baskets up in the Y, Middlebury College had a basketball team and an intercollegiate schedule.

In that inaugural season, 1917-18, the Middlebury team was undefeated, playing six games, two each against UVM, Norwich, and Saint Michael’s, outscoring their state rivals, 200-83.

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Alaska fishing guide returns to become a Vermont game warden

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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One of the things Asa Sargent had to learn when he left the Green Mountain State to spend four years as a guide in Alaska, was how to know when a charging brown bear was just bluffing.

It’s not a lesson one learns growing up in Ripton, Vt., so Sargent, now 26 years old, had to trust the wisdom of the experienced guide who trained him.

It also isn’t a skill that is likely to prove useful in his new career, as a Vermont State Game Warden. However other skills from his years guiding did transfer.

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Andy Kirklady: Eagles were the smarter team on Super Sunday

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



The first thing that needs be said about Sunday’s Super Bowl is congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans.

As a former long-suffering Boston sports fan I know how those folks in Philly feel to see the end of a long drought: Iggles supporters, please enjoy the moment.

Second, the Eagles deserved to win what was an entertaining game. Usually the Patriots prevail, and deserve to do so, because they are the smarter, better-prepared team that makes fewer mistakes and better decisions.

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Matt Dickerson: Returning to fish in the Trinity National Forest

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Elysian Fields, Papa Karl, sports and kids

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Last Saturday, I found myself in the Elysian Fields, or at least a reasonable contemporary facsimile thereof.

The Elysian Fields was the realm after death where heroes romp, according to the ancient Greeks.

Baseball fans know that the Elysian Fields was a real place too, a park in Hoboken, N.J., just across the Hudson from Manhattan, where the first recognized baseball game was played in 1846: The Knickerbocker club of New York City took on a team simply named the New York Nine (and lost 23-1).

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Matt Dickerson: On the use of scarves and cross-country skiing in the cold

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



It was a perfect January day — the type of day during which I might wear a long wool scarf for the aesthetic, but I don’t really need one. The temperature hovered in the mid-20s. Fresh snow blanketed the ground. Most importantly, nearly all the trails at Rikert Nordic Ski Touring Center were once again open.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Officials do tough work that could be done better

Posted on January 10, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Sports officials deserve respect. It’s a tough job, and I can speak from the experience of refereeing a couple hundred middle-school, freshman and junior-varsity soccer and basketball games, and probably close to another hundred men’s league basketball games.

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Matt Dickerson: Sledding at grandmother's house

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



The day after Christmas, we piled into our modern sleighs beneath a clear blue winter sky. We went over the river and through the woods — and up and over two mountains, and over two more bigger rivers, and through more woods, and over one very long covered bridge and past two more smaller ones — to Grandmother’s House.

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Karl Lindholm: Sir Alf, Nobby and Johnny America

Posted on December 27, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Reminiscing:

It was not so much a lonely existence as it was solitary.

During the week, I was surrounded by people, co-workers in the factory, Italians mostly, though we were in the German part of Switzerland in the town of Brugg, 25 kilometers from Zurich, and I could speak neither Italian nor Swiss-German.

I quickly learned the standard greeting, “Gruezi-vol!” and the universal valediction, “Ciao.”

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Matt Dickerson: On Christmas and nature in Narnia and Middle-earth

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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