Archive - 2011 - Staff Blog
I was eight years old when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa brought Major League Baseball back to life.
Four years after the 1994 baseball season was cut short by a player strike, America was still trying to rebuild its relationship with its national pastime. But baseball had a lot of work to do — it had, after all, walked out on the country, and you don’t just walk back in and expect everything to be fine again — you have to rebuild trust.
You have to make people believe again.
Leave it to the biggest show boaters in professional sports to steal the sports headlines even in their off-season.
The NFL lockout is the most disheartening sports story of the last decade — and possibly the previous one as well. Worse than “(insert star college athlete) receives (insert inappropriate side benefit)” scandals. Worse than officials accepting bribes to tip games. Worse than steroids.
Why? Because it’s never been so blatantly obvious that we, the fans, have been completely forgotten.
Many professional sports are now openly embracing instant replay technology that allows close calls to be reviewed and, if necessary, corrected. Professional football has even implemented instant replay in the form of a challenge system, which actually adds an element of strategy to the game.
Just two weeks from the July 6 slaughter date, participants in the "Chick to Plate" project at the Hannaford Career Center are becoming concerned that they won't be able to fulfill the "to plate" part of their project — in other words, that they won't find takers for all 150 or so chickens they have lovingly raised on the north campus of the HCC.
Pushing pedal over pedal, I trudged ahead on my bike through pouring sheets of frigid rain. My cold, drenched clothes weighed me down, but I forged on through last Saturday’s doom and gloom to photograph Mount Abe’s graduation.
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