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Karl Lindholm: Celebrating my reverse bucket list

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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I was able to check off one of the items on my Sports Bucket List this summer:

I played golf on the Poland Spring Golf Course in Maine with my close childhood friend Johnny Mauro, whom I hadn’t seen in years — and with Gary and Bill who I last saw in high school long ago.

“That’s it?” I can hear you saying to yourself. “Golf in Maine with old buddies? What’s so special about that?”

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Karl Lindholm: Spot Poles — great name, great player, great time

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Ever hear of Spottswood Poles?

An arresting name, to be sure — and a terrific baseball player in the first half of the game’s segregated era, although hardly a household name among fans of baseball history. 

Known as the “Black Ty Cobb,” Spot Poles played on black teams in the 19-teens and ’20s, the same years that Cobb played in the white major leagues.

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Karl Lindholm: Living in John Bower's House

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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John Bower, generally acknowledged as the greatest American Nordic skier, died on June 6 at age 76. He attended Middlebury College from 1959-63 and coached skiing at Middlebury from 1967-75. When Middlebury decided to honor its athletes with a Hall of Fame, Bower was inducted in the very first class of five alumni in 2013. We reprise today a column about John from 2002 that celebrates his remarkable career in skiing and my serendipitous connection to him. KL

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I live in John Bower’s house.

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Karl Lindholm: Rainy day game; sunny days ahead for Panther baseball

Posted on June 8, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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2017 NESCAC Baseball Champions — Middlebury College!

It had such a nice ring.

When I left the baseball field at Colby College on Saturday, May 14, I was confident the Panthers had won the NESCAC baseball title. That afternoon, Middlebury had defeated Tufts 5-1, after knocking off Bates the day before to be the only undefeated team in the double elimination NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) tournament.

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Karl Lindholm: A festival of athletics

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



Our sports are formalized rituals of natural impulses, however much we complicate them. They are ur-games — original, primal.

There is no sport more compatible with our primitive roots than track and field. As kids, we are all track stars: “Bet I can beatcha to that tree. Ready, set, GO!”

In the Olympics, the track and field events are simply called “athletics.”

Is there a better story than Pheidippides, 2,500 years ago, running from Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians? Voila, the marathon.

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Karl Lindholm, Hoop excellence: Keeping it in the family

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Point.

The Point: the tip of the spear, the sharp end of a tool or weapon.

Point Guard: in basketball, the player initiating the attack on the other team.

Senior Jake Brown was the point guard this year on the Middlebury College men’s basketball team: He was the point of the Panther attack, and he indeed ran the team, which finished with 27 wins and just four losses and was ranked fourth in the country (of 437 Division III college teams!).

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Karl Lindholm: Walking the course, making friends — Links Golf

Posted on March 1, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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In Hemingway’s classic “The Sun Also Rises,” Montoya, the Spanish innkeeper, exempts protagonist Jake Barnes from the contempt he feels for Jake’s hedonistic group of American friends.

Why? Because he has aficion.

Gregg Humphrey is an aficionado, not of the bullfight like Barnes, but of golf. He has a passion for golf.

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Karl Lindholm: 'Fences' shows how 'deprivation of possibility' mars a game and its players

Posted on February 1, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



“Ain’t but two men ever played baseball as good as you. That’s Babe Ruth and Josh Gibson.”

That’s Jim Bono, the best friend of Troy Maxson, the protagonist of August Wilson’s play “Fences” referring to Troy’s stature in baseball’s Negro leagues.

“Fences” is set in 1957 when Troy was 53 years old, 10 years after Jackie Robinson’s integration of baseball at its highest level, after 60 years excluding black athletes. 

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Karl Lindholm: Isaih, Julian, Mookie — Don't belittle them

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



Well, I don’t want no short people

Don’t want no short people

Don’t want no short people

’Round here

— (Randy Newman, “Short People,” 1977)

Randy Newman speaks to sports in the 2000s.

There is no doubt that the professional arena favors the behemoth, at least in the so-called major sports. Tall, large people prevail.

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Karl Lindholm: The importance of community – and hoop!

Posted on December 8, 2016 |
By Karl Lindholm



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It’s gratifying when a Vermont kid does especially well at the local college.

One student from Vermont in this year’s senior class at Middlebury College has had a significant impact on student life — as well as the larger community.

First and foremost, this Vermonter is an ambitious and accomplished student, an Economics major with minor in Education Studies — with a GPA approaching 3.5.

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