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Karl Lindholm: To go — or not to go?

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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What do you think Alex Cora should do? What would you do in his position?

Cora is the manager of the Red Sox, the World Champion Red Sox, the on-the-field leader of the team. His performance in this role last year was impeccable, perfect, as the Red Sox won 119 games, the most ever in their long history.

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Matt Dickerson: No comfort in the North

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By Matt Dickerson



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When my nephew Brad rumbled into Middlebury in his Chevy Blazer for his first year of college, my wife and I knew we were in for a four-year ride. It wasn’t that his Blazer was painted in camo colors or that he’d named it “Southern Comfort.” The real clue was that the vehicle was loaded with toys from floor to roof — plus another three feet above the roof. Mostly they were outdoor toys: snowboard; kayak; mountain bike; climbing, camping, fishing and hunting gear. The boy loved the outdoors. He also loved to play.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Women's hockey miracle was just one of sport's joys

Posted on February 28, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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When the clock stopped with 16 seconds left in the third period of Saturday’s NESCAC women’s hockey quarterfinal, a beefy student in the front row wearing a Middlebury College sweatshirt, maybe 15 feet away from us, turned to the crowd and expressed perfectly what we all felt:

“Holy bleep.”

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Matt Dickerson: One week, two days, two Nordic centers, two conditions

Posted on February 21, 2019 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Karl Lindholm: Safe at home

Posted on February 14, 2019 |
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“Like to talk a little bit about baseball ... and football,” George Carlin informs us at the beginning of his famous routine comparing the two sports.

It’s quite brilliant (and not a single cuss word, rare for him). You can find it easily on YouTube.

Carlin’s descriptions of baseball are rendered with a light falsetto; football on the other hand requires a somber and ominous tone.

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Matt Dickerson: Melting down, still thankful

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
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In the midst of our ongoing yo-yo winter of melt-downs alternating with arctic blasts — the latter of which admittedly haven’t been nearly as intense in Vermont as in the Midwest — my wife and I managed to get out into the woods on our cross-country skis a couple times. And despite the many days when conditions simply didn’t encourage or even allow an outing, I’ve found myself appreciative of just how good we have it in Addison County.

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Matt Dickerson: A seaweed classroom

Posted on January 31, 2019 |
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It’s Tuesday morning. I’m standing with a dozen Middlebury College students listening to a biologist teach us about [dramatic pause] seaweed.

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Karl Lindholm: Mo, Schill, Panther Pride, the Baines Effect

Posted on January 24, 2019 |
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January is Hall of Fame Season.

In the off-season, in the chill of winter, the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) selects the year’s inductees to the hallowed Hall, the Shrine, in Cooperstown — and then there’s a big party in July for their induction.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Taking stock between trips to the woodpile

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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To borrow a template from a beer commercial, I don’t always spend the weekend on the couch watching and/or reading about sports. But when I do it’s 5 degrees outside.

OK, to be fair I did leave the couch to watch Panther women’s hockey and Otter Valley-Mount Abe boys’ hoop, and to make a bunch of trips to the woodpile.

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Matt Dickerson: 2019: National parks and the shutdown

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
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I’ve been thinking a lot about national parks lately.

One reason is that in a few days I’ll be heading to Acadia National Park for a four-day trip with 12 college students who are taking my class on narrative non-fiction nature writing. I’m a little nervous about the weather we might encounter in January on the coast of Maine, and how that will impact various planned field trips around Mount Desert Island. I’m even more nervous because of the impact on the park (and on our visit) of the current federal government shutdown.

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