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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: Thoughts upon watching '42'

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



I knew I had a problem when my friend Ben, from California, e-mailed me after watching “42,” the Jackie Robinson story, and being profoundly moved. He said, “Tell me again why you’re not looking forward to seeing this movie.”

True, I have expressed ambivalence. I sometimes tire of the exclusivity of the focus on Jackie Robinson. The more I have learned about the African-American experience in baseball, the more rich stories and worthy figures I have become aware of.

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Matt Dickerson: Opening day of trout season featured some success stories

Posted on April 25, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



As is so often the case in Vermont’s early April, the weather and water conditions leading up to opening day of trout fishing were fickle. When the week began, rivers were running unseasonably low and clear thanks in large part to a lack of snow. Very fishable water levels and visibility, combined with a series of warm sunny days during the first half of the week, seemed to promise a delightful — and perhaps even successful — opening day.

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Sports Column: Five years in Vermont and still energizing; Haller is a fishing power

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



When the fifth annual Otter Creek Classic fly-fishing tournament kicks off this Saturday, preceded on Friday evening by the third consecutive sold-out showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Town Hall Theater, participants of both events will have Ripton resident Jesse Haller to thank.

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Sports column: How good are the Panthers: Terrific

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



Whenever Middlebury hosts an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game, I buy extra tickets and wait for the phone call that always comes: “Karl, can you get me a ticket to the Middlebury basketball game?”

“Why, yes I can.”

This is a call, not so long ago, I never imagined getting. I love it. In the past, even when the Panthers were pretty good, the team played before mostly empty seats.

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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: A passion for the game of hoops

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Peter Quinn, social worker: He’s a school-based clinician at Vergennes Union High School, employed by the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC). For 20 years, he directed the Kingsland Bay School in Ferrisburgh, a residential facility for troubled adolescents.

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Sports Column by Matt Dickerson: A commissioner's vision for Fish & Wildlife Department

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



The first time East Middlebury’s Pat Berry heard the suggestion that he ought to consider being the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, he responded with an adamant “no” and hung up the phone.

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Sports column by Andy Kikaldy: Feedback and criticism always welcome here

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Every now and then a reminder comes my way that once again we need to explain how we do things around here — we being my editors and I — and that our relationship with readers really is, or at least ideally should be, a two-way street.

The latest reminder came courtesy of my ongoing participation on the Burlington Free Press sports blogs, which the folks up at that paper are kind enough to allow.

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Sports Column: Wish list for 2013:Large wild brookies

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



I began 2013 with a mental fishing “wish list.” There are a few perennial entries: an all-expenses-paid trip for Atlantic salmon in Labrador or Newfoundland; more time to fish in my favorite Vermont rivers (plus a trip or two with family and friends to Maine and New York); and an increase in the quality trout waters in the state.

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Karl Lindholm: A Mess: Sports fan and hypocrite

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



Our sportsworld is a mess — and I’m a hypocrite.

I am both a fan and a skeptic. Much of what happens in sports at its highest levels I deplore, yet my days and nights are taken up by watching games or by reading and writing about sports. Sports are an essential part of my life.

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Sports column: Matt Dickerson sees extremes and moderation in the outdoors

Posted on February 15, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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