‘Who’s on Worst?’ looks at bottom of baseball’s barrel
There are many reasons that we love sports, but one of the biggest is the fun found in athletic subjectivity. Using evidence both statistical and anecdotal to debate who was better or the best – Russell or Wilt, Montana or Brady, Jordan or James - there’s nothing better to a hardcore sports fan.
But of all the sports, baseball likely inspires more of these debates than any other. The game’s deep dedication to history and devotion to ever-evolving statistical analysis makes it perfect for these sorts of conversations. Everyone’s got their favorites and everyone has a reason why their guy is the best of all time.
New England says goodbye to fan favorite
One could accuse New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick of being a lot of things. Sentimental is not one of them.
Belichick recently continued a long and storied tradition of unapologetically cutting ties with veteran players, either through trades or outright releases. New England stalwarts and legends such as Lawyer Milloy, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, Randy Moss, Deion Branch and Adam Vinatieri have all been given their walking papers, unceremoniously dismissed despite still being talented and useful players.
For anyone who has been a Boston baseball since before the days of “Red Sox Nation,” there are a couple of basic requirements tied to the calendar. One is to anticipate the September swoon and the disappointment that follows (except for those glorious ’04 and ’07 seasons); the other is to greet each new campaign with optimism and unrealistic expectations. Since we’re less than two weeks from Opening Day, it seems like as good a time as any to engage in some wishful thinking and envision a scenario where the Red Sox rise from worst to first.
2013 season will be Rivera’s last
As Red Sox fans, many of us carry with us an antipathy toward the New York Yankees. The until-recently wildly one-sided Boston/New York rivalry has inspired some of the strongest, most passionate feelings in all of sports fandom. And there are plenty of players on each team that incur the wrath of fans on an individual basis.
But there are also players on either side that transcend the more base aspects of the rivalry. These are the players whose excellence both in talent and attitude earn the respect of the opposing fan base. All-time greatness is difficult to hate.
With so many upsets in college basketball, there seems to be daily highlights of fans storming the court to celebrate.
No team has separated itself from the pack and there have been 15 instances when top-five teams in the Associated Press Top 25 poll lost to unranked squads on the road, according to STATS LLC.
That’s led to a lot of postgame mayhem — and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said it’s not all fun and games when it happens.
connecting young professionals through recreation and sporting events
BANGOR - Sports enthusiasts will have a new way to engage in recreation while meeting fellow Bangor Region young professionals through Fusion Sports, a new program from Fusion:Bangor.
Fusion:Bangor, a program of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, is the area’s networking group for people generally in the age range of 20-40. The organization seeks to connect this demographic in the Bangor Region to each other and the community. Fusion Sports will allow young adults (or the young at heart) who are interested in sports to stay active, get involved and meet new people.
Previewing the 2013 World Baseball Classic
It’s time for the world to take the field – the 2013 World Baseball Classic has arrived. From March 2 through March 19, baseball teams from 16 different countries will try to unseat two-time tournament winner Japan, the only champion the Classic has ever known.
Regardless of our feelings here in the United States, there is no disputing that soccer is the most global of sports. However, choosing a silver medalist in the realm of worldwide awareness isn’t quite so cut and dry.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick is at her best in the spotlight.
Good thing, too, because she’s going to be there all week.
Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole Sunday, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR’s premier circuit. It’s by far the biggest achievement of her stock-car career. She’s braced for the attention that will follow.
Sports fans have always been among the best at building up memories at the expense of the present. Perhaps because most of us became fans at a young age, we look back with an affection that can sometimes blind us to the good that exists in the here and now.
The most recent epidemic of backwards-gazing has come with the arrival of the final high school basketball tournament at the Bangor Auditorium. Seemingly every human being within a hundred miles of Buck Street has been asked about their favorite memory of the place, and the tributes to a facility that was outdated by the Carter administration are pouring in from all quarters. Unfortunately, there are also those who romanticize the past so much they can’t see the present or future with any clarity. Like so many others, I recall many great times spent at the Auditorium, but personally, I can’t wait to see the wrecking ball turn that mid-20th century paradise into a 21st-century parking lot. The new Cross Insurance Center is shaping up to be the kind of facility that this area has needed for decades and will signify a glorious new day for any fan with a sense of civic pride that outweighs their misty, watercolor memories.
Camden Hills pulls off huge upset over Oceanside
BANGOR - The seventh seed Camden Hills Girls basketball team won 54-39 over second seed Oceanside.
Leading the way for Camden Hills was senior forward Jordan Knowlton with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
A key for Knowlton and her team was being able to key their emotions in check amongst the crazy atmosphere that the tournament brings.
“I just try to stay controlled and poised. That’s the best way to win. You’ve got to stay controlled,” said Knowlton.
Camden Hills Center Rachel Pease put in 15 points and had nine rebounds. Bekhah Hilt added seven points.
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