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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:43

Celebrity Slam - Dec. 5, 2012

Boy band brawler

It's easy to forget that in a lot of ways, famous people are more or less just like us. While they have made their livings by placing themselves in the spotlight, that doesn't mean they don't occasionally want to just do stuff like regular people.

Of course, it also means they have to behave like regular people something they don't necessarily have a firm grasp on.

Published in Celebrity Slam
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:56

Days of Turkey Bowls past

I've always been a fan of Thanksgiving, perhaps even secretly thinking of it as my favorite, though putting it ahead of Christmas might be considered blasphemous in a country where stores put wreaths up in late September. Part of my love of the day has always been the relatively low-stress nature of this particular celebration. No lists of presents to buy, no wrapping, no crowded stores - and best of all, no Thanksgiving music.

Published in The Sports Edge

As a young boy growing up in New Jersey, Eric LeGrand had a dream of one day receiving a call from the NFL saying, 'We want you.' Part of that vision included seeing himself on the cover of 'Sports Illustrated.' The circumstance surrounding both of these dreams coming true over the last 12 months is something that LeGrand could never have imagined.

In the fall of 2008 , Eric LeGrand attended his first semester at Rutgers University, where he had been recruited as a defensive tackle for the school's Scarlet Knights. In his first two seasons for Rutgers, Eric played in 25 of 26 games and quickly became a heavily-touted linebacker prospect.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:39

In 1 year, Big 12 goes from turmoil to terrific

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In the span of a year, the Big 12 has gone from turmoil to terrific on television once again.

A conference whose football future was uncertain with the defections of Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M and Missouri over the past two years has landed squarely on its feet.

The Big 12 has two teams in the top 10 and is the only conference to have eight schools with one or fewer losses. (The Southeastern Conference has seven).

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:52

Patriots Progress Report First quarter

There is no denying that the New England Patriots haven't started the season the way they would have liked. The Pats sit at 2-2 after the first four games of 2012; still, while Coach Bill Belichick and company would probably prefer to be sitting north of .500, there are reasons for optimism.

For instance, while New England is indeed 2-2, those two losses were by a grand total of three points. Losing to Arizona was unexpected, but it was only a two point loss a loss to a team that appears to have a defense far more ferocious than anyone thought possible. And losing by a single point to Baltimore a probable playoff team is certainly understandable, if not exactly welcome.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:36

Fans or phantoms?

Let me start by telling you that I am completely biased regarding my subject this week. This is a column about University of Maine football, and I am the play-by-play broadcaster for that team and have been for over 15 years. During that run of over 175 games, I've seen some of the greatest moments in team history. As a matter of fact, among the recently-compiled list of 'Top Ten Maine Football Moments,' I've been behind the microphone for seven of them. I've also witnessed some colossal low points, from heartbreaking losses to jaw-dropping blunders. The point is, I've got a dog in this fight, but I also feel eminently qualified to talk about Maine football, being one of an incredibly small group of people (me, color analyst Bob Lucy, equipment manager Steve Jones and Coach Jack Cosgrove) to have seen every game since 1997.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:29

Line judge Shannon Eastin makes NFL history

DETROIT - Shannon Eastin used her left hand to tuck her pony tail under her cap after the national anthem and got ready for work.

She seemed to do her job, which ended by helping to separate St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions players after some shoving, pushing and shouting broke out following the final play.

Eastin became the first woman to be an official in an NFL regular-season game, working as the line judge in the Rams-Lions matchup Sunday.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 13:21

Fantasy in the basement

It's probably the best day of the year. Better than Christmas, New Year's Eve and even your birthday. It's the live and in-person fantasy football draft. This year we expand from 10 players to 12. The stakes are a little higher, but that's how we like it! Here's how it all went down

The draft was set to start at 10 a.m. Sunday morning; a little early for my taste, but what can you do I'm not the commissioner. We picked the draft order out of a hat, and I had the fifth overall selection in a snaking draft. Number one overall selection: Ray Rice. With number five I was at a loss as to what to do. I went Megatron: Calvin Johnson - can't go wrong, right? If you don't get Rice, Arian Foster or LeSean McCoy then it's kind of up in the air.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 11:55

Try, try again: 2012 NFL season predictions

It's time once again for a feeble attempt at predicting the 2012 NFL season. My less-than-stellar track record with sports prognostication has become a bit of a running joke in these parts, but I refuse to be beaten. I am knowledgeable enough about the NFL that one of these years, I'm bound to nail it.

Will it be this year? Probably not.

Come then! Poor pigskin prognostication awaits!

*Denotes playoff pick

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:38

Martin brings tears to Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio - The linemen led the way as they always do, accepting their inductions into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with an abundance of humility. Curtis Martin finished the evening by supplying plenty of tears.

The last of the six players to have their bronze busts unveiled Saturday night, Martin used the big stage to recall his rough life, his mother's pain and his life-long indifference to the game that allowed him to become famous.

'I don't necessarily have notes, so I'm going to just bare my soul,' Martin cautioned. 'So bear with me.'

Published in Sports
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