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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:38

Thunder and lightning

The joys of baseball's 30/30 club

In baseball, the most tantalizing of talents are what we refer to as "five-tool" players. These are players who can hit, hit for power, run, throw and catch. However, the tools that are perhaps most fascinating to watch in tandem are power and speed.

Why else would we have showered so much adulation on those players who manage to find their way into the 30/30 club - that is, hitting at least 30 home runs and stealing at least 30 bases in the same season?

Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers recently became the latest member of this exclusive club when he hit his 30th home run. His is only the 54th 30/30 season in MLB history. However, due to a number of players achieving the feat multiple times (for instance, father and son Bobby and Barry Bonds account for 10 of those seasons - five apiece), Kemp is only the 34th player to have a 30/30 season.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:38

Bangor Book Festival: Dave Morrison

(Editor's Note: In celebration of the upcoming Bangor Book Festival, The Maine Edge will be featuring various works and authors leading up to the Festival on September 30 and October 1. This piece on poet Dave Morrison appeared in slightly different form in April.)

BANGOR - The line between rock and roll and poetry has been a blurry one since that musical genre reared its lyrical little head five or six decades ago. The best lyrics have a real sense of poetry to them, while the best poetry is undeniably musical.

But how to bring the two together in the best possible way? Writing rock songs about poetry doesn't seem particularly viable, although I'm sure plenty of sensitive guys with acoustic guitars have taken their shot. Dave Morrison tackles the problem from the opposite direction, writing poems about rock and roll.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:38

Minding the gap

Familiar face serving as PTC interim artistic director

BANGOR - When Scott R.C. Levy announced that he was leaving his position as Producing Artistic Director of Penobscot Theatre, it was clear that the theatre needed someone to steer the ship while a search was made to fill the position.

Happily, there was a familiar face who was willing and able to help.

Nathan Halvorson, who has served as the resident director at the theatre for the past five years, stepped up and stepped in to fill the void.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:38

Patriots making major moves

Team acquires Haynesworth, Ochocinco

The recent end of the NFL lockout has left the league's teams scrambling to fill their rosters. The free agent signings and trades have been flying fast and furious as teams try to shoehorn three months of offseason into the space of a little more than a week.

There are plenty of interesting moves being made out there. The New York Jets made some good moves - particularly re-signing wide receiver Santonio Holmes. The Philadelphia Eagles have made some huge moves, trading quarterback Kevin Kolb for defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and acquiring such talented players as Vince Young, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and - perhaps the best defensive player available - cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:38

Making an effort

Thoughts on watching the Women's World Cup

First things first - I don't care for soccer. Let's be clear about that. Soccer is a game that simply has no resonance for me. That's not a condemnation of the sport itself or those who enjoy it. It's just a matter of opinion.

Despite that, I felt it my patriotic duty to sit down and watch the United States take on Japan in the Women's World Cup final. So I did. Every single minute of it, right down to the unfortunate series of penalty kicks that ended with Japan as the victor.

While I may not be a fan of soccer, I am a sports fan. Bearing witness to a truly hard-fought game between two teams who are leaving it all out there on the field in a quest for a championship? It's pretty cool, even if it is a game I don't care for.

Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:38

An Ode to Beer

I do believe that I shall never find
A beverage that tastes so very right
As you, sweet beer, and all those of your kind;
Your foamy head is a creamy delight.
Your colors excite, be they dark or pale;
There is beauty in your condensation
And delicious crispness within your scent.
I take great pleasure in every detail
Of this truly inspiring creation,
With nary an instant of discontent.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 05:38

Forgive us our trespasses

'Trespasser' a Maine mystery

Creating a character that can carry a novel is extremely difficult. Creating a character around which an author can build an entire series of novels is exponentially more so.

Yet that's exactly what novelist Paul Doiron has done with "Trespasser," the second novel featuring Game Warden Mike Bowditch.

Doiron, a Maine native who is both the editor-in-chief of Down East Magazine and a registered Maine guide, brings a multilayered and unique perspective to his stories of mystery and murder in the Maine woods.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:38

Red Sox Report Card - July

July was an awfully good month for the Red Sox. The squad went 20-6 over the course of the month and featured the two hottest hitters in the American League in Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury, not to mention two of the best pitchers in Josh Beckett and Jon Lester.

There were plenty of highlights, but the only thing that matters is where the team sits in the standings. As of the end of July, the Red Sox remained perched atop the American League East standings, sporting the best record in the AL and behind only the Philadelphia Phillies in all of Major League Baseball. Despite injuries and the occasional battle with ineffectiveness, the Sox are standing strong going into the season's final two months.

On to the Report Card.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:38

Getting in

I've always loved the Northern Writes New Play Festival, but this year is a little different.

You see, I submitted a play of my own.

On the surface, it would seem like a fairly natural progression. I write for a living (well, for a given value of "write"...and a given value of "living" too, I suppose). I'm one of the onstage regulars at Penobscot Theatre. I studied writing, I studied theater. All the pieces have been there.

But it's different.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:38

Snapshot of a rivalry

Experiencing Red Sox/Yankees

There are few rivalries in sports that match the intensity of Red Sox/Yankees. Those two storied franchises have a long and checkered history - a history that only recently has begun to even out.

Even an unabashed Red Sox homer such as myself has to acknowledge that up until the beginning of the 21st century, this rivalry was mostly a one-sided "rivalry" - the simple truth was that the Yankees had boatloads of World Series titles, while the Red Sox hadn't won a title since 1918. However, starting with the epic playoff battles of the early 2000s, the Sox put themselves on much more even footing with their hated pinstriped foes.

The energy of this rivalry is unparalleled. However, despite my long-standing status as a devout and devoted Sox fan, I had never had the opportunity to experience that rivalry firsthand.

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