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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:45

Red Sox Report Card May

There's no disputing that the 2012 Red Sox season has been a bit of a disappointment thus far. Sure, there have been extenuating circumstances the number of injuries has bordered on astounding but those problems are no different than those shared by half the teams in the league.

After a less-than-ideal start, the Sox spent the month of May slowly digging themselves out of the hole April put them in. In fits and starts, the team managed to drag itself above the .500 mark and enter June with a winning record.

Sure, they're still planted at the bottom of the division, but the American League East is going to be won by a war of attrition there are only a couple of games currently separating first from last. But if the Red Sox want to be a serious contender, they need to build on what successes they've had this month and find a way to make some significant upgrades.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:21

More is not necessarily better

You only need to stroll down the cereal aisle at your local Hannaford to come to the realization that we have more choices than ever before about virtually everything in our lives. A mere generation ago a coffee was a coffee; your options were black and regular, and the idea of a grande mocha latte was as futuristic as the space cars the Jetsons drove. Today we are faced with a myriad of selections everywhere from food to the 500-channel television universe, and 'coffee shops' now have a menu larger than most restaurants of my youth.

Few areas of our lives have seen as exponential a growth in opportunities as youth sports and, much like what you see surfing through your cable choices, that isn't always a good thing. The other day I saw a sign advertising a new a baseball league for 4- and 5-year-olds. Surely that has to be a sign of an impending apocalypse. Here in 21st century America, if you're not playing organized sports by the time you've grown out of your Pull-Ups, you're behind the eight ball.

When I was four my athletic pursuits consisted of running from bumble bees, kicking cans and jumping up and down on my bed. Of course, that may be why my pro career never materialized. Had I only been in an organized league, with my name on my uniform, travelling to Altoona for the national 4-year-old championships, I would now be retired and living off my income from reverse mortgage ads, based on my popularity as a retired superstar athlete.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:17

Downtown' boomtown

Bangor radio show expands to three new markets

BANGOR Radio's Downtown is growing.

The Bangor-based radio show 'Downtown with Rich Kimball' is expanding its reach. Starting on June 25, the show which currently broadcasts on WAEI AM 910 will also be heard on three other Fox Sports Maine radio stations. WFAU AM 1280 in Gardiner/Augusta, WRKD AM 1450 in Rockland and WIGY FM 97.5 in Madison/Skowhegan are all joining the 'Downtown' family.

'Downtown with Rich Kimball' has been on the air for nine months now. Airing from 4 to 6 pm Monday through Friday, the show aims to be something a little different. It's a sports show, yes, but it isn't just about sports. There's a whole lot of community-oriented stuff; the arts are especially well-represented.

Published in Sports

Babe Ruth equals big bucks.

A baseball jersey worn by The Bambino sold for more than $4.4 million Sunday, a record for any item of sports memorabilia, according to the buyer and seller.

SCP Auctions, based in California, said the circa 1920 New York Yankees uniform top is the earliest known jersey worn by Ruth and it fetched $4,415,658 at the company's April auction, which ended Sunday. That price broke the previous record of $4,338,500 set in 2010 for James Naismith's founding rules of basketball.

Lelands.com said it submitted the winning bid for the jersey, which had been displayed for years at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore. The road top has 'New York' written across the front and the Hall of Fame slugger wore it shortly after he was sold to the Yankees by the Boston Red Sox for $100,000 following the 1919 season.

Published in Sports

Bangor-based sports talk show Downtown with Rich Kimball will be available to a much larger audience starting next month. The 4:00-6:00 p.m. show has been airing on WAEI, AM 910 since September, will be heard on three other Fox Sports Maine stations beginning June 25. WFAU (AM 1280) in Gardiner/Augusta, WRKD (AM 1450) in Rockland, and WIGY (97.5 FM) in Madison/Skowhegan. 

"We're very excited to have the chance to reach a larger audience," said host Rich Kimball. "It's great to become a part of these long-established stations and also give our adverstisers access to three additional markets." Kimball said the show will continue to focus on coverage of Boston sports teams and the University of Maine programs and will look to provide information about events in the communities served by the new stations. "We really try and cover arts and entertainment in the Bangor area and we'll do the same with the new regions we'll be reaching," Kimball explained. 

Published in Sports
Monday, 23 April 2012 14:51

Halftime is over

Call it a midlife crisis if you like, but the fact remains that to put my life in sports vernacular, most likely the first half and even halftime are both over. Second half action is underway. As I crossed the 40 yard line heading for the 50 at a rapid pace, I realized that even in Japan, which has the highest life expectancy on the planet at 82, I'm running smack dab into Heartbreak Hill in the marathon of life. As Coach Bill wisely says, 'It is what it is.' I'm happy, lucky and blessed. Great family. Good job. Pretty decent health albeit carrying a slightly larger waistline than I featured in the first quarter of this game called life. But generally speaking my wife shouldn't worry about me bringing a sports car home anytime soon.

As I wonder what will be different about the second half of life, I think sports may play a smaller role than it has so far. Like so many boys, much of my spare time growing up was consumed with playing sports. I have paid the rent by covering sports for many years of my adult life as a sports anchor and reporter at WLBZ TV and sports talk host on WZON radio.

And, perhaps like you, I've been a rabid and passionate fan. I consider myself lucky that in the first 40 years or so of my existence I have seen about all I need to see.

Published in The Sports Edge
Thursday, 13 October 2011 09:53

October odyssey

Thoughts on the 2011 MLB playoffs

Published in Cover Story
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