Category Archive: Sports

Summer + Water = Fun!

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As a youngster, my June-August months were spent at my grandparents’ lake cabin (pictured above) in the little north-MN town of Aitkin, MN.  While “the cabin” offered a variety of activities in which… Continue reading

Play Ball!

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  “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball.  I’ll tell you what I do: I stare out the window and wait for spring” (Rogers Hornsby) Nary a week… Continue reading

Diving into Research: A Guest Post by John Coy

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John Coy has written a number of books about sports for young people. One recent book, Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game, blends history and basketball as it tells the story… Continue reading

The Greatest

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  Yesterday, Muhammad Ali turned 74 years old.  Known simply as “The Greatest”, Ali transcended boxing to become an important social, cultural, political, and religious figure over the past 50 years. Growing up… Continue reading

“What I Read Over My Summer Vacation…”

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There is a famous Norman Rockwell painting (entitled “Coming & Going”) that I’ve always liked which depicts both the beginning and end of a family vacation… To me, the end of August often… Continue reading

Hot Dog!

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I love competitive sports.  I also love eating.  One day each year, both passions converge into one glorious event: the Coney Island (NY) Hot Dog Eating Championship. Set on the Fourth of July,… Continue reading

Celebrating #42 (Jackie Robinson Day)

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On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson trotted out to first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The act itself was a simple one, but its significance was incredible: Jackie was the first black man… Continue reading

Bowl You Over

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Each year, as a sports fan, I go into a bit of a funk during the months of February & March.  I know that basketball and hockey are still being played during this… Continue reading

The Big Game

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In January of 1967, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first ever AFL-NFL championship game.  There were no celebrities in attendance, no week-long events leading up to… Continue reading

‘Tis The Season (For Football)!

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The turkey has been carved and the pie has been consumed.  The leftovers are finally starting to dwindle.  The packages from Black Friday are safely stashed in a closet.  With the calendar turning… Continue reading