Sports (37)

"I went for a walk in the woods..."

Many of us sometimes find time to escape the city and go to where the air is a little fresher, the birds are a lot more numerous, and we are surrounded by the swish of the wind in the treetops as we walk for miles through terrain that might have looked the same, hundreds or even thousands of years ago. We reconnect. We remember who we are, at heart, as human beings. As Thoreau put…

On the ice or on the court, a solid weekend

If it wasn’t time for true winter sports a week or two ago, it is now. The GOAT has added another ring to his collection, and football is over. The kids in Portland are suiting up and smacking slapshots down at the pond at Deering Oaks. Until Tuesday’s snowstorm, some of them were shooting hoops on the outdoor courts around town, too. It’s in our blood; we have to be active and compete, or, at…

True Guilt-Free Fun

Move your body more, feel better. It’s a fact. It’s part of the reason why we pursue our individual sports, whether we cycle, run, ski, bowl, or just do push-ups as part of our morning routine. Athletes can testify as to the benefits of physical activity. Medical science proves it, and doctors recommend it. But the main thing? It’s fun.   However, it is possible to have a lot of fun and still be productive…

You Thought You'd Never Ride Again...

You’re at the top of the 1,310-foot Ragged Mountain at the Camden Snow Bowl, balanced precariously at the entrance to a 400-foot ice-lined toboggan chute. You can see the Atlantic Ocean in the distance, stretching to the horizon, as you adjust your goggles. The chilly winter wind stirs the flakes of powder around you. Legs are wrapped around laps, grips are tightened, and now you and your team of two or three good friends are…

It May Be a Stretch...

If somebody said to you, “Abduct the arm while moving the hip medially,” would you know what to do? The instruction comes from a LinkedIn article about ridiculous things said by yoga teachers, and it didn't top the list. Unfortunately, many professionals in the field of yoga instruction lack the ability to create and maintain a human-level rapport with their students, and some of us who would have found a lifelong, fruitful pursuit of body/spirit…

High and Inside: An Improbable Red Sox Baseball Chat

With less than a month before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, Phoenix culture editor Nick Schroeder discussed Red Sox baseball past and present with Brendan Evans, proprietor of Strange Maine. Nick Schroeder: Let's start by checking some credentials. I understand you're a serious baseball fan. Is this true? How many 6-4-3 double plays did you watch Sea Dog Kevin Millar hit into in your youth? Brendan Evans: Three or four. I went to a…

Stay in Touch at a Contact Improvisation Jam

This Saturday at Studio 408, in the South Portland space formerly inhabited by Casco Bay Movers, get blood and brain in motion at a bi-weekly contact jam. Studio 408 was opened by a new wave of Portland movement artists, including Kristen Stake, Delaney McDonough, and Cookie Harrist. To be clear, contact improv isn't a recognized sport. Maybe not yet? Probably not ever. There's nothing competitive about it, unless you're someone who thrives on teasing out…

Can Jones and the Red Claws Stay On Top?

We’ve already seen and heard so many retrospectives of 2016 that even if we hadn’t lived it, we’d feel like we’d been there. The Christmas tree is starting to feel like it’s just taking up space. Plans have been made for a midnight kiss on Saturday night, or at least for being in a place where it might become possible. Winter. What to do, what to do.   Well, if you want to be highly…

Do You Have the Will to Face the Chill?

  Do you remember the name Edmund Muskie? He was a U.S. Senator from Maine, and in addition to being someone we all thought made a lot of sense, he was a major player in the writing and passing of the 1970 Clean Air Act Extension, so much that a lot of people referred to it as the “Muskie Act.” Next Saturday, December 31, is the 46th anniversary of President Richard Nixon signing that act…

How About A Little Roundball?

“Swish! Nothing but net.” It’s a feeling everybody’s had, whether playing on an organized team or shooting hoops in the back yard. Few experiences carry the simple satisfaction of a perfect basketball shot. Then there are those of us that fall in love with the game, join the school team, rack up some favorable statistics, and take a shot at playing for a living. Not everybody can do it. The rest of us have to…
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