Sports (43)

High & Inside: An Improbable Baseball Chat — Opening Day Edition

With major league baseball's opening day approaching this weekend and the Red Sox appearing once again like the team to beat (which surely they will be), we talked with Portland baseball guru and rogue hurler Brendan Evans about Sox nostalgia and the club's true prospects this year. Nick Schroeder: So Brendan, who are the first three Sox to get cut/flub out of their jobs? Brendan Evans: Carlos Quentin, Blake Swihart, David Price. Seems hard to believe a…

Devers and the Dogs – Portland Sea Dogs season opener April 6

If you’re a Portland Sea Dogs season ticket holder, or you’ve just been longing to hear the crack of the bat as it heralds in the real beginning of spring, have no fear: next Thursday, April 6, the ‘Dogs play their season opener against the Reading, Pennsylvania Fightin’ Phils at Hadlock Field (271 Park Ave), despite the recent late-season snow here. There was some question as to whether a postponement would be necessary. Heavy snow-removal…

All-Out War in Deering Oaks

You know that clerk at the convenience store or the donut shop that you’re pretty sure might be a vampire? They may wear an ankh, or you might hear them talking with one of their regulars about swords and magic spells? Don’t worry, they’re more likely to be a fantasy role-player than a satanist who’s going to put arsenic in your coffee. Their natural habitat is at a seat around a dungeon-master’s table, rolling dice…

Off the top rope! To the turnbuckle!

It could be argued that articles about American professional wrestling belong under the ‘Theater’ heading, not Sports. After all, these days analysts of the competition openly refer to how well or poorly scripted the matches and rivalries are, not the competition itself.   But any televised contest that gets kids (and some adults) jumping around and pretending to be spandex-clad heroes and villains in an improvised living-room ring, getting their heart rates up, certainly counts.…

Listen to the Best of the Best

For athletes whose sports take place in the warmer months, this time of year is a time to settle in, warm your feet at the fire and tell stories of the previous season’s conquests. Patriots fans are quite familiar with the phenomenon. Every person remembers something different from the big game (NFL on TV, ultimate frisbee, half-marathon, it doesn’t matter), and as we all share, the recollections coalesce into something larger than the sum of…

Is It Time to Finally Get One?

Remember the first time you ever went waterskiing? Friends in the boat yelling, “Keep your tips up, keep your tips up!” The awkwardness of trying to tread water on your back with your life jacket while gripping that plastic rope handle. The chill of the water and the desire to triumphantly shoot across the top of it, like a mountain climber gritting their teeth, determined to conquer that peak. Drawing from wells of courage to…

"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…
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