Sports (48)

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…

Maine's ski areas are waiting for you

There’s a lot in store for Maine's skiers and slope riders this season. You just have to know where to look to find the new stuff and lift ticket prices that don’t make you feel like you’ve had your pocket picked.    From the It Must Be News to Someone Department, Sunday River’s new triple Spruce Peak lift is on hold until the 2017-18 season.    But there's good news for foodies. Portland restauranteur Harding…

Who's Afraid of the Cold?

Now, you know that when we say, “Mark your calendars,” we mean consult your device and tell it to remind you, right? Well, that’s what you need to do right now. As an athlete, you lived up to your promises to yourself and took the pile of coats off the treadmill last week. You put in a few miles. But you missed the fresh air, the crazy Portland sights, you wanted to be outside again.…

Staying Fit, Santa Style

If you’re a runner, you may have thought that the 5K season in Maine had already ended. You might have already found a place for all the coats that have been burying your treadmill all year and started indoor conditioning. But wait, there’s one more race, one that combines athleticism and competition with the holiday spirit. What is it? Well, can you imagine thousands of Santas sprinting through the streets of South Portland, running by…
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