Sports (64)

The Claws, and then CLAW

As Portland becomes more populated, more gentrified and expanded, there are benefits even for residents who are not in the upper financial echelons. In addition to big-name entertainment acts and cuisine that makes top-ten lists but doesn’t break the bank, Portlanders who know, or want to experience the thrill of live sporting events have more opportunities today than they did a decade or two ago. Here are two events this weekend that will get your…

Time To Come Out Swinging

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Everyone has heard those words, out of the mouth of the immortal Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali. No matter what you think of the physicality of boxing, only a fool would disagree that the man was the consummate athlete and a gentleman. He rose to the rank of the best in the world in a sport that, despite its recent decline in exposure, lives on in vigor and…

Ales & Angling

You’ve seen anglers doing it in movies and TV shows, maybe in your history, and its beauty and grace always makes you catch your breath: flyfishing. The zip and swoosh of that long line, the fly skimming above the surface of the water, just the way a fat horsefly would fly around, and then boom, a trout strikes! Dinner is served.   If you’ve always been curious about the sport of flyfishing, and want to…

Don't Get Knocked Out of the Game

They happen to every athlete, from the brand-new tee ball player to the Olympian at his or her absolute peak performance: sports injuries. At best, they will slow you down and be an annoyance that could become exacerbated if you make the wrong move. At worst, they can end a career. So it only makes sense that shrewd athletes practice a preventative regimen to avoid injury to begin with (that’s why we stretch before strenuous…

What's On Your Bucket List?

“I went skydiving, I went Rocky Mountain climbing, I rode 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu…”   The lyrics are from a country song about a man who found out he was dying, and decided to live that way. If you made it past the phrase ‘country song’ in that last sentence, pay attention, because if you were ever a little boy (girls too), admit it, there was a period during that time…

Roller derby: When wicked Is good

If you were a child of the '70s or '80s, you were probably aware of a sport called roller derby that featured tough, agile women flying around a banked track on roller skates, messing up whoever on the other team got in their way. Odds were laid on the bouts. Money changed hands. Then, as time passed, the sport’s popularity declined, and it was only rarely that one would come across it, for example, in…

Thinking ahead about hitting the slopes?

Have you ever been night skiing or snowboarding? If so, you know that edgy feel of carving turns under electric light, where you have to feel, more than see, the next dip or bump coming at you. It’s a special thrill, especially when there’s snow falling at the time, and you are flying through a barrage of speeding flakes. There’s nothing like it. It’s never too early to think about making runs down your favorite…

Can you achieve victory?

Every runner has heard the story. In ancient Greece, a soldier named Philippides was ordered to carry the news of victory in the battle of Marathon back to Athens, information that would change the course of the war with Sparta. He ran 26.2 miles. Ever since then, a run of that distance has been known as a marathon. You may not be carrying earth-shattering news, and you may not have any stake in the wars…

See the meaning of martial arts at Riverton

Growing up, most of us discovered this thing called martial arts. Maybe we came across Enter the Dragon, or, if you’re younger, maybe Hard to Kill, but everybody wondered what it would be like, if a bad guy were threatening someone you loved, to throw a perfectly disciplined roundhouse kick and knock the guy out. A few of us actually signed up for lessons in our local dojo, and it was there that we learned…

Run the Trail to Ale

If you’ve ever been in a foot race, or even if you’ve watched one, you know that every runner except the leader is chasing that leader, striving to take over that top spot. But winners know that during the race, when you’re out in front, you’re still chasing something. Still trying to catch up, doggedly pursuing something almost unnameable within yourself. Call it your own personal perfection, or the spirit of victory that is only…
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