Sports (76)

When Winter Is Your Favorite Season

Last week we mentioned new ski and board equipment. We also know that the acquisition of said equipment is not a whimsical matter for many of our readers. Budgets may have to be rearranged and items and errands may have to be pushed forward till next payday, simply in order to avoid embarrassment at our favorite stop, the glorified sawhorse we gear up next to outside the lodge. Well, have no fear. This is Maine,…

Catch a Lift

When it gets to be around turkey time, especially when the real early birds are already enjoying man-made snow on the Kingfield slopes, active Mainers’ thoughts get around to sharpening edges, shopping for lift passes, and finding (or placing) shiny new slope-conquering equipment under that pine tree that will soon be in the living room. If the smell of oncoming flakes isn’t already in the air, it is in the anticipatory musings of the winter-sports…

"I'll take back what's mine"

There is a Deering High School graduate who currently works as a corrections officer at the Long Creek Youth Center named Russell Lamour, Jr. As honorable as you may find his chosen profession, that is not all there is to tell about Lamour, a.k.a. The Haitian Sensation. He is also a professional boxer with a record of fifteen wins and only two losses in his International Boxing Association career. His last loss was to Thomas…

This Is Our Real Estate

If you still have trouble calling Gillette Stadium anything other than Foxboro, you may have wondered where the convention of renaming sporting institutions after corporations originally came from. The answer: although some New Englanders cling to the belief that the naming of Fenway Park at its opening in 1912 was connected to the promotional support it would give to part-owner John Irving Taylor’s Fenway Realty Company, it is more widely believed that the precursor to…

A Fun Way to Sweat

Tie down your topknots, it’s time to dance.   In recent years, many Portlanders have jumped aboard the ballroom and swing dancing bandwagon, and happily so, bolstering their physical fitness and adding to their repertoire of things to do on a slow weeknight. Long gone are the days when the guys wore a hat and sunglasses on the way in and out of the studio, with or without a partner. (Eighties kids can remember when…

To Skate or Watch Them Skate: That Is the Question

National Book award-nominated American poet Gail Mazur wrote these words about ice skating, describing a girl on a frozen river with her father: “... they glide arm in arm onto the blurred surface together, braced like dancers. She thinks she’ll never be so happy, for who else will find her graceful, find her perfect, skate with her in circles outside the emptied rink forever?” In the poem, “Ice,” the girl and her dad are the…

Exercise your awareness with PAC's mother/daughter self-defense class

It’s hard to process events like what happened in Las Vegas a few days ago. Words like ‘atrocity’ and ‘travesty’ have lost their power. The religious might use the word ‘aberration.’ But how can aberrations be happening so frequently? It’s enough to make you wonder, is the cosmic balance shifting, jarringly, to the wrong side?   An athlete’s solution is to move, hard and fast, to let the body tell the mind to take a…

End of Summer Warm-Down

Last week we told you about the Freeport Trails Challenge, an easy way to get out into nature and get moving for low-impact athletes of all sizes. As it happened, Phoenix reader Jeff F. emailed to say that the prospect of winning a prize just for walking made it a snap to get his fourth-grader involved. Jeff writes, “... and he got really excited by the blue heron that lifted off as soon as we…

Time to Get Moving

An object at rest will tend to remain at rest, and an object in motion will tend to remain in motion. The law of inertia. It’s physics, but also an apt metaphor for physical fitness. As in, “Hey, we’ve been talking about getting exercise. Wanna go for a walk?” “Nah. Too much inertia.” And it’s easy to tell ourselves that acknowledging our lack of motivation absolves us of the obligation we feel to get out…

Acknowledge Your Inner Cowboy

How prone to injury are you in your chosen athletic pursuit? A runner might sprain an ankle. A football player might get a concussion. Those old enough to remember Greg Louganis know that even platform divers are not exempt. What if, in your sport, there was a certain chance at every meet that a 1,500-pound bull would stomp his hoof on the base of your spine from above? Professional bull riders may ride 200 times…
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