I tend to take baseball far too seriously for my own good. I usually view games with a cold, analytical eye informed by a lifetime spent reading about baseball history and a calculated knowledge of statistical probability. I often wish it was just an entertaining game of unlimited possibilit…

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The experience, and sports fans have all had it, is such a disappointment. You’ve just seen, for example, an incredible come-from-behind Celtics win with a buzzer-beating game-winning shot to sweeten the victory, and all you want before work the next morning is someone to celebrate with at t…

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Have you ever had a teacher or professor who proclaimed that Wikipedia articles would not be accepted as sources for your term paper?

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From the first time you put on a pair of hiking boots, its presence was most likely known to you, gleaned from the conversation of friends; from references in books, websites and articles; from mentions in popular culture; from personal research; or all of the preceding: The Appalachian Trai…

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Do you have your stockings and garlands up, but still aren’t feeling the holiday spirit? Let us give you a great way to ring in the season of giving that will also get your heart rate up on a chilly December morning: You may have thought that the 5K circuit was all played out for the year, b…

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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 embarras…

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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 …

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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 professi…

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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…

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With the crisp air and later sunrises of autumn comes a different quality of morning run. Perspiration is certainly less of an annoying issue, as is possible overheating. You may add a few extra blocks to your jog. Colorful foliage becomes an added bonus, with trees on your route growing mor…

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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 …

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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 shi…

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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-grad…

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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…