Category: SportThoughts

Blue Jackets

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist NEWS ITEM: A recent 16-game win streak gave the Columbus Blue Jackets the best record in the National Hockey League. Yes, it’s true. My Blue Jackets are finally on top. A “Cinderella” story, to be sure. There aren’t many of us Blue Jacket fans around. Truth be told, the

Sportscasters

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist The final 2016 regular season NFL football game was played on Sunday evening, January 1, 2017. The Green Bay at Detroit contest was part of the Sunday Night Football series, featureing sportscasters Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth. The Packers controlled the game, but I watched because I enjoyed Michaels

Florida Sports Adventures

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist A fellow Plymouth State alumnus named Steve recently invited me to fly to Florida to meet and speak to veterans on beautiful Marco Island. Not wanting to “look a gift horse in the mouth,” I happily accepted, exchanging snow and sleet for sun and sand. The Florida people were

Cleveland Browns

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity …” – Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities” Dickens was writing of London and Paris. I write of Foxboro and Cleveland—of Patriots and

Notre Dame Football

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist NEWS ITEM— The University of Notre Dame is forfeiting all football victories from the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to violations of NCAA rules by a student-trainer. What? This can’t be true! With all the shenanigans that we know go on with so many big-time college football programs, is

Kickers, Pressure and TR

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist “It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles…The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst,

The “Fall Classic”

   by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist The World Series is upon us—a belated reminder of how the Red Sox so-teased us with such a strong regular season finish only to be swept out of the playoffs by Terry Francona’s Cleveland Indians. Many of us were anticipating a special October with Boston again participating in

Sports Nicknames

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist I once asked a class if anyone knew what a 49er was. “A football player from San Francisco,” was a speedy response. “So how did that name come about?” Silence Just another example of the lack of historical awareness so prevalent in our country. As some readers surely know,

Tom Brady Vs. Hillary

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist Though the presidential campaign is heading down the home stretch, a distressing number of New Englanders can’t name Hillary Clinton’s or Donald Trump’s back-ups (vice-presidential picks). But football fans throughout the region know that Jimmy Garoppolo is Tom Brady’s back-up. Jimmy G is starting the first four games of

Colin Kaepernick

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist   “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” – Warren Buffett An old adage advises people to “Pick your battles wisely.” This dictum implies that one should know when to fight for a cause and when to seek to advance that cause

Joe DiMaggio

   by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you … What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson? Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away? Hey hey hey, hey hey hey (Simon and Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson”) As this summer is the 75th anniversary of Joe

Silver’s Shame

       by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist NEWS ITEM – The National Basketball Association announced that it’s pulling the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte, due to a recently-passed North Carolina law seeking to prevent males from using female restrooms. The above news item represents my own paraphrasing, but that’s essentially the issue.

Certified Sports Fans

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist The martial arts designate the quality of practitioners via a belt system and with various degrees. For example, in Taekwondo, the “black belt” designation includes nine ranks, or degrees. A degree is indicated on the belt itself with stripes, Roman numerals, or other methods. Marines wear ribbons and shooting

The Olympics!

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist The Summer Olympics are upon us and NBC projects huge ratings, thus justifying its 2014 decision to pay $8 BILLION dollars to retain broadcast rights through 2032. NBC does a great job promoting the Games with wonderful participant profiles to help viewers personally identify with athletes. Who knew that

Sports Bars—Where Everyone Knows Your Name!

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist True sports people generally go through three phases. Phase One involves dreaming of playing for the Red Sox, etc. Phase Two involves redirecting to coaching, officiating, sports-writing, playing golf etc. when the Red Sox don’t offer that contract. Phase Three occurs when coaching, officiating, sports-writing, playing golf etc. starts