Category: SportThoughts

Dave and The Mick

by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist I recently played a round of golf at Loudon Country Club with fellow Plymouth State alum Dave Long, a noted raconteur and fellow sportswriter. His weekly HIPPO column is just about as good as this one. We enjoyed a couple libations afterwards on the country club’s deck, and naturally


by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist That is the question. We often address ethical issues in my sports management classes. A loss of fan trust dooms sports events. Who wants to emotionally invest in anything where the outcome is controlled by fixers, gamblers, or cheaters? We need level playing fields. Integrity is the coin of


by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist We’re spoiled around here. We have plenty of water—even too much sometimes. California’s not so lucky. Governor Jerry Brown is imposing a 25% cutback in water usage there. But that’s easier said than done. Such a cutback applied to agriculture would mean massive crop loss. Can you say “exemption?”

Create New NH Hoop Tourney

by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist March Madness was again magnificent. The NCAA Division I men’s hoop tournament really energized sports fandom for three weeks. I bonded with the Wisconsin Badgers early on and jumped on their bandwagon for a thrilling ride to the title game, where Duke finally prevailed. I was one of the

Recognizing Rose

by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist There’s an unforgiving streak amongst a sizeable segment of sport fandom. These folks want lifetime bans for steroid users. They don’t understand the concept of “innocent until proven guilty.” And they show no mercy for players tainted by gambling associations.

Cuban Connections

by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist NEWS ITEM—The Boston Red Sox recently awarded teen-aged Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada a record $31.5million signing bonus. Reportedly, the actual total cost was $63 million, as there is a Major League Baseball tax of 100% for excessive spending on international free agents. Sixty-three million dollars to sign an unproven

Sports Movies

by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist There’s nothing as good as a good movie. Even a “chick flick.” And good war movies like AMERICAN SNIPER are “must sees” for me. I’ve seen PATTON—or parts of it—at least a couple dozen times since it won the Academy Award for “Best Picture” back in 1970. War movies

There “Is” An Arizona

by Mike Moffett, Weirs Times Columnist Contrary to Jamie O’Neal’s poignant sentiments from the hit country song, there is indeed an Arizona. I just visited it. I arrived in Phoenix too late to enjoy the immediate glow of the Patriots 28-24 Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, but the energy generated from the Pats’ epic

Bruins Mania!

by Mike Moffett I really enjoyed Ken Cail’s reminiscences of the late Boston Bruins radio announcer Bob Wilson in last week’s Weirs Times. Ken’s mention of the 1971 Boston Braves ice hockey team brought back memories. Young fans today can’t imagine how professional hockey dominated New England sports headlines in the early seventies. The notion