A modest proposal for college athletes

From the Sidelines | April 2nd, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Clark Groome The relationship between college athletes, their institutions and the NCAA has once again come under scrutiny. Last week a National Labor Relations Board’s regional director ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees of the school and as such should be allowed to form a union. While this ruling is limited to […]

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It gets late early, especially for the Phillies

From the Sidelines | March 26th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome With their season starting Monday it’s too soon to write off the 2014 Phillies. It’s not, however, too soon to worry. The Phils’ fate likely rests on one man’s shoulders: Manager Ryne Sandberg’s. When the Phillies changed managers with just 42 games left last August, part of the justification for making the […]

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March: Big month for sports fans

From the Sidelines | March 20th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Ah! Spring! It officially starts this week, although the meteorologists actually say it began March 1. (Mother Nature clearly didn’t get the memo.) Not only is March the beginning of warmer weather and blooming flowers, it is also one of the busiest sports months of the year. To give you an idea […]

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The Olympics: Pluses and minuses

From the Sidelines | February 26th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome So, what did the world get for Vladimir Putin’s $51 billion? It depends on your perspective. If you wanted the United States to dominate the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, you’re likely to be disappointed, The Americans came in second in the overall medal count with 28 (9 gold, 7 silver, 12 bronze), […]

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Olympics offer an escape from the snow

From the Sidelines | February 20th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome How appropriate was it that the XXII Winter Olympic Games began in Sochi, Russia, just as our local weather behaved like winter on speed? That’s what happened, giving Olympic fans and others who were suffering from cabin fever an opportunity to spend time with some spectacular events. The athletes, from the winners […]

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Super Bowl build up falls short

From the Sidelines | February 6th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Back in the days when the Super Bowl was called the NFL Championship, title games were played at the home field of one of the participants. In 1960 that venue was Franklin Field, home to the surprising Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Eagles. The opponents were the Vince Lombardi-led Green Bay Packers, a […]

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Outdoor ice hockey in LA: An event to be remembered

From the Sidelines | January 29th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome From the very beginning you knew this was going to be special. When NBCSN began its coverage of the Los Angeles Kings/Anaheim Ducks match-up on Saturday, the voice-over intro wasn’t done by either of NBC’s top play-by-play men: Mike “Doc” Emrick or Dave Strader. Nope; that wonderfully familiar announcer was the legendary […]

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Hope springs from Phillies Spring Training

From the Sidelines | January 24th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome With the polar vortex’s second visit forecast for this week, the thought that baseball’s Spring Training is about three weeks away is something of an antidote to the expected cold. The Phillies pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Clearwater Feb. 13, with the rest of the squad due five days […]

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