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Big events often cast big shadows

August 20, 2014 It's been said that coming events cast big shadows. more »»

A vision of the future

August 16, 2014 Much like Al Capone was eventually brought down for tax evasion, the NCAA's slow march to death was made official last Friday over, of all things, video game image right. more »»

What's left of summer

August 14, 2014 For many young people around the Copper Country, this week marks the beginning of the end of the summer, if not the outright end. more »»

Community cooperation in L’Anse

August 13, 2014 A few years ago, I had the opportunity to cover a playoff football game between Calumet and Charlevoix High School, and was very impressed by the athletic facility at the downstate school. more »»

For those scoring, at home

August 7, 2014 Last Thursday night, I talked my parents into the good seats at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. This was our Veale family vacation: Single A baseball in Appleton. more »»

Stats tell story on Hall of Famers

August 6, 2014 If ever there were three people who deserved to be elected to the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame, it was Wayne Sickler of Calumet, the late Don Miller of Houghton and Dick Franti of Ontonagon. more »»

Goodell not good enough

July 30, 2014 Here is the problem with the NFL. It’s not the overexposure, or the concussion dangers or even Tim Tebow. more »»

The end is eating me up inside

July 29, 2014 If it wasn’t enough that Weird Al Yankovic recently reached No. 1 on the pop hit charts, there has been plenty of other signs the end of the world is getting very close. more »»

Weird Al, my pal

July 24, 2014 A colleague has accused me of being the Daily Mining Gazette's No. 1 "Weird Al" Yankovic fan. Considering his new album, "Mandatory Fun," debuted at No. more »»

Motown’s sport venues sold out

July 23, 2014 After moving to the Detroit area to seek employment many years ago, I decided to make a point of going to every professional sports venue in the city. more »»

Numbers 20:14

July 17, 2014 Contrary to popular belief, the book "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis was not so much about 'sabermetrics' as it was about the process of attempting to determine a competitive advantage by exploiting... more »»

Legendary coaches hard to replace

July 16, 2014 The recent announcement that Calumet High School hockey coach Jim Crawford would be retiring after this coming season reminded me that replacing a legendary coach is one of the toughest assignments... more »»

Cynics and superstars

July 15, 2014 By all accounts, I am a card-carrying cynic. It's an ugly trait in a 26-year-old, but there you go. The thing is, we cynics enjoy an easy view. Keep expectations low and you are never disappointed. more »»

The paper penalty

July 10, 2014 The most essential equipment at this week's Little League District 11 Major baseball tournament isn't a baseball or a bat or a glove or even a safety helmet. It's a three-ring binder. more »»

Politics and sports don't mix

July 9, 2014 The latest hub-bub over the Washington Redskins logo once again proved conclusively that politics and sports do not mix. The recent decision by the U.S. more »»

The big flop

July 8, 2014 A fantastic World Cup was marred last weekend. And the sad thing was, it was inevitable, reall. more »»

The Vealies, Part VI

July 3, 2014 As I walked through downtown Houghton on my way home last night, I came to the realization that summer truly has arrived. more »»

Search for 'ghosts' proves elusive

July 2, 2014 Over the years, I've done numerous stories about sporting events and sports figures in the Copper Countr. more »»

The second goal

July 1, 2014 When analysts and armchair fans are taking the measure of a coach, we tend to look at concrete, easily definable factors. Tactics, style, personnel decisions, experience, facial hair, . more »»

Remember days of slowpitch

June 25, 2014 Just this past weekend, I happened to be driving by the Tapiola ball diamond on a rainy morning and saw a familiar, yet unfamiliar, scen. more »»



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