Issue #189, Oct. 27, 2011

Reflecting on a Rival

why do I still hate the Atlanta Braves after all these years?

by Luc Anthony

I have developed a respect for the rivals of my favorite teams, understanding that it makes games more enjoyable, and have come to realize that sports are, well, just sports, and not worthy of negative obsession.

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Issue # 186, Sept. 15, 2011

Quite a Catch

the power of a simple toss back-and-forth ... when’s the last time you played catch?

by Luc Anthony

If one of us dropped the ball or a throw went errant, we would start over. If a streak got going, suddenly a challenge was presented, and I felt like I accomplished a small athletic feat at the end.

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Issue # 176 Apr. 28th, 2011

Autograph Awkwardice

a guide to avoiding uncomfy silences when asking for celebrity signatures

by Luc Anthony

I brought my Twins cap – with a Tim Laudner 1987 signature – to a 2001 ex-player autograph game day and discovered that day’s signer was ... Tim Laudner, then handed him the cap to sign.

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Issue #174 Mar. 31st, 2011

Surprise Hits

things I didn’t know about coaching little league

by Trevor Kupfer, illustrated by Garrett Brunker

I could see what little amount of confidence they had instantly drop from their scared stare, as if to say, “Oh, so I have to worry about this now, too. Thanks, Coach. Thanks a lot. Now I have a complex. And I hate you.” It was a very vivid stare.

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Issue #167 Dec. 16th, 2010

Field of Daydreams

I get the feeling not all parents share our laid-back approach to elementary athletics

by Tim Wells

Even before the game started, it was clear that the opposing coaches had vastly different approaches to motivating their teams. The other team’s coach – his methods reminded me of the sensei from the Cobra Kai dojo in The Karate Kid.

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Issue #162 October 7th, 2010

Right on Target

I finally got to visit the sporty magnificience that is Target Field

by Luc Anthony

Earlier this year I traipsed around the stadium a few times, but this was the first journey past the gates. The nerves built as the ticket scanner prepared to check my ticket. I stepped across the threshold and into the stadium – I was in my new baseball

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Issue #160 September 9th, 2010

Sweet Smell of Success

I’ve finally gotten a whiff of victory – thanks, Express

by Luc Anthony

We – Eau Claire – had won it all, right in front of me. Meanwhile, the crowd clapped along to the first song played after the final out: Dancing On The Ceiling? I’m sure even Lionel Richie would be surprised by that choice.

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Issue #156 July 15th, 2010

Carson Park's New Bronze

the newest additions to our very own baseball hall of fame

by Luc Anthony

The nominations for the 2011 class have been submitted, those of us on the committee voted, and I thought I would use this issue’s column to turn the spotlight on those whose likenesses will be bronzed outside the main gates at Carson Park.

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Issue #152 May 20th, 2010

Where's the Express Headed?

they filled a void in gathering spaces, now they just need to win the division

by Luc Anthony

I see the beginning of an acceptance of Eau Claire as an urban center and its accompanying diversity. ... The arrival of the Express five years ago contributed to the shake-up of our mind-set.

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Issue #150 April 22nd, 2010

The Sports Story

I’ve never gotten along with sports, and perhaps I never will

by Mike Paulus

I think I only participated in sports because I felt too guilty not to. I’m not sure where that guilt came from, probably from after school television specials about fat kids.

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Issue #140 November 26th, 2009

Sledding into First

winter baseball: a great idea or my greatest idea?

by Luc Anthony

The prime problem with winter baseball is snowfall. As in, white flakes falling from the sky and into the eyes of fielders trying to catch an off-white ball. OK, then games can be postponed ... Otherwise, play ball.

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Issue #128 June 11th, 2009

Belting It Out at the Park

one man’s ode to the good ol’ Star Spangled Banner

by Luc Anthony, photos by Marisa Wojcik

"Complicating the matter, the anthem is not the easiest to sing, between a melody covering one-and-a-half octaves, and lyrics that can be easy to swap (gleaming/streaming and light/fight)."

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