Issue #189, Oct. 27, 2011
why do I still hate the Atlanta Braves after all these years?
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.
Issue # 186, Sept. 15, 2011
the power of a simple toss back-and-forth ... when’s the last time you played catch?
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.
Issue # 176 Apr. 28th, 2011
a guide to avoiding uncomfy silences when asking for celebrity signatures
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.
Issue #174 Mar. 31st, 2011
things I didn’t know about coaching little league
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.
Issue #167 Dec. 16th, 2010
I get the feeling not all parents share our laid-back approach to elementary athletics
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.
Issue #162 October 7th, 2010
I finally got to visit the sporty magnificience that is Target Field
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
Issue #160 September 9th, 2010
I’ve finally gotten a whiff of victory – thanks, Express
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.
Issue #156 July 15th, 2010
the newest additions to our very own baseball hall of fame
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.
Issue #156 July 15th, 2010
Harmon Killebrew and league’s best congregate in EC
If you’ve somehow missed out on attending an Eau Claire Express game so far this season, now is the most exciting time to come to Carson Park.
Issue #152 May 20th, 2010
they filled a void in gathering spaces, now they just need to win the division
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.
Issue #150 April 22nd, 2010
I’ve never gotten along with sports, and perhaps I never will
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.
Issue #140 November 26th, 2009
winter baseball: a great idea or my greatest idea?
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.
Issue #128 June 11th, 2009
one man’s ode to the good ol’ Star Spangled Banner
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)."
Issue #124 April 16th, 2009
"UWEC hosts many NCAA tournaments and we have a strong track record with the NCAA."
Issue #120 February 19th, 2009
the historical sport of indoor baseball and how it swept the Valley
Long ago, an indoor winter sport was taking on a life of its own in the Chippewa Valley.
Issue #109 September 11th, 2008
The Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame officially welcomed its first inductees in August ...
Issue #107 August 14th, 2008
Beermakers vs. Same-Aged Siblings would make quite the event