April 5, 2013
Spring practice for college football teams is like a Broadway show. Teams go out and practice their lines and try to establish themselves as stars on the main stage. So, if practice is like an audition, then today's session will be like a dress rehearsal for the University of Maryland. The Terps will hold their practice at Middletown High School today from noon-2:30 p.m., complete with drills and an intrasquad scrimmage. It will be Maryland's second off-campus practice, following last Saturday's trip to Dunbar High.
November 25, 2012
There is always something comfortable about this time of year. There is a secure feeling when it comes to Thanksgiving. It's all about traditions and homecoming and places we are comfortable being around. We don't need to go over the reasons why that happens. We've all seen the Norman Rockwell paintings of families sitting around turkeys and enjoying each other's company. An adopted tradition has spilled over into football. The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions cashed in on that a long time ago, making sure that they and the NFL have a captive, nationwide audience.
November 17, 2012
No. 15 Shippensburg scored 45 points in the second half to blow by No. 10 Bloomsburg 58-20 in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs Saturday afternoon. The Red Raiders (11-1) won their first NCAA playoff game since 1991 - when head coach Mac Maciejewski was a nose guard for the team - and will travel to Super Region One top seed Winston Salem State (11-0) for a second-round game next weekend. Zach Zulli went 26 of 35 passing for 469 yards, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another 1-yard score.
October 6, 2012
Freshman Allen Cross rushed 19 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns, and senior quarterback Bobby Cooper completed 14 of 23 passes for 198 yards and two TDs to lead Shepherd University to a 37-6 win over West Virginia Wesleyan in West Virginia Conference action at Ram Stadium on Saturday. Shepherd (5-1, 4-0) took a 7-0 lead when Cooper hit freshman Billy Brown on a 15-yard scoring strike in the corner of the end zone with 5:45 left in the first quarter. Redshirt freshman Ryan Earls added the extra point.
September 15, 2012
Bobby Cooper completed 24 of 28 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns to lead Shepherd University to a 42-6 win over Seton Hill at Offutt Field on Saturday. Shepherd (2-1, 1-0 WVIAC) took a 7-0 lead with 10:12 left in the first quarter when Cooper connected with Larry Lowe on a 12-yard touchdown pass. Ryan Earls added the extra point. Shepherd extended its lead to 14-0 when Cooper teamed with Billy Brown on a 76-yard scoring play with 2:42 left in the first quarter. The Rams took a 21-0 advantage when Nick Pugh forced a fumble and Dominic Tolson returned it 42 yards for a score with 12:29 left in the second quarter.
September 12, 2012
There's no crying in baseball? It was one of those moments when something just happens without any warning or buildup. It was hard to explain why it happened and what sparked it. I shed tears of joy. Yes, is this what I've come to in my mid-40s? Writing my first column in a couple of months about how I've become a bawling, babbling buffoon in middle age? No, this is not what this column is about. It's about baseball, of course. The tears - well at least the lump in my throat, the moistness of my eyes and the sogginess of the sleeve of my T-shirt - arrived last Friday morning as I sat in this very seat at home watching highlights on my laptop of the Orioles beating the Yankees on the night they unveiled the Cal Ripken Jr. statue at Camden Yards.
September 2, 2012
It seemed like only yesterday we lit that flame. And now, as August ends, it's going out. When the fire is going, the world seems like a whole different place. People like each other, celebrating life. There are competitions. Folks from all walks of life come together as one. And it usually ends with one big party with a lot of old music rocking. No, this isn't about the Summer Olympics. That happens once every four years. This is all about summer, period.
September 1, 2012
Zach Zulli completed 26 of 35 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns to lead Shippensburg to a 38-28 win over Shepherd in the season opener for both teams Saturday at Seth Grove Stadium. The Red Raiders snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Rams, improving to 5-10 in the series. Shepherd took a 7-0 lead with 11:50 left in the first quarter on a 1-yard plunge by running back Kenny Williams. Shippensburg answered with a 73-yard scoring strike from Zulli to Bryan Barley with 3:47 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Shepherd took a 14-7 lead with 1:25 left in the quarter when quarterback Bobby Cooper teamed with William McKenzie on a 16-yard scoring pass.
July 26, 2012
By now we are all painfully aware that statues of our heroes go up a lot easier than they come down. Perhaps we should not erect statues at all. Or when we do, maybe it should be with the understanding that statues represent success, but successes are never present without accompanying failures. This is what makes us human. And often, the bigger the success the bigger the failing. The Greek writers of tragedy would have loved to get their mitts on the Joe Paterno story - a man blinded to the reality that sometimes the costs of winning are too great.