A Lifetime of Celtics Fandom

By Colleen Joyce|2018-11-02T16:17:56-04:00June 7th, 2018|

Growing up in the ’80s, I was a huge Celtics fan. With the (original) Big Three in their prime, the Celtics were perennial playoff contenders, winning three championships. But the end of that decade brought heartache for 13-year-old me when Red Auerbach traded my favorite player, Danny Ainge, in February 1989. Given to displays of teenage melodrama, I, along with my best friend, [...]

En Garde! The Niche Sport of Fencing

By Bridget Marturano|2018-11-02T15:19:08-04:00December 7th, 2017|

When I was younger, I always dreamed of being a pirate or a knight. When I discovered the sport of fencing at age 8, that dream came true. There are three different types of fencing: foil, epee and sabre. In foil, the target area is only the torso, and you must hit with the point of the weapon (there’s a little button that gets [...]

Pok-A-Tok: A Mayan Ball Game

By Christine Chen|2018-11-02T15:14:53-04:00November 2nd, 2017|

In my recently found passion for pre-Colombian cultures, I went to visit Chichén Itzá, a world famous site of Mayan ruins in Yucatán, Mexico. The site hosts one of the largest surviving stone courts where the Maya once competed in a ball game sport called Pok-A-Tok, derived from the Yucatec Mayan word pokolpok. The court at Chichén Itzá measures 551 feet long and 230 [...]

Rock-Paper-Scissors Goes Pro

By Amanda Gutierrez|2018-11-02T11:35:04-04:00December 22nd, 2016|

One of my best friends and I are constantly taking part in the time-honored tradition of using rock-paper-scissors to make decisions. All either of us needs to do is hold up a fist—the universal sign to engage in a game of rock-paper-scissors. Even in the professional world the game is sometimes used to make decisions: In 2005 Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses were [...]

Wait till THIS Year!

By Ken Scherpelz|2018-11-02T11:32:51-04:00December 15th, 2016|

I realize this is the time of year when those of us in winter weather areas should be preparing for snow by pulling out the shovels from the far corners of the garages we never got to cleaning out this past year—although we promised we would. I have to admit, while most are caught up in preparing for winter’s weather and the season’s [...]

History of Hockey: North of the Border or Across the Pond?

By Duncan McCay|2018-10-26T16:15:51-04:00May 26th, 2016|

When I was a young hockey player in Pennsylvania, there was no doubt, hockey had been started in and belonged to Canada. I recall playing in tournaments across the Midwest with my Midget A Major team, The Mt. Lebanon Hornets. At times there would be chatter about the opponents, “Yeah man, I hear the team we’re playing Saturday is Canadian.” After a statement like that, fear would [...]

“Wait till Next Year!”

By Ken Scherpelz|2018-11-02T10:52:51-04:00October 6th, 2015|

Most people and events that gain a permanent spot among those we remember and honor are recalled because of the incredible accomplishments achieved, challenges overcome or substantial benefits made available to our country and world. Examples include Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics, Jonas Salk and the development of the polio vaccine, and the United States landing a man on the moon. Unfortunately, [...]

Golf: “A Good Walk Spoiled”

By Ken Scherpelz|2018-11-02T12:46:25-04:00July 2nd, 2015|

Full disclosure: While I can call myself a golfer, I am not a good golfer. I know the rules of the game, and I understand the overall objectives. After playing for almost thirty years, I can eventually get the ball to do what I need it to do, and I’ve made some great shots, but like most amateur golfers, I can’t make those great shots [...]

What About Academics?

By Caitlin Wilson|2018-11-08T13:38:46-05:00August 18th, 2014|

I just graduated from college, and I can guarantee that at least half my classmates were sometimes more concerned with how the football team did than with whether they could explain the thematic convolutions in Great Expectations or find the rate of flow through a wire suspended on the surface of a four-dimensional plane. (I knew that calculus class would pay off someday.) It’s expected [...]

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