Sports Columns

Junior Gold youth bowling qualifier to be held Sunday in Ishpeming

Youthful bowlers up to age 20 will be competing for a chance at college scholarships and a chance to bowl in the national finals when they take part at the Junior Gold qualifying tournament held at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming on Sunday afternoon. That’s the former Red Rock Lanes and ...

Armchair Quarterback: Last of the 2-point observations

In case you’ve been keeping up with this column, you’ll remember I addressed 2-point conversions last week. One more thing occurred to me over the weekend, then I’ll shut up about them for the rest of the season. This came from the world of college football late in a game ...

Movies can still be timeless

Last week, I wrote a column that some readers enjoyed and appreciated. However, others saw it as divisive and that I had an agenda that I was trying to push. So after writing on that type of subject, I decided to write something a little more light-hearted this week. That topic is ...

Armchair Quarterback: 2-point chase still a losing proposition

There you go Steelers, chasing the score with all your 2-point conversion attempts. Pittsburgh tried — and missed — a 2-pointer on all four touchdowns it scored in its big home showdown with the Dallas Cowboys in the featured 4 p.m. game Sunday. In the end, it doesn’t look like it ...

Women’s event set for River Rock Saturday

Ladies, we have a bowling event just for you this week - or to be more exact, this weekend.The second annual Women's Association Tournament will be presented by the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association at River Rock Lanes, the former Red Rock Lanes and Country Lanes in ...

Sometimes we can’t stick to sports

You should stick to sports.It's a phrase that sports writers see and hear on a regular basis whenever we have an opinion that doesn't involve the games that we cover. And it stings a little each time it happens.Late Tuesday night, I was sick to my stomach for the second time in a week.The first ...

Packers, Lions move in opposite directions

I'm having a hard time coming to grips with what's happening to the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions these days.And I'm a Lions fan, so I can't imagine what it's like as a Packers fan. Well, actually I can - I'm a Lions fan.Some of the pundits are saying there's something wrong with Packers ...

Splits, Spares and Strikes

If a bowling pin falls on a lane but nobody writes about it, did it really fall?Of course it did. But still, I'd rather be writing about it.After a late start by about six weeks or so, my bowling column is back on these pages of The Mining Journal.Let's just say it's been a busy fall, but I'm ...

Cubs win an amazing feeling

The wait is finally over - it just took 108 years is all.These were years full of despair, embarrassment, ineptitude and soul-crushing disappointment, but after enduring all that, Chicago Cubs fans of all ages achieved something that they had always hoped for and when it happened, the feeling ...

Media, coaches show mutual respect

We in the media can be frustrating to deal with. When your team gets blown out or loses in a heartbreaker, we're probably the last people coaches want to talk to after the game.Even when it comes time for season previews or just to chat about a specific player, I imagine the minute that ...

Hypotenusial secant won’t soothe a crying baby

Picking the winners of NFL games is like trying to soothe a crying baby - you may be doing everything right, but that doesn't mean it will work.Either that, or take the hypotenusial secant of tangential secretion into interplanetary space and see what you come up with.Actually, I like my ...

Area schools keep it classy

Sportsmanship can be tough to deal with sometimes.When the last seconds of your season tick down and you stand on the sideline with your teammates for the final time, you don't want to admit defeat.However, once that final horn sounds, you reluctantly walk to midfield to shake the hands of your ...

Topsy-turvy NFL season keeps us entertained

Here how crazy this NFL season has been - see if you can name the one team in the league that has won each of its past four games by double digits.Here's a hint - you would've laughed if somebody told you this team had even a slim chance of winning its division in August.Give up? It's the ...

Red Wings playoff streak could end, but it won’t

The Red Wings' playoff streak will come to an end.That seems to be a common thought around the NHL this year. Detroit has made the Stanley Cup playoffs every year since 1991, but the last few years, the Wings have squeaked in when they probably shouldn't have. As a result, fans are getting ...

What if Kaepernick needs police escort?

Talking about the return of New England quarterback Tom Brady is a much more pleasant topic than what reaction San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick will get for his first start of the season.Unfortunately, there's so much more to the 49ers situation.With Brady, it's eh, throw for 400 yards and ...

Hockeyville memories to last a lifetime

Hockeyville was an experience like no other.I've gotten to cover some fun events since I've moved to the Upper Peninsula, such as watching Ishpeming win multiple state football titles, Munising making it to state finals for the first time in a generation and bringing virtually the entire ...

Reputations shouldn’t precede teams anymore

Whaaaa! Oops! Jeepers! Oh, sorry, I'm just swatting at those pesky reputations that keeping buzzing like little fruit flies around my head when I'm trying to make picks in the Armchair Quarterback Barcalounger.Oakland's no good? Whap! There's goes that fly.Arizona is Super Bowl worthy? Zap! ...

Marquette is Hockeyville

Is Marquette really a hockey town? That's the question I asked myself shortly after moving up here two years ago.I was coming up here from a newspaper in southern Illinois where hockey is either not acknowledged at all, or not spoken in everyday conversation.Down there, hockey is like Lord ...

Mediocrity my theme so far

Pumping myself up in the face of adversity, I think I'm actually depressing myself even more.I've been nothing if not consistent in my NFL picks so far in this season's three weeks, going 9-7, 9-7 and yes, you guessed it, 9-7.On the surface, it basically means flipping a coin would give the ...

NCAA takes the right stand

The NCAA finally did something right. For the past several years, the organization has tried to take a strong stand on important issues only to go back on them later like the penalties it placed on Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.In that case, the NCAA returned some vacated wins ...