Karlton Creech is making big Black Bear paw prints in Orono

Few University of Maine Athletic Directors in recent memory have been able to shape the future of Black Bear athletics as much as current boss, Karlton Creech. Now with baseball coach Steve Trimper heading to Florida, where the grass is indeed greener, Creech might have the chance to make another long term hire. Unlike his recent predecessors, Creech is earning his money. Steve Abbot only bothered to spend enough time on campus to figure out Cindy Blodgett was in way over her head. Blake James was a wimpy buffoon who wasn’t respected by most coaches, media or boosters. But Creech has been active and has made a flurry of impressive hires and personnel moves since landing the gig in early 2014

Solari throws a pick six

Here are 6 random thoughts I compiled as I spent a cold, Patriot-less Sunday watching other sub-par NFL games: It was a good weekend for the University of Maine hockey team. The schedule tossed the Black Bears a dented old garbage can to ravage in the form of American International. Now Mainah’s know what a bear can do to a trash can. AIC came to Orono with just 3 wins in 15 games and as hoped Maine won both games handily. It was just what the Black Bears needed after wrapping up the first half of their season with a mere five wins, only one conference win and zero road wins. Not to mention they are dead last in Hockey East, just as the preseason poll predicted. Perhaps this will help Maine

Fond Patriots memories of Super Bowl XXXVI

Sunday in Foxboro the Patriots franchise and fans celebrated the 15th anniversary of the team’s first Super Bowl victory. I bet you still remember the 2001 post season highlights: Raiders in town. Tuck rule. Two amazing kicks in the ice and snow in the old Foxboro cement bowl for the win. On to the Steel City. Brady gets hurt. Bledsoe comes in. Defense is stellar, Troy Brown returning kicks and the team is bound for New Orleans to face the Greatest Show on Turf. Super Bowl XXXVI sees the Rams as 14 point favorites. Paul McCartney performs pregame. U2 at half time. The Pats blow a comfortable lead but wisely go against the advice of John Madden and drive up the field as time winds down. Anot

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