4TH And Goal With The Bam

Another successful vacation to Maine is in the books! It was great to see some old friends and eat some Red Snapper Dogs (of which I smuggled home 5 packs). I had the privilege of watching Brewer High School win an incredible State Championship game over Wells (sorry Wells, this isn't football). For all of Maine's charm and hospitality, y'all still don't know anything about what late spring / early summer weather is all about. Upon my arrival to the Queen City, I was greeted by 40 degrees worth of what month is this actually? Borderline hypothermia within 10 minutes of arrival. However the aforementioned state championship baseball game was played in 87 degree warmth. See, it's not so hard M

2018-2019 UMaine Hockey Schedule and Preview

(Portions of this content came from a Black Bear Sports News Release) The Maine men's ice hockey team announced its schedule for the upcoming season. This is a pivotal year for Red Gendron and Maine hockey. Maine returns nine of its top 10 scorers, seven of its eight defensemen and 2017-18 Hockey East All-Rookie goaltender Jeremy Swayman. Gendron also was given a contract extension after last season. The Black Bears took advantage of a soft schedule and a down year in the conference to win 18 games last year. A trip to the NCAA tournament should be a realistic goal for the team this year. Maine opens up the season with a pair of home games against St. Lawrence University on Oct.12-13. The Bl

Lots of Former Maine Black Bears Making News

Over the past two weeks, there have been a couple of ice hockey coaching hirings that have grabbed my attention. Former UMaine captain Greg Moore was recently named head coach of the Chicago Steel of the USHL, while Tyler Walsh was named an assistant coach at Colby College. Moore most recently served as an assistant coach with the USA National Development program. Prior to that, he played professionally for a decade, seeing time in the National Hockey League with both the New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. A native of Lisbon, Maine, Moore played at UMaine from 2002-06. He led the Black Bears to the 2004 NCAA Title game and was named a Hobey Baker finalist, an All-American, and a

There's a Little Phil In The Golfer In All Of Us

Golf can be a fickle game sometimes. You don't compete against your opponent. You don't compete against your buddy. You compete against the course. During last weekend's U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, the course won. Nobody finished under par, with Brooks Koepka winning his second straight title, finishing 1-over. But the big topic of conversation centered around five-time major winner Phil Mickelson. Mickelson, like many other players, was understandably frustrated over the USGA's setup of the course. At times, the greens were as slick as the ice at Alfond Arena to the point where if you knocked a putt a few feet past the hole, it was destined to go off the green. That's wher

Tom Brady Will Play More Than One More Year. No Worries.

The great Willie McGinest came out this week and declared that if the Patriots win the Super Bowl this year, Tom Brady will retire. I beg to differ. Look, McGinest has more football insight than me. And he is an actual friend with TB12. Meanwhile I am here in eastern Maine, far away from Patriot Place. And Tom rarely returns my messages. Maybe he knows I don't like avocado ice cream or kale? So while I would be scared to say it to his face, Willie is wrong. When it comes to his employer, Brady has been one unhappy freaking camper this offseason. Like someone peed on his s'more. But it will pass. Later next month he'll be back on the field full time. I think there could be a new contract comi

Here's What It's Like For a Player Behind The Scenes of NFL Drug Testing

I was drug tested a countless number of times over the course of my nine year NFL career. Normally we would get tested some time between late spring (OTA’s) and the beginning of training camp for “street drugs” like weed or cocaine. What’s interesting about these tests is that because they are mostly done during of the off season, it is possible that your name could get randomly picked for a test when you are not at the team facility (home for the summer or on vacation somewhere). If that happens to be the case, the officials that administer the test (a pee in a cup test) and are responsible from the area that you are currently in, have to either come to your house or meet you somewhere with

Two Triple Crown Winners in Just Four Years Is Good for Racing

Fourth And Goal With The Bam The unthinkable has happened again. For the second time in four years, a horse has won the Triple Crown.! Justify has been nothing short of dominant in the three races and now takes his spot in immortality. After sloshing through mud to wipe out the field in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, Justify had to be loving the super dry dirt at Belmont Park on Saturday as he simply breezed to victory with very little challenge. Of course it had to be a horse named Gronkowski to make things a tad interesting for a few furlongs, but in the end Justify wasn't about to get Gronked. I have fielded some questions amongst some of my friends wondering if yet another

Talking Sports Talk Radio

In the ever changing media landscape, Sports Talk Radio remains as popular as ever, especially in New England. In Boston the top two radio stations in the market feature sports formats. Here in Maine there are a couple of very popular sports talk stations as well. The Ticket on 92.9 FM in Bangor and The Big Jab on 96.3 FM in Portland are two of the biggest. Just like choosing items from a restaurant menu, everyone's tastes are different when it comes to choosing a sports talk radio show. The most popular national shows often feature polarizing hosts that are loved by as many people as there are that dislike them. Colin Cowherd, Dan Lebatard, Jim Rome and Dan Partrick. You won't find many fol

Beer, Black Coffee, and Cheering for Lebron. All are Acquired Tastes

A persons tastes are hard to define. Some like chocolate, others vanilla. And of course there's the occasional guy or gal that finishes off the strawberry in the Neapolitan ice cream box. We call them weirdos. Of course there are other tastes that one acquires. The first time I tried beer or black coffee I though both were awful. Now a life without either I would say is not worth living. So, I find it interesting that in such a short span of time my tastes can change so greatly. As I watch the NBA Playoffs I find myself rooting for Lebron James. Perhaps it’s his underdog status in the Finals against the Warriors. Everyone loves the underdog. For a long period of time, in particular after Th

It's Only Money

You probably know the Red Sox have the highest payroll in all of professional sports in this country. Boston will hand out almost $240 million in player compensation in 2018. I am told that players typically have paychecks deposited on the first of the month. So, a couple of days ago think what it would be like to open your checking account and see a couple million bucks in there from your employer. And what if you didn’t even work for them anymore? If you were Hanley Ramirez or Pablo Sandoval this is what the notation in your checkbook would look like: Hanley Ramirez "pay from Sox" - $1,895,830, Pablo Sandoval - "pay from my last team", $1,504,583. And on July 1, you’ll see it again. And di

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