NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - There was never any shortage of people willing to tell Derrick Coleman what he couldn't do. If there's any consolation to being the latest of three deaf players to ever make it to the NFL, it was that: He didn't have to listen.
I first became addicted to archeology in the summer of 1948. I was a youngster camping along the headwaters of the Mokelumne River with my parents. One morning I knelt down to clear away some rocks on the ground so that I could play marbles, when one of the rocks caught my eye. Upon closer examination, I discovered that my "rock" was really an Indian arrowhead made of shiny black obsidian! I was hooked on archeology from that point on. Collecting arrowheads became a family obsession. We eventually assembled a pretty significant collection of artifacts in our Indian Room.
Like a lot of those reading this, I used to take every fish home to be cooked up for dinner. After a while, I got tired of having to clean fish after a long day of fishing so I just threw them back. Once I started tournament fishing, I'd always throw them back in hopes of catching them again during a tournament.
We anglers are a fortunate bunch. We belong to a brotherhood and sisterhood of helpful gregarious souls who are almost always willing to chat with a stranger and share local fishing information. The past week, I've found myself out in Salt Lake City, accompanying my wife at a genealogy conference. Usually my trips to the Salt Lake area are in warmer weather without snow on the ground. On an ordinary trip, I'll end up fishing the either Provo River or the Green River for a couple days, but this trip I figured it would be too cold and ...
Fishing in the winter is tough.
As much as I'm enjoying these nice clear winter days, I believe it's just a matter of time before we're going to be hit with a series of storms making fishing even tougher. Usually, by this time of year, our waters are muddied up by a few storms. So far that isn't the case, we've had a pretty dry but cold winter. One of my favorite professional bass anglers used to always say "the toughest condition to fish in is when the water is cold and muddy." In my experience that statement has held true ...
Fly tying is among my many vices. On the surface, you'd think that a hobby that consists of wrapping a few strands of fur, feathers, and thread around a hook would be among the simplest of pastimes. What could be less stressful than sitting at a desk creating beautiful works of art with exotic names like the "Royal Coachman", or the "Pale Sulfur Dun"? Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually fly tying is an addictive form of mental illness from which few people recover.
Christmas is over and this is the first time in a long time that I didn't receive my annual fishing license as a gift.
A couple weeks ago I mentioned Pyramid Lake as a great place to catch a really large trout. I define really large trout as anything over 5 pounds. At Pyramid, you stand a pretty good chance at catching a trout of 10 pounds or more. That's when you want to consider a taxidermy mount. The good news for anglers is that you can catch and release your giant trout and still have taxidermy mount made. Take lots of photos, and measurements like length, girth, and weight and contact a talented taxidermist and let him work his magic.
My first encounter I remember with football was as a 6-year-old rolling around in the mud under the bleachers at my brother's high-school football game. And the second thing I remember about this great game is after I got in trouble for rolling around in the mud I was in the stands with my dad when he commented that a runner "really stepped into that hole."
The effect on water temperature and fish behavior is directly related.
For all the dire predictions making the rounds, you'd think they were playing "The Hunger Games" at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2 instead of the Super Bowl.
I slept like a baby Saturday night.
The exception to the "Giant Trout are impossible to catch" rule, where you stand a really good chance of catching a trout over 8 pounds, is a place called Pyramid Lake and it lies just northeast of Reno, Nevada. Located on the huge Paiute Indian Reservation, Pyramid Lake is populated by Lahontan Cutthroat Trout which can grow to over 40 pounds.
There's nothing worse than a thief.
Kevin Durant will return to Oklahoma City on Feb. 11 and join the Golden State Warriors for an NBA Finals rematch at Cleveland on Christmas.
LeBron James is going to hang around home for a while.
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Many assume that I'm always catching fish. Even today, after years of experience, I still have days when I don't catch anything.
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Gone are the days when I used to fish through the summer heat.
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Seth Davis is reminded of a painful end to the 2015 season every morning when he goes on his run.
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Once again, the people who run the Olympics just can't say no to Vladimir Putin.
I took a walk in the woods along the Stanislaus River the other day and ran into a small flock of wild turkeys. I have ...
The awards keep coming for league MVPs Marco Gonzales, Travis Vander Molen and Mikaela Ferreira.