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Expect the unexpected

I can't remember how many times over the past year that I've emphasized being prepared for the unexpected while out fishing. The unexpected happened to me a few years ago while out on the delta. Fishing out of a relative's fairly new boat we were surprised to hear the dreaded "click, click" sound when attempting to start his boat at the end of the day. His batteries had died and we were officially stranded! This being a new boat as well as a new boat operator, his only useful device on board was his cell phone. As ...

November 22, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The typical thankful column

I've been inundated with reasons to be happy of late. Some are simple, some carry more emotional weight.

November 20, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


NFL safety not just current issue

Roger Goodell's timing seemed odd, with his Harvard School of Public Health speech on player safety coming after a week in which three starting NFL quarterbacks were knocked out of games with concussions.

November 18, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Ripon QB quietly anchored team’s incredible season

The final game was no different than the first.

November 17, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Post-Cota era promising for young Timberwolves

Jake Pruitt could barely hold back the tears.

November 16, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Go with whatever floats your boat

Often I overhear fishermen talking about the perfect boat; of course the brand of their boat is the best!

November 15, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The (Vanilla) Ice-ing on the wedding cake

Saturday, my buddy Nate got married.

November 13, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Pheasants for working stiffs

A century ago, almost all of our population was involved in agriculture. As a people, we grew up on the family farm, and were familiar with growing plants and animals for our livelihood. As we became a more urbanized society, most of our population moved to the cities and found work in factories and stores and office buildings. Our national consciousness began to change and we began to lose our connections to the rhythmic flow of nature.

November 11, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Something smells fishy? Attractants may do trick

Fish attractants have been used in some form or another for many years. I can remember there being a big interest in fish attractants in the mid-1980s, as several major tackle manufacturers added fish attractants to their product line.

November 08, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Will miss conversations with national surveyors

As an outdoors columnist I know I'm supposed to hate the election season along with all the other knuckle-dragging Neanderthals that believe as John Gierach does:

November 06, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Change to multi-species boat a tough decision

Lately, I've been considering selling my bass boat and buying a multi-species boat.

November 01, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Elm Street's got nothing on wintertime Gustavus

In recent weeks movie channels have been showing the best of the best in the horror film genre, but TV doesn't do it for me. I've been to the Twilight Zone - it's Gustavus, Alaska, in winter.

October 30, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Trespassing on public lands?

Located in the hills between the towns of Tracy and Livermore are the remains of two ghost towns: Carnegie and Tesla.

October 29, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Remembering the first catch like it was the last

One of my first impressions of fishing was when I was around 6 or 7 years old while camping at Lake Camanche.

October 25, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Rivalry game takes on new meaning for Chambers

For years I was intertwined in the Oakdale-Manteca rivalry.

October 25, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


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Bassmasters dream dashed by Powerball

For the first time in 10 years I purchased a Powerball ticket.

January 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bright, dark sides of Chip Kelly pick

Maybe the most dreadful part about the 49ers during the 2015 season was not that they lost so many games. It was that they were ...

January 15, 2016 | MARK PURDY | Sports Columns


Play ball with NFL . . . or else

As the clock ticked down toward a vote, the NFL Network breathlessly reported on the long line of luxury cars idling outside a suburban Houston ...

January 13, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Proposal that allows college bowl system, playoffs to co-exist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Saban is concerned about the bowl system.

January 13, 2016 | | Sports Columns


You can’t beat using bear grease

If we put our minds to it, we could learn a lot from the Native Americans who preceded the white man as masters of North ...

January 10, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Greed triggers NFL teams rush to LA

The people of St. Louis are in a tizzy, and not just because the team they lifted from Los Angeles could soon be heading back ...

January 07, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Finding beauty in storm

Several years ago, during the month of January, I was out competing in a bass tournament on Lake Camanche.

January 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


New Year’s Eve games total flop

MIAMI - The College Football Playoff is a marvelous thing.

January 02, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Lucky to have great fishing around us

January 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Leonard emerges as a role model for Wiggins

Kawhi Leonard has quietly risen to stardom in San Antonio, hardly uttering a word as he captured an NBA Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the ...

December 29, 2015 | JON KRAWCZYNSKI | Sports Columns


STUNNING UPSETS

Serena Williams had done all the heavy lifting, or so it seemed.

December 29, 2015 | PAUL NEWBERR | Sports Columns


Delta serves as tough challenge For anglers

The other day while I was reading through some online fishing forums, I came across a picture of a new bass boat that was rigged ...

December 27, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Charting heartache & history

My football clipboard has seen a lot.

December 18, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Pesky water hyacinth taking over water, launch areas on Delta

Someday I hope to tell stories of how bad the water hyacinth used to be on the Delta.

December 17, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Revolting state of pro sports

I am not a Pete Rose fan. I did not like him when he played, I did not like him when he coached. His flattening ...

December 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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