Over the years I've been writing this column, I often refer to the fact that just being outdoors is good therapy for me. Whenever I get wound up and agitated, an outdoor excursion seems to help relieve the tension. Although fishing is my favorite outdoor pastime, I also get peace of mind from hunting, photography, plinking tin cans or just a walk in the woods.
Several years ago in an angler's online forum, I wrote about our artificial baits becoming better than the fisherman.
I stood for a moment atop the steps and looked down at the rows of lodges, outfitters, fly shops and other booths in the fly-fishing building at the International Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento.
Joe Paterno had barely hung up the phone when his wife of 50 years picked it up and redialed the number scrawled on the slip of paper.
Every so often there is a gun control measure put on the ballot for voters to consider. Most such measures are misguided efforts to reduce violent crime. The theory behind such restrictive gun measures seems to be based on the idea that if it's harder to obtain a gun, then violent crime rates will drop. Ironically, the exact opposite has been proven true time after time.
The season began with fans brawling in the stands, and a quarterback who didn't seem worth fighting for.
I could feel it deep down in my fisherman soul. Apparently it showed on my face too.
Recently there have been several news stories documenting the return of the Grey Wolf to California. So far it's only one wolf, wearing a tracking collar that has definitely been recorded appearing in Siskiyou County and then in Plumas County in Northern California.
After what seemed like the perfect swan song and the picturesque way to hang up his whistle, Bill Slikker tip-toed off into the sunset after a 14-0 Valley Oak League championship run as Weston Ranch head coach in 2008.
A lot of people I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season.
I'm not a pessimist, but I did wonder what it meant when I turned on the heat in my truck and was almost overcome by the smell of cooked cat poop that apparently oozed into the treads of my hiking boots on the walk through my yard.
NEW ORLEANS - The moment was about as stilted as it could get, though Les Miles and Nick Saban certainly knew the routine. They posed stiffly for the photographers, smiles fixed on their faces and the BCS trophy between them, even though everyone in the room except the BCS bigwigs who crowded into the photo op knew they would both rather be somewhere - make that anywhere - else.
It's now 2012, and I'm sure many of us have made and probably already broken our New Year's resolutions.
It was fun in a way the NFL often isn't, a midseason diversion that sent fans into a frenzy in Denver and prompted people around the country to drop to a knee. Even if you didn't believe in Tim Tebow, it was hard to take your eyes off him as he found ways to win despite passes that fluttered about like balloons on a windy day.
The rainbow trout in the Stanislaus Rivers had no idea that Sunday was the first of a new year.
Watch out for the duck hunters, as duck hunting season has begun.
Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.
It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.
East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.
SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.
Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.
It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.
Several decades ago I was hunting bears in the Sierra. It was dusk and I walked down a dusty dirt road looking for bear tracks. After about an hour, I turned around and began walking back to my camp. Looking at my tracks in the dusty road, I discovered mountain lion tracks right over the top of my footprints! A lion had tracked me for over two miles. I had no clue he was there. I guarantee you that will make the hair on your neck stand up! Mountain lions are like tan ghosts, you never see them until its ...
Oh, Roger, you still don't get it.
Every year, there are new fishing products that come out and quickly become the hot item.
Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.
The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.
He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.
I had every reason in the world to take in everything that South Florida had to offer.
The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.
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