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Outdoor therapy

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.

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


Artificial baits over real fishing acumen

Several years ago in an angler's online forum, I wrote about our artificial baits becoming better than the fisherman.

January 27, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


A day at the International Sportsman’s Expo

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.

January 25, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


After 61 years, he deserved better

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.

January 23, 2012 | By JIM LITKE Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Concealed carry ballot measure

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.

January 23, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Not your father’s 49ers

The season began with fans brawling in the stands, and a quarterback who didn't seem worth fighting for.

January 19, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Face to face with skunking

I could feel it deep down in my fisherman soul. Apparently it showed on my face too.

January 18, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Wolves in California

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.

January 16, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


BACK AT THE RANCH

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.

January 13, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Winter drought may soon come to an end

A lot of people I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season.

January 12, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


A sign of things to come?

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.

January 11, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Title game brings closure to long season

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.

January 08, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


2012 resolution: fish more!

It's now 2012, and I'm sure many of us have made and probably already broken our New Year's resolutions.

January 06, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tebow Time has already come and gone

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.

January 04, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


A new story for the same feeling

The rainbow trout in the Stanislaus Rivers had no idea that Sunday was the first of a new year.

January 03, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


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Getting acquainted with new bass boat

It's been a year now since I sold my bass boat, and I can honestly say that there have been times when I wished I never would have parted with it.

May 01, 2015 | Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


MFC Benfica Red take 3rd

Goalie Tatiana Orozco turned in an MVP performance, lifting the Benfica Red 05 girls soccer team to a thrilling third-place finish at the MFC Spring Invitational.

May 01, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Benfica White places in 1st tournament

The Benfica White 05 girls soccer team of the Manteca Futbol Club made a splashy debut over the weekend.

April 30, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Bonds deserve to be in Cooperstown

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve their plaques in Cooperstown.

April 26, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Sports Columns


Best time of the year

From now until mid-May, local fishing is at its best if you were to ask me.

April 24, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bloods Creek good fishing option in this drought year

As California enters its fourth year of drought, our streams and our ability to fish them is going to be seriously impacted. There will be almost no spring snowmelt and its accompanying high water.

April 19, 2015 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Dixon dominates at Long Beach Grand Prix

After failing to finish in the top 10 in the opening two races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar schedule, New Zealand's Scott Dixon reversed his early season woes by capturing Sunday's 41st running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

April 19, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Harper nails 1st home run at refurbished Morenzone

Tyres Harper hit the first home run out of the newly refurbished Morenzone Field on Wednesday to lead the Pirates to a 17-7 win over the Nationals in Northgate Little League junior division action.

April 19, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Arizona loss opens door for Challenge field

Brett Lewis has a white-knuckle grip on the lead in the first-ever Coaches Bracket Challenge.

March 31, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Warriors’ Curry is hands down NBA’s Most Valuable Player

Stephen Curry closes games in the third quarter, not the fourth.

March 31, 2015 | By TIM KAWAKAMI San Jose Mercury News Sports columnist | Sports Columns


Young coach rides NCAA’s old horses

One of the area's youngest coaches has an old soul when it comes to college hoops.

March 24, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


World of Outlaws returns to Stockton Dirt Track

The local racing season is set to begin this weekend when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday and Sunday with a full weekend of racing action.

March 18, 2015 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Dire day for floundering 49ers

Monday was momentous at 49ers headquarters. And not in a good way.

March 10, 2015 | By MARK PURDY San Jose Mercury News sports columnist | Sports Columns


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