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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


Dangerous way for kids to emulate pros

What looks like the NFL's latest nightmare played out on a football field an hour from Boston nearly six weeks ago. In a Pop Warner game between longtime rivals Southbridge and Tantasqua, five kids between the ages of 10 and 12 were concussed, all on the losing team, three in the first quarter and the last one on the final play of the game.

October 24, 2012 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Deciding where you wade

It is a very confusing time to be a fisherman.

October 23, 2012 | | Sports Columns


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Rain good for drought, fishermen

It looks like we're finally getting some much-needed rain.

December 11, 2015 | | Sports Columns


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