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Moyer afflicted with ‘Bear Fever’

For almost five decades, I have been afflicted with Bear Fever.

November 21, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Morning fishing trip a Thanksgiving tradition

Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and while some will be playing football or staying warm inside, I've kind of made it a tradition of mine to get out fishing for the early part of the day.

November 19, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Snagging a great story

The fish took off with only a slight rhythmic list from left to right. The barb was stuck securely in its dorsal fin, which did little to stop his down-river run.

November 17, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Hunting licenses, venison sausages and wedding anniversary

If you are one of the thousands of out-of-state hunters who have been coming to Montana to hunt with an outfitter, those days are gone.

November 17, 2010 | By WAYNE DANIELS Hunting columnist | Sports Columns


Sometimes, you still have to fight back

Even before Del Oro boarded its bus in Loomis, the majority of the Sac-Joaquin Section knew what to expect from the Golden Eagles in their SJS Division-III playoff debut. East Union knew more so than anyone, yet the Lancers still had a job to do.

November 13, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Four-wheel drive feature not required to tow bass boat

Over the years I've had a variety of different tow vehicles.

November 12, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Ex-Wildcat’s wild weekend with wings

Since Buffalo Wild Wings opened, I'd planned on an afternoon of college football there.

November 10, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Rising early has its perks

Over the years, I've developed a habit of getting up early regardless of what day it was.

November 05, 2010 | JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thanks, Dwight Gooden, we finally won the big one

I was likely the only person in Northern California who could not stop thinking about Dwight Eugene Gooden during the San Francisco Giants' victory parade Wednesday in San Francisco. It was a young, gifted Gooden who escorted me towards my newfound greatest moment in sports.

November 04, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Sawing out the soreness

I had breakfast with my external abdominal obliques Saturday. I had no choice.

November 03, 2010 | By Jeff Lund Outdoor Columnist | Sports Columns


Today’s youth stuck inside looking out

Working with teenagers, I'm amazed at how many of them have never been fishing yet.

October 29, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Nothing to fear but Otter Man himself

A ton of horror movies make me laugh - adolescent girls with unwashed waist-length black hair climbing out of televisions slower than a slug in salt and still catching dudes that appear to be capable of easily busting out a 5k run.

October 27, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Anglers, it’s duck hunting season again

Duck hunters, beware. There are going to be anglers out on the water and you must not disturb their fishing areas. Unfortunately, it's the anglers that must beware as duck hunting season is now open. Over the years I've developed a sort of love-hate relationship with duck hunters. Once the hunting season ends many of the hunters' blinds are abandoned until the next year. I've caught some of my biggest fish while fishing around abandoned duck blinds. During hunting season anglers usually avoid fishing around the blinds in fear of disturbing a hunter. Consequently, the fish become ...

October 22, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Oh, warm clothing and frozen poo

Since Manteca Unified School District has more high school students than Prince of Wales Island has residents you probably didn't hear about the 75-mile per hour winds that knocked out power on the entire island, isolating it from mail and cutting ATM machines off from the money bags that supply them. I contemplated calling mom's school weak for giving kids and teachers the day off in light of there being no power, because we've gone without power here for part of the school day, but the argument was a little too unreasonable.

October 20, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Out with the old, in with the new

Recently, I had a garage sale and was able to sell a lot of my unused fishing tackle. Most of the items I sold were practically brand new.

October 15, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


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Consider safety when towing boat

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat was small but it was a lot bigger than the SUV, which is very dangerous.

July 17, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America's third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn't it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn't happen?

July 13, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


World Cup killed ‘beautiful game’

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Because it is turning out better than expected, the World Cup is doing more good than harm to brand Brazil. The opposite is true for Brazil's brand of football.

July 07, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


McIlroy has lunch date with a great

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The one thing Rory McIlroy won't lack heading into this U.S. Open is advice. In the few weeks since his breakup with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, only some of it has been worth much.

June 12, 2014 | Jim Litke | Sports Columns


Team effort needed to overcome early woes

LODI - Manteca High's baseball team arrived earlier than it normally would for most games and this one ended up starting an hour later than its scheduled 6 o'clock start.

May 27, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hunter-Reay proud to be IndyCar’s American star

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Hunter-Reay was deeply disappointed when his 2012 championship was overshadowed by IndyCar politics. His breakthrough moment was largely ignored by the league as it fought with yet another CEO.

May 26, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


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