America’s Pastime

Baseball has long been called "America's pastime"; it's been popular since the mid- 1800's. In this day and age of instant gratification, it is hard to understand the sustained popularity of a sport with so much down time between mere seconds of frenzied action. The baseball season is over for this nine year old who … Continue reading America’s Pastime

Coaching

Another season of Little League baseball is wrapping up with state tournaments this week. The parents must be relieved after four months of multiple game/practice commitments each week.  The eight year-olds in this photo played 35 games during the regular season. Fortunately, my grandson had a coach that kept everything in perspective.  Not only is … Continue reading Coaching

Long Day

It was a hot muggy July day at the Saunders County Fair Grounds in Wahoo, NE, with threatening thunderstorms that occasionally hid the blinding sun.  My 16 year-old granddaughter competed in four events in the 4-H horse show: halter, Western pleasure riding, pole bending and barrel racing. The first event was early morning, and her last … Continue reading Long Day

Crewing

It was a late October afternoon when I arrived in Ithaca, New York.  Having driven from Detroit, across Canada, and down the full length (40 miles) of Lake Cayuga, I was only thinking about finding the hotel.  But the sight of colorful shells gliding up and down the lake got my full attention When I made … Continue reading Crewing

T-ball

Nothing says "school is out" than a five-year old T-ball game.  Summer is time for the brain to idle for a few months while the body enjoys physical pursuits.  Who needs mental stimulus during summer vacation when you're learning the most complicated game on the planet.   The young lads are still learning their left hand from their right … Continue reading T-ball

Go Army – part II

The Army-Navy football game was played this last Saturday, the 114th meeting  between the two oldest military academies.  It is one of my favorite football games of the year, and I've written about it before.  The tradition of the game and the spirit in which it is played always sends a chill up my spine … Continue reading Go Army – part II

The Mane Event

Whoa Nellie!  The exclamation of that famous sports announcer, Keith Jackson, came to mind when I saw this beautiful mane at a local horse show.  This was the first horse show I ever attended and had no idea what to expect.  This was a show for local amateurs and it was worth the price of … Continue reading The Mane Event

Petanque

Petanque?  "What the heck is petanque?", I asked the chap at the bar during a mid-afternoon break of touring Bath, England.   He and his mates were getting very worked up over opening night of Bath's Petanque League.  Between fight songs with his petanque team mates, he tried to explain it.  It sounded something like … Continue reading Petanque

Senior Moments

Ever had one of those senior moments where you go down stairs to get something and half way down you forget what you're after?  You sit down on the stairs to try and remember what you needed in the basement.  After a few minutes, you can't remember if you were going up or down the … Continue reading Senior Moments

Do Your Best!

The Little League season is winding down; I have mixed feelings about that.  The number of games these little guys plays is extraordinary, no wonder they (me too) get burned out.  The hellish-hot days of July are right around the corner--yeh, I know, baseball is a summer sport, but there are limitations to my interest. … Continue reading Do Your Best!

Baseball Managers

At four and five years old, players are already analyzing their play on the field.  The tall player in the red hat says, "Why'd ya swing at that ugly pitch?"  "Because", the player in the too-big hat explains, "the hit-and-run sign was on.  I had to hit the ball or the runner would be caught … Continue reading Baseball Managers

Good and Bad

My mother always said, "Take the good with the bad."  That thought came to mind while I watched the first baseball practice of my 4 year old grandson ... there's a lot of good and bad in Little League.  Stretching?  Yeah, that was definitely not a priority for the four year old future stars. Learning … Continue reading Good and Bad

Concentration

Notice the concentration on this 8th grader's face; you'd think the world depended on this one free throw.  The tense neck muscles, laser-like stare and tongue sticking out the side of her mouth are all signs of pressure or intense concentration. The tongue is a special family trait I believe has been passed down through … Continue reading Concentration

Baseball Collage

Now I know what writer's cramp is all about.  I'm sitting here, late Sunday night, surrounded by thousands of pictures I've taken, and can't think of a thing to write about. My self-imposed blog deadline is Monday morning at 8:00 AM and I don't have anything blog-worthy.  I see another all-nighter coming.For a place-holder, just … Continue reading Baseball Collage

Wheeee!

Where's the snow?!   The lack of snow did not deter this dedicated young lad from his training on the ski jump in Park City, UT.  While visiting Olympic Park in late September, I was surprised to find the place a buzz of activity.  I assumed that after the Winter Olympics in 2002 this venue … Continue reading Wheeee!

Digital Sketch Contest

I've been experimenting with pencil and charcoal sketches using various applications that digitally alter the original photograph.  All of the applications I tried have some things I like and some things I don't like in the "usability" of the software, but I generally like the end result.  See the other choices below: Like I said, … Continue reading Digital Sketch Contest

In Sync … Almost

Track is hard!  I mean very difficult, a real challenge to the uncoordinated; events like the hurdles, high jump, and triple jump (formerly called"hop, skip and jump", it must have sounded too "hop scotchy" for big-time track enthusiasts) require a lot of technique and coordination. I watched a middle school track meet the other night. … Continue reading In Sync … Almost

Grunge Ball

During a photo shoot of a local high school senior, I noticed how beat up his football looked.  So I isolated the ball in his firm grip, converted it to B&W and started playing with different grunge-looking effects.  This is pretty mild compared to some grunge effects I've seen, but I like the way it … Continue reading Grunge Ball

Smash Mouth

Now that Labor Day is behind me I can concentrate on football, my favorite sport -- that is spectator sport.  Play football?   Are you kidding me!?  I could get hurt!  I played flag football in 7th and 8th grade and tackle football in 9th grade.  That was enough for me; I finally realized how important … Continue reading Smash Mouth