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Fantasy football rookie goes for the touchdown

Since I was little, I remember Sundays being the designated football day. I would get out my cheese head, my Green Bay Packer blanket and put on my favorite Bret Favre jersey that was way too big for me. It was bonding time with my family and, of course, I was the dedicated cheerleader for the Packers. Whenever my dad cheered, I did too.

December 04, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Sports Columns


My first hockey experience

There were plenty of justifiable reasons why we should have left the HP Pavilion in our rearview mirror and go on about our night.

December 01, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


A few degrees makes all the difference

I have a 75 gallon fish tank at home where I have about six tropical fish. When I purchased my fish I tried to get them in pairs. Coincidentally, two of my pairs ended up spawning several times over the summer. Once the cooler weather hit, I noticed several changes occur in the tank. The first change I noticed was the once radiant colors of my fish went pale and their movement became very sluggish. Rarely did any of them feed off the surface of the tank anymore and several even chose to skip meals. All spawning activity also came ...

November 28, 2009 | Jarod Ballardo Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


When coaches behave badly

I've written about my former coaches before and the impact they made on my life. For the most part, they've been good memories. And even the bad ones, which included them yelling in my face, were beneficial because I know it was for my own good.

November 20, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


A much needed ‘fore!’

I was standing about 50 yards from the tee of the second hole and imagining, just for a second, what it'd feel like to get smacked by a speeding golf ball. It wasn't a wish. It was just a thought.

November 06, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Junior high reunion spurs introspection

This was my eighth-grade boys basketball tryout: Our coach, a slender man with a monotone voice, instructed us to make five straight free throws. He didn't care who took the shot, but every time a ball refused to go in, we'd run sprints up and down the court.

October 31, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


A lesson in lingo

Recently I was asked to explain the differences between a reaction bait and a rip bait. I realized then, that for those just getting into the sport or who've been out of it for a while can easily be confused with the ever changing fisherman's language.

October 09, 2009 | Jarod Ballardo Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Honoring the great MJ

It's time to honor Michael Jordan. The greatest basketball player ever will be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. Even Jordan himself couldn't tarnish his own legacy as an old man with bad knees in a game that had evolved since he last laced one of his popular Air Jordans.

September 08, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


The best inspiration comes from strangers

I had just pounded out the opening mile of my first 5K run when a serious dilemma popped in front of my face. Maybe the thought also crossed the minds of the other runners. Well, probably except for those superhumans - also known as the Cal State Stanislaus runners - who do this kind of stuff as warm-up.

August 25, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


A remarkable week in sports

A guilty pleasure of mine is watching VH1's "Best Week Ever." It's an addicting show that offers commentary from no-name comedians and minor celebrities on the week's biggest pop culture news.

August 21, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Tracy racing family earn top spots in Stockton

The Philpott's, Tracy's leading racing family, continued their season long domination of the Western Late Model ranks at the New Stockton 99 Speedway with a clean sweep of last Saturday night's twin 50-lap features.

August 21, 2009 | Dale Bosowski Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


Brandstater is just enjoying the ride

Tom Brandstater, a Turlock High graduate, wants to be the Super Bowl MVP, the one who lifts his index finger in the air to show that he's No. 1 and the one who looks into a camera and tells the world where he wants to go on vacation next.

August 18, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Better late than never

If you played sports in high school, you have relieved, recounted and regretted what happen years ago.

August 14, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Format change changes little at Madera

In a bold effort to build up car count and increase the championship drama down the homestretch of the season, Madera Speedway President Kenny Shepherd made a surprise announcement last week that the 2009 Western Late Model championship at the 1/3 mile oval would be determined by the last four races with only the top 10 drivers in the points being eligible.

August 14, 2009 | Dale Bosowski Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns


Sports junkies lose great sport in AFL

The Arena Football League is dead.

August 07, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


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Two men, one boat equals one great day

These past few weeks my older sister, her husband, and two boys were visiting all the way from England. I was able to take my brother-in-law out fishing with me twice. Both times we limited out and really had a great time.

April 17, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


In search of fishable water

I'm pretty sure that all the talk amongst fishermen lately has been dominated with the water levels in our local lakes. It's definitely a concern of mine as I can't help to not think about how many of my summer fishing spots are already above water.

April 10, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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