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Covering the Super Bowl

They call it Super Bowl Sunday but it is more like a month-long endeavor. The entire Bay Area was affected by hosting the big event this year in many ways. The minute the 49ers lost their last game the NFL took over the stadium and began their preparations. The cities of San Francisco, Santa Clara and surrounding areas were all gearing up for the event in early January even though it was a month away. All of this pointed to Super Bowl Sunday. I for one didn't even realize the magnitude and how it is much more than a ...

February 12, 2016 | Hank Vander Veen | Sports Columns


Forever Oakland's Raider

As I stand on the sideline waiting for Charles Woodson to come out of the tunnel for the last time in Oakland I can't help but feel lucky to be witnessing one of the greatest defensive players of all time play his final home game in the NFL. Saddened, I begin to reflect on his accomplishments that most players never experience. As a Raider fan I am feeling selfish wanting one more year, but realize the Raider Nation along with the NFL is lucky to have had the 18 years we did with such a phenomenal player.

December 31, 2015 | BY CANDY PADILLA Turlock Journal | Sports Columns


Be wary when buying a used boat

A friend of mine recently purchased a used boat for the first time. He was so happy to finally have the boat of his dreams that he posted pictures of him and his boat all over the internet. Now that he's had a little time to get to know his boat he's been calling me, explaining to me an issue that he is having with his outboard. From his description of the problem it doesn't seem like anything major, although with an outboard you never know.

August 28, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Gomes takes checkered in SRL 125 lap race at Stockton

Tracy's Jeff Bischofberger and Jacob Gomes of Manteca held the front row of the stellar 16-car field lined up to take the green flag for the SRL Spears Southwest Tour 125 lap feature at the Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night.

August 25, 2015 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Passion for fishing never fades

It's finally starting to set in for me that summer break is officially over. The days of being able to fish any day of the week are gone. This past summer I set a personal record of consecutive days fishing. If it wasn't for a dental appointment, my streak would have went a little longer.

August 21, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Time to pass on the love of boating

When I was a kid I used to look at a car's speedometer believing that the highest number on the speedometer represented how fast that car could go. Like most kids, I wanted to have the fastest car and boat someday.

July 24, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Internet age not all bad

Nearly 10 years ago, when I first started writing this column, I wrote about a new product that was being advertised throughout the fishing community. I questioned whether or not it was just another gimmick. To my surprise, I was contacted several days later, not by a representative of the company, but the owner himself. I learned since then just how fast information can travel across the internet.

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


Moore takes trophy at new Ron Strmiska Firecracker 100

A large crowd turned out on Saturday at the New Stockton 99 Speedway to witness what is traditionally the biggest race of the season – the Firecracker 100 – the second leg of the annual Tri-Holiday series.

July 07, 2015 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Ready for a USA finish

I have been tasked with predicting the outcome of Sunday's Women's World Cup Final, pitting the USA against Japan in a rematch of the 2011 final.

July 02, 2015 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns


Kokanee get a break this year due to drought

This year, more than any other year, I'm really being forced to think twice about where I'm going to go fishing next. Very few of my regular summertime fishing spots have enough water to safely or easily launch my boat anymore. These past few years I've really enjoyed fishing for Kokanee. Lakes like New Melones and Don Pedro are full of Kokanee but are both at their lowest in decades. All of the reports have stated that it's safe to launch with a 4X4, but without a courtesy dock and only one lane, I'm not ...

July 02, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Rush to lake turns into trip to tire shop

As the song goes "school's out for summer!" I was so excited to get my boat out this past Monday. As always, before exiting my driveway I did a quick inspection of my boat and trailer, and noticed that one of the tires on my trailer was a little low on air. Not thinking of it as a big deal, I headed out to the lake anyway. As I entered the entrance to the lake, I was waved down by a motorist letting me know that one of my trailer tires had gone flat. Sure enough, that tire had ...

June 05, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


El Nino on the way? I'll believe it when I see it

I'm not sure what to think about the weather we've been having lately. Usually by this time of year we're all complaining about how hot it is. It's been really nice lately, the winds have been blowing just enough to keep the temperatures down, and our nights have been nice and cool. Yesterday during my lunch break, I was reading the news online and was surprised to read that weather forecasting centers around the world are predicting an El Nino by the end of this year, similar to the one we had in 1997-98. So, last ...

May 29, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The dangers of fishing over holiday weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here and as much as I'm always looking forward to my next fishing trip, I'd rather stay home.

May 22, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Back to hard copy for tide prediction

Fishing on the Delta this past weekend was very difficult. I can't remember ever fishing a tide like one I faced last weekend. The water level fluctuated a total of one foot between high and low tide meaning that the water was barely moving where I was fishing. In the past I used to carry a tide book in my boat but have since relied on downloadable tide app for my phone. I don't know if it's me reading using the app wrong but I'm still not able to get an accurate tide prediction.

May 14, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Best fishing of the year

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

April 28, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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