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Can These Sox Be Trusted?
Published on May 15, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about the Red Sox's surprising success, and recent slump.

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Avoiding the Sweep
Published on April 30, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about how the Celtics narrowly avoided being swept by the Knicks, and why it doesn't really matter.

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Reflections on the Celtics and the Heat
Published on March 20, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I offer my thought on the Celtics and the Heat, LeBron and Jeff Green. 

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Good-Bye, Wes Welker
Published on March 14, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I share my thoughts on the departure of Wes Welker.

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Enough Snow For Skiing
Published on February 11, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at DG, I write about how we finally got enough snow to ski over the weekend.

Here's an excerpt:

Some Capital Region residents have expressed disappointment in last week’s snowstorm, but not me. The six inches or so that we got in Albany seemed perfectly adequate, and after clearing off my car, I decided to go cross country skiing.

One of the great things about cross country skiing is that you can just go out and do it for free. But you do need snow and the January thaw, when temperatures climbed into the 50s, pretty much wiped out my local cross country skiing options. I usually ski at the Albany Pine Bush, though I sometimes venture out to Peebles Island State Park in Cohoes, and Omi International Arts Center, the sculpture park in Ghent. But on Saturday I was in a bit of a rush, and decided to try skiing a little closer to home, at the Corning Preserve.

I had never skied at the Corning Preserve before, due to lack of snow — the snow seems to melt more quickly down there. But I knew I was guaranteed to find snow the morning after a storm, even a disappointing storm, and so I made the short drive to the boat launch. Much to my amazement, the city of Albany had already cleared the bicycle path, so I carried my skis across the footbridge and put them on after I got across, in the wide open field on the other side.

The snow was light and powdery, and since there was only about a half foot, it wasn’t too hard to break trail. Breaking trail is good exercise but not exactly my favorite thing to do, and as I skied, I imagined how much better life would be if, instead of clearing the bike path, the city had laid down a cross country ski trail or two.

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NBA Notes
Published on February 7, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I offer some of my thoughts on the NBA - my favorite league, bar none.

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Super Bowl Pick
Published on January 31, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my Super Bowl pick.

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Is Football Over?
Published on January 28, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I wrestle with my feelings about football.

Basically, I enjoy watching it, but I'm becoming more alarmed by the research suggesting it causes an array of health problems, such as CTE, later in life.

Here's an excerpt:

For Christmas, I received two New England Patriots-themed gifts: a winter hat with the team’s logo on it and a hooded sweatshirt just like the one coach Bill Belichik wears on the sidelines, minus the cut-off sleeves.

The sweatshirt is nice and warm and I wear it at home. I wear the hat when I ski and go for walks, and hope people don’t throw rocks at me or yell nasty things. Up until last weekend, when the Patriots were summarily embarrassed on their home turf and sent packing, I was proud to wear this hat. Now I feel a little silly when I put it on.

The Patriots’ loss marked the end of the NFL season for me. Yes, I’m bitter. And I hate the Baltimore Ravens.

But there’s more to it. I’ve become increasingly troubled by football and what we’re learning about the game’s impact on players. I’ve enjoyed watching games this season, but as the season has progressed, I’ve also felt increasingly guilty.

My guilt peaked early last week when researchers at UCLA reported that signs of the crippling degenerative disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, had been identified in living ex-NFL players for the first time. Using brain scanning technology, the researchers detected the presence of an abnormal protein associated with CTE, which is linked to dementia, memory loss and depression, and is triggered by repeated head trauma, such as concussions.

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The Patriots Blow It
Published on January 21, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I offer some thoughts on the Patriots loss to the Ravens.

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Boo to the Brothers Bowl
Published on January 20, 2013 by Sara Foss

You know what I don't want to hear another word about?

The Harbaugh brothers squaring off in the Super Bowl.

Ray Lewis' swan song.

The 49ers.

The Ravens.

It's going to be a long two weeks.


NFL Conference Championship Picks
Published on January 17, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my NFL Conference Championship Picks.

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How To Tell if Your Friend's Girlfriend Is Not Real
Published on January 17, 2013 by Sara Foss

Gawker has a handy guide.


The Inspirational Fake Girlfriend
Published on January 17, 2013 by Sara Foss

This Deadspin story about Manti Te'o's inspirational fake girlfriend is excellent.


NFL Divisional Playoff Picks
Published on January 10, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my NFL divisional playoff picks.

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Don't Root for Notre Dame
Published on January 7, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at The Nation, Dave Zirin explains why we shouldn't root for Notre Dame.

I don't normally pay much attention to the sordid world of college football, but I will be rooting for Alabama.

Roll tide!


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