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Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
With the holidays, and their attendant sturm und drang , upon us again, I was thinking about sports news in the context of Thanksgiving.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 30, 2011


SF’s no Boston

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
While escaping New England for a few days on the west coast, in the Bay Area, just ahead of all that unexpected October wind and snow, I decided to catch a 49ers game.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 02, 2011

Gilding the turd

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
The issues surrounding the Cumberland County Civic Center's potential refurbishing remind me of the problems people face when they drive piece-of-shit cars.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  October 05, 2011

Political football

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
Sadly, the only upcoming event with the capacity to truly inspire hope for millions of Americans, the start of the 2011 NFL season, will be twice marred by our current political culture and media.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 07, 2011

WM3 more

For Memphis Three, a bitter guilty plea

Prosecutorial discretion
On Friday — after inspiring songs, award-winning documentaries, and celebrity-led protests — the West Memphis Three were suddenly freed from state custody, but only after all three pleaded guilty to the murders as part of the deal that secured their freedom.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 25, 2011

Running in the Family

Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
As a kid, I always knew I had been adopted. It was no big deal, but being adopted meant I had no information about my biological family's medical history, which is a double-edged sword.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 10, 2011

Come the revolution?

Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
As the Pats, Sox, and Celtics all won recent championships, the Bruins were the unlucky, left-out stepchildren during a decade of professional sports dominance the likes of which New England (nor anywhere else, for that matter) had never seen. Of course, to the delight of their fans, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup last month and finally joined the party.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  July 13, 2011

The kids are all right

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
First the good news: in 2008, when I first wrote about the last two high schools in Maine still using the racist mascot name "Redskins," Wiscasset and Sanford, I predicted that Sanford, my hometown, would be the last holdout.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 15, 2011

Too soon?

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
June 17, 2007 was Father’s Day. I was at Fenway with my buddy, Brian Liddy, for an interleague game.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  May 18, 2011

Comics fest returns, with kids up front

Page Life
If you have any doubt that comic books are ascendant in popular culture, look no farther than the film Thor , based on the Marvel adaptation of the Norse god, which has earned more than $344 million in less than a month in theaters.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  May 18, 2011

The cruelest month

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
When T.S. Eliot wrote "April is the cruelest month," was he talking about how the last few weeks unfolded for New England's major sports teams?
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 20, 2011

King's folly

Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
If your name were King Bishop, you'd know how to play chess, right?
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 23, 2011

Manifold destiny

Balls, pucks & monster trucks
The media is great at remembering anniversaries, mostly because those dates give us something to write about.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  February 23, 2011

Three-point stance

Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
With Green Bay and Pittsburgh squaring off on Super Bowl Sunday, three things about the current state of pro football keep occurring to me that I'd like to share with you, gentle reader.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 26, 2011

Nixon potential

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
Regular readers of my column (all three of them) won't be surprised that my New Year's wish is for Sanford High, my alma mater, to finally put aside the racist mascot name of "redskins."
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 29, 2010

The case for Pete Riccitelli

Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
Why isn't Pete Riccitelli in the Maine Sports Hall of Fame?
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 01, 2010


Jail ATM charges $10 per transaction

'Captive audience'
Arrested in Cumberland County without a big wad of cash on you? If you're going to bail yourself out, prepare to pay through the nose.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 10, 2010

Boxing days

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
When Steven Gamache, the son of Maine's greatest boxer, former world champ Joey Gamache (the Pride of Lewiston), was preparing to make his professional ring debut last August, his camp was shocked to discover that Maine no longer had a Boxing Commission.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 04, 2010


Former inmate, activist now free to speak out

New releases
Last year, when Ray Luc Levasseur was invited to speak on the University of Massachusetts — Amherst campus to commemorate the anniversary of a federal sedition trial held in Springfield, the speech prompted vehement protests from police groups and state officials.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  October 12, 2010

Red Sox Nation, meet your new existential dread

Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
For my entire life, I have esteemed the Red Sox above all other teams.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  October 07, 2010
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