Diving into the deep end with George Mason Wrestling

When I was about seven or eight, I took swim lessons. My kids, who were district swimming champions and state qualifiers, find this very hard to believe because when I was training for a triathlon with my daughter years ago, we agreed that I basically swim like a set of keys….. Anyway, after I took…

George Mason Wrestling Doesn’t Disappoint!

I ventured over to George Mason University this weekend to catch a dual meet between the Patriots and the visiting Buffalo Bulls. One could look at the final score (26-7 Bulls) and be disappointed with the GMU team. But I disagree. These young men fought hard in every match, all the way to the end….

Being #UnCommon With Coach Frank Beasley of George Mason Wrestling

Frank Beasely is in his second year as head coach of the George Mason Patriot wrestling team. Coach Beasley came to GMU after serving as associate head coach under Pat Papolizio at North Carolina State. Beasley was also the recruiting coordinator. Just prior to today’s dual meet against the University of Buffalo I had a…

George Mason Wrestling: Being #UnCommon!

It was this time last year that I attended my first ever amateur wrestling event. I visited George Mason University to watch their Green vs Gold wrestle offs. I was a total newbie who knew nothing about the sport. I followed GMU during the season and saw them wrestle a couple of times, and saw…

A Wet But Peaceful Night In Altoona

Editor’s note: unlike my other blog posts, this is not my typical stadium review of PNG Field in Altoona. For those who want a more in depth article on PNG Field and the Altoona Curve, please click here to read about my visit in 2015. “The day is cold, and dark, and dreary; It rains,…

Pulaski Yankees: Small Town Park, Big League Fun!

Dateline: August 4, 2018 Location: Pulaski, VA Pulaski: a town in Pulaski County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,086 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pulaski County I’ve lived in Northern Virginia since 1987. Until I started my blog, if you had asked me if I had heard of Pulaski, if…

An Unexpected Night of Fun in Greeneville, TN

“The truth isn’t the truth.” – Rudy Giuliani I admit, I laughed at this when I first heard it. Then I tweeted this the other night: So I guess I have successfully put myself in a perjury trap! This past week, my siblings and I, along with my aunt, had to venture to Morristown, TN…

My Trip to Historic Bowman Field

Some things are better as they age: a fine wine; cheese; a good scotch; one’s ability to stay out of trouble. One thing that doesn’t age well is a two year old blog post where your notes can’t be found. That said, indulge my trip down memory lane on my trip to see the Williamsport…

Serving Up a 5 Course Meal With a 5 Star Team – The Spikes

You never forget your first time. – Anonymous Especially your first time to see the Spikes when it’s National Mac and Cheese Day! – Me Appetizers Well since I’ve already started talking about food, I’m going to break with my standard style of making you wait for food photos. It’s always good to mix things…

Good Old Fashioned Fun in Lancaster

Barnstorming / verb/ travel around an area appearing in exhibition sports events, especially baseball games Lancaster, PA. Most think of Amish country, chocolate, good food, horse drawn buggies, furniture…. When I think of Lancaster, I think baseball! Lancaster has long been on my places to visit for a game, and last weekend, I was able…

Diversions and Excursions: A Visit to See The Georgia Peach

A couple of weeks ago, I was driving dow I-85, heading to Birmingham, AL for a family event, and I saw a sign: Exit 177 – Royston. To most, it was just another exit. To me, it meant a much needed exit!! Royston, Georgia. It’s a small town. A VERY small town. Population of 2,582…

Warming the Baseball Soul On a Cold April Day

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a start of baseball season as cold as this season. Opening games postponed due to snow. Teams playing in frigid temperatures. Fans in parkas, three layers of clothing, gloves…. dressed more for the Iditarod than for MLB! The opening of the MiLB season, though, brought me hope. I had…