Articles by Gary Thorne

 

Supervisor keeps eye on baseball umpires’ calls

By Gary Thorne on March 04, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
Charlie Reliford was a major league umpire for 20 years. This year he turns to the position of umpire supervisor. We met up at a spring training game in Florida where he was watching a crew working, and we talked about his new job. “I have to smile,” he said, …

Baseball owners, players happy to keep talks quiet

By Gary Thorne on Feb. 28, 2011, at 8:21 p.m.
Promotion and visibility are ideals all sports long to have on a daily basis to help sell the games and tickets. However, there are times when flying under the radar is just fine. That is the case for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association regarding contract negotiations that …

Spring training still fun, but feel is different

By Gary Thorne on Feb. 18, 2011, at 6:21 p.m.
  Spring training is still great fun for fans, but it is a changed animal from a decade and longer ago. The best part of spring training for fans is leaving the gray snow and too-cold nights for a little sun-and-shorts weather. The pilgrimages to Florida and Arizona are well …

Off-field moves will decide NFL’s path

By Gary Thorne on Feb. 11, 2011, at 4:42 p.m.
Will Green Bay be the Super Bowl champs for two years or longer and only have to play one game to have the honor? Maybe, if the NFL players and owners continue feuding. The current agreement ends on March 3. Talks so far have gone nowhere. Over the next two …

Rays’ signings make AL East more interesting

By Gary Thorne on Feb. 02, 2011, at 10:14 p.m.
It will be like old times that really aren’t so old after all when the Tampa Bay Rays come to Boston. With the signing of Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon to the roster, Tampa Bay will give Sox fans a chance to once more respond to the former Sox who …

Fan fervor boosts UMaine men’s hockey

By Gary Thorne on Jan. 21, 2011, at 5:43 p.m.
For all Black Bear hockey fans, don’t miss the video to be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LQsSlF92c&feature=player. It’s a great tribute to Alfond Arena, the fans and the team. It’s hard to believe that the Alfond is now cited as one of the great college “barns” (where did those decades go?), but …

It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

By Gary Thorne on Jan. 14, 2011, at 7:33 p.m.
Nothing like below-freezing temps to give meaning to the hot-stove season. Believe it — pitchers and catchers report around Feb. 14 to most MLB camps and the so-called offseason will be over. Pour another cup of coffee and just for fun, an early look at the AL East. The major …

9-year-old might be messenger of hope

By Gary Thorne on Jan. 12, 2011, at 5:07 p.m.
Perhaps she was meant to be the messenger. Few seem to be listening, maybe now more will hear. Baseball has long lived in the hazy twilight between reality and fiction. It lives on the soft spot of the human heart, wrapping itself in the flag and hot dogs and sugar-coated …

Thorns for LeBron, Yanks; roses for Halladay, Blackhawks

By Gary Thorne on Dec. 31, 2010, at 3:56 p.m.
To the tune of the Mickey Mouse Club, we now sing, “Now it’s time to say goodbye to all of this past year.” Thorns and roses time for 2010 sports. The first thorn is a unanimous point at LeBron James. Everything from his leaving Cleveland to the ridiculous TV special …

Recent deaths of sports figures is humbling

By Gary Thorne on Dec. 23, 2010, at 6:22 p.m.
There are not enough lines this year for this column. Humbling. Bob Feller’s recent death left a gaping hole in the Baseball Hall of Fame gatherings. Earnest, opinionated, strong and decent, this pitcher never lost his love of the game. He served his country in World War II and he …

The most important offseason week in Sox history

By Gary Thorne on Dec. 10, 2010, at 6:29 p.m.
It is not far-fetched to say this past week has been the most important offseason week in Red Sox history. The signings of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford have made the Sox the prohibitive favorite in the American League East, even if C.C. Sabbathia of the Yankees thinks otherwise, and …

Player safety best reason for football reclassification

By Gary Thorne on Dec. 03, 2010, at 8:18 p.m.
As reported in the BDN this week, Maine high school football will continue to be composed of three classes. The discussion to add a fourth will go on and could be implemented in three years if approved. Much of the discussion is about what class particular schools would end up …

LSP good example for college athletics

By Gary Thorne on Nov. 26, 2010, at 5:03 p.m.
I continue to believe more turkey is consumed at picking time — that’s right after everyone has just eaten for two hours and the cleaning of the table starts — than at the meal. That’s when the carcass of the bird gets moved to the kitchen and everyone walking by …

Misinformation spreads easily in the information age

By Gary Thorne on Nov. 19, 2010, at 8:38 p.m.
The work of sports journalism is not getting any easier. As I watch Georgia and Auburn play football last weekend amid the ongoing issue of whether Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and/or his family improperly requested/received money for his going to Auburn, the many blockades to a legitimate reporter seeking the …

More lawsuits probable in college sports

By Gary Thorne on Nov. 16, 2010, at 8:46 p.m.
The “vs.” in sports contests is no longer confined to team names surrounding the term. Now the battles are showing up in court and there will be more to come. Just when sports fans thought the steroid thing might be winding down and we might actually get back to the …

Giants show they are true champs

By Gary Thorne on Nov. 08, 2010, at 9:47 p.m.
Humble is not a term used often in this day and age, anywhere, much less in the world of hyperbole sports. Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, the World Series champs, for both winning and for being humble about it and strong enough to say so. When the final game …

Giants’ ‘struggling offense’ is hammering Rangers

By Gary Thorne on Oct. 29, 2010, at 9:06 p.m.
The baseball gods have spoken and the Rangers aren’t very happy with what they’ve said. However, like Maine weather, just wait a minute and it could all change. Texas enters Game 3 Saturday night down 2-0 to the Giants. This will be the first World Series game ever played in …

Rangers, and their manager, have survived a lot

By Gary Thorne on Oct. 22, 2010, at 5:53 p.m.
Texas manager Ron Washington has survived a lot this year. He survived an admission of drug use in previous years. The Rangers kept him on as manager as suggestions he be relieved whirled around him. He survived injury after injury to his team’s key players like Josh Hamilton and Nelson …

Rangers must ignore Yankees’ swagger

By Gary Thorne on Oct. 15, 2010, at 7:24 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The front page, above the fold, on the right, in Friday’s Dallas Morning News read, “Yankees fans bring the swagger.” The headline in the Dallas Morning News sports page read, “Ghost Busting.” These bold type headlines were in reference to the Yankees coming to town to open …

Fans deserve to know of problems between players, umpires

By Gary Thorne on Oct. 08, 2010, at 6:15 p.m.
The front office of Major League Baseball does not like postseason distractions. That is why there are no trades during the playoffs, why announcements on managerial changes are put off if possible and why teams rarely make major announcements. MLB will not be happy at the public announcement Friday that …
 
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