Posts Tagged ‘column’


Maine high school basketball: Past vs. present

By Bob Cimbollek on Nov. 22, 2010, at 8:29 p.m.
The ongoing debate comparing high school basketball teams and basketball players always makes for interesting discussion. Having played high school and college basketball in the 1950s and coached in all five decades since then and officiated through the same period, I can make some legitimate comparisons. There is no question …

The 3-pointer can be effective — with the right strategy

By Bob Cimbollek on Nov. 15, 2010, at 5:56 p.m.
The first attempt to try a 3-point shot line for high school basketball was 77 years ago in 1933. The distance tried was 30 feet. It was not successful and it would be another 54 years, during the 1987-88 season, before it was put into the rules with the distance …

New basketball column tips off in BDN

on Nov. 01, 2010, at 8:13 p.m.
The BDN is beginning a weekly basketball column by former longtime basketball coach Bob Cimbollek. Cimbollek will be commenting on an assortment of topics, which will be assigned by BDN sports editor Joe McLaughlin. In more than 40 years as a high school basketball coach at Fort Fairfield, Orono, Bangor …

Loss of Moss a gain for Patriots

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 12, 2010, at 7:21 p.m.
It’s all about team chemistry. When the New England Patriots traded All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for a third-round draft pick, Patriot fans feared the worst. Moss was a deep threat and even though he hadn’t been having a great year, just his presence allowed the other …

Postseason forecast calls for strong pitching

By Gary Thorne on Oct. 05, 2010, at 8:59 p.m.
Now comes the second season for Major League Baseball. How about Game 7 of the World Series in Philadelphia on Nov. 4 after Games 4 and 5 were in the new outdoor park in Minnesota. That would be a World Series for some wicked good L.L Bean long johns. If …

Butterfield eyes Blue Jays manager job

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 05, 2010, at 8:07 p.m.
There isn’t much Orono native Brian Butterfield hasn’t accomplished as a baseball coach over the past 26 seasons. After playing minor league baseball in the New York Yankees’ system from 1979 to 1984, he began his coaching career as a roving infield instructor in the Yankees organization in 1984. He …

Fall leaves fans with pile of questions to ponder

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 28, 2010, at 9 p.m.
It is that time of year again. Baseball is winding down, football has just gotten going and hockey is in the on deck circle with basketball on the horizon. It is an interesting time to be a Boston sports fan. You can’t be disappointed with the Red Sox considering the …

Merritt must make changes at Speedway 95

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 14, 2010, at 7:06 p.m.
It was a trying year at Hermon’s Speedway 95. A driver and a spectator were banned for life, the track was sold, then unsold, and a popular racing icon, John Phippen Jr. of Town Hill, collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack after the season’s final race. Speedway 95 …
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