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So you’re 11 years old, getting ready to play some basketball in a national contest, making your first trip to the greatest city in the world — well, New York City is the greatest if you ask a New Yorker — on your first airplane ride.

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It’s seemingly been a perennial occurrence when it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks, at least over the last seven years.

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A busy Saturday for me was on the horizon when I got home from a long night working my second job. And as I put my wallet and rosary (yes, this old school Catholic always carries a rosary — it came in handy a couple weeks ago when anxiously flying in an airplane for the first time in 18 year…

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In case you haven’t been paying attention to national sports news, the University of Louisville might be the first college basketball national champion to have a title vacated.

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Not that there hasn’t been enough coaching change issues going around this year, from a state championship coach at Marquette leaving for Green(er)castle pastures to a coach at La Crosse getting a raw deal to La Porte's situation this week that has high-profile basketball pundits from Michig…

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La PORTE — Far be it from me to supersede the words of someone as important and accomplished as La Porte High School Athletic Director Ed Gilliland when it comes to the non-renewal of Slicers’ boys basketball coach Tom Wells that was made official on Monday night at a packed, standing-room-o…

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On this awesome weekend — one of my favorites with a pair of great events to keep every red-blooded American racing occupied most of Sunday — I can’t help but think back to the good old days.

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It was a couple of weeks after her daughter had just won the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge Chicago Regional on April 2 when Kristina Mallon’s cell phone rang.

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The Chicago Bears have been known as quarterback hell for 20 years. Ever since they had Erik Kramer in the mid-1990s, one of the National Football League’s charter franchises has gone through a long list of signal callers that will make your eyes bleed.

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So it was well worth matriculating through the construction at the U.S. 421-U.S. 30 interchange, winding my way through Wanatah side roads to Wanatah School for Thursday’s Tri-Township School Board meeting to hear about a pair of La Crosse High School track and field records.

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There was Michigan City baseball coach Josh Malone still with his uniform on under a hoody, about an hour after the scheduled start time of Wednesday’s baseball game against Merrillville.

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It seems like there are two factions of National Basketball Association (NBA) this season: Those who love Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and relish what he’s doing this season after Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the enemy in Golden State, and those who truly hate the guy and think…

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It’s been a pet peeve of many veteran sportswriters — including myself — for years, especially in the spring. The word “canceled” is used to describe when a high school event is rained out, when “postponed” is the accurate word most of the time.

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So maybe someone should have emailed or called the NCAA late in Monday’s championship game between Gonzaga and North Carolina and let them know there was an important missed call right in front of a referee.

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Another high school sports season officially ended last week with the boys basketball state championship games in four classes. And for the second straight year, no area teams were competing in those four contests.

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Here’s the point of a high school season when we’re winding down and tons of random non-high school sports thoughts are running through my head.

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“Gonna write me up a 125. Post my face wanted dead or alive. Take my license, all that jive I can’t drive 55!”

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If you’re a Chicago Bulls fan and over the age of 30, then it’s long past the point of being fed up with the organization and state of the team right now.

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — As long as I’ve been involved in high school bowling one way or another, there’s always a handful of parents or just normal fans of teams that ask the same two questions.

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So after I sat down with Michigan City boys basketball coach John Boyd on Friday night about an hour before the Wolves’ 41-37 victory over Lake Central, I got a text from a friend who was attending the La Lumiere at Marquette boys game across town.

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After Michigan City’s 41-37 grinder win over Lake Central on Friday night at home — which was a first this season as head coach John Boyd cynically stated before the victory (“If we can ever win a DAC home game …”) — the Wolves only have one more regular season contest.

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Sorry for pontificating about the Super Bowl a couple days late, but I’m off on Tuesday while teaching aspiring young journalists in a college class (fill in random joke here about how they’re in trouble or how Calumet College in Whiting must be desperate).

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It’s that time of the season in winter high school sports when all-state and all-conference teams will be coming out, and published in The News-Dispatch, leading to eventual all-area teams and/or player of the year packages.

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