Quarterbacks are in the news this week. QB battles are the talk of the NFL and many collegiate teams have named starting signal-callers.
The West Virginia University sports family recently lost two former athletes, both from the southern part of the state.
When local television was in its infancy in the 1950s and ’60s, it did not get much bigger than Shirley Love in southern West Virginia. At a time when the population was robust in the southern coalfields, everyone knew him.
Our state does have some history of hosting international high school basketball. In the spring of 1975, a high school all-star team from our state played a traveling Russian all-star team in the old Charleston Civic Center arena.
One of the saddest aspects about life in our state in the last 50 years has been the disappearance of many community high schools.
This is Father’s Day weekend and it’s also a time to celebrate our state’s birthday. June is also traditionally a month for weddings and anniversaries.
West Virginia is a small state with no professional teams. We love college athletics in our state, particularly football and men’s basketball.
The summer of 2009 was a special college football time for West Virginians. The 2009 College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in South Bend, Indiana, featured a strong Mountain State flavor.
This has been a tough week for baseball fans in the Kanawha Valley. For many of us, it is hard to imagine a baseball world without Cal Bailey, who died last week at age 77.
Life has not been much fun for the last month. What can I say? I am a sports guy and I miss baseball, spring football, the NBA and satellite sports talk radio. I love the old westerns, but I have seen enough of “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide,” “Gunsmoke” and “Laramie.”
Those of us who love sports and athletics are going a little stir crazy. I worked in college athletics and sports media for over 40 years, so I’m used to a frenetic and frenzied pace.