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October 29, 2017

Megalodon monsters munch among us even as massive Maine moose meander through marsh plants.

In Greenville, watch your step. Shark-tooth-infested waters lurk at every stream bed. This here is marine monster land.

The teeth are as smooth and enameled as the real thing. The exquisite details could…


October 28, 2017

Nothing launches a person to the bedroom ceiling from a dead sleep like the nightmare pain of a toothache. I can no longer say that Ronald Reagan was president the last time it happened to me.

I have an appointment with my dentist, and I am looking forward to this one. Drill, baby, drill!

Back when…


October 23, 2017

On a Saturday-to-Saturday basis, America's college football obsession invariably overlooks the thousands of individual kids it takes to create the weekly spectacle.

More specifically, it commands those kids to be adults who are generally asked to take more accountability for their actions in games…


October 22, 2017

Joe Albea's earliest childhood memories of the Tar River are the many times his mother told him to stay away from it.

It is the same for lifelong friend, business associate and fishing buddy Tommy Harrington. Luckily, they both disobeyed their moms at some point.

The two have spent their lives…


October 22, 2017

With today’s race at Kansas kicking off the second half of NASCAR’s playoffs, some of the sport’s focus this week was on a race almost a year away.

The Monster Energy Cup Series was in Charlotte this week for the first test of the track’s infield road course that will be…


October 22, 2017

When I was growing up in Michigan, Halloween was mostly a holiday for children. We tossed on homemade costumes, grabbed pillow cases (far superior to plastic pumpkins for carrying large quantities of candy) and roamed the neighborhood until people finally switched off their porch lights and shooed…


October 21, 2017

Museum tickets are not the best way to hear traditional country music in downtown Nashville, but they might be the most dependable.

My friend and editor, Scott Batchelor, and I were in Music City last weekend for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and to soak up as much country music as…


October 16, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. – Scottie Montgomery wore a purple shirt with a big gold '70' on the front of it during practice last week.

It was meant to keep in the front of his players’ minds a prediction made by Central Florida wide receiver Dredrick Snelson that his team was going to hang 70 points…

East Carolina UCF Football-6

October 15, 2017

If you’re going to settle in and catch any playoff race this year, today is probably the day to do it.

NASCAR’s playoffs hit the halfway mark today at Talladega Superspeedway. The only restrictor plate race in the 10-race sprint to crown a champion is no longer the elimination race for…

NASCAR Talladega Auto Racing-12

October 14, 2017

It was senior night on the high school volleyball court, and our oldest was playing hard. At the end of a point midway into the second game, she staggered a few steps and passed out.

She rebounded within minutes with no serious injury, but while she was in distress and whispering, “It’s…

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