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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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October 09, 2017

“No quarter.”

The red war flags bearing the East Carolina logo and those ominous, infamous pirate words became a unique tradition at the end of the third quarter of football games at the university 10 years ago.

As the flag was shimmied up the pole in the west end zone in Dowdy-Ficklen…

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October 08, 2017

It can be a little weird sometimes how much you’re unexpectedly affected by the death of someone you don’t even know.

That’s where I found myself Monday night when I heard former NASCAR team owner Robert Yates had died. His battle with cancer had been well publicized, but it…

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October 08, 2017

I had to have my photo taken recently. I generally try to avoid this sort of thing, aware as I am that time can be unkind to the middle aged face. Still, I am hoping to visit my sister who scored a job and Italy and that means I needed to renew my passport. A photo was a necessary evil.

I…

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October 07, 2017

My daily commute to work measures an hour each way. I don’t mind because it’s a smooth cruise up and down Interstate 81, which is good polish for my singing voice.

Lately, I’ve been singing the Gas Station Visitation Blues. My main ride is broken, and my gas-guzzling backup has my…

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October 02, 2017

Every time Thomas Sirk tried to relax for a few minutes on a Saturday afternoon like any other 25-year-old graduate student, someone found him and asked him for help.

It ended up being another hectic day.

Sirk and the East Carolina offense were very much in the mood for an upset against the No. 18…

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October 01, 2017

This was bound to happen, wasn’t it?

Heading into an elimination race in the playoffs, NASCAR finds itself for what feels like the umpteenth straight week embroiled in conversations that have nothing to do with racing. This week’s offering? The sport’s stance on protests during…

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