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June 18, 2017

Let’s face it: Ryan Blaney's win last weekend at Pocono was awesome.

Not only was it impressive that he won without being able to communicate with his team, having to rely on old-school hand signals to give feedback on his car after his radio failed, but it was great because the 23-year-old…

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June 18, 2017

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”

― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

And, as Sagan might have added, we are built of dinosaur breath, because the universe…

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June 17, 2017

We’re vacationing on Florida’s beautiful Anna Maria Island this Father’s Day weekend, which is perfect. Traveling through Florida always brings to mind the only two trips I made into the Sunshine State with Dad during his lifetime.

Those trips were clear through to Miami. The man…

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June 11, 2017

I’m a pretty avid Twitter user.

As a journalism nerd, and a sports nerd, most of my follows are reporters (sports and otherwise) and athletes. Predictably, most of them skew toward NASCAR, with a solid portion consisting of drivers up and down NASCAR’s touring series, as well as crew…

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June 11, 2017

I spend a lot of time on the streets surrounding my little townhouse unit. With my two small dogs in tow, I amble through parking lots and grassy patches, across sidewalks, roadways and well-worn paths that circle nearby complexes. 

This time of year, I try to hit a lot of shady patches.…

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June 10, 2017

A recent story on the radio outlined some reasons why fewer teens are working summer jobs. As a parent of teenagers — and having joined the year-round workforce at 15 myself — I found myself wishing the story had more focus on teens who do work jobs.

My oldest daughter, Carly, would…

June 04, 2017

I’ll openly admit it, guys — I didn’t see a single second of Friday’s Truck Series race at Dover.

I had to work, spending part of my afternoon out on South Central’s football field throwing passes to wide receiver Emannuel Lewis (check Monday’s Reflector for more…

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June 03, 2017

A Scotch-Irish heritage with a family tree that has yielded many generations of redheaded people is why I had to force my body to tan during the 1970s and '80s. Making your body to do something against its will never ends well.

Forcing my freckled young hide to tan is why my first surgical…

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May 30, 2017

The graphic popped up multiple times during Sunday afternoon’s ESPNews broadcast of East Carolina vs. Houston in the American Athletic Conference baseball championship game as the Pirates were trying to complete a title run as the last and No. 8 seed in Clearwater, Fla.

It read that ECU has…

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May 28, 2017

Boy, there is a lot to unpack from NASCAR’s annual week at home between the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.

There are plenty of things I don’t even have the space for in this column. Among them:

NASCAR’s decision to use a traction compound on the upper groove at Charlotte…

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