Time Out by John Bernhardt

Time Out: April 2, 2014

It was a small moment, insignificant to many, but Monday at Citi Field in New York City, Opening Day was delayed for a few seconds when Met first baseman Ike Davis asked for time to get sunglasses.
Sunglasses? Yes, the bright sky in New York City was too much for Davis who needed sunglasses to shield his eyes. Opening Day of another baseball season is always a promising indicator that spring has arrived, but after our long, hard winter a request for sunglasses might be an even more significant omen.

Time Out: March 12, 2014

It’s a fact of life but in every basketball game somebody has to lose. That reality is magnified when two championship teams square off in the New York State Basketball Tournament. Every year in every high school basketball, two great teams come together one short week after floating on air having captured a sectional basketball crown.

Time Out: March 5, 2014

It was disappointment and frustration for the South Kortright basketball faithful last week as both the school’s girls’ and boys’ basketball teams dropped Section IV, Class D semifinal contests at Oneonta’s Dewar Arena. When the initial disappointment subsides and the supporters of SK basketball reflect on the recently completed campaign, they have to be impressed what their Rams accomplished this winter.

Time Out: January 29, 2014

Dennis Hooper won an Oscar nomination playing the role of Shooter Flatch, one of my favorite movie characters in the classic sports film “Hoosiers.” Flatch, a local sports hero at Hickory High School missed a potential game-winning shot in the basketball crazed state of Indiana’s high school championship game years ago, and is locked in a time warp tormented by his failure and living life in the past.

Time Out: January 8, 2014

By John Bernhardt
Pen went to paper way back in 1843. Even so, the classic holiday novella, “The Christmas Carol” resonates with readers today as one of Charles Dickens’ most important literary contributions. No other character in the beloved novella captures the fascination of readers and viewers like Ebenezer Scrooge.
Many times, my mind shifts to Ebenezer Scrooge when I hear New York Met fans and members of the media characterize Met General Manager Sandy Alderson. For me, it’s almost like many who root for or write about the Mets, have stolen a page from Dickens when they reference the Met GM.

Time Out: November 20, 2013

“The Zone” is a term used to describe people working at peak performance levels at whatever they do. Zone-like states in sports involve total like concentration and engagement, control, and a unity of mind and body during performance. Oneonta’s star athlete, Mariah Ruff, a local sports phenomenon who cut her athletic teeth several years ago in Andes, spent last week almost locked in that zone.

Time Out: October 16, 2013

I often joke that if I had a dollar for every high school sports game I’ve seen, I’d be a wealthy man. Year after year, season after season I watch high school games. As one year turns into another, the games and the scores and the excitement often seem like more of the same.

Time Out: September 11, 2013

Andes’ Peter Fabrykiewicz and South Kortright’s Trevor Holdridge were teammates on the last South Kortright Section IV championship soccer team, the first SK sports team that included athletes from Andes. The former Rams have joined forces once again, this time taking their game to SUNY Delhi.
I made a jaunt to Delhi to watch the guys play on Sunday. The Broncos squad has a strong local flavor. The head coach of the team is Doug McKee who graduated from Andes several years ago. Three former Bulldogs from Delhi Academy, including Carson King, also are on the squad.

A big step

Time Out: August 20, 2013

We interrupt this ballgame .... That was the headline of Friday’s New York Times sport’s section as they covered Major League Baseball’s announcement of plans to dramatically expand the use of instant video replay to challenge the field decisions of umpires. Say it ain’t so, Joe!
That’s former Yankee manager Joe Torre who worked on a three-man team that made the recommendation to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Here’s how the proposed change would work.

Time Out: August 7, 2013

At first it appeared like a trip to Yankee Land. Driving into the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta was like an assault to the senses of a diehard Met fan. SUVs with glaring NY spare tire covers, Yankee license plates, and all kinds of Bronx Bomber window decals were proof positive a Yankee crowd had assembled to see Bernie Williams and his All-Star Band. Then again, one shouldn’t forget that for three decades Oneonta was a New York Yankee town and Bernie Williams himself began his professional sports career playing baseball at Damaschke Field.

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