Time Out by John Bernhardt

Time Out: January 30, 2013

Living in the Catskill Mountains it’s sometimes easy to allow yourself to believe you reside in a locale far removed from ‘big time’ events. That’s generally not the case. If you know where to look, there are all kinds of things taking place in the Catskills.

A Catskill event calendar can include big-time college basketball. This past weekend I enjoyed two highly entertaining men’s college basketball games, Friday night at SUNY Delhi and Sunday afternoon at Marist.


Time Out: January 9, 2013

Personal experience adds clarity and insight to our lives. That was the case when my wife and I shared a basketball adventure traveling to Pearl River to watch Mariah Ruff and her Oneonta Yellowjackets battle the Pearl River Pirates.

We had a blast watching a marvelous high school basketball game involving talented gals from both school districts. The girls on both sides of the court played with passion, played with intensity, and played with skill. Anyone who believes basketball is not a contact sport could not have watched these ladies do battle.


Time Out: November 28, 2012

Basketball coaches have long believed the remedy for a good shooter suffering from a shooting slump is to shoot his/her way out of the slump. A week ago Tuesday night, Jack Taylor of Grinnell College, an NCAA Division III school, took that maxim to a new level. The five-foot, ten-inch inch shooting guard dropped a mind-blowing 138 points through the nets, shattering college basketball’s single-game scoring record in Grinnell’s 179-104 rout of tiny Faith Baptist College.


Time Out: November 14, 2012

What does it take to be an NBA champion? That’s the central question in the basketball education of New York Knick’s forward Carmelo Anthony. ‘Melo,’ as he’s known in basketball circles, has emerged at the onset of a new NBA season with a new outlook, a basketball perspective that has long-suffering New York Knick’s fans dreaming championship.


Time Out: August 22, 2012

Denis Hamill’s column in Sunday’s New York Daily News took me back in time. Hamill’s column took root as part of an extended response to Mayor Bloomburg’s call to ban soft drinks in the war to slow exploding rates of childhood obesity. Rather than focus on limiting soft drinks, Hamill suggested the mayor take his obesity battle to the streets by getting kids to play stickball again.

Three particular paragraphs early in Hamill’s column tickled my funny bone and took me back to a childhood that in modern times seems almost otherworldly.


Time Out: August 8, 2012

I’m not known for spontaneity. More programmed and cautious by nature, I prefer to know where I’m going and what I’m doing before I venture forward into the unknown. That’s why an off-the-cuff trip to Syracuse on Monday to watch Zack Wheeler pitch his first ever Triple-A start was a bit out of the ordinary.


Time Out: August 1, 2012

“Everything has a purpose, even this, and it’s up to you to find it.” —Socrates
I gravitated to a movie choice that was totally unfamiliar. Donna Pangburn, a gold medal winner at her craft, was surprised I’d never seen the film but assured me that for me it was a homerun. And, the timing was perfect; summer, gymnastics, Olympics.

I’m sure movie critics called it predictable, formulistic, even cheesy. Who cares? Donna was right, “Peaceful Warrior,” a 2006 movie, was the perfect choice for the end of July at the start of an Olympic summer.


Time Out: July 25, 2012

With the media spotlight shining on the alleged high profile steroid use cases of professional sports stars like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Lance Armstrong, an important back story is sliding under the radar. The use of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) by high school students in America is skyrocketing.


Time Out: July 11, 2012

By John Bernhardt
To know him is to like him. Many mornings, coffee cup in hand, he holds court at Hess or another morning gathering spot greeting by name almost everyone who walks through the door. A friendly, open, smiling countenance invites laughter, and he is comfortable poking fun at himself to ignite good times. More than anything, everyone recognizes that he is genuine, the real deal.


Time Out: July 3, 2012

By John Bernhardt
Has baseball’s moment passed? Matthew Futterman pondered that question as it relates to baseball’s health in America in an article he wrote for The Wall Street Journal last spring. In Delaware County the answer to Futterman’s question seems clear: baseball’s glory days are over and the sport is in a spiraling and perhaps fatal decline.


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