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My Brain on NASCAR: Junior keeps seat hot for Bowman

Here are nine words you’ve probably never heard anyone say: “I’ll be so glad when Dale Earnhardt Jr. retires.” Since his official retirement announcement in April, Junior Nation has, for the most part, buried its head in the sand, pretending this isn’t happening, living in a fantasy world where only good things happen, and the white knight always wins. When something disrupts that perfect... 

Danica Patrick crashes Victory Lane party, again

At Daytona International Speedway on July 1, Danica Patrick headed to Victory Lane for the second time in her NASCAR Cup Series career. Also for the second time, she was celebrating a victory in a race she didn’t win. If you enjoy watching awards show as much as I do, you’re familiar with the routine. Each award generally involves five nominees, and when their category rolls around, cameras... 

The Discovery Channel hits new low in Phelps vs. Shark

Do not attempt to adjust your television sets. Your flat-screen is not on the fritz, and you have not dozed off in the middle of “Sharknado IV”. There really is going to be a race between 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and a great white shark – if you really want to call it a race. Part of me feels guilty for helping to hype such a ludicrous gimmick, but the shark... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Lack of wins has Busch in a tizzy

2015 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch is not a happy camper. How do I know this? Are we super-secret pen pals and he shared this with me in confidence? No. Did he tell someone else, and I saw it on Twitter because people can’t keep anything to themselves these days? No. But I definitely know that Kyle is not only unhappy, but downright ticked off. You know it, too, and you know the reason... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Times they are a-changin’ in racin’

Come gather ’round people wherever you roam And admit that the waters around you have grown And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin. – Bob Dylan, “The Times, They Are a-Changin’ ” I’ve been preaching for a number of years now... 

My Brain on NASCAR: 21 Forever Wood Brothers

I am willing to wager that mine wasn’t the only dry eye in the Palmetto State when Ryan Blaney claimed his first-ever Monster Energy Cup Series victory at Pocono Raceway on June 11, driving the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing. In fact, I’m a little surprised our little ol’ state didn’t wash away entirely on a sea of happy tears. Way back in the 1990s, I lived in Illinois for three... 

My Brain on NASCAR: ‘Bubba’ brings diversity

One of the most exciting things to happen in NASCAR in a very long time didn’t happen during a race. Rather, it happened when someone in Richard Petty Motorsports’ PR department hit “Send.” NASCAR team press releases are a dime a dozen. It is not uncommon for every team in each of NASCAR’s top racing series to send out two or three of them each week. There’s one recapping the previous... 

‘The Bad Boy’ a welcome voice to local sports scene

Longtime Grand Strand sports fans will hear a familiar voice on the local air waves starting this week, but those unfamiliar with Allen “The Bad Boy” Smothers can expect a little extra spice with their morning coffee. The veteran radio talk-show host, play-by-play announcer and outspoken lightning rod takes over the morning show at The Team 100.3 FM in Myrtle Beach starting Monday,... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Talladega is home of ‘the big one’

If the success or failure of an event — oh, let’s say a NASCAR weekend, for example – can be measured by the sum of its many moving parts, then the May 7 race at Talladega Superspeedway was an official doozy. Daytona International Speedway, despite all its glory and success, didn’t quite satisfy its builder, NASCAR co-founder Bill France, Sr. He wanted something bigger. So, after failing... 

Golf, tennis seasons can be a real pain in the elbow

As orthopedic physical therapists we treat musculoskeletal disorders of all sorts.  Living in a premier golf resort area like Myrtle Beach can lead to a higher percentage of a couple disorders in particular. Two of the more common disorders we treat are “golfers elbow” (medial epicondylalgia/tendinosis) and “tennis elbow” (lateral epicondylalgia/tendinosis ).  Epicondylalgia is synonymous... 
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