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My Brain on NASCAR: Small-town tracks have big-time appeal

It is not uncommon, when one of NASCAR’s rare “off” weekends rolls around – the recent Easter weekend is a very current example — to hear the inevitable complaints, something like, “Aww, man, there’s no race this weekend.” Or, as my friend Dianne put it (with her tongue planted firmly in her cheek) – “What’s up with that? Who needs family time?” It... 

Welcome to South Carolina: College Sports Capital of the World

I can see the road signs now: “Welcome to South Carolina: The College Sports Capital of the World!” It might not have the same ring to it as “Pedro Never Sleeps” or “Sober or Slammer”, but the Palmetto State deserves to boast about its college sports accomplishments over the past calendar year – three national titles and a semifinal trip in the four major... 

Don’t let pulling a hammy land you on the sidelines

Imagine you have just started your morning run, are playing a game of pick-up basketball at the local YMCA, or in a dead sprint to beat out the grounder to the short-stop, and BOOM! You have just pulled a hammy!  It hits you like a ton of bricks.  Even If you have not played sports, this may have happened to you. You’ve experienced the instantaneous ripping of the muscle in the back of your... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Time to study up for the RAT

It is an awful feeling, and in the manner of grim surprises since the beginning of time, you never see it coming. I was having a casual conversation over lunch the other day about fairly nebulous NASCAR topics, what I would consider general-knowledge questions. We discussed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season so far, the next few races, whether or not Tony Stewart is happy with his retirement... 

Palmetto State positioned for major college sports sweep

The Palmetto State is a mere speck on the map from a national perspective. As the 40th largest state in the union, you could fit five South Carolinas inside the state of California. In fact, the Golden State has eight times the number of residents as South Carolinians represent only 1.5 percent of the U.S. population. Yet the tiny speck stands ready to put itself on the national sports map with... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Larson latest sign of youth movement

Were you excited to see Kyle Larson win the Auto Club 400 on March 26? If not, I have bad news for you: You’d better get used to it. My grandmother, to whom the word “indomitable” could be justifiably applied, once said this to me: “I know I’m getting old, because all my friends are dying.” I can relate to that on a professional level, because all my friends are retiring. Numerous times... 

Taking pelvic floor dysfunction treatment to the next level

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a very common problem for people of all ages. Although it is more common in women, men can have pelvic floor disorders as well. So what is it? Everyone has heard about the dreaded spritzing after sneezing, coughing or even jumping up and down in excitement. With severe cases, people may just move the wrong way and oops! Many women, especially after having children, think... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Things heating up on Mosh Pit Road

Poor NASCAR. What’s a sanctioning body to do when the one thing it has worked so hard to distance itself from is also the one thing your garden-variety sports fan is really interested in seeing? Yep, I’m talking about fighting. I realize there is a case to be made for enjoying sports for its own sake, for things like the sheer beauty of watching a perfectly-hit ball sail over an ivy-covered... 

Using reverse bracketology to make a splash in NCAA pool

For the past 30 or 40 years I’ve spent Selection Sunday scribbling with a pencil, scanning with the TV remote, and scrolling on the Internet in hopes of filling out a winning tournament bracket. Armed with stats, a strategy and educated hunches from watching four months worth of college hoops, I’ve seen every March Madness end in April Sadness. Time after time and year after year, my... 

My Brain on NASCAR: New season brings new fears for fans

I watched the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 with my hands covering my face, peeking though my fingers like a skittish teenage girl at a scary movie. When it comes to frightening incidents, unpredictable plot twists and surprise endings, Stephen King has nothing on NASCAR. I was terrified. The first and most obvious fear factor for me – and I suspect I’m not alone in this – was the return of Dale... 
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