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My Brain on NASCAR: Racing to Broadway and Madison Avenue

It always interests me to learn more about how people view NASCAR from the outside looking in. Recently, I received a little correspondence on that very thing from a most unlikely source, when the script for a musical comedy – a country music comedy, to be specific – found its way onto my desk, all the way from New York City. I don’t want to get too specific because that wouldn’t be fair... 

Don’t let shoulder pain put a pinch in your lifestyle

Have you ever paid attention to how much you do with your shoulders on a daily basis? From putting on a shirt, doing your hair, playing fetch with your dog, lifting groceries out of the cart or reaching a book on the top shelf you are routinely and unconsciously using your arms and shoulders at a moments notice. It’s habit and it is our biological instinct – if you need to reach, lift, push,... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Racing’s March Madness comes in the fall

At the time of this writing, the four teams left standing are the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, the Orange of Syracuse, the Villanova Wildcats, and whatever that fourth team is … oh yeah, the Oklahoma Sooners, which many bracketology “experts” predict will be changing their name to the Laters, despite the fact that they started the tournament as a number two seed. By the time some... 

LaRoche still the same kid he was with the Pelicans

The big news story in baseball this week was the sudden retirement of Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche over the team’s request that he not bring his 14-year-old son, Drake, to the ballpark so often. It was a big story to me for a different reason. It was only 16 years ago that La Roche showed up as a fresh-faced rookie to the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and I was covering... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Superheroes on the superspeedways

I like a good trend as much as the next girl, but this superhero thing is starting to confuse me. When did there get to be so many? Batman and Superman are usually the first names that come to mind, along with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk … and that’s just for starters. Wonder Woman is an obvious favorite because, well, she’s Wonder Woman. When admirers compliment her on her... 

My Brain on NASCAR: High expectations for the unexpected

It certainly isn’t famous faces in Victory Lane. In the six races so far this season, we have seen Winner’s Circle celebrations for Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson (twice). Flags have flown, crowds have cheered, and confetti has drifted down like rain. All of these 2016 race winners are NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, with the exception of Hamlin,... 

Making nonsense of the ‘What the heck is going on?’ 400

The first week in March marked the 112th anniversary of the birth of Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name of Dr. Seuss, and the 19th running of the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. What do Dr. Seuss and NASCAR have in common? Maybe nothing. But when you think about it in a certain way, stock car races and many other sporting events are like little microcosms of life in the... 

Greatest QB ever is Peyton’s place in history

Many will remember Peyton Manning for his record-setting numbers and mind-blowing stats. But watching the five-time NFL MVP tearfully announce his retirement Monday, a couple of smaller figures came to mind that I will always remember him for, starting with the No. 16. That’s the jersey number the scrawny, acne-plagued quarterback was wearing the first time I saw him in action. My beloved... 

My Brain on NASCAR: You can’t blame a guy for winning

Jimmie Johnson’s victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 28 perfectly illustrated the fact that even though 15 years have passed since a tragic accident at Daytona International Speedway took his life, all roads still lead to Dale Earnhardt. It was victory number 76 for Johnson, who has been steadily climbing the win-list ladder faster than big guys in plaid shirts shimmying up a pole in those... 

Big South drops ball by moving tourney to Buies Creek

It’s time for March Madness, and all eyes in this corner of the college basketball world turn to … Buies Creek, NC: Population 2,215 (Saall-ute!). That’s right, Big South Conference basketball fans; the road to the NCAA Tournament leads through this wide spot on the road where the most exciting thing to do is go to the local barbershop and watch a haircut. But not this week, when... 
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