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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... 

Daytona 500 was super, but don’t call it Super Bowl of racing

Am I the only one who gets a little annoyed when I hear the annual “Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of NASCAR” analogy? All of you football and stock car racing diehards out there are cordially invited to correct me if I’m wrong, and I know from experience that many of you will enthusiastically take me up on that offer. But let’s think about this statement for a minute. It sounds cool and... 

Ex-Chants Norman, Tolbert’s ascent nothing short of super

Coastal Carolina products Josh Norman and Mike Tolbert had already made their alma mater proud this season by making the Pro Bowl. Scratch that: Now the pair of Carolina Panthers are headed where no ex-Chant has been before – the Super Bowl. I suppose it’s the next logical step for the 13-year-old football program. The roots planted by inaugural coach David Bennett and the blossoming... 

Dry needling proves effective for athletes’ aches and pains

At Professional Rehabilitation Services one of the major tenants of our mission in an effort to provide the highest quality of physical therapy is to learn from those who never stop learning.  In other words, surround yourself with those who continually challenge themselves to be among the highest trained practitioners, learn from them, and improve upon the delivery of care. Basically, we truly... 

NASCAR’s return ends flirtation with football

You know that socially awkward moment when you’re just being nice and the other involved party thinks you’re flirting with them? Yes, NFL, I’m singing this song for you. My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble … I admit it was partly my fault. The holidays rolled around, and NASCAR, my longtime boyfriend, sort of fell off the grid. He’s done this to me before —... 
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