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Panthers break the ice with playoff experience

One of the best and worst assignments of my 22-year sportswriting career was covering the Carolina Panthers in the 1996 NFC Championship Game … IN Green Bay … IN January. It was the Panthers’ second year in the league, and they were going up against one of the most storied franchises in NFL history. The Packers delivered a stern 30-13 lesson in playoff football that chilly day in... 

Basketball Players- Be Aware of Functional Ankle Instability

With the start of basketball season upon us it is a good time to provide some insight on ankle sprains and strategies to offset them.  Most basketball injuries occur in the legs, and even more so in the foot and ankle. This is in part due to the constant starting/stopping motions, acceleration and deceleration of the body, moving in multiple planes, and moving within traffic “in the paint.” Most... 

Plantar fasciitis can be a real pain in the foot

One of the most frequently reported foot problems in our clinics is plantar fasciitis.  The plantar fascia is a flat piece of connective tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes and helps to form and support that arch of your foot. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition of this tissue.  Causes of plantar fasciitis vary, though they include being overweight, high arches, flat feet,... 

A not-so fond farewell to the BCS

It’s already a happy new year for college football fans, if for no other reason than knowing its the last one we will have to spend at the mercy of the BCS. Yet even though I know the unfair system is on its way out the door, I can’t help to give it one last kick in the “S” for making us sit through a New Year’s Day primetime matchup of Central Florida and Baylor. It’s... 

‘Tis the season for flicks, fantasy Super Bowl

So, as you’ve likely picked up on throughout the season, I’m as into popular culture as I am fantasy football. And, believe me, that’s a lot. As such, I get stoked out of my mind this time of year. No, not because of Christmas. Not at all, in fact. I’m excited about two things: fantasy Super Bowl week and the holiday movie season. I know that you and I at least share in our... 

MB’s Wilson, CCU’s Moglia show true coaching colors

Horry County is known for producing rice, indigo, timber, turpentine and even hermit crabs wearing miniature football helmets. This year, we can add championship-caliber football coaches to that list. Through my 20-plus-year career as a sports writer, I encountered two of the best coaching jobs ever on the Grand Strand this fall – Myrtle Beach High’s Mickey Wilson, who took the Seahawks... 

Crunch time for NFL teams and fantasy owners

The countdown is now at two. Two more wins and you’ll be your league champion. The feeling you have right now is that exhilarating rush made up of equal parts confidence and nerve-wracking anxiety. On one hand, you made it this far. Clearly, you’ve done a good job assembling your team and made solid lineup choices all season. So why shouldn’t you be feeling confident right now? On... 

Moglia far from slowing down on his 65th birthday

Most men dream of celebrating their 65th birthday in the traditional fashion – a pocket watch, pension and a retirement party. Coastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia is spending his Big 6-5 on Tuesday living out a different dream – all-night film sessions, media teleconferences and chilly afternoons on the practice field. He’s getting his Chanticleers ready for their toughest... 

A Mizzou fan mourns and wonders ‘what if’

For the second time since 2007, the Missouri Tigers entered the final weekend of college football’s regular season with a chance to win and secure a spot in the national title berth; 545 rushing yards from Auburn later and the dream is dead. The pain of the defeat worsened with the later news of Ohio State losing, giving birth to the ultimate “what if?” scenario. Mizzou fans will likely never... 

Approach of playoffs means time to start your studs

With playoff time upon us in fantasy football land, it’s time to bear down and get it right because there may not be another chance in 2013 if you don’t. One of of the philosophies I’ve long preached is “Always start your studs.”  But what exactly is a stud? Stud players are rare. They’re elite. Usually each team in your league will have two or three. Four at most.... 
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