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 By Stephen McKay    Sports    September 17, 2015

Talking Sports: Looking forward to the big game

Friday night is the big game in Sidney. If you love sports, you love the big games most of all. The Sidney Red Raiders will be hosting the McCook Bison at Weymouth Field on Friday at 7 p.m. Both...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    September 10, 2015

Talking Sports: Weekend of local sports action

W ith Labor Day now in the rearview mirror, the local sports seasons kick into high gear. After a quiet holiday weekend, the upcoming two days are full of activity. On the gridiron, all the local...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    September 3, 2015

Talking Sports: Time for the rest of the local teams to kick off

For two of the football teams in The Sidney Sun-Telegraph coverage area, Friday will be the first game of their season. For another, the Peetz Bulldogs, it will seem like a season opener in many...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    August 27, 2015

Talking Sports: The Eagle – and this writer – have landed

There's only one thing that's ever been on my bucket list. But I did it well before the term bucket list was ever coined. When the 1990s began, I believed I should commit myself to achieving the...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    August 20, 2015

Talking Sports - Fall is here: Let the high school games begin

I'm sure you've all felt it – that touch of fall that has been in the air for a few days this week. Of course, it will be over 90 degrees on Friday – but that can't erase the recent warning by mot...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    August 13, 2015

Talking Sports: Gifford will be missed by many

I was sorry to hear about the death of Frank Gifford earlier this week. He was the last surviving member of the greatest sports broadcast booth there ever was. Gifford's playing days with the New...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    August 6, 2015

Talking Sports: Fear of water should be halted early in life

I came across a several-year old story in Slate magazine that discussed the drowning deaths of six teenagers in Louisiana. None of the victims or the adult bystanders knew how to swim. The article...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    July 23, 2015

Talking Sports: Nebraska baseball, MLB has co-existed

Once upon a time, I could be transfixed for hours by the Baseball Encyclopedia or Baseball Almanac. Now the information once housed in those enormous volumes can be found at our fingertips on the...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    July 16, 2015

Talking Sports: I've talked with Babe Ruth ... sort of

I've spoken to Babe Ruth – almost. Not long ago, I read an excerpt from a book about Babe Ruth's called shot in the 1932 World Series. As part of his research the author, Ed Sherman, spoke with...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    July 9, 2015

Talking Sports: Sidney juniors ready for shot at district crown

Somehow it seems like only a couple of weeks ago that the American Legion teams opened their seasons. Nevertheless, the post season has arrived – for the juniors anyway -– ready or not. While the...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    July 2, 2015

Talking Sports: Legion coach makes tough call on rosters

Whenever the postseason in any sport nears, I always have the same reaction – the season sure went by fast. Well, it's that time of the season again. In just eight days on July 10, the American...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    June 25, 2015

Talking Sports: Stingrays meet, baseball tourney will fill weekend

For summertime, it's a pretty big weekend coming up in local sports. First, the Sidney Stingrays swim team will hold its lone home meet of the season here in town. They will take on all their league...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    June 18, 2015

Talking Sports: Sidney's title in 1945 was welcomed distraction

In the winter of 1945, there were more important things going on in the world than the Sidney High School basketball team's drive for a state championship. Perhaps that's what made the '45 Maroons suc...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    June 11, 2015

Talking Sports: Youth baseball tourney brings attention to cancer

My Mom, G-Ma Packer, S. Schroeder, Aunt Cheryl, Dr. Shaw, Aunt Janine, Aunt Char, DaNelle, Grandma Menken, Grandma Mary, Brooke's Mom, My Best Friend, Mom & Kim. Unfortunately, even many...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    May 28, 2015

Talking Sports: Quoting 'rival' causes stir on Facebook

At the 2015 NSAA State Track and Field Championships in Omaha last weekend, I watched the final event from the west hill at Burke Stadium. My vantage point for the race was perfect for watching, and... Full story

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    May 21, 2015

Talking Sports: Time for the state track meet, but wasn't it just fall?

Wasn't it just a few days ago that state basketball concluded in Lincoln? Well, it sure seems like it. Especially when you look outside and see a blinding snow storm. It's hard to believe Nebraska sta...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    May 14, 2015

Talking Sports: Rooting for NHL's Rangers can be big distraction

I don’t follow professional sports as closely as I once did. Maybe there’s just not as much time or maybe it’s less exciting to watch the teams I’ve rooted for all my life struggle year after year. When I was a kid, I would root for my...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    May 7, 2015

Talking Sports: As competition heats up, reflecting on triumphs

We’re now one week into May, the biggest month on the spring sports calendar. Saturday begins the local post season with the Peetz Bulldogs heading to Lakewood, Colo. for baseball regionals. There are six days left before the Class D-11 district...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    April 30, 2015

Talking Sports: Violence leads to odd empty house

Earlier this week the Baltimore Orioles played in front of an empty stadium. Somehow word leaked out that the O’s beat the Chicago White Sox, 8-2. Because of the unrest in the city after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the violence... Full story

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    April 23, 2015

Talking Sports: Double 'no-nos' pretty special feat

Eat your heart out Ernie Lombardi. There have been a few interesting local sports stories of note over that past week. Tuesday’s Peetz baseball game, which was played in front of no more than 20 onlookers, has to top the list. Congratulations to Pe...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    April 16, 2015

Talking Sports: Spring sports coming to exciting finishes

After Sidney High School freshman Jakob Austad landed in the long jump pit last Friday at the Mitchell Invite, he bounced up and waited for the tape to be read. He sensed it was a good one. After the tape was stretched and the verdict read, Austad...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    April 9, 2015

Talking Sports: Opening Day brings back fond memories

“To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born.” No good. Better not plagiarize Charles Dickens so early in the morning. “I was born in the house that my father built.” That’s how Richard Nixon opened his...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    April 2, 2015

Talking Sports: Tiger at the Masters still worth watching

I saw an article online recently indicating that Tiger Woods had fallen off the world’s Top 100 golfers list for the first time since 1996. Considering his amazing and rapid rise to the top – and subsequent domination of the PGA Tour – I find...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    March 26, 2015

It's time to get the spring sports rolling

Already twice postponed, the opening of the area baseball season will try again this afternoon in Peetz. The Bulldogs will host the Prairie Mustangs in a doubleheader – unless cancelled again. On Friday, the golf season opens. Sidney will travel...

 By Stephen McKay    Sports    March 19, 2015

Talking Sports: Peetz, Sidney put on great show for fans

It’s been quite a week. Congratulations to the Peetz and Sidney boys’ basketball teams for giving their fans a great show at state. I didn’t get to see the ‘Dogs in Loveland, but at least I saw them punch their ticket at regionals. The Peetz...


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