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  1. Lou Lucier

    Joe Posnanski: your new Senior Writer for SI (Not No More, He Ain't)

    Those “Dirt Dog” Red Sox. The old “Winning Ugly” White Sox. Those dink-and-dunk Patriots that beat the fancy Rams in the 2002 Super Bowl. Those 70s Flyers. The late-80s Pistons. It doesn’t have to be ballet to be enjoyable. I’m glad an inferior park-the-bus Virginia men's soccer team beat No...
  2. Lou Lucier

    Gordie Howe has Died

    My father was the executive chef at the Sheraton (now a Hilton) from the mid-70s to early 80s, so I pretty much grew up at the adjoining hotel, mall, and coliseum. I was Hartford’s pre-teen, Brass-Bonanza-humming, sports-obsessed-boy version of “Eloise.” (The big white parrot in the Civic...
  3. Lou Lucier

    Youth softball allstars. Thoughts on the dreaded coaches kid

    Exact-a-mundo, RI. And I have turned down a few all-star invites for my sons precisely because of beach, lake, national park vacations — the good stuff. I had no problem making those decisions. July, August — that was our time to re-charge. Regular travel seasons (hockey especially) can...
  4. Lou Lucier

    Youth softball allstars. Thoughts on the dreaded coaches kid

    It'll be a lot less frustrating for you and your bender if he/she knows how to skate first. Like I said, the red asses have already made sure their players have been on the ice since 3 1/2, 4 years old. And they've pretty much chased USA Hockey and small-sided games out of the Mites level. AAU...
  5. Lou Lucier

    Youth softball allstars. Thoughts on the dreaded coaches kid

    I’m sorry, this all-star team with 7-year-old reserves who have to sit in the bleachers is NOT “about the kids.” It’s about the egos of parents who are blowing off nervous energy until their kids are old enough to make the high school team. … It’s a head game and even the best of us get sucked...
  6. Lou Lucier

    Youth softball allstars. Thoughts on the dreaded coaches kid

    10 was a good, solid age to introduce town leaguers to all-star teams. But these days, in decent-sized suburbs, all the true all-stars are playing for club teams by 10. The all-star concept is obsolete. Thanks Obama.
  7. Lou Lucier

    Youth softball allstars. Thoughts on the dreaded coaches kid

    My first post here and I choose to waste it ripping on some yokel who: a) Thinks an all-star team for 7 year olds is a good idea, b) Thinks an all-star team for 7 year olds that makes a poor little girl serve as a healthy scratch is a good idea, c) Thinks that subjecting his daughter to this...