The first regular season match of the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) between Portland Thorns FC vs FC Kansas City just concluded with a 1-1 tie. Now that the league has started, what can we glean from this first game? … Continue reading
The ESPN networks and the WNBA made a joint announcement concerning ESPN’s extending their contract and underscoring their commitment to women’s sports. Also announced was a new logo for the WNBA along with a few other tidbits. What are we … Continue reading
As the ACC women’s basketball tournament gets underway, I find it bittersweet as this will be Maryland’s penultimate appearance…for no really good reason that I can fathom. Certainly not geography. Certainly not tradition. In 2014, poof, that disappears and Maryland becomes one of the outlier newcomers of the Big 10 conference who will be tolerated more than welcome. No string of tournament appearances. No history of wins. Reduced access for fans and family (road trips are no longer just a trip up/down I-95). Tougher recruiting because the rivalries are gone.
Normally I’d say something half-jokingly like, “But I’m not bitter,” but frankly, I’m bitter as all-get-out. No offense to the Big 10, they are a great and storied conference, but it’s not the right fit for Maryland (or Penn St or Rutgers, either, for that matter). sigh Guess I should enjoy the ACC run for as long as it lasts. Who knows…maybe they’ll change their mind and decide to stay.
Holly Nagle is a girl who has lost her mom and now doesn’t talk. Fortunately for her, her mom made sure that one of Holly’s uncles would be there to look out for her and love her no matter what in this Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Christmas With Holly. Continue reading
A pastry chef and her mismatched beau have trouble meeting up when Santa decides to strand her in a quaint town with her beau’s friend and co-worker while her boyfriend is trapped at his family lake house with his mother along with his high school sweetheart. Continue reading
Summer Glau stars as Christine, one of Santa’s elves, who at the bequest of Will VanCamp arrives in Los Angeles to give his working-too-hard parents some Help For the Holidays. Continue reading
Come Dance With Me tells us that while ambitious men are still willing to woo the boss’ daughter to get to the top, those darned mid-west roots run deep and love will always have a chance over money if the right person comes along. Continue reading
In The Christmas Heart, a teenage athlete collapses and his parents are told he needs a heart transplant within about ten days. Meanwhile, a man who is constantly looking for the next big score finds himself in need of some redemption. It’s a race against time in a story about faith. Continue reading
Kat and Sam have a standing date: Elissa Beth’s Christmas table on Christmas Eve. Or, more precisely, at the kiddie table. From the title, the plot of the movie is easily guessed at from here: will Kat and Sam find Love at the Christmas Table? Continue reading
When your name is Krissy Kringle, you’re bound to get a lot of grief around Christmas time. But what if you could level the playing field a bit? What if you had Santa’s list of Naughty and Nice to help you mete out justice? Could you handle the list? Continue reading
One of the holidays given short shrift during holiday movie season is Thanksgiving. When they are made, it usually centers around the holiday feast. But what about the traditional parade? No, not the one in New York, the one in Chicago? When an enthusiastic parade coordinator finds herself butting heads with a corporate scrooge, holiday fireworks are bound to ignite. Continue reading
Evan Farnsworth a widower teacher at a boarding school, helps and watches over three students “orphaned” at the school over the Christmas break. What could possibly go wrong? Continue reading
UConn Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma has suggested that offensive deficiencies are keeping the women’s game from growing. His solution? Lower the rims to nine feet. I have to applaud him for making one of the dumbest practical suggestions in years from someone who’s listened to. Continue reading
On September 1, Pia Sundhage, the head coach of US Soccer’s Women’s National Team, announced her intention to return home to pursue opportunities in Sweden (i.e. the head coaching position with their WNT). Like many, I was caught by surprise by this. While I begrudge her none of her opportunities, I can’t help but selfishly worry about the USWNT. Continue reading
A few thoughts on the 2012 Olympic Games in London. I didn’t do daily recaps this time, but I did watch a fair amount of it and have my fair share of opinions on a few aspects of the experience. Continue reading