HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division II Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division I Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS TRACK AND FIELD: 2019 Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches’ All-Star Teams

As the spring sports season enters its final week, ON THE BLOG begins to put a bow on the 2018-19 scholastic sports year. Today, the Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches' All-Star Teams are released. Western Wayne coach Justin Collins organizes a meeting of the coaches...

Wade, Didi team up for ‘extraordinary’ play

Didi Gregorius ranges up the middle to field a ground ball by Malquin Canelo in the third inning. Gregorius would spin and throw to first in time to get the Lehigh Valley leadoff hitter, but that wasn't even the most impressive defensive play he was a part of Friday...
Coronavirus Diaries Day 74: George Floyd Didn’t Kill Himself

Coronavirus Diaries Day 74: George Floyd Didn’t Kill Himself

This is why they kneel. That's obvious to most sane people possessed of a soul and any sense of human decency, but some of us are more outraged by a professional athlete's benign exercise of First Amendment rights than the murder of an American citizen at the hands of...

‘NSFW’

‘NSFW’

State Rep. Brian Sims, a Philadelphia Democrat, posted an epic Facebook Live rant this week after learning that a Republican member of the House had self-quarantined after testing positive for coronavirus -- a fact that the ruling GOP leadership knew but did not share...

What first amendment?

What first amendment?

Twitter finally got off the dime and fact-checked our reality-challenged president. Predictably, he did not like that. Authoritarians always bristle at being corrected. Maybe Twitter will finally get around to dealing with Trump's more outrageous abuses of its platform.

Really unreal?

Really unreal?

#Scranton experienced a sudden surge on Twitter this week when a number of users were surprised to learn that Scranton is an actual city and not a fictional setting for "The Office." Go figure.

Red meat for the faithful

Red meat for the faithful

Trump's Friday order that the states to declare churches "essential businesses" that should stay open during the pandemic likely was a Hail Mary to prop up sagging support among evangelicals and white Catholics. It's unclear whether he has the authority to do this --...

The magic Sharpie strikes again

The magic Sharpie strikes again

We can't say we weren't warned. Trump's threat to withhold federal funds from Michigan and Nevada is a variation of the squeeze he put on Ukraine and its president last year: "Do this thing that will help me personally and politically, and you can have your money."...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 61: Charcoal Memories

Coronavirus Diaries Day 61: Charcoal Memories

Many aromas mark the start of summer -- flowers, pollen, sunscreen, etc., but for me, summer tastes like charcoal.  I burned my way through a pair of gas grills over the past 20 years, and planned to buy another one when we moved from Dalton to Old Forge last year....

Coronavirus Diaries Day 58: ‘I’ the ‘Peaple’

Coronavirus Diaries Day 58: ‘I’ the ‘Peaple’

Got an email this morning from a wise old friend I haven't seen since before the pandemic. It included a quote from Edith Hamilton, among the most revered classics scholars of the 20th Century. Hamilton's gift was mining ancient Greek politics and society for clues...

Still doing time

Still doing time

Former Trump campaign manager and current federal convict Paul Manafort is being sent home to spend the remainder of his 7.5-year sentence. The 75-year-old felon has a history of health issues, which sprung him from FCI-Loretto due to concerns over the spread of...