Kevra: Go Sox!

Oct 22, 2013
Courtesy, Karen Kevra

New England is a remarkable hub for sports fans with recurring championships in all genres but I am monogamous when it comes to sports.

My heart belongs to baseball.

I was in the stands at­ Fenway Park for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series and the vibe was electric. The opening ceremony was grand and touching. The Green Monster was draped in a huge American flag and was the backdrop for tributes to heroes of the Boston Marathon Bombings. And Dave Roberts, famous for his 2004 post-season steal against the Yankees, threw out the first pitch.

The United States women’s national hockey team will return to one of its fondest cities when it kicks off its pre-Olympic tour with a game against archrival Canada on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

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For many local theaters, one of the biggest challenges is attracting new audiences.  

At Rutland’s Paramount Theatre, officials believe a new $75,000 high definition video and audio system will be key to expanding their outreach.  

Bruce Bouchard, Director of the Paramount Theatre says their new 10,000 lumen projector is three times more powerful than their old one. “What that means is blacks look really black, navy blue looks like navy blue and dark green is dark green. You see every blade of grass.  It’s so cool.”


It remains one of the most iconic images from the intersection of sports and civil rights in the 20th century: Olympic Gold Medalist Tommie Smith standing atop the podium at the 1968 Games in Mexico City with his gloved fist raised in the air, in what many eventually dubbed a “black power salute.” His U.S. teammate John Carlos, who finished with a bronze medal in the same race, also made the gesture.

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The Boston Bruins finished up preseason training camp at The Ice Center, in Waterbury, Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds of fans played hooky from work and school for a chance to see their NHL heroes play some hockey. The event wasn’t widely publicized, but the word got out.

Fans started showing up to the rink at 8:00 a.m. for the 1:30 p.m. practice. By the time the team bus arrived, hundreds of spectators were packed into the arena, and the line of fans spilled out of the building.

Trent Campbell

McCallum Foote reached a long-sought milestone this summer that had only a tangential connection to his skills as a record-setting quarterback for the Middlebury College football team. It took 20 years, a dedicated diet and countless hours in the weight room, but Foote now officially weighs more than 200 pounds.

“That was really a proud moment – I’ve been working a long time for that,” said Foote, a 6-2, 201-pound senior who played at 187 pounds last season. “When I got on the scale I actually took a picture and sent it to my teammates, saying ‘Finally!’ “

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It’s no secret that Vermont is a proud member of the Red Sox Nation. Greg Pearson’s book Fenway Fanatic: 50 Boston Red Sox Fans Tell Their Stories highlights a few Vermonters among the die-hard Red Sox fans he profiled. Pearson says he attempted to include a diverse group.

“This is by no means supposed to be the 50 craziest or most devoted Red Sox fans. Many of them would qualify, but some of them were kind of new fans, some of them were really young,” says Pearson.

Shane Busano

A familiar face is back in the newly expanded dugouts at historic Centennial Field as the Vermont Lake Monsters return for their 20th summer of minor league baseball in Burlington.

Rick Magnante returns for his third season as manager of the Oakland Athletics’ affiliate in the short-season New York-Penn League. It is the first time the team has had that degree of continuity at the top, something Magnante sees as a bonus.

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A field of 524 individuals registered for the first KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in 1989 and 414 of them completed the 26.2-mile course. In the 23 subsequent races, the number of runners who have finished every marathon has shrunk to an elite group of five.