From the Wayback Machine: Tribute to a true sports writing legend

The other day I wrote about the sad departure of Burlington Times-News sports editor Bob Sutton after 25 years due to corporate layoffs related to the merger of GateHouse Media and Gannett. I noted then that I had worked with the best sports editor in the newspaper's history -- the late Bill Hunter -- and … Continue reading From the Wayback Machine: Tribute to a true sports writing legend

Bob Sutton: The hardest working man in journalism is looking for what’s next

When I returned to the Burlington Times-News in 2007 as executive editor, one of the first people I wanted to meet was Bob Sutton, the sports editor. Bob was hardly new to the job then. His dedication, commitment and work habits were already the stuff of legend. And if I recall correctly, he had just … Continue reading Bob Sutton: The hardest working man in journalism is looking for what’s next

Sabathia should join Thome as former Burlington Indians in Cooperstown

When C.C. Sabathia took the mound for the Burlington Indians in 1998, he was a long and lanky 17-year-old from California. Three years later -- after minor league stops in Kinston, Columbus and Akron, the 6-foot, 6-inch tall lefthander was on a Major League roster, posting a 17-5 record for the Cleveland Indians, the team … Continue reading Sabathia should join Thome as former Burlington Indians in Cooperstown

Elon provided foundation for Brebbia’s rise to the Major Leagues

I asked John Brebbia the same question I ask everyone I interview who is associated with the university where I now work as a staff writer: "How did you get to Elon?" Some of the answers are surprising, others not so much. Elon does rate highly in a number of those college rankings released annually, … Continue reading Elon provided foundation for Brebbia’s rise to the Major Leagues

Updated: So what might college athletes be endorsing? An interesting question

UPDATE: On Tuesday, Oct. 29 the NCAA made a move toward allowing athletes to sell their brand while still on campus and playing for athletic teams -- something it seeks to put in place in 2021. This belated action is in response to the California measure passed a  couple of weeks ago and similar actions … Continue reading Updated: So what might college athletes be endorsing? An interesting question

(Updated) John Brebbia: A former Elon player to watch in the baseball playoffs

UPDATE: John Brebbia did get in Thursday's game one, but just for a short time. He was, however, involved in what was seen by analysts as a key play in the game. Coming on in the seventh inning, leadoff hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a screaming shot to right field. Thinking it might be a … Continue reading (Updated) John Brebbia: A former Elon player to watch in the baseball playoffs