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By Don's Early Light

Mahler: Lance Who? Armstrong Much Ado About Nothing

So tell me — this is an American hero? What is our obsession with lying crud like Lance Armstrong? Why are we wasting so much angst over a man who deserves only our derision and spite? Is it like rubbernecking on the interstate when you pass an accident? You just gotta look? People ask me, “What do you think of Lance Armstrong?” I tell them: I don’t think anything about him. Not a damn thing. He doesn’t deserve our thoughts. He lied, cheated and deceived

Mahler: Vote Early and Often for Hartford Football

There is no question that Hartford High has the best football team in the entire state of Vermont. The numbers bear that out. The little school that could has dominated the Green Mountain gridiron, winning the last three straight Division I state titles and a total of 10 division crowns in Mike Stone’s 26-year tenure. They do it with the same hard-nosed system, passing the torch from one grown-up group of Mini-Canes to the next generation. The plays are the same; the families are the

Mahler: Alphabet Awards; Local Sports Year in Review From A to Z

In case you didn’t have enough the first time around, here is a second helping of the Alphabet Awards, designed to recognize some of the accomplishments of Upper Valley athletes during the past year: A: Andrew Gamble. Lebanon veteran track coach is inducted into the New Hampshire Track & Field Coaches Organization Hall of Fame. B: Bowling. Hartford and Oxbow were crowned champions in Vermont’s inaugural, unofficial bowling season. C: Carl ‘Chiefy’ Desilets retires as the Stevens girls basketball coach after eight years and bringing

Mahler: The Letter Winners

It has been a year of triumph and accomplishment for Upper Valley athletes and teams — from Olympic feats to collegiate glory, to the high school record setters to the dogged weekend warriors. To honor all those, we offer a far-from-comprehensive list of some of the notable accomplishments from the past year as a way to acknowledge the success and participation of all those who have made the athletic scene the better for their involvement. It’s just a little way of saying thanks and offering

Mahler: Imagine if Conference Shuffle Hit the Ivies

You better sit down. I have it on good authority that the tornado blowing through the collegiate athletic conference landscape will soon touch down right here in our neighborhood. Don’t look now, but the Ivy League is about to get shaken up like a vodka martini. I’m sure you haven’t heard yet because the Ivy League is doing the best it can to keep this under wraps for as long as possible. After all, breaking up this old gang of mine would send seismic shocks

Mahler: For Golf Coach, Plenty of Reason for Thanks

As you listen to Rich Parker describe the events last month on Interstate 91 around Windsor, Conn., you realize just how many ways this thing could have gone bad. And believe me, there were many ways. But the subtle change in his voice as he tells the story — a mixture of awe, reverence and a touch of humility perhaps — let’s you know that there was, in fact, despite the chance for disaster, a happy and safe ending. So you’ll have to excuse Parker