• SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Assessing the 2014 football season thus far

    As we hit the midway point in the high school football season, there is still a lot of ball to be played. Crestview High School is off to a disappointing 0-4 start. But believe me, nobody is more disappointed than Bulldog Coach Tim Hatten. He is doing everything he can in his vast coaching knowledge and experience to right the ship and get things back on track. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Reflecting on simpler times

    I grew up in a day when football, especially high school football, was played in the trenches. The 1970s' glamour formations were the Power I and Wishbone T. Teams won by pounding the rock and pounding the opposition into submission. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Parents' investments go deep

    Today, Sept. 10, would have been my parents’ 59th wedding anniversary. As many of you know, my dad, Jim Dickson, passed away a little more than a year ago. So this day has become more of reflection than celebration as I think of the life Dad shared with my mom, Joan. Looking back to the time I was growing up, Mom and Dad were like so many parents then and now. Dad coached youth league baseball and basketball. Mom helped work the concession stand and was the de facto team nurse for many years. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is a must see movie

    When it comes to sports movies, I can be a tough critic, especially if the movie is based on a player or team with which I’m somewhat familiar. Everyone loves the old classic “The Pride of the Yankees,” about baseball Hall of Famer, Lou Gehrig, but I cringed at the movie's inaccuracies the first time I saw it. READ MORE

  • SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Football season calls

    Friday night, I embark on my 14th season of covering high school football in Okaloosa County. Twenty-nine years ago, I began as a sports writer, stringing for the old Gulf Breeze Sentinel. Thirty-nine years ago, I was a senior at Gulf Breeze High School getting ready for my final high school season. READ MORE


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