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Gary Laubach

Behind the Mic: Football is Here!

Friday, August 26, at 7:00pm, the high school football season begins!  I know it seems early.  That’s because it is.  To accommodate the addition of two more classifications (AAAAAA and AAAAA), and the PIAA state championship finals, the season begins a week earlier than in the past.  Remember when no games were played until after Labor Day – this year, two will be played BEFORE Labor Day!  That’s the earliest start ever for Pennsylvania.  And the earliest finish to the regular season if your team does not have a Thanksgiving Day game – October 28-29.  Good or bad, that’s the … [Continue Reading ...]

Chris Michael

The SportsTalk Shop: Football Poll Preview 2016

With an earlier than normal start to the scholastic football season, the time to unveil the first “RCN SportsTalk” High School Football Poll for the Lehigh Valley is almost upon us! I’ve remarked in previous years how comprehensive and diverse our poll is compared to other publications and media outlets, and we are using the same formula for the fall 2016 season. Our voting panel consists of local media members from different outlets, along with local coaches and athletic directors from across the entire district.  The voters are not identified so they can give their honest … [Continue Reading ...]

Gary Laubach

Behind the Mic: Olympian Price Tag

The Olympics in Rio are up and running.  Despite all of the warnings about crime and the Zika virus, there has been very little bad news to come out of the Games.  As I write this, the United States is doing very well (men’s gymnastics aside) and, as is often the case, television viewership ratings rise as the Games proceed.  NBC and their family of cable channels do a marvelous job of covering what must be a monumental challenge.  Being a very small part of the business of television, I find it mind-boggling to think of what goes into producing and televising the Olympics.  Between the … [Continue Reading ...]