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From the sidelines: A winter sports lover’s dream
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By Shain Gillet

Clipper Sports Editor 

The heavy patch of snow gave many us working folks such as you and I the wonderful opportunity to get into our vehicles and head to work.

I mean that with every bit of sarcasm possible, of course. The roads were slick, the snow continued to fall, and roads at the exit to get to the Clipper office looked like people had built snow-packed sand castles right in the middle of the travel lanes.

It was dreadful. Once again I’m grateful for my truck having four-wheel drive for these types of conditions.

But the real shout-out-loud excitement likely came from all the snowboarders and skiers of the state. Although I’m sure they planned ahead once they knew the storm was coming, those outdoor sports enthusiasts likely were out the door just before the crack of dawn, just so they could beat out the worst part of the storm for the best part of a ski or snowboarding day.

I have never been much for taking up sports in the snow. I’ve gone skiing maybe twice in my life Рonce as a kid living in Salt Lake City, and again on a family outingР and snowboarding wasn’t as popular of a sport as it is today.

That isn’t to say, however, that I’m not willing to take part if invited, I simply prefer the spring and summer-type sports of golf, baseball and the like.

I even find it a little more difficult to take part in the indoor sports related to winter. Basketball was something I played a lot as a kid, but growing up in North Carolina we all played outdoors.

Once the snow fell there, which only happened once or twice in the three years we lived there, basketball on the street was replaced by football on the grass.

Those were good times.

I should also thank the winter season for bringing me into the sport of wrestling. I took up wrestling for a single year, and even though I wasn’t very good at it, I gave it everything I had and learned a lot more about real wrestling than ever before.

I suppose my point is this: those who enjoy the great outdoor sports in the winter most likely enjoyed the weather we received recently.

As for myself, I’ll stay indoors and do something a little more suitable to my favorite sports.

I hear bowling is a highly-participated sport this time of year.

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