The Hot Corner

Kalle Oakes was a 27-year veteran of the Sun Journal sports staff and spent several years as the sports editor. He is now sports editor of the Georgetown (Kentucky) News-Graphic, but still keeps a close eye on the Maine sports scene. You can reach him by email at kaloakes1972@yahoo.com.

The Hot Corner: Stevens' coaching the difference for Celtics

We can argue all day long about whether or not the NBA is "what it used to be." Athletes evolve. Styles of play and behavior...

The Hot Corner: Don't judge lopsided games by their final scores

What's the right lesson to teach our kids? We re-evaluate the answer to that question more frequently than ever. It's the reason we've wound up...

The Hot Corner: Odds and ends as winter never ends

A few random Monday morning thoughts while we gaze out our respective windows, 1,100 miles apart, and wonder what nearly the entire continental United...

The Hot Corner: Maybe UMaine will one day reach NCAA tournament

Few people have provided the University of Maine athletic program with more bulletin board material than yours truly. I've called frequent attention to the Black...

The Hot Corner: Black Bears stir up pride in Maine girls' and womens' basketball

I'm not the world's leading apologist for my state of origin. Invariably the conversation turns to the tax burden, job market, black fly population, mathematical...

The Hot Corner: Appreciating the unsung basketball coaches

We live in a time when our everyday heroes are more important than ever, yet we take them for granted or even downplay their...

The Hot Corner: Shaking my head at Brady's non-shake outrage

Tried to forget, but the Super Bowl aftermath was a painful reminder how obsessed America is with surface, symbolic foolishness such as handshakes. We can't...

The Hot Corner: New England championship power rankings, Gen X edition

How pampered is our life as New England sports fans? I can actually make a top-10 list of my favorite championship teams and feel...

The Hot Corner: Patriots ignore the noise, keep playing their own tune

Now what? What's the next trick designed to keep the New England Patriots from winning a sixth Super Bowl championship in 17 seasons? Conventional means...

The Hot Corner: Cosgrove and Colby a welcome combo

It's a shame when someone from any walk of life walks away prematurely from what he or she was clearly born to do. Yes, there...