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: Slicer’s point shouldn’t be lost in American Legion controversy

Yes, I was 1,000 miles away from the Maine American Legion baseball championship round Wednesday at Husson University. The too-obvious joke is that Bessey Motors...

The Hot Corner: NASCAR must return to its roots

Rain ravaged Sunday's scheduled starting time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The whims of the weather ensured that everyone's dreaded the-sky-is-falling symptom — empty seats...

The Hot Corner: A tip of the cap to coaches on Father's Day

Spent all week trying not to be That Guy and acquiesce to the suddenly rampant-on-social-media conviction that there is some sort of "war" on...

The Hot Corner: Harriman was the hero Bates football needed

Winning percentage doesn't always tell the whole story. I know that's contrary to the sporting world's economy. Players are evaluated through results-oriented goggles, and coaches...

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...