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December 12, 2012

Winter sports scene is where it's at

This week is a good week, folks.

With the winter sports season opening up, it marks the start of the best three months of the high school sports season.

We live in one of the few areas of the country that gets to enjoy the full winter sports scene. Enjoy it.

Between hockey and basketball, which will both get into full swing over the next week, there are entertaining games to be taken in nearly every night of the week.

Both sports are played fast. There’s a ton of skill involved. Venues tend to be full, and the atmosphere reflects that.

Now, this is not meant to downplay the fall and the spring. Friday night football is an unshakable tradition, and with soccer and field hockey in the mix, there’s plenty of excitement during the fall months.

But it tends to live and die with football, and with games being played just once a week, that, in my mind at least, leaves a void.

The same can be said for baseball, lacrosse, softball, etc. All are a great take.

In the winter months, though, things just feel different.

Perhaps it’s because the weather in these parts tends to be terrible. I don’t know about you, but when the whole world is iced over, windy and cold, I tend to look for any excuse to stay indoors.

Judging by the crowds that frequent local rinks and basketball courts, I’m not alone on that one.

Take the Dorothy Talbot Rink at O’Maley Middle School. The energy inside that place is palpable any time Gloucester or Rockport takes the ice.

There’s just something about The Tank. The stands are always full, the music’s always loud, and the play on the ice generally tends to justify the turnout.

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