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Otter Attacks Coaching Staff
April 7, 2004
Otter terrorizes rowing coaches, film at 11.  more

Rubberband Girl
February 9, 2004
Since I'm not one of the lucky few to live in such pleasant climes as California or Georgia, I made do with the erg.  more

Rowing in Iraq
February 6, 2004
Letter from Iraq, Diane F. Godorov, D.O. CPT MC, US Army  more

Upon Schuykill's Flows
November 20, 2003
with apologies to Robert Herrick's poem Upon Julia's Clothes  more

A crab in the life of a novice eight
October 16, 2003
Whoah, Coach never told me that could happen.  more

September 10, 2003
When you fully commit to something, all sorts of things fall into place.  more

Blackout: In NYC, Life Imitates Rowing
August 20, 2003
I weaved my way through blackened silhouettes. It was then that another memory came to mind. Rowing home.  more

Go West
March 5, 2003
Gone West: A new river, a new club, new sensations  more

The Worst Erg Music
February 19, 2003
Stop asking me why we build castles in the sky - I'm trying to erg!  more

A Rowing Billet-Doux
December 19, 2002
Darling...  more

Shakespeare on Morning Practices
December 18, 2002
To bed, or not to bed: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to linger
Twixt sheets and pillows of luxurious fortune,
Or to take oars to row a sea of honors,
And by stroking win them? To row--or sleep...  more

What Game Are They Playing?
December 13, 2002
"The lessons of life are learned on the playing fields. Camus said that the only context in which he really learned ethics was sport. Athletes compete, deal.with winning and losing, bond with and resolve conflicts with teammates. They learn to manage their time and multitask. All of this makes them successful in life."  more

Seat-Racing A Twinkie
December 12, 2002
The oars barely clear the puddles, the blades seem to hesitate for weeks above the water and then thrash in with all the grace of a drunken spider doing a belly flop. It's one of those days. You've cajoled, you've cursed, you've thrown your megaphone.

But wait, you think. I know what'll shake them up...  more

Athens Here I Come
December 4, 2002
This little rowing misadventure begins with a Saturday night out on the town with some friends, a few gin and tonics too many, and a woozy feeling of: "I think that I'm forgetting something" as my head hit the pillow at about 3am.  more

Truly memorable, holy-beegeezus crabs
November 1, 2002
We've all seen 'em: big crabs, little crabs, crabs in practice, in racing, full-blown over-the-head ejector crabs, you name it. But even among those, there is that species of crab that stands above the rest: the truly memorable, holy-beejeezus crab.  more

One for the Team
September 1, 2002
This morning at 545am, Joe McDermott a Philadelphia Police Detective in the the Southwest Division (and former Temple University oarsman), was arriving for crew practice at Vesper Boat Club for a boat that is going to Ireland with John Timoney to race the Irish Garde in two weeks.  more

Gym Encounters
Subcontinental Rowing Technique
August 10, 2002
"He responded that this rowing simulator had nothing to do with rowing on water, and that it was only supposed to warm up the body before doing weights, and to cool it down afterwards, in case I didn't like the stationery bike."  more

It All Began with a Flip
March 15, 2002
Since the Eight raced before the single, my coach had no qualms about letting me row the single. He saw it as a good way to tire me out and keep me out of trouble after the races.  more

A Pilgrimage
December 7, 2001
I returned not long ago to my first rowing club; the boathouse I frequented in my summers home from boarding school.  more

From Ground Zero to Cabo: Chris Fenyo Update
September 25, 2001
An update from NYC after 9/11.  more

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