By: Coach Gary Edwards
Gary Edwards is a Virginia Beach native who began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Virginia Wesleyan College. In his 38 years on the sidelines, Edwards has coached on all NCAA levels, Division I, Division II and Division III. His career record stands at 581-429 and his teams have won numerous championships and awards. Edwards began writing weekly columns for Florence Morning News when he moved back to South Carolina to take over the coaching reigns at Francis Marion University.
My Francis Marion University men’s basketball team lost its home opener last week to Newberry College. I’m always down after a loss, but this one hit me especially hard.
I talked with my assistants after the game searching fo...
The Francis Marion University men’s basketball team doesn’t open its 2019-2020 season until next week, but I just couldn’t wait to write my first column any longer. There is just so much to talk about!
Like most politicians I will start with the low hanging fruit. My favorite foil, the NCAA, made a statement this week proclaiming support for college athletes to profit from name, image, and likeness endorsements.
Read the statement and you will be left with the impression the NCAA has finally seen the light in regard to compensation for college athletes. “We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” Ohio State President Michael Drake wrote.
In reality, the NCAA is being led down this road kicking and screaming. After the Calif...
GUYS AND DOLLS MUSIC AND LYRICS BY FRANK LOESSER, BOOK BY JO SWERLING & ABE BURROWS
September 18 to October 6, 2019 | Prohibition Era New York is bustling with glitz and glamour in this classic Tony Award-winning musical. Nathan Detroit, the city’s most infamous craps game organizer, makes the bet of a lifetime with high-roller Sky Masterson. Sky accepts, and tries to win the heart of “Save-A-Soul” missionary Sarah Brown, while Nathan’s fiancé of 14-years, Adelaide, grows tired of him gambling with hers. When it comes to love, these characters discover you’ve gotta play the right cards if you want to win big.
DETROIT Ꞌ67 BY DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU
October 23 to November 10, 2019 | Turntables turn to turmoil in the heart of Detroit when a mysterious woman ent...
What are you doing August 23rd and 24th? Well, if you are in town
Let’s Meet Up at Live! on Atlantic at the oceanfront on 24th Street for the 10th Annual Virginia Beach Funk Fest. The FunkFest Beach Party is widely known as being the hottest family reunion on the East Coast! Let’s Meet Up at 24th Street for funk and disco era bands, great home cooked-style food and create some new memories that remind you of the good old days. Some of the amazing groups that will be performing include Midnight Star, Zapp, Klymaxx feat, Joyce Irby, Ohio Players, among many more!
Admission is free to the beach concert stage and a Preferred Viewing ticket option with Beach access closer to the stage is available for purchase from ticketmaster.com and Virginia Beach Vi...
With Dr. Kara Coe
Party With a Purpose: A Charitable Reason this Fall Season
As the summer heat dissipates in Coastal Virginia, late August ushers in our annual Fall customs. For many of us, the frenzy of school supplies, anticipation of cool crisp weather, and pumpkin-flavored everything, will also bring a sense of togetherness. Kids return from camp, fathers get out their football jerseys, and mothers start making plans for Thanksgiving and holiday travel.
In Hampton Roads, we are blessed with the good fortune of warm Autumn evenings well into October, as well as, brilliant foliage and harvested crops; the perfect conditions for both indoor and outdoor entertaining at home. Do I ever need an excuse to host an event? No! I just need friends, food, and plentiful cockt...
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During our February issue, I reviewed the beginning of season two of Star Trek Discovery. Compared to the 1st Season, I was relieved and happy with what I saw. The first season did not stick to Star Trek canon (the timeline and rules of Star Trek). Happily, the second season does.
The first episode opens with the USS Discovery answering a distress call from the USS Enterprise. Remember, this is set about 10 years prior to Captain Kirk. The commanding officer of the Enterprise is Captain Christopher Pike, played by Anson Mount. He actually is playing the character in a similar fashion to Bruce Greenwood’s portrayal in the movies. He has a great sense of humor and takes command of Discovery to go on a special mission for the Federation. Thi...
In our New Year’s Edition, I reviewed the CBS All Access original program -Star Trek Discovery.
On January 17 th the second season of Discovery kicked off. While I did enjoy last season’s show, I felt it went off the rails in the violence department and lacked the humor for which Star Trek is known. Fortunately, this season has gone back to the Gene Roddenberry vision.
The first episode opens with the USS Discovery answering a distress call from the USS Enterprise. Remember, this is set about 10 years prior to Captain Kirk. The commanding officer of the Enterprise is Captain Christopher Pike, played by Anson Mount. He actually is playing the
character in a similar fashion to Bruce Greenwood’s portrayal in the movies. He has a great sense of humor and takes command of Discovery to...
As a kid growing up in Miami, I was fortunate to be introduced to Star Trek by my father. Although the original series was already in syndication, each week our family would sit in front of the TV in the den and watch the exploits of Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley ) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise. I was hooked! I became a Trekkie. I also attended my first Star Trek Convention at the Miami Space Transit Planetarium. They would show some of the classic episodes in the planetarium itself. You have not seen Star Trek until you have seen it play on the big screen the size of the sky.
Fast forward and after many spinoffs and sequels, Star Trek is back on the small screen. Star Trek Discovery – only available via CBS...
This column will be dedicated to my late Father – Manny Meyer. He was a devout movie buff. When we moved up to Virginia Beach from Florida when I was 13, one of the first things my Father discovered was the Naro Cinema. My Father and I used to trek to the Naro Cinema on Colley Avenue in Norfolk almost every week to see either a film Noir or foreign film that was playing. In fact, he was such a film buff that he and some of his friends formed the Tidewater Film Society. A group of 20 – 40 “interesting” people would get together in an old building off Granby Street and would show old silent films. I was introduced to the works of Buster Keaton, W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and many others. That lasted for just a couple of years; but it was certainly an education. Up until the t...