About The SportsLifer

Hello. Welcome to the toy department. My name is Rick Bause, a public relations manager for a world-renowned technology company dedicated to making the world a smarter planet…and a guy whose head is filled with nearly 30 years of sports column ideas. The SportsLifer is my creative outlet for those ideas.

The SportsLifer is dedicated to the fan that lives within us all. Scene and Heard was the name of my sports column in the Fitchburg Sentinel and Leominster Enterprise (Massachusetts) running five times a week through much of the 70s. Similar to the Fitchburg chronicles — and to similar musings at the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel — I will attempt to interwine the threads of sports and life in this blog, with a distinct New York accent. (What, you got a problem with that.)

Sports is the tie that binds generations. From father to son and daughter, brother to brother, sister to sister, family to family, friend to friend. There is a fabric that weaves through all of us who follow sports in America.

Here’s hoping you enjoy The SportsLifer’s perspective on the world of sports.

33 Comments on “About The SportsLifer”

  1. Diane M says:

    Hey Rick good job Brian and I will look forward to your new insights . A new Red Sox year just beginning!! Congrats!!!

  2. Jim B says:

    Nice job……it is always interesting to see what you have to say. Keep up the good work!!!!!!

  3. Steve D. says:

    Sitting here showing Tom Devine Sr. the internet and the goings on of the sportslifer. Love the peice on Sam the Butcher. Maybe next article can be about that awsome 1969 bernies football team.

  4. Ed Scannell says:

    Hey Rick, as I have told you before you have been the luckiest sports fan I have ever known in that you have been witness to some very memorable if not historic games, particularly baseball and football. Can’t wait to see what your Top 10 list is for most memorable games you have seen live.

  5. buddy mahar says:

    Hi Rick
    Glad to see you are still doing what you love to do and that is write. Spoke to Jim Todd and Marty Caron
    Hope someday to have a few beers with you.
    Still 1 of the great comebacks in HS B Ball Notre Dame Fitchburg down 19 points with 8 minutes to go.That was when they used peach Baskets.
    Watch out for Chaminade vs North Carolina in the opening round of the Maui Invitational Tournament in November. Biggest upset of all time. Chaminade has the best young coach in the country bar none, but I may be a tad partial. Andy Mahar and his wonderful wife Kelly just had their 3rd beautiful daughter Addision. New teamates for Mackenzie and Sophie.
    My good friend Jon Cowan is a fanatic Yans fan.
    Well to hooking up with you someday. Mi casa es su casa
    Buddy Mahar

  6. Ralph Parmenter says:

    Hi Rick:

    Great site! It stirs memories in all of us. I’m glad we got back in touch after all these years.


  7. marc a. maturo says:

    Hey lifer! Great to meet you, and judging by the company you keep, you’re a good man. It was much too brief, but like they say, it’s a start. Will examine your site with relish. Quickly, I must agree that sports is a common thread that binds and, without question, memories are made of this. More anon and anon. When you have the time and find the inclination, check out MARCMYWORDS.NET. See ya, stay well and keep scribbling.

  8. mdbirdlover says:

    How did I not comment on this before.
    Great to stop in and see you Rick.
    I enjoy reading all your work and just found my way here through Facebook, if you believe that one.

    Keep it going…

  9. Bob DiLallo says:

    Is this the only way to follow you?

  10. Drew Zhu says:

    Hi Rick,
    Very nice work and I enjoy reading your blogs. I originally came from China and I am a big sports fan. Now I am working a book that introduce NCAA sports to Chinese fans. I find some of of your blogs are very helpful for me. I would like to use some of the materials in your blogs and translate them into Chinese, along with the pictures. For example, Michael Jordan’s jump shot on this website:

    and others. Can you please let me know if it’s ok to use them? I will put them into the reference if I am allowed to use.

    Thanks you very much and I look forward to hearing from you!


    • sportslifer says:

      Drew, thanks for your note. You can use some of he materials but would appreciate it if you gave me credit and provided a link to my blog. As far as the photos, I pull them off the Internet, so it’s not up to me to approve use of photos.

  11. Joe B says:

    Great meeting you this past week. The site offering looks like a fantastic buffet for the sports nut!

    I’ll be back again soon!

  12. Joe B says:

    Again thanks for the great job on my notes. Sent your blog address to a number of friends and received a phone call remarking on what a great read your last pst was.

    Back to you soon!


  13. Paul Laedlein says:

    Hey Rick: I love your sportslifer website. I’ve always ben amazed by your ability to remember even the smallest details of sports events, particularly baseball. Here’s a puzzler for you. When I was a kid I went to a Baltimore Oriole home game versus Yankees (arch enemies) in which I remember both Mantle and Maris hitting home runs. It must have been 1960-63. How can I figure out when that game(s) would have been played?

    • SportsLifer says:

      Hey Led. Try retrosheet at http://www.retrosheet.org/. Go to the games tab on the top middle of page, click on games and then regular season. Then you select the year and the team — Orioles — and the game log should give you a box score of every game they played that year. A guy I know at IBM actually helped build the page a few years ago. It’s a great way to find old games. Another way to do it is go to baseball reference at http://www.retrosheet.org// Go to the team then the year etc.

  14. Josh Beck says:

    Great blog, I’m from WP , I bumped into Joe Bilone, he put me onto your site. Check mine out, smackjabber.com – maybe we could link up in the future.

  15. what a wonderful blog you have. Consider me a huge fan. Am looking forward to each new post!

    • SportsLifer says:

      Gilbert, thank you so much for your note. Glad you enjoy the SportsLifer. Wish I had more time to post, been busy with the day job. Got lots of ideas in my head, so stay tuned.

  16. Justin says:

    Hi To Whom This May Concern,

    I hope you are doing well. I am the owner of http://www.yahoofantasyfootballrankings.com, and I wanted to know if you would be willing to put a text link of my blog on your home page, can be anywhere? I’m trying to build more credibility for my website and I absolutely love yours. Please let me know.

    Sincerely Yours,

  17. Moribito says:

    Hi I read your account on how you cheated death on 9/11 and was intrigued by the part about Walt Mossberg who was worried about a plane that could hit a building. How is this possible to predict that or did I misunderstood?

    • SportsLifer says:

      Hi. Walt and I met at IBM’s New York headquarters, 590 Madison Avenue at the corner of 57th Street. The first plane flew low over Manhattan before crashing into the World Trade Center.

  18. Wayne Dederick says:

    Yesterday I biked the Dutchess Rail Trail down to Daddy O’s. In December, the last time I was there, I thought they were extending the trail south towards Putnam County. It appears they are not. What they are apparently doing is installing a new entrance to the DRT that goes under the Rt. 82 [?] overpass so people coming from the south do not have to cross a major highway.

  19. Charles Mosco says:

    Rick, How do you find the time? You are remarkable. Great writing. That piece with Bill Rodgers (Boston Billy) brought back memories. I’ve run 26 marathons including 7 Boston’s.

    • SportsLifer says:

      Thanks Charlie. I do recall the first time we met at IBM East Fishkill you spoke about running marathons. Hope you are doing well….and still running.

  20. Dawn Andres says:

    How may I contact you?
    Angelo Patri is my Grandmother Rose Patri’s cousin.
    We are related, and I would love to know who you are.

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