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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘football’
Posted: February 3rd, 2013

49ersIt’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I grew up loving football with my dad Walt Strosser, a legendary high school football coach. My hubby is an assistant football coach and all five boys in this blended family played the game.

My oldest has been a San Francisco 49er fan since he was a tot. We’ve been to San Diego — but not San Francsco, and today our hearts are close to San Francisco — hoping for a win over the Baltimore Ravens.

My son has had a 49ers baseball cap every year that I can remember. They aren’t easy to find around here. He started as a fan in the glory years of Jerry Rice and Steve Young.  He lives in Virginia, and I know his girlfriend has already taken care of the hat for this year.

One of my daughter’s friends loves the team too. It’s kind of in the family — except for my youngest’s love of Green Bay Packers — but even he is rooting for San Francisco today.

I don’t know much about the players for either team in today’s game. But I do know the coaches are brothers. That in itself is an interesting story.

Tony Bennett, will hopefully sing “I left my heart in San Francisco” at some point during today’s festivities. If not, watch the video of a 1960s version here. And here’s his 1982 version on Johnny Carson. It’s associated more with the San Francisco Giants than the Niners, but who doesn’t love Tony Bennett? He first sang the song in 1961.

Good luck to both teams, and Go Niners!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  Her oldest son has been a San Francisco 49er fan for more than 20 years. 

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Posted: December 14th, 2012

Watch the Cathedral Prep Ramblers roll tonight at 7 p.m. on channel 22 in Millcreek on the PCN cable network. The Ramblers take on Archbishop Wood at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey in the AAA state final.

The Erie Times-News and GoErie.com’s Tom Reisenweber, Andy Colwell and John Dudley are at the game — they will blog, update and send photos via Twitter and Facebook throughout the contest. Get all the action at GoErie.com/blogs/Varsity


Above:  Ramblers Delton Williams, left,  a running back, and and Damion Terry,  quarterback, will attend Michigan State and play football for the Spartans. Photo by GREG WOHLFORD//ERIE TIMES-NEWS.

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Posted: November 19th, 2012

There won’t be many pilgrims around our Thanksgiving table this year. My oldest is in Virginia and has no time off. Sniff. My daughter is going to her boyfriend’s house in central Pa. Sniff. The stepkids always have their own plans.

So my youngest Ryan is volunteering to cook dinner when he comes home from Gannon University. This should be good.

In years past, we’ve enjoyed the George clan gathering in New Castle where my sister’s husband’s family — with four generations — celebrate a Lebanese feast at a hall that holds 100 in the middle of beautiful Pearson Park in New Castle. But this year, I’m not ready to see so many families together when mine isn’t.

Being empty nesters is all about adapting. Nearly every holiday will change, but it’s OK. It’s changed before. I hosted up to 24 people when my kids were young because I couldn’t stand spending time at one set of parents while the others ate Cornish game hens. Then, about 15 years ago, as a single mom, I worked two jobs to take my kids to Disney. We toured the Tower of Terror, sat by the hotel pool and ate Thanksgiving dinner at Perkins. It tasted just fine in 70-degree sunshine. Nine years ago, my hubby, my kids and I ate on a cruise ship.

Adventures are good. So if this “Cooking with Ryan” gig doesn’t work out, I know that some Tim Horton’s locations are open. So is Under the Clock Bar & Grill, Victor’s, Country Pride, Crowley’s, Colony Pub and Grille and some Bob Evans restaurants. I’m just kidding, Ryan. We’ll be fine.  Then it will be time for football and shopping. Some stores will be open at night, and it’s the perfect way to burn off dinner — no matter what dinner is. Yes there’s always room for new traditions at Chez Parker.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: October 3rd, 2012

Check out the photo gallery of 200 photos from the McDowell High School Homecoming parade and football game in Millcreek Township on Friday, Sept. 28.

Injured McDowell senior quarterback Jarrett Koper appears in the photo at left with his date for homecoming. See all the teenagers and cute babies and tots in costume.

There’s more — see the water polo photos from McDowell High School versus Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: September 27th, 2012

The real NFL refs return to work tonight – read about it here. They struck a deal overnight, and fans are overjoyed. My son is a Green Bay Packer fan, so that puts it all in perspective around here. But we have to thank the replacement refs for the memories. Here are just a few of the parodies, mockery and laugh- out-loud funnies that entertained us all in the past few weeks.

From South Park last night — read the synopsis of the Sarcastaball episode here. As always, South Park is not PG, so this is not for the kids.

Here’s a story about one of the replacement refs who was fired as a ref from the Lingerie League — who knew there was a Lingerie League?

And of course the spoof on the song “Call it Maybe” has hilarious lyrics and video. See it here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.



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Posted: September 19th, 2012


James Conner, right. Photo from goerie.com

Even if your son or daughter isn’t an athlete, you need to read this terrific story by John Dudley. It explores the importance of postings via text message, Facebook and Twitter. Kids need constant reminders that what they post can be seen, forwarded, copied and pasted all over the Internet. James Conner, a McDowell senior, and one of the most recruited local athletes, learned the power of social media. If you Google his name, more than 10 pages of listings come up with multiple Youtube, ESPN, and Yahoo listings. Most schools don’t dictate social media policies, but Oil City does. Here’s a quote from Dudley’s article

Social media policy

Oil City’s policy on social media, as stated in the district’s athletic policy manual:

- “I understand that it is my responsibility to not use any form of social media (text messages, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc.) to be critical of teammates, coaches, game officials, school administrators, opponents, opposing schools, or any other personnel involved in the athletic program. Furthermore, I understand that a violation of this policy could be cause for suspension from or removal from the team.”

James Conner photo by Josh Barber, Erie Times-News

Conner rushed for 246 yards on only eight carries Saturday in a 49-20 victory over Lancaster Catholic. He scored three touchdowns and is committed to the University of Pittsburgh for 2013.

To follow all the regional football games live on Friday nights, check out the live Erie Times-News Varsity blog — just click here. To see Conner and the McDowell Trojans in action, check them out Friday, Sept. 21 at home against St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH); Friday, Sept. 28 against St. Edward (Lakewood, OH); and Friday, Oct. 5 @ Cathedral Prep (Erie, PA).

You can also listen live to the McDowell games — click here for the school’s Internet broadcasts of the games.

Pam Parker is the daughter of the late famed football coach Walt Strosser, the wife of football coach Kim Parker, and the mom and stepmom of five former football players. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: August 27th, 2012

Kickoff Magazine from the Erie Times-News available at Country Fair

School’s in and sports start. It’s time to look at what we can and can’t do for our kids.

First, remember schoolwork is the important thing. While sports might get the major focus because of intense practices and game days, you have to be the guiding force.

Student athletes must keep up, or you will all regret it. I’ve been there and done that. Don’t let your students fall behind — and don’t do the work for them.  Teach organization skills and get a tutor early — don’t wait until it’s too late. Plenty of kids are available as tutors and will work around your athlete’s schedule.

Encourage, but don’t let your kid belittle other kids’ abilities. I reminded mine that everyone improves over the summer. Kids who work hard will excel.

Don’t let sports consume your lives or your conversation with your kids. Stay grounded. Be a volunteer, and help out your team. But don’t let that become a contest for you, your kid or other parents. I’ve seen parents argue over who raised more money in 50-50s right in the middle of a crowded football game.

If you are divorced or separated, vow to remember school and school sports are not a battleground. Be a parent — it’s all about making sure your kids are successful in school. Here’s an article on how to set aside disagreements and focus on making your kids’ school year the best it can be.

Enjoy the season. It will fly by, and you’ll be chatting up memories like me!

Pam Parker is the mother of three and stepmother of three — all involved in football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cross country, track and field, volleyball and more. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: July 23rd, 2012

Just when you tell your kids to not to gamble or play Internet poker, along comes 2004 McDowell grad Darren Elias.

He won nearly $3 million at the World Poker Tour Jacksonville BestBet Open in May. Read the full story here. His dad is Bill Elias, Gannon’s former athletic director and football coach and current project manager of finance and administration.

My oldest son got pretty good at online games and he and my youngest were really good at Madden NFL tournaments (online and video football games), but they never won millions — that we know of.

Congrats to Darren Elias.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: July 11th, 2012

If you have a stash of trading cards, make sure to hang onto them, or sell them. A recent story in the Erie Times-News discussed a collection worth millions. Read about it here. The rare series of baseball cards was dated around 1910.

It’s not just baseball cards that have value. At our house, we have football, baseball, basketball, hockey and, yes, Pokemon cards. Most of the valuable cards were cashed in for college educations around here, but we never hit the jackpot. And there are jackpots to hit.

Anyone who remembers Pokemon — and has the cards, popular in the 1990s — will want to read this article.  It describes the 10 most valuable trading cards. A Pokemon Pikachu Illustrator is worth about $20,000. It is rare, but other cards are worth anywhere from $500 to $2,000.

I remember we spent a lot of time collecting cards when my boys were young. Over the years, they bought and sold them. Even local ENT Dr. Jack Anon got into trading cards with the kids. He bought them and gave them away — making a lot of friends. Before you toss a box of cards — check out the value. Who would have guessed that Pokemon would have big value decades later?

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: April 11th, 2012

If you need a reason to smile today, check out the Varsity faces of winter.

It’s been a few years since our kids were on varsity football, basketball, track, cross-country, wrestling, lacrosse and baseball teams, but seeing the smiling faces of kids supporting each other and celebrating brings back memories — good memories of teamwork.


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