Her Times
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.
 Phone: 814-870-1821
Posts tagged ‘sports’
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. 

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: November 27th, 2012

Want to personalize a book for one of your kids or grandkids? You can do it at www.cosmicessentials.com. And you still have time to do it for Christmas. A local woman runs the business.

The book tells a story complete with your child’s name, age, description and can include family members by name.

It’s not just holidays or just books. You can find books on sports and other topics, personalized music and more.

Take a look at the books, and submit your name to me  by Wednesday, Nov. 28 at noon. I will draw a name and send the winner an e-mail. E-mail me at pam.parker@timesnews.com. Happy holidays!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer 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.


Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: September 3rd, 2012

A friend of mine’s son, a state champ in tennis, went from a good player to a state champ after changing his diet to get through grueling tournaments. Diet is more important than you think. Ask successful athletes in tennis, football cross country, basketball, volleyball, soccer, track or any sport what helped them achieve greatness, and many will tell you they learned to eat right.

As a mom of many athletes, I’ve seen kids eat candy bars and Swedish fish before track meets and still perform well, but in the long run, athletes who go the distance commit to good nutrition, and that means protein and carbs. Here’s a link to KidsHealth advice.

5 things to know about athletes and nutrition:

  1. Is your kid taking creatine? It is a supplement, and if your kid is into this, read this article about the importance of nutrition and hydration. I’ve seen kids take everything from protein powder to excess vitamins. With the Internet, everyone seems to be an expert on nutrition, but supplements are not a good idea and not meant for kids under 18. If you have a concern about your teen’s nutrition, ask a doctor — not a friend.
  2. Protein bars work for some folks as a protein source, but many are loaded with preservatives and sugar alcohols. My kids didn’t have a problem, but protein bars give me horrible stomach aches. Peanut butter on half of a whole grain bagel was my daughter’s pre-run meal before every cross country and track meet. She was cross country runner of the year in our district, and her track team won states two years in a row. Many tennis players — national and local — credit protein and carbs for keeping energy levels up without the carb crash that can occur if you are performing in an all-day or all-weekend tournament.
  3. Tournaments often have pizza and fast food readily available, and don’t fall for it. A lot of kids can’t handle dairy — in the form of cheese, yogurt or milk — before an event. Save dairy for after the event or hours before it.
  4. Hydrate with water. For most people, sports drinks are not a necessity, but water is. Kids must listen to coaches about hydrating, or they will cramp. I see it every year in football — a kid misses an entire game because of cramping. Our bodies need to be hydrated for days in advance of an event. Here’s a great article on dealing with cramps from LECOM.
  5. Kids don’t always listen to parents or coaches. Kids are kids, and some (like some of mine ) have to learn the hard way. They may get caught up in the latest fad diet but forget that it can have consequences. My son tried Atkins while playing football, and discovered a total loss of energy. Fortunately, a trainer talked him out of it. Visit your family doctor and/or a registered dietitian if your son or daughter is out of sync with sports and diets. Here’s a list of registered dietitians in the Erie area. And remember as kids grow, their nutritional needs change. The days of pre-gaming on Swedish fish and candy bars don’t make the grade at the varsity level.

Pam Parker, a tennis player well acquainted with muscle cramps, is the mom of three and stepmom of three — all athletes.  She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

    Posted in: Uncategorized
    Posted: June 18th, 2012

    It’s inevitable. If you have active kids, boo-boos are on the way. You can’t wrap them in bubble wrap, but when my kids were young, it sounded like a good idea.

    Last week, my neighbor was distraught because summer had just started, and the youngest of her four kids had already sprained a wrist. I made her feel better in a hurry. I shared:

    1. None of my three kids has all of their front teeth. They are crowned and bonded depending on ages.
    2. They all haves scars from stitches on their heads. While my boys got theirs at school and home, my daughter did a header off the couch at my sister’s place. In Pittsburgh.
    3. Ryan wore a helmet one summer after the doctor told him to give his mom a break and take better care of his head.

    And those were just a few of the head injuries. Mind you all of them played sports and there were some knots on the noggins there. And we lived across the street from a park with a giant sliding board, swingset, teeter totter and merry-go-round — some of that equipment dated back to my years as a kid, but they didn’t get hurt on it.

    Here’s a link to how to keep your kids — any age — safe during sports, but keep in mind, most injuries happen at home and they are usually just goofy stuff: swinging on cupboards and counters, getting a door slammed on fingers or faces and cutting an ear while bouncing on the hide-a-bed. Come to think of it, my kids were always safer OUTSIDE the house. Enjoy a safe summer.

    Pam Parker, mom of three and stepmom of three,  is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

    Posted in: Uncategorized
    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.


    Posted in: Uncategorized
    Posted: February 23rd, 2012

    An article in our March issue of Lake Erie LifeStyle about 98-year-old baseball fan Betty Peebles prompted a local fan to recall that our regiona had its own women’s baseball league much like the movie A League of Their Own. That memorable 1992 movie discussed the real All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which is documented at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    Hundreds of women played baseball while men were away at war. The league included 92 teams from 1943 to 1954, according to Wikipedia.

    The movie starred Geena DavisTom HanksMadonna and Rosie O’DonnellPenny Marshall directed. So far, we are researching the idea, but striking out. If you have any information, please e-mail me at pam.parker@timesnews.com.


    Posted in: Uncategorized
    Posted: February 17th, 2012

    Pigs have become most fashionable this year. Maxwell, the Geico pig has three commercials. Miss Piggy of The Muppets returned for a new movie and dozens of personal appearances (Moi?), Hamm reappeared in Toy Story 3 last year and Piglet never went out of style as Winnie the Pooh‘s sidekick.

    Pork is moving closer to home. I heard yesterday that the Jog ‘n Hog hits the peninsula Saturday, June 16 at 8:30am.  For more info please see jognhog.com! The Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog starts runners out at Beach l for a 2-mile jog to Beach 6, where they pig out on a half-dozen pepperoni balls and then jog back. Jog ‘n Hog supports The Erie Community Blood Bank.

    Pigs are always worth some laughs. For some of Miss Piggy’s infinitely funny quotes, check out thinkexist.com. One of her funniest: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” To see Miss Piggy in one of her finest futuristic moments, check out a “Pigs in Space” episode from Swinetrek skits on The Muppets.

    Everyone loves pigs (including pigskin and bacon). So ham it up, and wee wee wee all the way home.

    Posted in: Uncategorized
    Posted: February 12th, 2012

    On the most recent episode of Shark Tank, an entrepreneur was shopping for investors for her Puppy Cakes, a cake mix formulated specifically for dogs. No one bit on it, but my husband and I thought it was extremely clever. And at $6.99 for a peanut butter, carob or banana cake mix. Who wouldn’t bite on that?

    You can buy the mix at these retailers, but none are around Erie or at puppycake.com. I still think it’s a great idea, and even though the company didn’t get an investment from the sharks, it’s still offering a Shark Tank discount of 3 boxes for $20. Nearly 1,600 boxes have been purchased since it appeared on Shark Tank, two days ago. Now, there’s some news worth barking about.

    Posted in: Uncategorized
    Posted: February 5th, 2012

    Check out Her Times in today’s Sunday Times-News. The theme is sparkle, and the great team of cheerleaders from CheerVibe showed us what fun it is to catch the spirit of competitive cheerleading. Read their story here.

    There’s much more sparkling this month. Jeans, food, drinks, makeup, hair, sparkling snow on cross country skisCrossFit and much more! Catch up on all of it at Her Times.

    Posted in: Uncategorized
    Posted: January 23rd, 2012

    Serena Williams, the last of 21 US women and men in the first major tennis tournament of the year, was dismantled by Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-3 last  night and I watched every minute.

    It was painful to watch Williams, who has come back from innumerable injuries, including a blood clot, foot surgeries and countless sprains, in the past to win when you least expect her to pull it off. But last night, the 30-year-old was no match for 23-year-old Makarova, a lefty whose accuracy was impressive.

    At the start of the second set, it appeared that Williams’ fire was back, but only for two games. Then Makarova continued painting the lines with shots and hitting well-placed, albeit slow serves, that seemed to confuse the veteran Williams. Makarova moved Williams back and forth behind the baseline in some long rallies. And Williams was her own worst enemy on her serve. She double-faulted an entire game away. But she peppered the court with some inspiring aces — but not enough to pull off the win.

    I like to see the older players do well, but a fresh-faced Makarova is good for the sport. And she was fun to watch. We still have a few veterans in there. Kim Clijsters, the only mom on the tour at age 28, fought her way back into a match to win it. And Roger Federer, at age 30, is a huge on the men’s side.

    The games continue in Melbourne this week.



    Posted in: Uncategorized