• ‘Rat Chat’ was never about taking the high road

    ‘Rat Chat’ was never about taking the high road0

    As a newspaper writer, you have never lived until you inspired a letter-to-the-editor headline that reads “Fire these idiots.” Matt Vincent and I really lived. That headline ran in The Montana Standard on Wednesday, November 26, 2003. I stumbled upon it when I searched the name of the grandfather I was named after into a

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  • Stuff those cards for the Class of 2020

    Stuff those cards for the Class of 20201

    This coronavirus lockdown has been tough on us all. Nobody, apparently, is taking it harder than my 10-year-old daughter Maizee. “I know it’s tough on you because there’s no sports,” Maizee told me. “But it is way worse for me.” “Oh, yeah?” I ask. “How do you figure?” “Because,” she said. “this is supposed to

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  • Quarterback has all the right words for graduates

    Quarterback has all the right words for graduates2

    Just when you think that Tommy Mellott could not be any more impressive, the Butte High quarterback says, “Oh yeah, hold my Gatorade.” The Butte High quarterback was invited to give a commencement address to his alma mater, Margaret Leary Elementary. The coronavirus pandemic will prevent that from happening, so the Gatorade Montana Football Player

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  • Time for the handshake to go away forever

    Time for the handshake to go away forever0

    Nobody does the Arsenio Hall fist pump better than former Montana Tech football coach Bob Green. Sometimes he does it really big, just like you would expect from the loudest coach in history. Other times, Green dials it down for a mini fist pump, like when he is showing support while sitting in a church

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  • The benefit of the doubt can really go a long way

    The benefit of the doubt can really go a long way0

    The Billings Gazette tweeted out its story about former Butte High coach Luke Powers taking over the Miles City boys’ basketball program last week, and one Cowboys fan took notice. “I like the hire,” the fan wrote. Those four little words made me smile because it appears Powers is going to get the benefit of

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  • Polite, anonymous writer gets it dead wrong

    Polite, anonymous writer gets it dead wrong0

    A while back, I received something I never even dreamed was possible. Someone sent me an anonymous letter that was polite, complimentary and respectful. Usually such letters, and I have received a bunch of them over the last 20 plus years, are what you would call “hate mail.” This one began “Dear Bill,” and started

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