Le Mars Daily Sentinel blogs http://www.lemarssentinel.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Le Mars Daily Sentinel newspaper in Le Mars, Iowa en-us Fall sports reaction (Haller's Last Call by Michael Haller) http://www.lemarssentinel.com/blogs/2017/entry/63996 I know it has been a LONG time since I have posted a blog. For those that have read it and checked it out, thank you! I promise to start writing some more of these. I don't like to make excuses, but my workload has significantly grown since I've been by myself. Keeping up with all the madness that happens in Plymouth County sports is quite the task for one person. That being said, I just wanted to drop this quick blog for a little bit of my personal reactions to a lot of the games I've... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:04:14 -0500 Observations from high school football practice (Haller's Last Call by Michael Haller) http://www.lemarssentinel.com/blogs/2017/entry/63436 Over the past two weeks, I have visited six of the seven high school football teams. For the most part, I walked away impressed with what I saw. In talking to all of the coaches, I received a lot of positive expectations. Last season, Plymouth County football had an overall record of 26-40. Considering that Hinton won nine of those 26, the 40 losses seems pretty abysmal. No disrespect, but let me say that I am glad I wasn't around to cover most of that. This season, I have... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:23:40 -0500 Early Preseason NFL Hype (Haller's Last Call by Michael Haller) http://www.lemarssentinel.com/blogs/2017/entry/63296 I can't help it. I'm sorry, guys... This is the first of probably a great amount of NFL blogs. I couldn't help myself but with baseball coming to an end for high school, my focus immediately goes towards the NFL, especially with training camp starting this past week. Being a die-hard Chicago fan, I'll get this bit out of the way first. I honestly expect the Bears to be respectable this season. Yes, I know how bad the defense was last season, but I truly think that with John Fox at the... Sun, 09 Aug 2015 19:26:23 -0500 The beast that is fantasy (Haller's Last Call by Michael Haller) http://www.lemarssentinel.com/blogs/2017/entry/63201 NFL training camps have officially begun across the country. Team camps have some of the most blown out of proportion coverage surrounding the NFL, but then again, almost everything for the NFL is over-covered. The one thing that I cannot deny though, is that with the start of camp, my fantasy football triggers have been tripped. Who doesn't get excited about fantasy football? I know, I know, not everyone loves fantasy football...but I do. I know of people who couldn't tell you how... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:41:28 -0500 5 things to watch for in the MLB's second half (Haller's Last Call by Michael Haller) http://www.lemarssentinel.com/blogs/2017/entry/63119 With the All-Star Break officially over for the MLB, fans of baseball can finally awaken from their slumber since last October. Yes, I know that the season started in April, but essentially every game from April until July is the preface to the real season of baseball. Teams begin to check their hands and count the positives and negatives from the previous months to decide whether to deal important puzzle pieces or go acquire them from others. Teams like the Padres, Mariners and... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:03:09 -0500 The Good and Bad of the World Cup (Haller's Last Call by Michael Haller) http://www.lemarssentinel.com/blogs/2017/entry/63027 In today's Last Call, I'd like to shine some light on the world's game and it's newest world champion, the United States women's national soccer team. The US won it's third world cup (a new world record) two weeks ago while putting a beat down on Japan, 5-2. The victory was impressive, yet somewhat surprising to me. Four years ago, this Japan team took the US to penalty kicks and beat the Americans. This time around, the game was over within the first 15 minutes, thanks to the heroics of... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:36:47 -0500 Three takeaways from my first week (Haller's Last Call by Michael Haller) http://www.lemarssentinel.com/blogs/2017/entry/62879 Hello! Welcome to the first edition of the Seninel's newest blog: "Haller's Last Call" As you may have read in last week's Tuesday Sentinel, I am the Sentinel's newest edition to the staff where I'll be writing for the sports page. A quick rundown about myself if you didn't catch last week's paper, My name is Michael Haller. I am from the eastern half of Iowa, hailing from Muscatine (Near the Quad Cities). I spent the last four years at the University of Northern Iowa where I was a... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:40:02 -0500