Sports Commentary


Column: Unique names run deep within mountain biking


Hang out with any group of enthusiasts long enough and you soon learn they each have a language all to their own.

Column: Baseball justice dumb and dumber

Pardon me if we’ve been here before, but baseball beanball wars are dumb and, for emphasis, dumber.

Column: Roger Federer skipping 2nd-straight French Open

'My Point'

Millions of Roger Federer fans are saddened to have learned that Roger will be skipping the French Open again this year, the second year in a row — the previous year due to knee surgery.

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Column: Hiking the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail

'Hiking Arizona'

The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail is unique in Arizona. It commemorates the nineteen men who fought to save the towns of Peeples Valley and Yarnell from a devastating wildfire at the end of June 2013.

Column: Do taxes affect winning in professional sports?

The phrase quoted above is often used to describe the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster a weak argument. Which brings us to Erik Hembre, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Column: Billie Jean King, riding the wave 44 years later

'My Point'

Billie Jean King, 73, was in the town of Prescott this past week with her life and business partner Ilana Kloss taking care of her parents estate and visiting the likes of our YMCA, the Prescott High School tennis facility and it’s tennis patrons (especially the kids there) in between all kinds of neat things taking place in her life.

Column: My journey competing in this year’s Whiskey Off-Road


Sometimes riding a bike through the woods is a solo experience. Just one with nature, dirt churning beneath your wheels. Then there are times when your ride with others. In the case of the Whiskey Off-Road, this group tends to be several hundred others.

Column: MLB franchise values continue to rise

For years, polls and pundits have suggested that baseball’s popularity – and economic vitality - is dwindling, especially when compared to football. Based on the most recent estimated MLB franchise values published by Forbes, nothing could be further from the truth.

Column: Are you playing too much tennis, or not enough?

'My Point'

Life is a bunch of trade-offs of things you have to do — even though many of them you’d probably rather not, things you want to do, obligations of various levels and only 24 hours each day, 7 days a week and 365 days each year to come to terms with who you are and what you want in this world.

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Column: A new column for those who love to hike

'Hiking Arizona'

Originally from Bisbee, my first serious hike was Miller Peak in 1968 with my Dad and “little” brother. We failed to reach the summit on our first attempt due to snow but returned that summer to hike through flower-filled meadows.

Column: Dale Jr.’s retirement a huge blow to NASCAR

The day after one member of the media opined that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was “stuck in neutral” in his comeback from concussions, the NASCAR icon suddenly announced his retirement, effective at the end of the season.

Column: The vicious circle

'My Point'

Keeping any sport alive and well is a crazy and complicated circle of constant events at all levels and endeavors of operation.

Column: Mastering the lob in Pickleball

'Paddle Up'

The lob is a shot in Pickleball where the ball is lifted over the heads of the opponents in order to drive them away from the front of the court to the back of the court.

Column: Gearing up for the Whiskey Off-Road


With the Whiskey Off-Road just around the corner, many riders have been ramping up the mileage to get ready for the event.

Column: After 273 years, Muirfield finally goes co-ed

Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland, which has hosted 16 previous British Open Championships, recently voted to admit women for the first time in the club’s 273-year history.

Column: Roger Federer facing age, family and life on the tour

'My Point'

What can you say about the best tennis player who’s ever picked up a racquet except “Bravo” while still at the age of 35 continuing to surprise even himself with winning the three biggest tournaments of 2017, the Australian and 18th singles major of his career, Indian Wells and the Miami Open - Roger Federer.

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Column: Are the D-Backs for real? It’s too early to tell

'On The Ball'

For all the changes made by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason, it seems the club has things moving in the right direction.

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Column: 5 steps to beginning a healthier lifestyle

'Raising Prescott'

The well-known “12 Steps to Recovery” program is primarily applied to members of the Alcoholics Anonymous community, but what process exists to help those in need of a life change from another addicting substance?

Column: NFL concussion case shows lawyers at their worst

Even on their good days attorneys have been known to act, well, not so well. Luckasevic had to be upset to utter such a strong indictment of the legal profession.

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Column: Grading the Northern Arizona Suns

'On The Ball'

Just over a year ago, the Phoenix Suns announced the purchase of the NBA D-League’s Bakersfield Jam, moving the team to Prescott Valley and rebranding it the Northern Arizona Suns.

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Column: An introduction to a new column by Reynolds, mountain bike expert


Welcome to “Switchback”, a column dedicated to mountain biking in and around the Prescott National Forest. In the following weeks, topics ranging from trail and route suggestions to bicycle setup, repairs and everything in between will be covered.

Column: Shohei Ohtani, Japan’s Babe Ruth

The Major League Baseball season got underway last week and stars such as Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw will spend the next six months burnishing their reputations as the best in the game. But perhaps the best player on the planet will not be wearing an MLB uniform this year.

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Column: Being overweight – The fight of my life

'Raising Prescott'

Let’s be honest, being overweight is no one’s fault but my own.

Column: How About a Working Tennis Vacation at one of the Slams or Masters?

'My Point'

Have you ever thought you'd like to attend one of the four majors, or the next tier down the Masters tennis events that are held all over the world, but felt it was just a pipe dream because the funds and tickets just weren't there to be realized?

Column: Women’s hockey team wins on and off ice

Very united. Very strong. Persevering.” Those words were used by defender Gigi Marvin to describe the Women’s National Hockey team’s 2-0 win over the Canadians in the opening game of the Women’s World Championship.