Sports Columns

COLUMN: Finishing the Ogden is a humbling experience

There are few things I have experienced that compare to rounding the final turn of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon and seeing the finish line after grueling 13-plus mile trek through Wheeling. They announce your name as you get near the finish, music is playing and in that brief moment, ...

COLUMN: Who will hoist Lord Stanley?

Hockey fans rejoice! After the long, grueling grind of an 82-game season, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us. The Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hockey, maybe more so than any other sport, is one where anything really can happen. A team that gets hot at the right time to sneak in the ...

COLUMN: Local swimmers deserve spotlight

When one thinks of local high school sports, it is quite likely that swimming is not the first athletic competition to come to mind. Maybe it should garner more attention. Last Wednesday night at the Big Red Natatorium, local teams competed during senior night. The balcony bleachers were ...

COLUMN: High school hoops can improve

There is just something about high school basketball — boys or girls — that cannot be matched in many aspects. Yes, high school football in this area is king, and nothing comes close to it. But, one cannot deny the intensity and impact of basketball. The back-and-forth momentum swings, ...

COLUMN: It’s time to change high school schedules

Snowing during local baseball and softball games, sizzling hot conditions on the gridiron, basketball players contending less than a week after football season concludes? Anyone from this area knows these are all legit possibilities. Depending on what school one hails from, any one of these ...

COLUMN: Playoff is in need of changes

It is time to take a long, hard look at the College Football Playoff system, because simply put, the current model just is not cutting it. Every season since its inception, the criteria used to determine the four teams seems to be completely different. In 2014, the first season for the ...

NASCAR is need of changes

Anyone who follows NASCAR knows things are headed in the wrong direction. It seems there is another story every week about the troubles the sanctioning body is having with ratings and attendence. Everyone seems to have their own set of solutions, some more valid than others. Even the drivers ...

Why are the Penguins fighting for a playoff spot?

The Pittsburgh Penguins came out of their bye week Saturday in a position that no one would expect the winner of the last two Stanley Cups to be — on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. A 4-1 win over Detroit on Saturday swiftly pulled them back into a wildcard spot in the extremely ...

10-year contracts are just simply too long

Imagine your boss wanting to give you a long contract with the company. It doesn’t matter what profession it is, whether that’s a construction worker, janitor, billionaire playboy. It really doesn’t matter. Long-term contracts are nice, but picture your company offering you a 10-year ...

No. 21 should be honored by MLB

There’s been quite a decent amount of changes in Major League Baseball throughout the past few seasons. The addition of a between-inning and pitching change timer was added with the hopes of speeding up the game, along with the elimination of the traditional intentional walk. More changes ...