Sport Columns

NASCAR changes may be a mixed bag

The Daytona 500 and all the support events are in the books for 2017. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series and all the rule changes for this year sure changed the way the races played out. Lots of people are being quick to condemn the new format of the races for causing all the crashes and ...

Hunting traditions changing

This past hunting season, I only got one deer and four squirrels. There was just no real abundance of game in 2016 in this area. This is not my biggest concern at the present time. My leading concern is the decline in the participation in the noble sport of hunting and all of the shooting ...

Daytona will roar Sunday

It is just three days untill the 2017 Daytona 500. The 125-mile qualifiers will run this evening and for the first time in many years they will be points-paying races. These races will tell us a lot about how cars are prepared for the 500. Chase Elliott captured the pole position by ...

Reloading adds to the sport of hunting

Most types of ammunition have gotten somewhat scarce and more expensive in the last 10 years, especially during this last presidential administration. I was talking to one of the local sporting goods merchants a few weeks ago, and he told me that he is finally starting to get in some .22 magnum ...

Fun times down in Florida

Wow, when Speedweeks in Florida gets going the action is nonstop! I’m going to just get to the news. First I need to share a quick story about NASCAR champ Tony Stewart. He was in Florida to start his 2017 season in his winged sprint car at Bubba Raceway Park. He raced two of the three ...

Daytona is just around the corner

The NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500 is only a few short weeks away. The events kick off with the Clash at Daytona on Feb.18, and then on Feb. 23 the Twin 125-mile qualifier races and on Feb. 26 the Great American Race will start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series. Daytona also starts the ...

Coyotes must be controlled

Some people may find it difficult to comprehend, but the first month of 2017 has come and gone. Many adults are now asking each other, “Where has all the time gone?” When I was online last weekend, it looked like everyone was getting ready for the appearance of either French Creek Freddie ...

Car sale raises millions for charity

Two of the biggest gearhead events in the world took place in the past two weeks and I’ve promised to give you the run down on both of them. So, let’s get this party started! Each year the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction is held in the huge WestWorld Event Complex. Tents covering ...

NASCAR making major changes

Wow! For this to be an off-season week it has been a busy one in the motorsports/gearhead world. I planned to talk about the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, I’ll wait until next week to review it. I will mention that prices seemed to really be up there ...

Passing on hunting to youngsters

In last week’s column, I made a brief mention about how not enough youth hunters are coming on to replace the senior hunters. We all know many are leaving this outdoor activity for one reason or another. We are now starting a new year. On my last hunting trip, I came upon an adult who was ...

Indoor racing at its best

I’m really not sure how to start this week’s column.  It’s that time of year where racing events are few and far between so two weeks ago I reported on one of the greatest indoor open-wheeled midget races in the country, the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was an awesome ...

Black bear harvest was down

On Jan. 10, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources released the preliminary figures for the total white-tailed deer and black bear harvests for last year. In 2016,  Mountain State hunters harvested a total of 112,384 deer from all of the various deer seasons (antlerless, buck gun, ...

Edwards’ decision a shocker

This is one of the down weeks in racing. However, news was announced Tuesday and clarified on Wednesday that has rocked the NASCAR world. Carl Edwards has retired from driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota Camry and driving in general. Mexican-born Xfinity Champ Daniel Suarez has been ...

Info on fishing changes available

The year 2016 is finally over, and just about everyone will agree that last year is one that will be remembered in many ways. The election results were stunning, and it still has a few people in a state of shock. The campaign was waged with extreme bitterness on the part of both major political ...

Extreme or just stupid?

It’s a debate that dates back to at least the 1970s heyday of Evel Knievel. The question: Is a daredevil a true athlete? This was something people actually spent time considering back in the day, when kids (like me) idolized Evel as he jumped over school buses on a motorcycle and tried ...

Event goes onto the bucket list

We find ourselves saying goodbye to 2016 and moving forward to 2017. Before we do, there was one of the biggest events of the year on New Year’s Eve. The 30th annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals took place inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This year, 380 teams showed up ...

Year’s last chance to go hunting

With the sun shining and temperatures unseasonably warm Monday, I decided to try my luck at getting another squirrel or two for my freezer. I got into the woods a little before 8 a.m. and for the next four hours, the only thing I saw was an owl, about half a dozen deer and four people (two ...

Bad bowl, excellent season

You could hear it in everyone’s tone of voice Wednesday evening. Local residents’ speech sounded flat and lifeless. We spoke in slow monotones. We were depressed. Why? Because we’d just watched our beloved Mountaineers lose a bowl game. WVU started strong in the 2016 Russell ...

Racing changes with the times

The wrapping paper is thrown away and Christmas 2016 is behind us. I hope that some of the care and compassion carries on into 2017. I was fortunate to receive an unwanted gift. The Christmas Crud of ‘16, as I’m calling it, has me reaching for tissues and just feeling lousy. I really ...

Christmas gifts for hunters

Christmas is tomorrow, and I expect most people have completed their shopping.  However, if you still have an outdoor person on your gift exchange list, last-minute gifts are not difficult to find. A hunting and fishing license for next year makes an excellent gift for the sportsman or woman ...