From the Sidelines with Larry Ward
Larry Ward, AFN sports writer

A lot of the people around this newspaper office seem to have the impression that I've been around as long as the printing press. That's not exactly true, but I was around when typewriters clicked, cameras used film and tennis balls where white. Back in the early 1960s I started working on the Mesa Tribune and after a couple of stints at Phoenix metropolitan newspapers I felt like I found a home when I came to the Ahwatukee Foothills News nine years ago. I grew up in the business. My dad was a newspaperman all of his adult life in Pittsburgh, PA. and suggested I find another occupation. But you know how teenagers don't listen to their parents.

Read my most recent blog postings below or click here for complete archives. For fellow AFN staff writer Ryan Casey's blog, also chronicling Ahwatukee Foothills high school, youth and community sports click here. Need an easy-to-remember shortcut to Larry's blog: just point your browser to this link: For's 10 most recently updated staff and community blogs (all authors) click here.

Legends Aren't Supposed to Die

Posted 4/9/2009 2:47 PM MST

  Legends aren't supposed to die.   At some time or another we all eventually accept our own mortality, but there are some people and places we've grown up with that are supposed to be there forever.   We feel safe in believing they're invincible even if we aren't.   On Saturday ... Read More  »


Beyond the Stats

Posted 3/17/2009 2:05 PM MST on

If it ever happened, baseball probably has a statistic on it. And sometimes is seems like the guy sitting behind you at a spring training game has memorized them all. So, if you're looking for a little one-upmanship, or just a way to keep that guy quiet without being rude, join in on the conversation with some new facts from the 90th edition of the Ripley's Believe It or Not book with more than 2,000 baseball entries.  ... Read More  »


Play Ball

Posted 2/27/2009 2:13 PM MST on

Desert Vista's baseball team can save a lot of gasoline this weekend and it's not because it is the host team of a six-team high school season opener.   Believe it or not, it does rain in this part of Arizona and for a couple of these season openers Desert Vista head baseball coach Stan Luketich ... Read More  »


Sharing the Cardinals

Posted 2/4/2009 5:10 PM MST on

We're going to have to learn how to share.   This year's Super Bowl exposed a state treasure to go with the mild winters and Lost Dutchman Goldmine to the nation and there are a lot of people around the country who are going to want to be a part of it.   The nationally televised National ... Read More  »


Cardinals Fans getting the Hang of It

Posted 1/22/2009 3:19 PM MST on

Arizona Cardinals fans are starting to get the hang of it. Although the Cardinals have been part of the local sports landscape for 20 years, like a lot of people in the Valley, they came from somewhere else. Even two decades doesn't lend itself to the generation to generation tradition that becomes a ... Read More  »


Cardinals Frenzy Errily Familiar

Posted 1/13/2009 6:25 PM MST on

All this Arizona Cardinals football playoff frenzy is starting to become eerily familiar. The same kind of spell began to rise like a consuming mist rising off the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh in 1972 when the Steelers were drifting from the National Football League cellar to Cloud Nine and five Super Bowl championships. ... Read More  »

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