Sports Take Back Seat To Terrorist Attacks


Too often in our daily lives, we get wrapped up in the successes of our favorite teams whether it's ASU, Arizona Diamondbacks, Payson Longhorns or some other team.

Sadly, it takes a tragedy for some of us to put things into perspective and realize that the important things in life are not who wins or loses, or cheering our teams to victory.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and on the Pentagon, what takes place on the football and baseball fields of America seems almost insignificant. All of a sudden, the number of home runs Gonzo hits or whether ASU could beat UCLA means little.

Sports and athletics took a back seat to the tragedy that paralyzed the entire nation.

Rightfully, the Arizona Diamondbacks postponed their games and the ASU vs. UCLA game was rescheduled for early December. The Arizona Cardinals took a day off from practice.

In deference to the tragedy, it was time for the sports world to mourn.

As time passes and the nation begins to heal, games will resume and fans will again be cheering .

But, the sports world will never forget it was a surreal tragedy that will never be erased from our memories.

Grab a steak

The Payson High School wrestlerettes will host a benefit steak dinner Friday just prior to the Longhorn football team's home game against the Holbrook Roadrunners.

Tickets for the dinner, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria, are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for children.

The menu includes the usual barbecued steak, potato, salad, beans and soft drink.

The evening will be a great opportunity to sit down to a delicious meal, enjoy some camaraderie and cheer the Longhorns on to what hopefully will be their first victory of the season.

Profits from the meal benefit the wrestlerettes in their endeavors to support the PHS wrestling team. Tickets are available from any wrestlerette or at the door the afternoon of the dinner.

Big tournament

Arizona's most prestigious bass fishing tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday at Roosevelt Lake.

The 90 qualifiers for the AllStar Superteam Championship will be battling for an overall purse of $50,000. The first-place team will receive a fully rigged Stratos bass boat, Evinrude outboard motor and a tandem-axle trailer valued at about $40,000.

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