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The Real Score: Will AI necessarily make sports better? Will AI make the sport experience better?
05-16-2024 4:05 PM

Artificial intelligence is experiencing a renaissance. Tools like ChatGPT and Copilot are becoming a daily part of conversations. AI’s history stretches back nearly as far as computers themselves, but the advent of generative AI has made it more...

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On The Ridge with Joe Judd: Late season turkey hunting tips
05-15-2024 3:57 PM

Moving into the final week of turkey hunting season, hopefully you’ve already put a nice tom turkey on the table this spring – though we all know that it doesn’t always work out the way we want. Calendars fill up, the weather doesn’t cooperate, birds...

Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Saratoga awaits the Belmont
05-10-2024 2:58 PM

Good morning!Unless there’s a hole in the fence I’ll be covering the Belmont Stakes from Union Avenue. The days of slipping ushers a five spot with a wink and a nod are gone. Ticketmaster wants $164 to simply walk through the gate and $1,000 for a...

On The Ridge with Joe Judd: More successful tales from the hunt
05-08-2024 4:06 PM

With this year’s wild turkey hunting season nearing the end of a second full week, stories have been coming in from all over the state from friends and colleagues who’ve had a great start to the 2024 season. And with two full weeks-plus remaining, I...

Fit to Play with Jim Johnson: Why Pickleball?
05-06-2024 3:38 PM

Some suggest that pickleball is a fad but I believe it is here to stay. After all, some reports indicate that 36 million people played pickleball last year compared to around 24 million tennis players. Parks departments are inundated with requests to...

Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Phantom of the Derby
05-03-2024 1:53 PM

Good morning!Close to $200 million will be wagered on the 150th Kentucky Derby this evening, so let’s take a look at the contenders and which horse or horses Recorder handicapper John Dobrydnio thinks will win.The 5-2 morning line favorite is...

Former Recorder sports, copy editor Bob York dies at 77
04-26-2024 6:57 PM


Bob York was one of the first people I ever met at the Greenfield Recorder.My first foray in the business came in 2004. A freshman at UMass, I finagled my way into 14 Hope St. when the newspaper was in need of high school football stringers. I figured...

Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Minutemen ready for their spring formal
04-26-2024 2:34 PM

Good morning!Over 150 gridiron alumni will be at Saturday’s UMass football spring game. Recruited to UMass when they were schoolboys, they’re returning to help coach Don Brown give his players a glimpse of the program’s legacy.Longtime Minutemen...

On The Ridge with Joe Judd: What time should you turkey hunt?
04-24-2024 3:16 PM

If I had a dime for every time someone asked me the best time to hunt turkeys during a season, I’d have a bucket full of dimes. Think about it for a minute, what are the factors that turkey hunters should be considering to best utilize their time when...

Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: What’s ahead for Greg Carvel’s crew?
04-19-2024 3:15 PM

Good morning!During Denver’s four-game run to its 10th national title, Pioneers goalie Matt Davis allowed three goals. The first was by Liam Gorman, his only goal in a UMass uniform, the second by Cornell’s Nick DeSantis, and the last was by BU’s Luke...

The Real Score: Curveballs and casinos rarely save cities
04-18-2024 4:18 PM

About 10 years ago, the two major urban centers of central and western Massachusetts decided to engage in new regional industrial policy to spur on their local economies. Worcester and Springfield had been effectively hollowed up by decades of...

Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Orioles hand Red Sox a dose of reality
04-12-2024 3:01 PM

Good morning!Fresh off good reviews in Peoria, the Boston Red Sox returned home this week and got smacked around by their division nemesis the Baltimore Orioles who rolled sevens to beat them in back-to-back games, 7-1 and 7-5.While Boston fretted,...

On The Ridge with Joe Judd: Don’t feed those turkeys
04-10-2024 3:39 PM

MassWildlife reminds us that April through May is the height of the breeding season for wild turkeys and, as a result, turkey activity is increasing daily across the Commonwealth.In some areas turkeys may even act aggressively by pecking, following,...

On The Run with John Stifler: It’s officially Tuesday race season in Northampton
04-05-2024 6:26 PM

That hill in the third mile is a little toughie. You’ve been pacing yourself around the large field next to the Mill River, keeping mind, lungs and legs together, and ahead lurks the abrupt turn into the woods where the trail rises gradually, then...

Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Jim Reid a deserving honoree
04-05-2024 1:20 PM

Good morning!Sunday at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke, Jim Reid will be honored by the Western Mass. Chapter of the National Football Foundation, together with seven others who will be feted for their contributions to the sport.Reid has come full...

Fit to Play with Jim Johnson: Exercise Prescriptions Are Just The Beginning
04-01-2024 3:11 PM

Exercise prescriptions first started in 1968 when Ken Cooper recommended that everyone amass 40 points a week to achieve aerobic fitness. For example, this could be achieved by running one eight-minute mile a day, five days a week. Cooper’s...

Keeping Score: Play ball, indeed
03-29-2024 3:53 PM

Good morning!The New York Mets broke training camp this week but left their newest free agent J.D. Martinez behind at Clover Park in St. Lucie West to get ready for the Braves series a week from Monday.Clover Park is the stadium’s fifth name change....

On The Ridge with Joe Judd: A call to the creator
03-27-2024 2:34 PM

As opening day of the 2024 turkey hunting season slowly approaches, I found myself wandering into my den looking over my collection of turkey calls while reaching for certain ones that have meant something to me over the years. Now, this yearly...

Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Baseball season is upon us
03-22-2024 2:01 PM

Good morning!On March 9 the Washington Nationals played the Houston Astros at CACTI Park of the Palm Beaches. Named for a hard seltzer, the 7,700-seat spring training facility has housed the Nationals and Astros since it opened seven years ago.It is...

The Real Score: Beware the March “Madness” of sports betting
03-14-2024 1:01 PM

This Sunday, the March Madness brackets will be set, enabling millions of sport consumers to place bets that will total in the billions of dollars (you should also expect to see some ads from the sports books…).This week, in recognition of March...

On The Ridge with Joe Judd: The history behind those little green stickers
03-13-2024 4:01 PM

A few weeks back during this year’s Springfield Sportsmen’s Show, I found myself in conversation with many different people regarding the green “hunt safely” stickers that are required by law in Massachusetts to have positioned on your gun during...

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