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2011 Stories by Craig Smith

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  • Mercury Rising

    published June 16, 2011

    Typically, two things signify the arrival of summertime in our city: blood-boiling, skin-prickling heat and the return of Phoenix Mercury... More >>

  • Ready to Rumble

    published June 9, 2011

    Arizona native Jose Benavidez Jr. is like the fighting equivalent of Beethoven or Bach – a prodigy with the genes and raw talent to ensure... More >>

  • Rope Opera

    published May 26, 2011

    Professional wrestling is a big ticket these days, but it’s also a dangerous game. Sold-out arenas around the country showcase... More >>

  • Canned Gods

    published May 19, 2011

    A handful of major label beers have dominated the canned libations market for as long as most of us remember. Although living the High Life on... More >>

  • Drag Kings

    published May 12, 2011

    So, you’ve got a need for speed, but those tickets under your driver’s seat are starting to pile up -- and meth is so cliché... More >>

  • Fiesta Where?

    published May 5, 2011

    Everybody’s favorite celebration of the Mexican army’s defeat over French occupancy in 1862 is here again! Not that we actually care... More >>

  • Creole Glory

    published April 28, 2011

    You don’t have to mosey all the way down to the bayou to enjoy lobster’s little cousin; just bring your hearty appetite to the Great... More >>

  • Quick Pics

    published April 21, 2011

    It’s hard to sit through a 3-hour major motion picture saga in cookie-cutter theaters, especially if you have back problems or a short... More >>

  • Stadium Beating

    published April 21, 2011

    Home plate is always loaded with action-packed moments during baseball games, from brutal collisions of runner into catcher to the fan-favorite... More >>

  • Ring Afire

    published April 7, 2011

    There’s no better way to end your workweek than watching a couple of highly trained professionals beat the living snot out of each other.... More >>

  • Raisin Arizona

    published March 31, 2011

    Scottsdale Desert Stages Theater rarely sees sold out opening weekends in its quaint, 65-seat venue. That is, until now. When the community... More >>

  • The Garden of Eatin’

    published March 24, 2011

    There’s no better time of year to be outdoors than on the perfectly temperate evenings we’ve been blessed with lately -- especially when... More >>

  • Cactus League: Week Four

    published March 17, 2011

    Warning! Warning! A band of radioactive saguaros has descended from the high desert, destroying all in their path, one prick at a time. They... More >>

  • 3-D Biology

    published February 24, 2011

    You don’t need a PhD or thirty hits of acid to appreciate the sheer wonderment of the human body (although that would help). Thousands of... More >>

  • A Hop in the Park

    published February 17, 2011

    In case you haven’t had your fill of alcohol after Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, MLK Day, Super Bowl... More >>

  • Winter Training

    published February 10, 2011

    We know you hardcore baseball fans are chomping at the bit, especially since spring training is almost upon us. But on Saturday, February 12,... More >>

  • Puck It

    published February 3, 2011

    Maybe you’re a northern implant and miss the good old days. It’s possible that you’ve been seeing that gear tucked away in the... More >>

  • Go Truck Yourself

    published January 27, 2011

    Get revved up and ready for destruction as Chase Field trades out a diamond for dirt mounds. With an armful of hot dogs, nachos, and a tub... More >>

  • Chang Gang

    published January 13, 2011

    Some do it for the adrenaline rush; others for the adoration of the hundreds of cheering fans. Purists do it for that raw, organic energy that... More >>

  • Relay the Message

    published January 6, 2011

    Imagine standing at the foot of Oregon’s highest snow-capped peak on a sweltering 80-degree August day. Now gather up eleven of your... More >>

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