By CARA COOPER Bulletin Sports Editor Dec. 17, 2018 A couple weeks ago, NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Formula One champion Fernando Alonso had a seat swap, in which both drivers drove the other’s car at Bahrain International Circuit. It was really cool to watch, and fun to see drivers who drive much … Continue reading What athletic qualities go into being a racecar driver?
By Cara Cooper Bulletin Sports Editor Jan 19, 2019 Wood Brothers founder Glen Wood signs autographs for fans at a meet-and-greet in Stuart in April 2016. One of my first solo racing assignments for the Martinsville Bulletin was in the spring of 2016. The Wood Brothers were having a fan meet-and-greet at their shop and … Continue reading Glen Wood helped foster a love of racing for outsiders
By CARA COOPER In late July of 2016, an older guy at my work who likes to talk sports with me asked if I had heard about the Cubs most recent trade. “They got that big closer from the Yankees. He seems like he’s the man. I watched some highlights. Wow! I can’t believe how … Continue reading Maintaining a childlike enthusiasm for sports
By CARA COOPER A couple of weeks ago I covered my TENTH race weekend at Martinsville Speedway. The newspaper where I work is just five miles from the track, and I sort of serve as the unofficial track beat reporter, so three times a year I cover races in various forms there. And every time … Continue reading NASCAR and finding a cure for my imposter syndrome
By CARA COOPER I love baseball. I think it’s the greatest sport on earth. However, sometimes it can be really stupid. Not even fun stupid either, just stupid-stupid. And there is nothing more stupid than baseball’s “unwritten rules.” Rules like “never lay down a bunt to break up an opposing pitcher’s no-hitter.” That happened Wednesday … Continue reading Baseball’s unwritten rules need to go
By CARA COOPER There was a segment that used to air on SportsCenter called “Why We Love Sports Today.” It was basically just something funny or heartwarming, romanticizing a sports moment or person. It was supposed to be a brief moment to remind viewers of all the good that can come from sports and why … Continue reading What I love about sports today
By CARA COOPER A couple of years ago, right after I graduated from college, my friends asked me to play on their church league co-ed volleyball team. I played for a couple of seasons and we really got into it. I didn’t play volleyball in high school because back then I was stubborn and didn’t … Continue reading What is the coolest move in sports?