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A Missed Opportunity

When the Spring Sports Tab appeared in the A-T a few weeks back, I made a mental note to watch for the New Riegel/Tiffin Calvert baseball matchup. If both Calvert's Peyton Deats and NR's Michael Kirian toed the rubber, it promised to be a high school baseball classic. So yesterday was the ...

Time For Some Changes In Golf

I really love playing the game of golf. One of the neat things about golf is that golfers police themselves. There are no referees. You are expected to know the rules and abide by them. If you break a rule you are supposed to acknowledge it and accept the penalty. For many years the game ...

Come On Fans

I will freely admit that I am a sports fan. I like many different sports. I attend some games in person, but watch many more events on TV. I get unhappy at times with a team's performance and - like many others - the officiating. I have never booed an official however, and I certainly have ...

Now You Can Root For The Underdog

If you are like me, your NCAA Men's Basketball brackets have already been busted. I did manage to go 26-6 in the first round and 10-6 in the second round. Since I didn't actually enter any pool the fact that I am not doing that well doesn't really matter. What it does mean is that I can start ...

Bertha Coleman 1925-2017

My mother-in-law passed away Saturday at the age of 92. Bertha Coleman was the matriarch of a family that includes 10 children, 24 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. To suggest that there will be a gaping hole at the top of this large family tree would be a huge understatement. She ...

It’s Nice to Have More Than One Family

When my daughter called home last week she was obviously distressed. She told her mother that a member of the Lynchburg Hillcats front office had passed away unexpectedly earlier in the day. Skylar Spencer was the Director of Ticketing and though he was only starting his second year with the ...

Super Bowl is Super

Sometimes in the wacky world of the NFL, the Super Bowl does not live up to its hype.  Frequently the games are boring for the typical football fan.  By typical, I mean fans whose team is not in it! Super Bowl LI was heading for the boring category when Atlanta went up 28-3 in the ...

A Dog’s Purpose

If you want to get my immediate attention, all you have to do is mention dogs.  I am a dog lover, of that there is no doubt.  So when the ads for the movie A Dog's Purpose came out, I was ready to head to a local theatre.  Before I could do so though, I found out that PETA was encouraging ...

Edwards Walks Away

It is unusual for athletes to walk away from their sport in their prime.  Barry Sanders did it.  Now too, so has Carl Edwards.  The Nascar driver walked away from Joe Gibbs Racing with a year left on his contract.  His announcement came as a surprise to everyone - his car owner, his ...

College Football Season Nearly Over

The 2016 college football season is nearly over, but what a ride it's been in the last month.  There are so many storylines that it is hard to pick just one, so I won't.  Let's try five stories that make 2016 one that won't be soon forgotten. A former Wake Forest assistant coach turned ...

Mixon’s Mistake

As Oklahoma prepares for its bowl game, the public outcry over the release of the video showing running back Joe Mixon punching a female student rages on.  There are always extenuating circumstances when these events take place, though many people seem to think it is more simplistic than it ...

Am I A Baseball Junkie?

Not knowing specifically what a "junkie" is, I am going to let you answer the title question.  I'll give you some information and then you can decide whether I am indeed a baseball junkie or not.  Ready? I played the game of baseball for twenty years.  From Little League to Pony League ...

Wanna Be On The Committee?

There will be a playoff soon for the big boys in college football.  Four teams will be in on the fun.  Which schools will make the field has yet to be determined.  A committee will select those four schools.  My question to you is this.  Do you wanna be on the committee? You may want ...

Election Day Aftermath

This was my 12th Presidential election, and yes that does give you a hint as to how old I am.  The 2016 edition was my toughest thus far.  I didn't want election day to arrive, yet I could not wait for it to be over.  Let me explain. For most of my life I have lived in a type ...

Dream Series

Well the impossible happened.  Anyone who tells you that they knew before the season started that the Indians and Cubs would face off in the World Series were, to be nice, stretching the truth.  But one thing is true.  One long suffering fan base will have that long awaited ...

Twice In One Day

The sports world was shocked yesterday. Not once, but twice, as news of the passing of two great athletes hit the airwaves. One was young, way too young. People that are 24 are not expected to die at that tender age. The other was older - 87 to be exact. Though death can happen at any time, it ...