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The Heisman

Yesterday was a big sports day. The Army-Navy game was a classic especially if you like old fashioned smash mouth, run it down your throat football. Woody would love three yards and a cloud of snow! The Marlins decided to dump, er... I mean trade Giancarlo Stanton and that will be the topic ...

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

On Sunday I had a friend ask me the following question: "Would you like to be on the committee?" He was referring to the 13 member group that has the task of picking the four teams to play for the NCAA football national championship. My answer is the heading for this blog. There is a reason ...

What A Weekend

I have been a Nascar fan for years. In fact, I run a Nascar fantasy league. Like most fans I have had a favorite driver to root for and for many years that was Sterling Marlin. I can remember sitting on the edge of my seat hoping that Sterling would get to the finish line first. Winning ...

Where Goeth the NFL?

The NFL is on the brink. That's right. I said it. It is entirely possible that the NFL won't exist in ten years. Ten years ago, nobody in their right mind would have made that statement. Times are different now. People have soured on the NFL for a variety of reasons. Let's take a look at ...

More on politics and sports, thank you, President Trump

Politics and sports are often bedfellows. The positive side may see sport playing a role in diplomacy for nations at war (e.g., the Olympic Games or Nelson Mandela's declaration of sports serving as a tool to change the world). The negative side addresses manipulation and greed to circumvent ...

A WILD AND WACKY WEEKEND

There are people in this world that have no interest in sports and I get that. Each to his own. When someone asks me why I love sports, I can point to this weekend for my answer. Starting on Saturday with the Ohio State - Penn State football game and ending early this morning with the Astros ...

Bringing Back Memories

Saturday I made my way to Hiram, Ohio. A small community approximately the size of New Riegel, it just happens to have a college there. Hiram College is my alma mater. Homecoming was on tap for this day, an event that normally would not have signaled me to take the three hour drive. I had ...

Hey The Sun Did Come Up This Morning

OK - it is a little dreary and you can't actually see the sun, but it's there. Life will indeed go on. Cleveland Indian fans experienced yet another disappointment last night as the New York Yankees completed their improbable comeback and ended the season for the Tribe. After building a 3-1 ...

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM BE…

Twenty four hours ago I was set to blog about Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona's decision to start Trevor Bauer on the hill against the New York Yankees in game one of the American League's Division series instead of ace Corey Kluber. I opted not to join the crowd of disbelievers ...

It’s Time

A toddler was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium this afternoon. Television cameras refused to show the little girl, who was attended to after a ball off the bat of Todd Frazier apparently struck her in the mouth. One did not need to see the girl to know how serious this incident was. ...

SIXTEEN WINS AND WHAT DO YOU GET?

You can almost hear the soothing voice of Tennessee Ernie Ford singing, can't you? His message though was about coal miners working long hours with little hope of improving their station in life. "Another day older and deeper in debt" was the second line. I've changed the word tons to wins as ...

MLB Hits A Home Run

Major League Baseball decided that last weekend would be players weekend. Players were allowed to wear their own shoe designs as well as socks. They could put their nickname (subject to MLB censorship and yes a couple were turned down) on the back of their jerseys. It was a way to have fun ...

A Wild Cleveland Sports Week

All three major sports franchises in Cleveland were in the news this week. Whether it was for good or bad may well depend on your viewpoint. For better or worse, let's take a look. Starting with the least important sport (at least to me) the Cleveland Cavaliers made a trade this week. Kyrie ...

Has Kaepernick Been Blackballed?

The NFL season is about to get underway and one free agent quarterback is still waiting for a phone call. A couple of teams have seen their starting QB's suffer injuries, yet Colin Kaepernick's phone has yet to ring. Many people believe that he has been blackballed by the NFL for his actions ...

Beltre’s Ejection

By now you have probably seen one of the funniest moments in baseball history. The Texas Rangers third baseman. Adrian Beltre, was tossed out of a game in the 8th inning of a 22-10 Miami Marlins victory. Beltre was on deck, but not in the on deck circle when second base umpire Gerry Davis ...

WE HAD A TOTAL BLAST – ALMOST

My wife, son and I went up to Progressive Field last night to catch a game between the Indians and Toronto Blue Jays. The main attraction - other than watching a major league baseball game - was the Jason Kipnis bobble head promotion. Kip is a favorite of ours and we hadn't been to a game in ...

MAYBE SOONER THAN LATER

When baseball trades are made, most people think it cannot be judged for several years. Usually that is the case, but one deal made at the trading deadline last season is coming closer to clarification. The Cleveland Indians felt like they needed left handed bullpen help it they were going to ...

Will Billups Bite ?

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made an offer to former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups to become the President of basketball operations. He would replace David Griffin who was not retained as the General Manager. Billups has requested time to mull over the offer and ...

Making sense out of Monday’s Indians game

It was frustrating to watch. It didn't matter that I'm an Indians fan, always have been. Didn't matter that I was watching my team make a remarkable comeback. No, all I could think of was the state of baseball. Given a 9-2 lead against Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, Rangers ...

Did Erin Hills Pass the Test?

Well that depends on who was grading it! The USGA always tries to make its U.S. Open courses a stern test for the best golfers in the world. For the governing body, an even par score for four days would be considered a great effort. If that is the measuring stick, then Erin Hills failed to ...