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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 ...

Judging Aaron

As I watch highlights of New York Yankees young right fielder Aaron Judge, I think about who he reminds me of. At 6'7" tall, Frank "Hondo" Howard comes to mind. Howard was such a feared slugger in his day that he was intentionally walked one time with the bases loaded. Howard had some ...

Some Big Shoes To Fill

It was quite the struggle more than a decade ago. For a variety of reasons getting the Tiffin City Schools Board of Education to allow bowling to become a sport took a while. Eventually it became a reality and the sport has flourished. Now however, a new coach will be needed as David Jones, ...

Potty Penalty

There is no sport like golf when it comes to a litany of bizarre rules. There is also no organization like the NCAA when it comes to crazy regulations for its student athlete members. Put the two together and you get the following amusing, if not ridiculous story. At the NCAA's women's golf ...

How About Rewarding Loyalty

I made a trip to the local cable office this week. I have been a customer of Time Warner, now Spectrum, for a long time. I currently have a package where I bundle my cable, internet and phone. I went to the office because I was, quite frankly, miffed. Let me explain. When my monthly bill ...

A Scary and Frustrating Half Hour

It was shortly after 1:00 P.M. last Saturday. My wife wanted me to take our unused medications to the drop off site, but we also wanted to leave by 2:00 to visit relatives. Since one of the sites was the Tiffin Police Department, I hopped in my van and headed downtown. How long could this ...

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 ...