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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

This past weekend the NFL held it's divisional playoff games. For me it was interesting. I got to watch Saturday's tilts on TV, but had to listen to Sunday's games on the radio as I was traveling. We stopped soon enough to catch the end of the Saints-Vikings game on the tube. Let me say ...

An All SEC Final

I have no problem with the fact that this year's national championship game pits Alabama and Georgia, marking the first time teams from the same conference will vie for the crown. Though many people don't like this, I'm not one of them. If the premise that the four best teams in the country ...

The Big Ten!!!!!!!!

Isn't this the time of year when the Big Ten goes into bowl games and proceeds to lose most of them? Seriously, this is the time that football fans from all over the nation (particularly Southeast Conference fans) will claim that the Big Ten is not nearly as good as everyone thinks it ...

Taking A Look At The Tribe

A fellow asked me a couple of questions about the Cleveland Indians yesterday. He wanted to know if I thought they choked against the New York Yankees last fall. He also wanted to know if I was concerned about their inactivity this off season. Let's take a look. I hate the word choke in ...

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 ...