Sports Columns

Wrapping up my alphabetical list of golf terms just for your pleasure

In the last few weeks I have compiled and shared an alphabetical list of golf terms. Many are common, some not well known and a few just downright bizarre. Here are the ones we’ve discussed thus far. Albatross, banana ball, chicken wing, duck hook, even par, ferrules, gooseneck, hacker, ...

My alphabetical list of golf terms makes the turn to the back nine

Just to recap the A to M golf terms that I have described thus far: albatross, banana ball, chicken wing, duck hook, even par, ferrules, gooseneck, hacker, interlocking grip, jump, knock down shot, lag putt and mulligan. Now it’s time to continue the list. My guess is that you will be ...

My alphabetical list of golf terms stops for the week on the letter M

Over the last two weeks I have given you 12 terms used in golf as I decided to go through the alphabet. My lists included albatross, banana ball, chicken wing, duck hook, even par, ferrules, gooseneck, hacker, interlocking grip, jump, knock down shot and lag putt. My expectation was to finish ...

Many lessons learned from Thai soccer team rescue

The Olympians are coming to Tiffin and surrounding communities in October. In the interim, it is great to celebrate the Olympic effort of a youthful coach in Thailand who saved the lives of his 12 players this month. There are plenty of other sport stories, including France beating Croatia in ...

My ‘spin’ on an alphabetical list of golf terms continues unabated

On my irons they are brown, but on my woods they are black. For those of you who might need a bit more information to understand that sentence, I’m here for you. In last week’s column I told you, my faithful readers, that I found an alphabetical list of golf terms. Selecting one term for ...

An alphabetical list of terms that are used in the wacky game of golf

The list was extensive. I had no idea there were so many terms used in the game of golf. As I perused the alphabetical list, my (some would say simple) mind became intrigued. Would I find words that would make me wince? Would a term make me smile and remember an incident on the course? Would I ...

A trade for now and for the future

A trade for now and for the future For so many years, it was easy to be skeptical about the Indians. Between 2002 and 2015, the numbers weren’t pretty. One division championship. One wild card appearance. No World Series stops. During that span, we saw Cleveland pitchers win the Cy ...

T.W.I.G — new PGA Tour schedule, LPGA Marathon Classic, Tiger v. Phil

If you are a regular PGA Tour watcher, your calendar notes certain events. The first major is in April at Augusta. The last one is the PGA Championship every August. You are likely aware of other tournaments that fit nicely into everyone’s schedule including your own TV chart. Well, get ...

LeBron leaving feels a little different this time

In 2010 there was anger. In 2014 there was shock, then jubilation. Then came Sunday. There are presidential elections. There are the Olympics. And there is LeBron James free agency. Every four years. No term limits, apparently. The greatest player of his era has left the Cleveland ...

Mickelson and Caster Semenya lead the summer of sensational sport debates

Anyone who thought the NBA Finals were rigged for ratings was wrong considering the four-game sweep by the Golden State Warriors this month. LeBron’s gigantic mural is still prominent in downtown Cleveland — at least for a while as the city anticipates the King’s quick exodus to L.A. ...

Fort Wayne Fling brings rain, unexpected birdies and an end to an era

2018 marked the 27th consecutive year that my golfing buddies and I made the annual trek to Indiana for Foxy’s Fort Wayne Fling. I haven’t been going quite that long, but if you want to check my closet you will find enough Fling shirts to attest to the fact that this event has been going on ...

Story of the U.S. Open — Brooks Koepka, the USGA or Phil Mickelson?

When it comes to the U.S. Open Championship, one would think that the major storyline would be about the golfer who won the event. That is usually the case, though to be truthful, the difficulty of the course set-up is also a topic. Frequently the two combine to be the talking point, as in ...

Briefs

GOLF: In the Ex-Hi Over 50 Golf League, Ed Correll and Steve Rau are leading with 147 points each after five weeks. Denny McKown had the long putt on No. 4, while Nick Kent had the closest second shot on No. 6. Rau was closest to the pin on No. 9. n In the Clinton Heights Baumann 2 Man ...

From DJ and others to Shinnecock Hills and even a bowling message

As I write this, the second round of the 112th U.S. Open has just finished. Unfortunately, as YOU read this, the fourth round of the same tournament is about to start. Such are the vagaries of a deadline, but I’m guessing you are aware of what happened yesterday in Round 3. There are a lot ...

Oler’s hard work and dedication pays off

Being a champion takes self discipline and focus. But for Mohawk 800 runner Destini Oler, she mixed those two things with a concern for the welfare of others — specifically her parents and her coach, Brock Cleveland. When Oler completed the first lap of Saturday’s Division III girls 800 ...

Why do some golfers not like certain golf courses? Let’s take a look

When my traveling group rolls into a golf course parking lot, our social director gets on the phone. He will schedule tee times for the following week and then pass the word as to where we are playing. One of those announcements recently was met with some muttering. When we showed up at the ...

There’s always a storyline when it comes to The Players Championship

Many consider it the fifth major. Certainly the participants do. After all, it is The Players Championship. This is a tournament that every professional golfer wants to win. The setting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is beautiful. The last three holes are awesome. The risk/reward par 5 16th ...

A week in Myrtle Beach an no golf! That just doesn’t seem right

If you enjoy a stroll around the links and you are going to be in Myrtle Beach for a week, it must mean you are on a golf trip, right? Well, not so fast, my friend. I love to play golf and I just got back from that said week on the Grand Strand, but I did not play a single round. Let me ...

Bowling’s over – golf has not started – so what happens in between

It is my want to offer up some sports other than the two I regularly opine on when the bowling and golf seasons change. Since I am heading to Myrtle Beach in the morning, you will not see this column for some ten days. Hopefully what I’m about to say will not be inaccurate, or worse, boring ...

Dorsey risking Browns future, his reputation on undersized QB

After five months of discussion, debate and hype, the decision rendered left me a little cold. With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Baker Mayfield. The Baker Mayfield who was arrested in February of 2017 for public intoxication. The Baker Mayfield who beat ...