Sports Columns

Looking for a leisurely stroll in the park? Tiffin’s got you covered

Sometimes you just want to get out and stretch your legs. Maybe you have a workout regimen. Either way, if you are looking for a place to walk, jog or bike — Tiffin gives you plenty of options. The crown jewel of Tiffin’s 13 city parks is Hedges-Boyer. It has so many amenities, including ...

The sizzle of summer sports continues in August

It seems the Advertiser-Tribune was JUST reporting on two extraordinary collegiate baseball teams including Tiffin University’s Cinderella comeback story and Heidelberg University’s incredible post-season run. After a 2-17 start, the D2 Dragons surprised everyone in winning the Great ...

T.W.I.B. — the rare combined no-hitter happens twice in three weeks

In the history of Major League Baseball a total of 302 no-hitters have been tossed. The vast majority of them were thrown by a single pitcher, a feat that everyone involved in, from fans to players, will remember for a lifetime. When you consider the number of games played in the history of ...

The trade deadline has passed, but is the wheeling and dealing over?

Officially, the Major League Baseball trade deadline ended at midnight Wednesday. Traditionally, deals could still be made after the deadline, but it was more difficult to pull them off. This year it’s supposed to be even more difficult, but we’ll see. This time of year teams are either ...

Trading Bauer for Puig, Reyes might just work out

The Indians may have pulled it off. They may have traded a front-line starting pitcher in the middle of a pennant race and not alienated their fanbase. The idea of dealing Trevor Bauer seemed like an inevitable transaction when the Indians were around the .500 mark in June and trailing ...

Listen up Major League Baseball — the time has come to do this — now

Now that I have your attention, I suppose you want to know just what I’m talking about. Could it be that I’m referring to using the designated hitter in BOTH leagues? Perhaps I’m about to suggest that Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame. Actually, the headline does not refer to either ...

Injuries to driver show risk in harness racing

As spectators started to pile into the grandstand of the Seneca County Fair to see the first day of harness racing, little did they know they’d see something pretty rare and partly horrifying. When a crowd of people all in unison goes ‘OOH,’ you know something happened. As I walked into ...

Sports fans see tennis, golf and even baseball from across the pond

Many sports enthusiasts have been watching their favorite events from the United Kingdom in the last few weeks. Wimbledon just wrapped up, the Open Championship is underway and the Brits even got a taste of Major League Baseball. Though the two-game baseball series between the Yankees and Red ...

Sports fans see tennis, golf and even baseball from across the pond

Many sports enthusiasts have been watching their favorite events from the United Kingdom in the last few weeks. Wimbledon just wrapped up, the Open Championship is underway and the Brits even got a taste of Major League Baseball. Though the two-game baseball series between the Yankees and Red ...

All-Star week positions Cleveland as a high-energy sport entertainment hub

In terms of hosting high-profile sport events in Ohio, Columbus and Cincinnati are climbing the ladder, but still trail the city of Cleveland. It is no accident that Cleveland, the city of unpredictable weather and phenomenal cultural energy, has been scoring a string of national and ...

The game of baseball shall produce the good, the bad and the ugly

In the last few weeks three events took place in the sport of baseball. One was on the professional level, one in college with the most disturbing one happening at a little league game played by 7-year-olds. That is the order in which I will share the events. We’ll start with the good, go ...

All-Star Game festivities bring back old memories

Cecil Fielder got off easy. The former Tigers slugger was at the MLB Play Ball event in downtown Cleveland this weekend, and was taking pictures with anybody who wanted one. Suffice to say, I wanted one. It was always hard for me to have a favorite player who wasn’t a Cleveland Indian ...

A different kind of ballgame

The man seated to my left was attending his first professional baseball game since the Eisenhower administration. The man to my right was a former minor league pitcher, someone who, after blowing out his arm, held season tickets to the Florida/Miami Marlins for 21 years. It was a contrast. ...

Sasha was different, but she had that one trait that all dogs have

The ad in the A-T said beagle puppies for sale. I called the number and the man told me he was going mushroom hunting, but would meet me at Rt. 53 Recreation. He would throw a couple of pups in the backseat and be there in two hours. That was 13 years ago last month. When he arrived he ...

Maybe it’s time to put away the phone

No one at The Advertiser-Tribune seemed to know who Vampire Weekend was. Let’s get that out of the way first. So maybe it was a surprise to everyone that I sat out a Friday night of work to go to Cleveland to see the band play in the flats. Ezra Koenig was awesome, and so was the band. ...

A glimpse of sport destination tourism issues and Cleveland’s All-Star Game

USA destroyed Thailand and beat Chile to kick off the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. The summer and fall are ripe with opportunities for destination sport travel, but affordability and time availability typically are major obstacles. Among the recognizable international sports taking ...

Spring sports championships bring inspiration and memories

For the second-consecutive year, I was not able to get to Columbus for the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships. Being a regular spectator for years, I miss the color and pageantry of the event. In the past, I’d attend the prelims on Friday and often returned for the finals ...

15 years on the job

It was more than 15 years ago that Bowling Green State University told me to leave. OK, they didn’t tell me. Graduation forced me to leave, though until the moment I walked to get a diploma at Anderson Arena, I was still trying to figure out a way to stay. Nonetheless, a few weeks later I ...

8 takeaways from 2019 state track

1. It would have been a storybook ending had Morgan England won a state title in the pole vault Friday. Almost poetic. After her father Gary coached four Seneca East athletes to runner-up finishes at state, it’s his daughter that brings home the ultimate prize. 2. It didn’t happen, but ...

The (non) rain delay, Billy Bucks and a rookie’s solid debut

It was an interesting week in the world of major league baseball. My wife and I headed for Progressive Field last Saturday to take in the Indians and Rays game. One purpose of the trip was to get the free giveaway. Who wouldn’t want a Francisco Lindor bobblehead? The main purpose however, ...