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Some bowling advice from someone who has bowled a long time

The young man approached me with a question. He wanted to know, since I had bowled a long time, if I could give him some advice on the game of bowling. I was understandably moved, though a little skeptical. After all no one had ever asked me for bowling advice before. Those who have seen me ...

Browns change course, but problems are sure to continue

When the Browns fired Vice President Sashi Brown Thursday, it was something of a confession. After all the talk about the importance of continuity, about believing in analytics as some kind of organizational philosophy, owner Jimmy Haslam decided to change course. Again. Haslam was ...

A change is coming to the Tiffin Bowling Associations next season

As I looked around the room, familiar faces came into view. The Wizard was there, of course, as he would be presiding over the meeting. Kizzy was present with his handouts to show the treasurer’s activity. He would abstain from voting on approving his own work. “Dad” was on hand as he ...

Time to sit back and reflect about Browns

Thanksgiving is always a good time to reflect on things. Truthfully, the November holiday has long been one of my favorites, because it brings together three things I have grown to adore: Family, turkey and football. But it occurred to me this year that while Thanksgiving remains a joy, it ...

Summer bowling stories: perfection, frustration and a penny a pin

Since the end of last bowling season, I’ve kept an eye out for bowling stories. I was told about one and watched a bowling tournament for another. The other one came from noticing a billboard at a bowling alley. Let’s start with perfection. In 2014, I wrote about a perfect game bowled by ...

The search for league bowlers starts with this columnist’s plea

Over the last two weeks I have been reminiscing about “the good old days” at least as it applies to bowling. When I first started league bowling in the mid 1970s, Heritage Lanes was full of leagues and thus bowlers. That has changed and I’m about to give you some reasons for it. In ...

Local product Nye is succeeding as BC’s coach, which isn’t a surprise

Cindy Walerius didn’t say it, but when she coached Jackie Nye, she was working with a kindred spirit. Walerius, then the New Riegel volleyball coach, knew that Nye was talented. But there was something else about her that stood out. “She gave everything she had,” Walerius said. “She ...

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 ...

Taking a stroll down Memory Lane — from baseball to bowling

Last Saturday I spent most of the day at Hiram College, my alma mater. It was homecoming weekend, but I was there for a dedication ceremony. It seems Hiram is in the process of sprucing up its baseball facility and chose to rename it in honor of my former coach. Bill Proverbs was a 1958 ...

Let me introduce you to Pidge Fleming — the First Lady of Oglebay Golf

My apologies to those whowere expecting to see the first column of the bowling season today. Instead, I have elected to write one more golf column. As you read, you will discover why I had a change of heart. For the first time since the kids were in high school, my family decided to take a ...

Why aren’t the Indians still playing, again?

A full week has passed, but it still doesn’t feel right. Why aren’t the Indians still playing? It doesn’t seem fair. It doesn’t seem correct. Someone, somewhere made a mistake. But then you think about it. And then the frustrating reality hits. It is fair. It is ...

My wishes for the wonderful world of sports, and perhaps beyond

It’s the time of year where the golf season is winding down and the bowling season is cranking up. That’s my signal to switch to my bowling column. Before I do, though, I would like to expound on some other sports and give you my wishes for various things. Fall golf is fun. The courses ...

Making the turn and heading for home on our easy back nine

Last week we took a look at the easiest holes on the front nine of our five local golf courses. We wrap up the series seeing if you can post a low score on the back side of Loudon Meadows, Seneca Hills, Clinton Heights, Nature Trails and Fostoria Country Club. Jack Nicklaus once said if you ...

Here’s your chance to post a low front nine score on area courses

In the last two weeks I have let you know about the toughest holes at the five area golf courses. Play these holes at even par and you will impress a lot of people. More likely however is that you will put some bogeys and “others” on your scorecard. So this week we will look at the ...

Now is the time for Tribe to win it all

William Donald Schaefer, the late former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, had a favorite line. It was part political slogan, part motivation, part mantra. “Do it now.” That’s the line that keeps coming back to me about the 2017 Cleveland Indians. The team will wrap up ...

Here is your back nine challenge from our five local golf courses

Last week I gave you my opinion of the toughest holes by number from Seneca Hills, Clinton Heights, Nature Trails, Loudon Meadows and Fostoria Country Club. If you recall, Nature Trails had the toughest opening hole, while the ninth at Seneca Hills provided the toughest test to close the front ...

Heenan was one-of-a-kind performer in a crazy industry

Nick Bockwinkel could always talk. The joke, as I first heard in a newsletter written by pro wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, was that if you asked Bockwinkel what time it was, he’d tell you how to make a watch. But in a DVD release on the American Wrestling Association, put out by ...

Rating the toughest holes on our five local public golf courses

There are five golf courses in our area that are open to the general public. I have played all five numerous times with varying degrees of success which included, I suppose, some monumental failures. In this column, I have chosen the most difficult holes from Seneca Hills, Loudon Meadows, ...

Tribe’s winning streak amazing — and fun

When Yandy Diaz loafed on a ground ball and threw it over Carlos Santana’s head in the sixth inning, I was concerned. When Bryan Shaw couldn’t field a bouncer to the mound and fell on his rear end in the process, I cringed. These are the types of plays you pay for. Two errors, the first ...

Byner speaks about adversity at Sentinel

Earnest Byner rarely stood in one place. He was moving constantly. Telling the hundreds of high school students seated in front of him about his life, his NFL career and the lessons he’d learned. If the former Cleveland Browns’ star saw someone in the audience at the Sentinel ...