Sports Columns

TU coach giving back to community with baseball camp

Tiffin University baseball coach Joe Wilkins said he was looking for something. Something that would help kids, the community and the game he loves. From that came the Tiffin University Youth Holiday Camp, which will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hemminger Center. The camp is for ...

If you get the chance, be sure to attend baseball’s winter meetings

After my daughter completed her internship with the Charleston (S.C.) River Dogs minor league baseball team, it was her intention to seek a career in the game. To that end she had to go to baseball’s winter meetings and I just HAD to tag along. The year was 2009 and our destination was ...

In the hoops world, many things have changed — but not everything

It has been some 60 years since I attended my first high school basketball game. It has been exactly 50 years since I last played a high school basketball game. It has been 36 years since I last coached a high school basketball game. So when I took in two high school basketball games in the ...

Meyer’s resignation closes memorable chapter

Urban Meyer should have been fired in August. That’s my belief. Whenever a coach cites memory problems about incidents — especially ones that involve domestic violence — it’s time to go. The Ohio State coach avoided dismissal then, getting only a three-game suspension. And yet, ...

Surprises, oddities, strange happenings — and it’s why we watch the games

Last weekend put a smile on the faces of many sports fans. I have many friends and family who happen to be both Ohio State Buckeye and Cleveland Browns fans. Do you think they were smiling? The day before THE game in Columbus, my nephew and I agreed that Ohio State “could” win the game. ...

I have my own thoughts — but what’s your favorite spectator sport?

The inspiration for this week’s column came from my wife as she quizzed me on a sports question posted on Facebook. I will tell you the story later, but it did make me realize that not everyone has the same favorites when it comes to sporting contests. The Facebook post dealt with a game ...

Certainly not every sports figure gets to go out on their own terms

You dedicate your entire life to the game. You put in endless hours of practice, training and watching film. You get to the top of your field and enjoy great success. Eventually though, you know it will come to an end. Just how that end plays out may not be a decision that you get to make ...

Watching sports on TV is different today, thanks to fantasy leagues

It was a much simpler time when I was growing up. Not better necessarily, but definitely simpler. When Sunday rolled around we turned on the television and one of the three channels we could actually get would carry the Cleveland Browns game. Sometimes we would join the game in progress as ...

It’s time for a change for Tiffin keglers, as well as this sports scribe

The sign seemed rather innocuous when I first saw it. Heritage Lanes would be closed for the month of June. That would not be common, but perhaps there was a logical explanation. Then the month of June passed and the building remained unopened. Soon the summer was over and my worst fears were ...

Some random thoughts on yet another American Ryder Cup ‘disaster’

Are any of you questioning the choice of the last word in my title? The Europeans did defeat the U.S. in the recently completed Ryder Cup matches — and it wasn’t close. Playing at the Le Golf National in Paris, France, the Euros took back the trophy by a 17 1/2-10 1/2 margin. A sound ...

Elite Sport and Culture Week reinforces Olympic core values

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are still two years away and Ohio is about to experience a small invasion of Olympians who will be in Tiffin to inspire and educate the community on international sport and culture. In a matter of days, over 20 Olympians will arrive for Elite Sport and Culture including ...

Like him or not, Tiger will always be in the media spotlight

While I was spending five weeks telling you about the top golf course in each state, news was being generated in this sport we all love so much. Having read that first sentence, I was wondering if “love” was the proper word to use to describe my feelings about the game right now. Yes, it ...

25 things on the local and national sports landscapes

Time again for 25 things, which is becoming an October tradition. At least to me. 1. Despite Columbian’s loss to Clyde Friday night, the Tornadoes still figure to be in good position for a postseason run. The Tornadoes sit third in Division III’s Region 10. With games remaining against ...

The final 10: Our list of the best golf courses in each state closes

I’m not sure how one decides which golf course is the best in any given state. The criterion for choosing the “best” course will likely vary with whoever has the task of picking the list. The courses can be found in large cities. From Dallas to Louisville, Pittsburgh to Las Vegas modern ...

Browns fans have someone to believe in with Mayfield

Younger people have trouble believing this, but it’s true. About 30 years ago, Bernie Kosar was nearly as big in northern Ohio as LeBron James became. Like LeBron, Bernie was an Ohio native, and like LeBron, he was a star before he ever set foot in a professional setting. The University ...

Continuing the list of top golf courses in every state of the Union

For the last two weeks I have given you the top golf course in each state according to someone who might have a different idea of what determines the “best” course than you and I might. For example, most of the courses are private and if I can’t play it, I might not rate it so ...

The best golf course in each state — an alphabetical list, Part II

Last week I gave you the top golf course in the first 10 states of the union — alphabetically, of course. From Shoal Creek to Castle Pines, Cypress Pines to Augusta National, these courses are dream venues that most of us will never get a chance to play. Just in case you have some pull that ...

Mohawk staying focused after hot start

SYCAMORE — Mohawk’s players didn’t seem to want to bask in the glory for too long Friday night. Yes, they enjoyed the 35-14 win over Carey. And yes, the Warriors are aware they’re ranked fourth in The Associated Press Division VII poll. Cole Zender was coming off a career game. The ...

Why do we still love and follow the Browns?

The ball hit wide receiver Corey Coleman in the hands and fell to the ground. The game and the worst season in Cleveland Browns history were over. Hoping so much to avoid an 0-16 season, wanting so badly to avoid infamy for my team, was fruitless. After 19 seasons of incompetence, the ...

Want to play golf in all 50 states? Here’s a list for you to consider

My thoughts turned to my cousin’s wife the other day. Barbara Young has played golf in all 50 states. I wrote about her accomplishment a few years ago as she played in Alaska to complete her dream. Her feat came to me as I purchased tickets to an Atlanta Braves game to keep my hobby alive. ...