Sports Columns

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 ...

Four neat stories that prove golf is indeed a wonderful game

A UNIQUE ACE!: It is every golfer’s dream. If you have ever played this game, recording a hole-in-one is as good as it gets. Each one has its own story, but some are more unique than others. This past week Dutch Edeburn aced a hole at Seneca Hills Golf Course that qualifies in the ...

With so much happening, it’s time for 25 things

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but with so much happening locally and nationally, it’s time for an early fall edition of 25 things. 1. Even though Columbian has been soundly defeated in its first two games, you have to respect the effort of quarterback Todd Simonds. In ...

The PGA FedEx Cup playoff opener goes from stroke play to match play

Golf’s version of the playoffs began last week. It seems every sport now has some kind of playoff system including Nascar, which will start theirs after races at Darlington and Richmond. As for the PGA Tour, golfers competed for positions throughout the course of the year. The top ones ...

Pyeongchang Olympics six months away — focus still on summer host cities

Tokyo, Paris, and Los Angeles appear to be the order of the host cities for the 2020, 2024, and 2028 summer Olympics. Unless hell freezes over and the IOC doesn't sign off on a pre-arranged deal when it meets in Lima, Peru next month, USA will be waiting its turn to play host to the Games...and ...

More proposed rule changes from the USGA

A few weeks ago, I listed some proposed changes in the rules of golf. The United States Golf Association decided it was time to modernize the game. Perhaps the main purpose of the changes is to speed up the game. As a golfer who has been reduced to waiting on every shot while playing golf, I am ...

Recapping the 2017 PGA Championship and other items

If you missed this column last week I apologize. I have been under the weather the last ten days and was on a short leash. The situation was both good and bad. I was limited to watching TV and took in baseball, football, auto racing, the PGA Championship and the news. The sports portion of ...

When it comes to Hall, players held to different standard

There was a cartoon that ran during spring training in 2005. I don’t remember who drew it or even who ran it, but it was of a Detroit Tigers’ coach talking to a batboy. “Hey kid,” he said. “Go give these bats to Pudge.” The small, skinny kid is incredulous. “I AM Pudge!” he ...

LWIG — An incredible five-hole stretch at the Open Championship

While I was busy detailing the top 100 golf courses in America, a major championship was being contested across the pond. Thus, I am deviating from a “This Week in Golf” column in favor of a “Last Week in Golf” wrapup. In case you weren’t aware, the Open Championship was played at ...

The Cavs’ offseason drama continues

One of my friends called it the “NBApocalypse.” Kyrie Irving, who made the biggest shot in Cavaliers’ franchise history, the idol of boys and girls all over Ohio, wants out of Cleveland. The superstar point guard requested a trade from the Cavaliers last week, and Cleveland‘s front ...

And now here they are – Golf Digest’s top 100 golf courses in America

Let’s refresh your memory. Last week I hinted that you might get a look at the top 100 golf courses in America, a list composed by Golf Digest. Instead of naming any of the courses, I concentrated on looking at the criterion used to rate those golf courses and, maybe more importantly, how one ...