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Sports Columns

Some thoughts on the Browns after a 2-4 start to the season

Five things about the Browns 32-28 loss to the Seahawks Sunday: THE END OF THE FIRST HALF: The Browns should have been ahead 27-12 at the at half, or 23-12 at worst. Instead, the Browns went to the break up 20-18 on the Seahawks. The culprits for that failure were coach Freddie Kitchens ...

How often how often do you think baseball fans get their money’s worth?

Admittedly, I am a little older than many of my readers. Some of the younger ones may be surprised to hear me say that I remember the day when $25 would take a family of four to the ballpark for a game, as well as feeding them a hot dog and soft drink. Each of them! Today, that amount of ...

Five thoughts after an ugly Monday night performance

Five takeaways from a brutal Browns loss, 31-3 to the San Francisco 49ers: ONE BAD PLAY: If there was one play that drew attention last night, it was a pass that occurred with the Browns deep in San Francisco territory in the second quarter. Actually, one more play, an ill-fated punt return ...

September’s $90-million-dollar man

Remember the 1970s action series featuring Steve Austin (AKA Lee Majors) as the Six-Million-Dollar man, with bionic limbs and superhuman power allowing him to run up to 60 MPH? The Dallas Cowboys made Ezekiel Elliott, the former Ohio State player, the $90 million-dollar man this ...

AFC North pushover no more

Five happy thoughts after the Browns thumped the Ravens, 40-25. AND NOW, KINGS: No one will be talking about Freddie Kitchens being in over his head. No one, save his trolls, will be calling Baker Mayfield overrated. And suddenly, Lamar Jackson is no longer the best quarterback in the AFC ...

3 sports figures: The young, old and hard to figure out

In the last couple of weeks, three people from the world of sports caught my attention. One is old when it comes to athletic participation. Another is very young in his sport. The third is “middle aged” and has the ability to inspire awe as well as making you want to pull your hair out. ...

Five thoughts on the Cleveland Browns 20-13 loss to the Rams:

GOTTA TAKE ADVANTAGE: If there’s one problem the 2019 Browns seem to have — especially on offense — it’s being able to sustain success. It was on display in Week 1, when the Browns took the opening kickoff right down the field against the Titans, scored a touchdown and then did ...

Whether it’s kids or sports figures, people do say some funny things

At the risk of divulging my advanced age, I’m going to ask you a question. Do you remember Art Linkletter? He hosted a show titled “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” The program was hilarious, as you never knew what the little ones would come up with. While watching an Indians-White Sox ...

Five takeaways from a Browns victory over Jets

Things on my mind after the Browns 23-3 win over the New York Jets Monday night: ODELL WHO: The Browns offense was sluggish at times Monday, and Baker Mayfield looked out of sync for much of the evening. In fact, except for a couple nice completions and a terrific Nick Chubb touchdown run in ...

Maybe I wasn’t ready for some football: A recap of Week 1 action

Like all football fans, the thought of the first week of the NFL season taking place had me looking forward to the action. I wasn’t salivating — I’m not that rabid. But for a couple of reasons I was ready — or so I thought — for some football. I am, without apology, a Cleveland ...

Five takeaways from another Browns debacle

Here are five things on my mind after the Browns’ 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday. n After all the hype that was generated from last offseason, the Browns performance against the Titans Sunday looked less like the work of a Super Bowl contender and more like the play of an ...

Moments in the world of sports that last a lifetime in your memory

People watch different things on television. Some like movies. Many have a favorite sitcom or simply take in the news. My wife watches a particular soap opera and has for years. I, on the other hand, tend to watch sporting events. I used to suggest to her that at least what I was watching was ...

Are you ready for some football? If so, well, you are in Luck

Yes, it’s that time of year. If you are a football fan, fall brings you great joy. Whether your preference is high school, college or professional and whether you attend the games in person or watch them on television — you have been waiting for a long time and thus you are ready for the ...

A quick word on this year’s fall sports section

Today is a big day for all of us in The Advertiser-Tribune sports department. It’s the release of what we consider to be our crown jewel, the project we work the hardest on each year. The special fall sports section. In the 14 years I have worked here, this special section has been the ...

Going around the county in 80 plays

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” — George Harrison. You just don’t realize how much space there is in this county until you try to get from one side to the other. That was the main takeaway from Tuesday, when the desire to get as many local ...

Taking in a minor league baseball game – in Florida – in August

To answer your question is yes. Just in case you were wondering if I was crazy to head to the Sunshine State during the hottest month of the year… It fit our schedule and there was a particular reason to go. The minor league team that our daughter works for was hosting a three game series. ...

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 ...