Sports Columns

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 ...

Cheering in a foreign land

PHOENIX — It was all going smoothly until the seventh inning. It’s not that I was hiding my allegiance. The Cincinnati Reds’ T-shirt I was sporting all but gave that away. Still, this was Arizona. And the thousands in attendance probably wouldn’t care that I had flown in from Ohio. ...

Would you like to take a crack at these classic par 3 golf holes?

Valley View Golf Course near Galion was the destination this week for my traveling group. Always one of my favorite golf courses, the “views” are breathtaking. The greens are quick and undulating, but the beauty of the layout takes the sting out of the multiple three putts you are likely to ...

Looking at proposed USGA rule changes in the great game of golf

The United States Golf Association has proposed a number of rules changes which, if approved, will take place beginning in 2019. According to the ruling body, the purpose of these changes is to modernize the game. The changes also should help speed up play. Now some people likely will ...

Big swings… and misses

Baseball used to be so easy. Not to play — it's one of the most difficult games there is — but to follow. You could follow statistics easily. As a kid who looked at baseball cards and box scores, there were only a few numbers that mattered to me when judging a player. Batting average, ...

What to do with Pete Rose?

Pete Rose is banned from Major League Baseball. But he hasn’t disappeared from the game. Far from it. In fact, 31 years after his last at-bat, and 28 years after he last managed, Rose remains as visible — and as indispensable — as ever. Baseball has been walking a fine line with ...

Musings on the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills following round two

It just so happens that my mind tends to wonder about things. With the best golfers in the world converging on Wisconsin for the U.S. Open, it’s only natural that I share my musings — whatever that means! First of all, who builds a golf course with the express purpose of hosting a U.S. ...

Browns’ Kirksey shows off moves at football camp

FOSTORIA – Cleveland Browns' linebacker Christian Kirksey showed off some moves during the Micah Hyde Football Camp at Fostoria. Yes, the fourth-year player out of Iowa — where he was a teammate of Hyde's — made some football steps as he worked on drills with kids. But he also — ...

T.W.I.G. — farmland, sandtraps, FedEx/St. Jude’s and a Field of Dreams

“To Farm or Play Golf” — My traveling golf league headed to Green Hills Golf Course near Clyde for our weekly dose of fun and/or frustration. I’ve always liked the course and now that I get to play it from the senior tees, my opinion has not changed. When I entered the clubhouse I ...

Briefs

GOLF: The Mohawk Golf Club will host its third annual Ladies Day Scramble on June 27. All lady golfers in the Tiffin area are invited. The day starts at 9:30 a.m. with a scramble followed by a lunch in the Ross Tavern catered by new chef Jimmy Jones. After lunch the ladies can play the other ...

More than just a game in Cleveland

There was never one dream. When I was a kid, there was a series of them. Growing up, I wanted to be a beat writer for a big league team. But I also wanted to be a front man of a rock band, quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and a garbage collector. Most dreams faded — I gave up on ...

Will the events of this week harm the legacy of Tiger Woods?

Well, it depends. Not the answer you were looking for perhaps, but when it comes to the term legacy there is room for discussion. The biggest problem with trying to determine a person’s legacy is that no one has a good definition for the word. If you go to the dictionary for a definition ...

Remembering those who have had an impact on the game of golf

This is the weekend when Americans everywhere pause to pay homage to people who are no longer with us. Though we usually reserve our thoughts to those who served in the military, in this column I have selected four golfers who made contributions to the game of golf. Perhaps you have heard of ...

The good, the bad and the amazing from the Players Championship

All sports have their humbling moments, but I’m not sure any game is as fickle as the game of golf. Amateurs and professionals alike have good days and bad. Heck, you can have both good and bad in any given round of golf and yes, even from shot to shot. Never was this contrast more evident ...

Rules of golf have been amended in regard to use of video evidence

Everyone who has played the wonderful game of golf knows that the rules for the sport are both many and complicated. In addition, there are no officials present to enforce those rules for us weekend duffers. No, we are expected to know the rules and abide by them. If we realize we have broken a ...

An important moment remembered on Mother’s Day

It’s a line my mother wants me to forget. These days, when I’m with a group of people, I’ll tell the story, and she’ll cringe. But in some ways, it’s a bit of a window into why I turned out the way I did. In seventh grade, I was small and was a target of bullies. I’d lost ...