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Sports Columns

Another positive story with a similar lesson for us

Having become somewhat disillusioned with all the bad things going on in the world of sports, last week I decided to write something positive. The column was about a letter a 9-year-old boy sent to his favorite college football team. He wanted to cheer up the Michigan State Spartans, a team ...

Some thoughts on another disappointing Sunday in Pittsburgh

Five takeaways from the Browns’ crushing 20-13 loss to Pittsburgh Sunday: THE BIGGEST PROBLEM: There’s plenty to criticize about first-year Browns coach Freddie Kitchens. There’s the team’s lack of discipline. The inability to consistently incorporate wide receiver Odell Beckham. ...

Brueggemeier lived to serve media, others as Old Fort AD

We used to chuckle back in the day, a day when sports writers were known as the pad-and-pencil set. Years before hand-held recorders were common, decades before the internet, nearly a half century before today’s social media, we used to chuckle at the way Athletic Director John ...

Sometimes it takes a kid to teach adults what is important in sports

Even I was getting depressed with the sports world. It seems that most of my columns recently have addressed the seedier side of athletics. I have written about the helmet swing, Chase Young’s suspension for violating NCAA rules, and the firing of Astros assistant general manager for nasty ...

Browns on the cusp of playoff contention

Five thoughts as the Browns appear to be heating up with a 41-24 win over the Dolphins A DANGEROUS THING: It’s that strange feeling, nearly foreign to Browns fans at this time of the year. Hope. Yes, it’s been there before, but more in a vague sense. Browns fans were hopeful last ...

Garrett helmet swing brings out ‘yes, but’ defenders

By now, assuming that you are at least a little interested in the world of sports, you have seen videotape of the incident. After grappling with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet from his head. A few seconds ...

Reisert, Tiffin paving new era with win over Findlay and playoff appearance

FINDLAY — It had to be Findlay. To get where the Tiffin University football team wanted, it had to go down State Route 224, and do something that hadn’t been done in a quarter century. Beat the Oilers. Yes, the Dragons had a brilliant year, even before they stepped on the field at ...

Garrett’s helmet swing ruins impressive Browns win

Five thoughts on the Browns’ 21-7 win over the Steelers: A WIN NEVER FELT SO BAD: Myles Garrett ruined the game. He ruined the satisfaction of the win. Luckily, he didn’t ruin Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph. With the Browns in firm control of the game in the final minute, Garrett ...

Two events today could lead to conspiracy theories

Today, two football activities will take place. One likely will be viewed by thousands; the other by very few. Both will be talked about for days and both have a lot of “why” questions associated with it. In Atlanta today, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick will have a workout for ...

A win is a win

Five thoughts after a rare Browns win, 19-16 over the Buffalo Bills: ONE THING MATTERS: In the spring of 1987, at Wrestlemania III in Pontiac Michigan, the late, great Bobby “The Brain” Heenan was in the broadcast booth. After watching the Dream cheat to defeat the Fabulous Rougeau ...

Reflections on the 2019 World Series — good, bad and disturbing

This year’s World Series was, in a word, incredible. Any time a seven game series goes the full distance, it’s likely to be filled with magical moments, a few misgivings and delirium for the winning team and its fans. Let’s take a look back at this memorable World Series. We’ll look ...

Another disappointing loss for Browns

Five takeaways from an unbelievable — and not in a good way — on the Browns 24-19 loss to the Broncos Sunday. MISERY LOVES COMPANY: The Advertiser-Tribune’s publisher, Jeremy Speer, is a Lions fan. He told me recently that this weekly Browns column is “cathartic” to him because our ...

The NFL at midseason — forecasting both winners and losers

If you are expecting me to let you know who will “win” each division and head to the playoffs, you are going to be disappointed with this column. Likewise, if you expect me to tell you if the Browns or Lions are going to “lose” out on the chance to get a postseason bid — well, again ...

Only one thought about the 2-5 Browns

It happened again. It happens every fall, actually. That point when, after the Cleveland Browns make a startling number of errors in an embarrassing loss, I sit back and ponder some of my life choices. “Why do I do this? Why do I care so much? What’s the point?” Yeah, it’s ...

Finding Waldo can’t be more difficult than locating these colleges

When I peruse football scores in The A-T, a number of things jump out at me. I like to look for “odd” scores. Who scored the most points, what was the biggest margin of victory, what was the fewest points scored by a winner and the most points by a losing team. I search the scores of high ...

This week: Officiating woes, auto racing and golf rules

Alternately, I was shocked, held my breath and then had to laugh. It was that kind of week in the world of sports. Let’s take a look. Packers-Lions. I watched with interest the Monday Night NFL game. There was no favorite team to root for, so the winner of the game meant little to me. I was ...

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 ...