Sports Columns

As MLB celebrates Robinson, Doby gets overlooked

Every April 15, Major League Baseball has all of its players where No. 42. The league celebrates the anniversary of the big-league debut of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player of the 20th century. Robinson is always celebrated, as he should be. And that honor extends beyond a ...

Here are some new ‘rules’ to aide the older, more mature golfer

It’s now springtime in Ohio and young men’s thoughts turn to … well, I don’t really know what young men think about this time of year. What I do know is that my thoughts, as well as those of my links buddies, turn to golf. Despite the fact that you may well wake up tomorrow to some more ...

The End of March Madness: Duke’s departure means no sure bets in 2019

Over $300 million was legally wagered on the NCAA I men’s basketball tournament last year — all in the state of Nevada (Las Vegas). Guess how much was bet illegally? The Madness of March will likely see the “legal” amount wagered on the tournament skyrocket this year since the Supreme ...

2020 NASCAR Monster Energy Series schedule has race fans buzzing

My affinity for NASCAR racing began some 40 years ago. It nearly ended before it ever began. Let me explain. In the late 1970s a few friends rented a big yellow Ryder truck and we made our way to Michigan International Speedway. A dozen guys stuck a keg in the back of the truck and drove ...

Opening Day — when everyone’s team has a chance to win the pennant

The words just ooze hope. Opening Day! No other team is ahead of yours. You have no ground to make up and there is indeed hope. For some baseball fans the operative term might be confidence. You are positive this will be the year for your favorite team. Now whether you have hope or confidence ...

Magers sets the standard, and now he’s a hall of famer

Pat Magers has a style that so many of us try to emulate. Magers — a St. Wendelin graduate and A-T contributor — was inducted into the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Hall of Fame Saturday at halftime of the Division I boys basketball championship game in Columbus. In a career that has spanned ...

The madness is here — why sports fans love the road to the Final Four

It’s that time. Perhaps the biggest sporting event of the year — combined with two of the lowest work production days — bring smiles, tears, heartbreak or unbridled joy to millions. March Madness is upon us! It began last Sunday with the selection committee report. Sixty-four (68 if ...

Dream achieved — Columbian boys bowling team goes to state

If one was to look up the definition of culmination it would read as thus: the highest point of something, especially as attained after a long time. When the Columbian boys team arrived in Columbus for the state bowling tournament last weekend it was a culmination of sorts. For the bowlers, ...

Rebuild is over, glory days could be ahead

Finally, it’s here. The Browns are going for it. After nearly a quarter century of waiting for next year — or, in the late ’90s, waiting out three years — the Cleveland Browns are here. Contending. Thinking playoffs. Thinking AFC championship. Thinking Super Bowl ...

Heading south in February for family, weather … and a little sports?

Last month my wife and I hit the road for Florida. The main purpose of the trip was twofold. We wanted to spend some time with our daughter in Port Charlotte. We also were looking for some relief from the cold winter days here in Seneca County. The first purpose was a given. The second was up ...

Did you see? So many crazy and wonderful moments happen in sports

The beauty of going to a ballgame is that something totally unexpected can happen. Oh sure, we get the occasional boring event, but sometimes, you see something so incredible that you are talking about it for years. It’s why we plunk down the big bucks to go and potentially be part of ...

Sports nicknames that we all know — and a few that are very obscure

Many athletes have notable nicknames. Some of them are a little catchier than others. In fact, you may well know the nickname of a sports star without knowing his given name. In my research I came across the name of Samuel Byrd. I had never heard of him, but his nickname(s) are worth sharing. ...

Before the madness of March, February football fuels winter’s sports

February is infamous for its relatively lackluster sport appeal, sandwiched between the Super Bowl and March Madness. The NHL trudges along in the middle of its regular season, a few high school and college winter sport seasons wind down, and MLB heads into spring training. The 2019 NBA ...

With Seneca East, it’s all about team

Don Vogt has an analogy he likes to use about basketball teams. The second-year Seneca East coach said that when you take five fingers separately, each one is easy to bend. But on the other hand … “When you make a fist of five fingers together, it’s hard to un-pry those fingers,” ...

Why don’t you test your knowledge with a little sports quiz?

Don’t you just love to play sports trivia games? If you are a sports fan, you likely want to prove your ability to answer random questions about various sports. I will give you that chance today. My dad had one trivia question that he liked to ask of my unwitting friends. His question: ...

Memories of Robinson’s greatness vivid long after career ended

Frank Robinson was a rare individual. It’s not just because of the skills he displayed on the baseball diamond, though he was one of the best hitters of all time. Robinson had 586 homers and a .294 lifetime batting average over a career that stretched 21 seasons. But he was more than ...

The day virtually everyone has been waiting for is finally upon us

What day is it? No, that is not a reference to an old GEICO ad. I didn’t say, “Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike!” Today is a long awaited day for many sports fans. It is Super Bowl Sunday. For me personally, it’s not that big a deal. Oh, I am going to tune in, that’s for sure. But until ...

Goff leaves TU, but leaves a positive mark

Gary Goff got an offer that he couldn’t refuse. The Tiffin University football coach resigned last Friday to take the head coaching job at Valdosta State. It’s not only Goff’s alma mater — he was a wide receiver and captain for the Blazers in the mid-90s — but it’s also the ...

Are our expectations too high? The lonely life of those who officiate

My first memorable experience with a sports official came many, many years ago when I was in the seventh grade. I was playing in the Seneca County League eighth grade basketball tournament. In the middle of the fourth quarter I found myself defending an opponent who was driving to the ...