Sports Columns

A big week in the villages: Golf, bowling, pickle ball and even a parade

As we have done for the past decade, my buddies and I made our way to The Villages in Florida for the primary purpose of playing golf. We were also going to visit a couple of friends who live in the area though they no longer golf. It is always a good time when we make this trip if for no ...

The hijinks continue — college sports traditions both big and small

Last week we covered some of college football’s timeless traditions. This week we continue, but include a few basketball capers. I will give you my vote for the best college football tradition when all is said and done. THE HAWK FLAP. St. Joseph’s has a student don a hawk costume for its ...

Lessons manifest from Swinney’s fun train to Saban’s executive chambers

The Nationally College Football Championship is in the books, and the fun-loving coach beat the serious business tycoon in an impressive rout. The Clemson-’Bama matchup makes a great case for examining different leadership styles, each of which have proved to be successful in guiding a team ...

Franchise’s priorities gave it one choice

In 1986 and 1987, the Cleveland Browns had one of the most exciting offenses in football. A young, star quarterback Bernie Kosar was protected by a solid, veteran offensive line that included Mike Baab, Paul Farren and Cody Riesen. The offense also had a future Hall of Fame tight end in Ozzie ...

College football traditions run the gamut from sacred to crazy

When I tuned into the Rose Bowl, I wanted to watch Urban Meyer lead the Buckeyes onto the field one last time. It is tradition at many colleges for the head coach to be the first one out of the tunnel. While I was wondering what was running through his head, I also wondered about the concept ...

For the love of the game: Why small college athletes give it their all

Last week I began this topic by pointing out an earlier story in The A-T. Four local athletes participated in a recent Heidelberg/Dennison women’s basketball game. Are they playing for the chance to go to the next level? No. None of them are likely to play professionally. Are they playing ...

Farewell 2018 Sports: Time to envision a crazy future

December is a great time to reflect on the many sport successes over the past year. One of those success stories hits close to home. It’s no surprise that in her first year as head coach, Lori (Hammer) Rombach guided the Calvert Senecas in a dominant postseason performance to claim the 2018 ...

For the love of the game: Local athletes playing small college sports

When their final high school game is over, most people’s athletic careers are finished. Most, mind you, but not all. A very few achieve enough success that major colleges come calling with scholarship offers. Another group chooses to attend small colleges that will allow them to continue to ...

TU coach giving back to community with baseball camp

Tiffin University baseball coach Joe Wilkins said he was looking for something. Something that would help kids, the community and the game he loves. From that came the Tiffin University Youth Holiday Camp, which will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hemminger Center. The camp is for ...

If you get the chance, be sure to attend baseball’s winter meetings

After my daughter completed her internship with the Charleston (S.C.) River Dogs minor league baseball team, it was her intention to seek a career in the game. To that end she had to go to baseball’s winter meetings and I just HAD to tag along. The year was 2009 and our destination was ...

In the hoops world, many things have changed — but not everything

It has been some 60 years since I attended my first high school basketball game. It has been exactly 50 years since I last played a high school basketball game. It has been 36 years since I last coached a high school basketball game. So when I took in two high school basketball games in the ...

Meyer’s resignation closes memorable chapter

Urban Meyer should have been fired in August. That’s my belief. Whenever a coach cites memory problems about incidents — especially ones that involve domestic violence — it’s time to go. The Ohio State coach avoided dismissal then, getting only a three-game suspension. And yet, ...

Surprises, oddities, strange happenings — and it’s why we watch the games

Last weekend put a smile on the faces of many sports fans. I have many friends and family who happen to be both Ohio State Buckeye and Cleveland Browns fans. Do you think they were smiling? The day before THE game in Columbus, my nephew and I agreed that Ohio State “could” win the game. ...

I have my own thoughts — but what’s your favorite spectator sport?

The inspiration for this week’s column came from my wife as she quizzed me on a sports question posted on Facebook. I will tell you the story later, but it did make me realize that not everyone has the same favorites when it comes to sporting contests. The Facebook post dealt with a game ...

Certainly not every sports figure gets to go out on their own terms

You dedicate your entire life to the game. You put in endless hours of practice, training and watching film. You get to the top of your field and enjoy great success. Eventually though, you know it will come to an end. Just how that end plays out may not be a decision that you get to make ...

Watching sports on TV is different today, thanks to fantasy leagues

It was a much simpler time when I was growing up. Not better necessarily, but definitely simpler. When Sunday rolled around we turned on the television and one of the three channels we could actually get would carry the Cleveland Browns game. Sometimes we would join the game in progress as ...

It’s time for a change for Tiffin keglers, as well as this sports scribe

The sign seemed rather innocuous when I first saw it. Heritage Lanes would be closed for the month of June. That would not be common, but perhaps there was a logical explanation. Then the month of June passed and the building remained unopened. Soon the summer was over and my worst fears were ...

Some random thoughts on yet another American Ryder Cup ‘disaster’

Are any of you questioning the choice of the last word in my title? The Europeans did defeat the U.S. in the recently completed Ryder Cup matches — and it wasn’t close. Playing at the Le Golf National in Paris, France, the Euros took back the trophy by a 17 1/2-10 1/2 margin. A sound ...

Elite Sport and Culture Week reinforces Olympic core values

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are still two years away and Ohio is about to experience a small invasion of Olympians who will be in Tiffin to inspire and educate the community on international sport and culture. In a matter of days, over 20 Olympians will arrive for Elite Sport and Culture including ...

Like him or not, Tiger will always be in the media spotlight

While I was spending five weeks telling you about the top golf course in each state, news was being generated in this sport we all love so much. Having read that first sentence, I was wondering if “love” was the proper word to use to describe my feelings about the game right now. Yes, it ...