Sports Columns

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 ...

The golf trips will never be the same, as we mourn loss of friends

It got to the point where I cringed every time my cell phone rang. My thought was “who now!” That’s what happens when you lose three golfing buddies in just four months. Dean Barkley, Harold Fillhart and John Marshall were constants on our golf trips. Whereas some guys went on one or ...

TU’s Pipkin and Washington add to NFL hype

The day former NFL wide receiver and two time Super Bowl champion Nate Washington finally walked across Tiffin University's stage to receive his degree, the Dragons' senior quarterback Antonio "Pip" Pipkin was signed to the Arizona Cardinals. What a day for Tiffin University and the Dragons ...

Kizer could solve Browns’ problems

DeShone Kizer looked distraught. He had fumbled in the final minute of a playoff game, his final high school game. Clyde had won the Division III regional semifinal, 42-41, a stunning result. The Irish were the defending state champs. I didn’t talk to Kizer afterward. I didn’t have ...

To the 2016-17 league bowling champions — I say — saaaaalute!!!!

The curtain has fallen on this year’s bowling season, except for the tournament being held the next two weeks at the K of C Lanes. That affair is always a hoot, so if you still feel like throwing the rock, you have that chance. For most bowlers though, everything is over. For me, it has ...

Advice for the kegler looking to buy that new bowling ball

While eating at Arby’s last Wednesday evening, I glanced across the street and a familiar face caught my attention. Ben Hoyda was taking his bowling balls out of the trunk of his car at Heritage Lanes. I noticed that he had two different bags and must have had at least three bowling balls ...

A bowling quiz for your Sunday morning mind-sharpening exercise

If you are a serious bowler, this quiz will be a piece of cake. For those of you who are relatively new to the sport, well, there’s no shame in missing a few. Whatever the case, I hope you enjoy taking a stroll down bowling’s memory lane. QUESTION 1. Your teammates are laughing at the ...

TWIB — Spring brings poorer scores and a bowling contest for you

When I was romping through the hallways in high school there were two times of the year that were going to be predictable. At least as far as my grades were concerned, that is. Back in the day my school had six-week grading periods. It was a given that I would NOT be on the honor roll for the ...

Thoughts on Naquin, Mesa and blaming players for the heartbreaking losses

It was a feeling of anger, sympathy and disappointment. When Indians’ rookie center fielder Tyler Naquin misplayed a ball in Game 6 of last year’s World Series, and the Cubs went on to have a big inning, those were my emotions. There was anger because I’m an Indians fan, and when the ...

Not a bad night at the lanes for an old bum-legged substitute bowler

Occasionally a bowler does something that gets little notice. The feat, it seems, manages to fall through the cracks. Such was the case when a local bowler had a special evening three weeks ago. I just recently found out about it and quickly decided it deserves special recognition. When I ...

The other player in The Catch, Everson Walls, wonders about his own legacy

Everson Walls doesn’t want to talk about The Catch, and not just because he wasn’t the one catching the ball. “It’s not fresh anymore,” Walls said. “I can’t make it any more than it was.” He does want to talk about Dwight Clark, who leaped high over him that fateful day at ...

March Madness economic windfall running out for smaller conferences

The well is running dry for the Horizon League since tiny Butler made its way to successive NCAA men's basketball championship games in 2010 and 2011 under the leadership of Brad Stevens who just fell short of shocking the world with its Cinderella run. Now the Bulldogs are in the Big East ...

Beep, beep! No, it’s not the Road Runner, but someone named Wiley

Didn’t you just love watching Looney Tunes growing up? Wile E. Coyote would buy products from the Acme Corp. to try to catch up with the Road Runner. Of course those products did not help and usually ended up hurting the poor coyote. Frequently that meant falling off a cliff. One couldn’t ...

If the baseball thing doesn’t work out, maybe bowling is the answer

My wife and I returned last Monday after spending a week in Florida. With the white stuff on the ground around here the last few days, perhaps we should have waited a week before heading south. Then again, if we had not been there at that time, we would not have been able to see the debut of ...

Rich Yates Jr. makes a case for best area bowler

Recently I wrote a column about the best bowlers in Tiffin. I listed five bowlers who should get consideration for the totally unofficial title. It was all purely conjecture with no averages, tournament results or any other formula used. It was just my own personal feelings having watched these ...

Believing in the Browns, without a real reason

There’s this strange feeling with the Browns lately. They have traded for overpriced and underperforming quarterback Brock Osweiler. They’ve let their 1,000-yard receiver, Terrelle Pryor — pretty much the only positive from last year’s 1-15 season — walk in free agency. They ...