Sports Columns

Gillig’s game, season get another look

At some point in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s girls game between Calvert and New Riegel, I turned from my seat on the stage in Tiffin and faced the crowd. “She’s got 40 points,” I said. “She’s got 40 points.” Yes, I was repeating myself like a detective in a movie from ...

Hey, USBC — it’s time to officially sanction Mr. 900’s accomplishment

When I came across the video and story last week, it brought back a flood of memories. As a young bowler, the idea of throwing a perfect game seemed very unlikely. The thought of throwing a perfect SERIES would be downright impossible. But then it was done — or was it? Glenn Allison fired ...

Remembering Marte, former top third base prospect for Indians

Had it all gone the way Mark Shapiro hoped or maybe even expected, it’s conceivable Andy Marte would have been slated to play third base for the Indians this spring. The former team general manager traded for the highly touted slugger in January 2006. The cost was steep. Shapiro ...

Florida golf’ trip includes many experiences both old and new

Last week I went with my buddies to the Sunshine State for the 15th consecutive year. Florida lived up to its billing as temperatures approached 80 every day and nary a drop of rain was to be felt. Every year I tell people that I am going south to play golf, but this year I realized that there ...

Ten random sports questions to ponder for the new year

1. Who watched, who cared last year? Featured on ESPN2, University of Connecticut  women's basketball beat Notre Dame in 1-2 match up of perennial NCAA powerhouses in December. Notice, the game didn't make the regular ESPN network — or ANY mainstream network. The point looking forward is ...

Wednesday is bowling day in Tiffin: Double duty and even a hat trick

As you begin to read this column my buddies and I will be crossing the Florida-Georgia line. No, this is not a repeat of last week’s column, because we are traveling in the opposite direction. We held our meeting last night and it was decided to return home though the vote was not ...

Chargers move to LA as hollow as it gets

The Los Angeles Chargers. It just sounds wrong. Maybe not “Baltimore Browns” wrong, or even “Utah Jazz” wrong, but it’s hard to hear. Yes, I know the Chargers started in Los Angeles. But there was always something special about that San Diego franchise. It had a legendary ...

Wild card game has family ties for area man

It's not as though I needed another reason to root against the Steelers. But Tiffin resident Otto Gase gave me another one. Like me, Gase is a Browns fan, but he has another reason to pull for the Steelers' opponent. After all, his grandson Adam is the head coach of the Dolphins, who will ...

A few New Year’s resolutions for all you league bowlers out there

As you begin to read this column, my buddies and I will be crossing the Florida-Georgia line listening to music on the radio. I would assume we will be listening to a group called Florida Georgia Line! By the time you finish this I will have already consumed my free orange juice at the ...

Mary wishes each and every one of you a very happy holiday season

Sometimes it is hard to see the good part of sports. Bad things seem to be reported on a daily basis. College football players suspended for sexual assault, a basketball player tripping his opponents and a video of a punch thrown by a star running back that broke a woman’s jaw (albeit from a ...

Some tips that could just improve your game — or maybe not

Sometimes I feel like it’s my duty to pass on information that could help you in your quest to be a better bowler. Thinking about that the other day made me turn to the Internet for information. Whether what I found will be helpful or not remains to be seen. However, here is the result of my ...

The last installment of the Lifetime of Bowling Memories Awards

For the last two weeks I have handed out some very dubious awards based on my recollection of bowling feats I have observed over the last 40 years. Steve Estep “won” for bowling off the wrong foot. Larry Topor was cited for throwing his second shot slower than a snail. Yes, that was the ...

The Lifetime of Memories bowling awards continue for this writer

Last week I gave out two (so called) bowling awards, the idea for which came after watching football on Thanksgiving Day. Announcer Phil Simms handed out the Iron Man awards for outstanding play and, as often happens, an inspiration hit me. I thought of all the great bowling moments I have ...

This scribe offers up the first Lifetime of Memories Bowling Awards

The inspiration for the next few columns came from watching football on Thanksgiving Day — an American tradition in many families. While viewing the Lions-Vikings game, announcer Phil Simms chose his Iron Man players of the game. Three members of the Lions squad were awarded Iron Man ...

USBC and City Tournament main topics of TMB Association meeting

It was off to the Knights of Columbus Hall this past Thursday evening. The purpose of my visit was to attend the meeting of the Tiffin Men’s Bowling Association. The fall meeting is used to prepare for the City Bowling Tournament to be held in February. The spring meeting is when the ...

Despite loss, Cleveland in a good place

Despite loss, Cleveland in a good place Two games, 19 years apart. Different opponent. Different players. Same ending. Same bitter disappointment. When the Indians lost, 8-7, to the Cubs in Game 7, so much was different. And so much was the same. Last time, the ...

A bowling fun(d)raiser, where are they now and a series for the ages

Can you name a more fun athletic experience for the entire family than an evening at your local bowling establishment?  If you suggested going to Wednesday’s World Series Game 7, you may be on to something.  However, doing that with the entire family might have meant having to sell some of ...

Drink, dine, bowl, howl at the moon — in that order — at Splitsville

The original Splitsville Luxury Lanes is located in Tampa, Florida. Boasting that it was where bowling was reinvented (whatever that means), the entertainment complex that does indeed “feature” the sport of bowling has franchises in five states. Three of the sites are in Florida, as ...

Skyrocketing budgets and shrinking bids for future Olympics

Rumors are circulating that Budapest may withdraw its bid as a candidate city for the 2024 Olympics, pending the outcome of a referendum soon to be put before to voters this month. That would leave Los Angeles and Paris to battle it out before a decision is rendered by the IOC next September. ...

Change is in the air on Monday Evenings at Heritage Family Center

Once upon a time, one could stop in on Mondays at our local bowling establishment — currently known as Heritage Lanes – and watch three distinct leagues competing.  The Imperial League, made up of male bowlers, was one of those leagues.  The Majorette League, made up of female bowlers, ...