Sports Columns

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, ...

Briefs

JUNIOR HIGH CROSS COUNTRY: Caden Groves led the Tiffin Middle School boys to a second-place finish at the Northern Ohio League meet held at Hedges-Boyer Park, winning with a time of 11:03. Groves is now a two time NOL champ. Cole Newlove, Logan Robinson, Jacob Weingard and Cole Fittro all set ...

Seriously? I’m about to feature Tiger Woods in a bowling column

This is the time of year when I transition from golf to bowling. Many times, I have written about something that has nothing to do with either sport. A chance, one could say, to allow me to opine about other things that capture my attention. This year there are many topics I could choose ...

Taking a look at 8-on-8 football

Watching Friday’s Calvert-St. Wendelin football Saturday, something came to mind. Were we watching crazy eights or a sign from the future?Calvert’s homecoming game Friday took a different turn due to St. Wendelin only having 13 healthy players. Mohawks coach Jim Bodart felt he didn’t ...

Here are the final selections to my local Ryder Cup roster

For three weeks now, I have been giving you names of the local golfers who are part of my Ryder Cup team. Whether they could perform as well as the real ones did last weekend certainly is debatable, as the U.S. brought back the Cup for the first time since 2008. Then again, we aren’t going ...

Continuing my quest to fill out my local ‘Ryder Cup’ dream team

As the real American Ryder Cup team takes on its European counterparts in Minnesota this weekend, I continue to choose my own Ryder Cup team. If you have been following my column on these pages, you know that my requirement for choosing a local squad is two-fold.I must limit my selections from ...

Scully an irreplaceable voice

Trying to talk about the importance of Vin Scully is like trying to talk about Miles Davis' Kind of Blue.You can explain something, but you have to listen to understand.You can read about Scully's history behind the mic.You can learn about how he started calling Major League Baseball in 1950, ...

A triumph through tragedy

BASCOM - Being 25 and not having started a family yet, I don't know the magnitude of loss a parent feels when they lose a child. Not many can speak to the feeling, or terror.It is certainly not something any parent would want to experience, but when it happens, what is next? How do parents ...

Three more additions to my hand-picked local Ryder Cup dream team

Last week on these pages I announced that I was going to emulate U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III by choosing members to my own local Ryder Cup team. Though he only gets to choose four golfers for the real team, I get to select all 12 members of my team.My only requirement was that I had ...

Putting together my Ryder Cup team from a pool of local golfers

Davis Love III is this year's U.S. Ryder Cup captain. Eight golfers qualified on points and Love gets to select four captain's picks to round out the team. He has announced three of his choices with the fourth TBD.As I watch this year's Ryder Cup team unfold, I couldn't help but wonder what it ...

A golf scramble with a very special meaning to this columnist

Most ardent golfers love to play in scrambles. For those readers who are not golf enthusiasts and may not be familiar with a golf scramble, let me explain the concept.Four golfers make up the typical scramble team, and each will get to hit a tee shot. The group then advances to the best shot ...

Earning the Olympic grade: Reflections of Rio2016

The updated vision of the Olympic Movement is "a better world through sport." Rio 2016 presented the case of a transformative outcome for Brazilians (a better world through sport) despite the criticism of political gamesmanship and misappropriation of government funding that Tokyo 2020 will not ...

Golf’s return to the Olympics a success despite absence of top players

After an absence of 112 years, the game of golf returned to the Olympics in Rio. As the event unfolded it was the absence of the top four male golfers in the world that seemed to be the story. When it ended, golf did just fine with those who decided to play.The final round featured a duel ...

The old Seneca County League athletic reunion brings back memories

It was, for sure, a gathering of senior citizens. When the invitees must have graduated from high school prior to 1973, it figures that all in attendance were on the north side of 60, and some of those were further removed from that age than others.These folks weren't thinking about their ...