Sports Columns

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 ...

Four years later, it would seem Hayden Tarris has changed (a) little

Many of you might remember a column I wrote in 2013 about a precocious 8-year-old bowler named Hayden Tarris. The young fellow had serious life plans and that included bowling on the PBA Tour. Though he had other interests, bowling was his passion. Now few 8-year-olds have a clue what they ...

Some call it soccer … how local culture influences global sports

Baseball is America's pastime and to many, football breeds an unyielding passion that only can rival a religious cult. In general, Americans are massive sport consumers. However, Americans represent a fraction of the passionate sport consumers that span the globe. From Indonesia to Antarctica, ...

Defending national champion Dragons facing more pressure

Jeremy Croy invites me into his office and immediately asks if I’d like to hold the runner’s up trophy from last year’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s indoor meet. Now, I’m not exactly Brock Lesnar, but I was willing to prove I could lift … something. So when ...

The long running Tiffin City Bowling Tournament starts tomorrow

You may have a different idea as to what exactly “long running” means, but when it comes to the Tiffin City Bowling Tournament I believe the term applies. When something has been going on longer than I’ve been alive, well, long running makes sense considering I have been accused of being ...

Durham, Columbian playing best basketball as season nears finish

After watching what was probably the best game of Ro Durham’s high school career on Tuesday, the Columbian senior had a chance to show something. Durham has always been an intriguing player. He has size, speed and can jump out of the gym. And while he has put some really good games ...

Great expectations — unfulfilled — can lead to a dickens of an evening

If my high school English teachers were still alive, they would be wondering how I could possibly take a literary classic and relate it to bowling. You are probably wondering the same thing yourself, but that’s all right. So am I! Actually the concept is pretty simple. If your expectations ...

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 ...