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NFL RULES

I was watching with feigned interest the Cincinnati Bengals/San Diego Chargers game yesterday. I really didn't care who won, but it was on TV and no Big Bang Theory reruns were available, so... During the second quarter, a play happened that got my attention. The Bengals had a third and goal ...

THE PLAYOFFS ARE SET

The Committee has spoken. The top four teams in the country have been selected and the pairings have been determined. Not every player, coach, AD, or university President is happy. And yes, you can bet there are a lot of riled fans in certain college towns in this country. Don't, however, ...

WHO SAW THAT COMING?

Most Ohio State fans were hopeful the Buckeyes had a chance to beat rival Michigan. Most Michigan fans were hopeful that it was finally time for the Wolverines to end their losing streak against Ohio State. After all in this game anything can happen. Yesterday "anything" did. Nobody saw it ...

A LATE SWITCH

There's no question what the marquee matchup is in NFL action this weekend. The 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs take on the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams. One question however, involved where the game was going to be played. As of yesterday the game was to be played in Mexico City. Now it will take place in ...

YOU’RE FIRED!

There has been a spate of firings in the sports world lately. It started a couple of weeks ago when Bowling Green State University fired football coach Mike Jinks. Then there was the surprise firing of an NFL official. Hugo Cruz was terminated mid season which hasn't been done in, well, ...

WHAT NOW?

The end came suddenly, just as it did last year. The Cleveland Indians coasted into the playoffs winning the Central Division title. The worst division in baseball provided little competition for the Tribe. Then the playoffs and another bust. Houston swept Cleveland and sent Indian fans ...

REFLECTIONS ON THE RYDER CUP

The recently completed Ryder Cup competition between the USA and Europe in France had me watching, but not like you may think. I did watch the start of the final day singles matches which would suggest that I am a big fan. Actually I just happened to be awake at 6:00 A.M. thanks to a lifetime ...

SOME THINGS ARE GIVENS, AREN’T THEY?

I spent a couple of weeks visiting my daughter in Port Charlotte, Florida returning home some six days ago. I was taken with the fact that some things in life are givens. Here are three examples: the weather in south Florida will be hot, the Cleveland Browns will NOT win, and Tiger Woods will ...

Does The Punishment Fit The Crime?

When the investigation of Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer was announced, I was not overly concerned. The decision as to his fate would be simple. Either he had followed university protocol or he had not. He would be fired if the latter had occurred and not punished at all if ...

WORTH THE DRIVE

When my wife and I jumped into the car on Saturday morning we were facing a nine hour drive. That evening we would be attending a baseball game and the next morning we would make the same drive in reverse. Well, not actually driving in reverse, but you know what I mean. How many people do ...

OH, THOSE UNWRITTEN RULES!

Baseball has been around for a long time. One theory suggests that Civil War general Abner Doubleday came up with the game. Baseball has had a remarkable history. Some of that history has involved some "unwritten" rules, again developed over a long period of time. I played the game of ...

THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS – FROM THE GOOD TO THE BAD

As I sit here on Monday morning, my mind harkens back to the events of this past weekend in the world of sports. Some thoughts were positive. One was indifferent. The last couple were not much fun to consider. Let's take a look. When England's 22-year-old Georgia Hall captured her first ...

When Is It Time To Move On?

There are times in sport, as in life, when it becomes apparent that it is time to move on. It can be hard to recognize when that time is and tougher still to do it. In the cases that I am referring to, the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns may be facing the inevitable. For the Tribe, it ...

THE KING IS… GONE

Four years ago LeBron James returned home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Many fans, including me, were not happy with his leaving in the first place. Not so much that he left mind you, but more in the way he did so. You do recall the prime time TV show, do you not? Well, when he returned I ...

I’m Siding With The Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl earlier this year and is the common practice, the team was invited to the White House to meet with President Trump for a celebration. The day before the visit, the invitation was rescinded by the President as several members of the Eagles made it ...

THE NFL’S ANTHEM POLICY

Colin Kaepernick started things in 2016 when he refused to stand for the National Anthem before a 49ers game. He did so as a form of protest because of racial injustice in this country. Other players joined him in kneeling for the anthem over the remainder of the season. Last year the ...

T.O. Says N.O.

The NFL has made a lot of off-season news lately. The change to the National Anthem policy and the cancellation of the White House visit by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are topics that I will weigh in on soon. The latest ripple was caused by Terrell Owens who has declined the ...

The Rizzo Slide

Baseball has changed. Just in case you have not been following the national pastime for as many years as I have, you might take my word for it. Baseball has indeed changed. The most recent example involved a slide in the Chicago Cubs/Pittsburgh Pirate game. With the bases loaded a Cub ...

Baseball Fan Behavior

The Indians played in the afternoon. Apparently twenty viewings of each episode of the Big Bang Theory was enough. I found myself tuning in to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox baseball game last night because I couldn't find anything better to watch. Granted the Sox/Yankees rivalry is ...

What Will the Browns Do?

The 2018 NFL Draft will begin tomorrow evening and Cleveland Browns fans (yes, I am one) can't wait to see who the team will draft with the #1 and #4 picks. There has been a lot of speculation with lots of names being bandied about. Barring a trade, the Browns will definitely use one of the ...