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MLB RULES CHANGES

Over the last several years major league baseball has instituted several rules changes that have been primarily instituted to speed up the game. I have often wondered about the wisdom of such changes primarily because I don't ever recall sitting in a ballpark thinking "boy I hope this game ...

THE NEW RULES OF GOLF

The Valley of the Sun was anything but on Sunday. The final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open was cold (well, for Phoenix), wet and windy. It made for some interesting viewing and ultimately (finally) a victory for Rickie Fowler, but not without some crazy golf, some of which ...

What’s Up With ‘Nawlins?

I've been to New Orleans on a couple of occasions and I can tell you this much, it is a beautiful city. The French Quarter has a few shaky places, but also some outstanding restaurants. The people are warm and friendly. All in all, the Big Easy is a place I would recommend that one should ...

NFL CONTROVERSY… AGAIN

My fantasy league is over. My favorite team did not make the playoffs. I did not wager on the games. So when I tuned in on Sunday to watch the conference championship games, I was just a fan that wanted to watch a couple of good football games. That goal was achieved, but not without ...

BUY NEW OR GO TO A GARAGE SALE

Every year in the NFL head coaches lose their jobs. When the dust settled this season 8 teams would be in need of a new coach. Just to review, Cleveland fired Hue Jackson and Green Bay axed Mike McCarthy during the season. After the final regular season gun sounded Dirk Koetter, Adam Gase, ...

LIVING UP TO THE HYPE

Much ado has been made of two sisters who play basketball in Bellevue. Casey and Cory Santoro have already made a lot of headlines despite being very young. So when Bellevue High School came to Tiffin on the day after Christmas to play the Columbian Tornadoes, I made my way to the school. ...

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 ...