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A win is a win

Five thoughts after a rare Browns win, 19-16 over the Buffalo Bills: ONE THING MATTERS: In the spring of 1987, at Wrestlemania III in Pontiac Michigan, the late, great Bobby “The Brain” Heenan was in the broadcast booth. After watching the Dream cheat to defeat the Fabulous Rougeau ...

Reflections on the 2019 World Series — good, bad and disturbing

This year’s World Series was, in a word, incredible. Any time a seven game series goes the full distance, it’s likely to be filled with magical moments, a few misgivings and delirium for the winning team and its fans. Let’s take a look back at this memorable World Series. We’ll look ...

Another disappointing loss for Browns

Five takeaways from an unbelievable — and not in a good way — on the Browns 24-19 loss to the Broncos Sunday. MISERY LOVES COMPANY: The Advertiser-Tribune’s publisher, Jeremy Speer, is a Lions fan. He told me recently that this weekly Browns column is “cathartic” to him because our ...

The NFL at midseason — forecasting both winners and losers

If you are expecting me to let you know who will “win” each division and head to the playoffs, you are going to be disappointed with this column. Likewise, if you expect me to tell you if the Browns or Lions are going to “lose” out on the chance to get a postseason bid — well, again ...

Only one thought about the 2-5 Browns

It happened again. It happens every fall, actually. That point when, after the Cleveland Browns make a startling number of errors in an embarrassing loss, I sit back and ponder some of my life choices. “Why do I do this? Why do I care so much? What’s the point?” Yeah, it’s ...

Finding Waldo can’t be more difficult than locating these colleges

When I peruse football scores in The A-T, a number of things jump out at me. I like to look for “odd” scores. Who scored the most points, what was the biggest margin of victory, what was the fewest points scored by a winner and the most points by a losing team. I search the scores of high ...

This week: Officiating woes, auto racing and golf rules

Alternately, I was shocked, held my breath and then had to laugh. It was that kind of week in the world of sports. Let’s take a look. Packers-Lions. I watched with interest the Monday Night NFL game. There was no favorite team to root for, so the winner of the game meant little to me. I was ...

Some thoughts on the Browns after a 2-4 start to the season

Five things about the Browns 32-28 loss to the Seahawks Sunday: THE END OF THE FIRST HALF: The Browns should have been ahead 27-12 at the at half, or 23-12 at worst. Instead, the Browns went to the break up 20-18 on the Seahawks. The culprits for that failure were coach Freddie Kitchens ...

How often how often do you think baseball fans get their money’s worth?

Admittedly, I am a little older than many of my readers. Some of the younger ones may be surprised to hear me say that I remember the day when $25 would take a family of four to the ballpark for a game, as well as feeding them a hot dog and soft drink. Each of them! Today, that amount of ...

Five thoughts after an ugly Monday night performance

Five takeaways from a brutal Browns loss, 31-3 to the San Francisco 49ers: ONE BAD PLAY: If there was one play that drew attention last night, it was a pass that occurred with the Browns deep in San Francisco territory in the second quarter. Actually, one more play, an ill-fated punt return ...

September’s $90-million-dollar man

Remember the 1970s action series featuring Steve Austin (AKA Lee Majors) as the Six-Million-Dollar man, with bionic limbs and superhuman power allowing him to run up to 60 MPH? The Dallas Cowboys made Ezekiel Elliott, the former Ohio State player, the $90 million-dollar man this ...

AFC North pushover no more

Five happy thoughts after the Browns thumped the Ravens, 40-25. AND NOW, KINGS: No one will be talking about Freddie Kitchens being in over his head. No one, save his trolls, will be calling Baker Mayfield overrated. And suddenly, Lamar Jackson is no longer the best quarterback in the AFC ...

3 sports figures: The young, old and hard to figure out

In the last couple of weeks, three people from the world of sports caught my attention. One is old when it comes to athletic participation. Another is very young in his sport. The third is “middle aged” and has the ability to inspire awe as well as making you want to pull your hair out. ...

Five thoughts on the Cleveland Browns 20-13 loss to the Rams:

GOTTA TAKE ADVANTAGE: If there’s one problem the 2019 Browns seem to have — especially on offense — it’s being able to sustain success. It was on display in Week 1, when the Browns took the opening kickoff right down the field against the Titans, scored a touchdown and then did ...

Whether it’s kids or sports figures, people do say some funny things

At the risk of divulging my advanced age, I’m going to ask you a question. Do you remember Art Linkletter? He hosted a show titled “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” The program was hilarious, as you never knew what the little ones would come up with. While watching an Indians-White Sox ...

Five takeaways from a Browns victory over Jets

Things on my mind after the Browns 23-3 win over the New York Jets Monday night: ODELL WHO: The Browns offense was sluggish at times Monday, and Baker Mayfield looked out of sync for much of the evening. In fact, except for a couple nice completions and a terrific Nick Chubb touchdown run in ...

Maybe I wasn’t ready for some football: A recap of Week 1 action

Like all football fans, the thought of the first week of the NFL season taking place had me looking forward to the action. I wasn’t salivating — I’m not that rabid. But for a couple of reasons I was ready — or so I thought — for some football. I am, without apology, a Cleveland ...

Five takeaways from another Browns debacle

Here are five things on my mind after the Browns’ 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday. n After all the hype that was generated from last offseason, the Browns performance against the Titans Sunday looked less like the work of a Super Bowl contender and more like the play of an ...

Moments in the world of sports that last a lifetime in your memory

People watch different things on television. Some like movies. Many have a favorite sitcom or simply take in the news. My wife watches a particular soap opera and has for years. I, on the other hand, tend to watch sporting events. I used to suggest to her that at least what I was watching was ...

Are you ready for some football? If so, well, you are in Luck

Yes, it’s that time of year. If you are a football fan, fall brings you great joy. Whether your preference is high school, college or professional and whether you attend the games in person or watch them on television — you have been waiting for a long time and thus you are ready for the ...