Sports Columns

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 ...

A quick word on this year’s fall sports section

Today is a big day for all of us in The Advertiser-Tribune sports department. It’s the release of what we consider to be our crown jewel, the project we work the hardest on each year. The special fall sports section. In the 14 years I have worked here, this special section has been the ...

Going around the county in 80 plays

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” — George Harrison. You just don’t realize how much space there is in this county until you try to get from one side to the other. That was the main takeaway from Tuesday, when the desire to get as many local ...

Taking in a minor league baseball game – in Florida – in August

To answer your question is yes. Just in case you were wondering if I was crazy to head to the Sunshine State during the hottest month of the year… It fit our schedule and there was a particular reason to go. The minor league team that our daughter works for was hosting a three game series. ...

Looking for a leisurely stroll in the park? Tiffin’s got you covered

Sometimes you just want to get out and stretch your legs. Maybe you have a workout regimen. Either way, if you are looking for a place to walk, jog or bike — Tiffin gives you plenty of options. The crown jewel of Tiffin’s 13 city parks is Hedges-Boyer. It has so many amenities, including ...

The sizzle of summer sports continues in August

It seems the Advertiser-Tribune was JUST reporting on two extraordinary collegiate baseball teams including Tiffin University’s Cinderella comeback story and Heidelberg University’s incredible post-season run. After a 2-17 start, the D2 Dragons surprised everyone in winning the Great ...

T.W.I.B. — the rare combined no-hitter happens twice in three weeks

In the history of Major League Baseball a total of 302 no-hitters have been tossed. The vast majority of them were thrown by a single pitcher, a feat that everyone involved in, from fans to players, will remember for a lifetime. When you consider the number of games played in the history of ...

The trade deadline has passed, but is the wheeling and dealing over?

Officially, the Major League Baseball trade deadline ended at midnight Wednesday. Traditionally, deals could still be made after the deadline, but it was more difficult to pull them off. This year it’s supposed to be even more difficult, but we’ll see. This time of year teams are either ...

Trading Bauer for Puig, Reyes might just work out

The Indians may have pulled it off. They may have traded a front-line starting pitcher in the middle of a pennant race and not alienated their fanbase. The idea of dealing Trevor Bauer seemed like an inevitable transaction when the Indians were around the .500 mark in June and trailing ...

Listen up Major League Baseball — the time has come to do this — now

Now that I have your attention, I suppose you want to know just what I’m talking about. Could it be that I’m referring to using the designated hitter in BOTH leagues? Perhaps I’m about to suggest that Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame. Actually, the headline does not refer to either ...

Injuries to driver show risk in harness racing

As spectators started to pile into the grandstand of the Seneca County Fair to see the first day of harness racing, little did they know they’d see something pretty rare and partly horrifying. When a crowd of people all in unison goes ‘OOH,’ you know something happened. As I walked into ...

Sports fans see tennis, golf and even baseball from across the pond

Many sports enthusiasts have been watching their favorite events from the United Kingdom in the last few weeks. Wimbledon just wrapped up, the Open Championship is underway and the Brits even got a taste of Major League Baseball. Though the two-game baseball series between the Yankees and Red ...

Sports fans see tennis, golf and even baseball from across the pond

Many sports enthusiasts have been watching their favorite events from the United Kingdom in the last few weeks. Wimbledon just wrapped up, the Open Championship is underway and the Brits even got a taste of Major League Baseball. Though the two-game baseball series between the Yankees and Red ...

All-Star week positions Cleveland as a high-energy sport entertainment hub

In terms of hosting high-profile sport events in Ohio, Columbus and Cincinnati are climbing the ladder, but still trail the city of Cleveland. It is no accident that Cleveland, the city of unpredictable weather and phenomenal cultural energy, has been scoring a string of national and ...

The game of baseball shall produce the good, the bad and the ugly

In the last few weeks three events took place in the sport of baseball. One was on the professional level, one in college with the most disturbing one happening at a little league game played by 7-year-olds. That is the order in which I will share the events. We’ll start with the good, go ...

All-Star Game festivities bring back old memories

Cecil Fielder got off easy. The former Tigers slugger was at the MLB Play Ball event in downtown Cleveland this weekend, and was taking pictures with anybody who wanted one. Suffice to say, I wanted one. It was always hard for me to have a favorite player who wasn’t a Cleveland Indian ...

A different kind of ballgame

The man seated to my left was attending his first professional baseball game since the Eisenhower administration. The man to my right was a former minor league pitcher, someone who, after blowing out his arm, held season tickets to the Florida/Miami Marlins for 21 years. It was a contrast. ...