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Sports Columns

If you can recall three of these five events ― you are a true sports fan

With the world of sports at a standstill and many people staying at home hoping for something sports related to take in, the normality of watching games on TV has changed. When I tried to tune in for some kind of sports entertainment this past week, what I found was an assortment of past ...

How much Baby Shark can one Dad handle?

It’s no secret, we miss sports. It’s not the most important thing happening right now in the world, but with no sporting events happening, where is my outlet? What do I watch? What do I cover? I want a return to normalcy like the rest of us, but to me, it’s starting to wear me down. ...

2024 Olympic Games will better than 2021

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 led to a global pandemic which wasn’t expected and may be classified as an unforeseeable circumstance resulting from events beyond anyone’s control. A legal term for this type of extraordinary circumstance occasionally is referred to as “Force Majeure“ or an ...

Finding sports to watch isn’t that hard, it’s just different

It’s a weekend in late March. Normally at this time of the year — any year but this one — I’d be watching a pair of men’s basketball teams trying to make it into the Sweet 16. That’s what Sunday was supposed to be about. That is, of course, until more pressing national matters ...

Coronavirus sparks memories of challenges with travel to past four Olympics

U.S. President Donald Trump suggested the summer Olympics should be postponed by a year. An executive board member from the Tokyo 2020 committee hinted there could be a delay. Words such as “unthinkable” and “inconceivable” have been used by the Governor of Tokyo, Prime Minister of ...

My team: little change, but Rinka would have had amazing numbers

Last week I wrote about what basketball life would have been like in the 1960’s had there been a three point line. I wondered how many points long range sharpshooters like Bettsville’s Paul Steffani and Thompson’s Dave Dreher might have scored had they been given three points for their ...

Trying to figure everything out as sports go on hiatus

Trying to figure everything out as sports go on hiatus The spread of coronavirus is creating all kinds of questions, all over the country. And right now, there are far more questions than answers. But in a week of unprecedented cancellations and concerns, one question came to me, and ...

One modification in basketball has this scribe wondering ‘what if?’

The game of basketball has seen a lot of changes since Dr. James Naismith tacked up that peach basket on the wall in Springfield, Massachusetts. Many of them were simple, with little impact on the game. Others were major, such as the advent of the 3-point shot. That change came about in the ...

Coronavirus wreaks havoc on sports — including the 2020 Olympics

Four years ago, a media firestorm portrayed the Zika virus as one of the biggest threats to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Zika pales in comparison to concerns for what the Coronavirus can do to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Newsweek, Time Magazine, USA Today, and almost every major news station from CNBC ...

Here’s a list of some of the most difficult jobs in sports

It’s every kid’s dream. A job in the world of sports! It may be that you want to be a player at a famed college. Maybe you would like to coach your favorite sport, regardless of the level. Perhaps it is an usher’s job that appeals to you. Working in the front office for a professional ...

How does one handle news of tragedy in world of sports?

I received the news from my sister. She had called about something else, but wanted to know if I had heard about the death of Kobe Bryant. The former Los Angeles Lakers star was killed along with his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash that morning. I was surprised if ...

My reflections on the NFL’s latest Super Bowl Sunday extravaganza

Most people consider it a must-do activity. Super Bowl parties are commonplace, though I myself have never participated in one. Many folks put on a show similar to the one they watch on TV. Tables of food, plenty to drink and as good an excuse as any to put on a shindig must be their ...

Ready to give spring football — and XFL— another try

Some people can never have enough football. And, yes, I am one of those people. So when the XFL kicks off at 2 p.m. today, I will be watching. It’s not that I like its owner, the WWE’s Vince McMahon. It’s not that I think the winter/spring league has much of a chance for long-term ...

Annual trip to the villages brings me to my two starting sports

The Villages in Florida bills itself as the America’s friendliest hometown. I have seen nothing to refute that claim and would add another: I think it is America’s most active hometown! While eating breakfast at Too Jay’s one morning, I overheard a conversation at a nearby table. A man ...

Ready, set, almost a GO! Summer academic experience with Olympians taking shape

With flights, hotel accommodations, and Olympic tickets confirmed for men’s 3-meter springboard diving at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, women’s basketball at the Saitama Super Arena, and beach volleyball at Shiokaze Park, the reality of the fifth Academic Experience with Olympians is sinking ...

Briefs

GIRLS JV BASKETBALL: Mya Ousley tossed in 21 points and Katelyn Siesel added 17 to key Seneca East's 52-33 win against Buckeye Central. n Mohawk upended Colonel Crawford 28-24. n Upper Sandusky beat Carey 37-23. n Lexi Smith scored 18, helping Columbian to a 45-42 win Olivia Hardy added ...

Baseball is facing its biggest scandal since the 1919 World Series

Surely you remember what happened 100 years ago. Eight members of the Chicago White Sox were charged with “throwing” the World Series in what has been named the Black Sox Scandal. The reasons for their actions are still debated, but the end result was that they intentionally tried to lose ...

Browns can win with new coach, but can they win with the Haslams?

The Browns can win with Kevin Stefanski as coach. The question is whether they can win with Jimmy and Dee Haslam as owners. A few old songs crossed my mind as I watched Stefanski’s introductory press conference as the new coach of the Cleveland Browns. The first was “Here You Come ...

A look back at eight stories from the world of sports in 2019

As a new decade unfolds one is left to wonder if 2020 will match the previous year in sports drama. It likely will, as the world of sports always seems to deliver something new. It’s not always good news, though it usually is just that. It’s entirely possible that something negative will ...

Their seasons began with hope, and ended some 17 hours apart

When I think of the number 17 one thing comes to mind: Seventeen Mile Drive. It is worth traveling if you are in California. The trip will take you along the Pacific coast on the Monterrey Peninsula. It will take you past Pebble Beach Golf Links and into the town of Carmel. The vistas are ...