Sports Columns

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. ...

Sasha was different, but she had that one trait that all dogs have

The ad in the A-T said beagle puppies for sale. I called the number and the man told me he was going mushroom hunting, but would meet me at Rt. 53 Recreation. He would throw a couple of pups in the backseat and be there in two hours. That was 13 years ago last month. When he arrived he ...

Maybe it’s time to put away the phone

No one at The Advertiser-Tribune seemed to know who Vampire Weekend was. Let’s get that out of the way first. So maybe it was a surprise to everyone that I sat out a Friday night of work to go to Cleveland to see the band play in the flats. Ezra Koenig was awesome, and so was the band. ...

A glimpse of sport destination tourism issues and Cleveland’s All-Star Game

USA destroyed Thailand and beat Chile to kick off the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. The summer and fall are ripe with opportunities for destination sport travel, but affordability and time availability typically are major obstacles. Among the recognizable international sports taking ...

Spring sports championships bring inspiration and memories

For the second-consecutive year, I was not able to get to Columbus for the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships. Being a regular spectator for years, I miss the color and pageantry of the event. In the past, I’d attend the prelims on Friday and often returned for the finals ...

15 years on the job

It was more than 15 years ago that Bowling Green State University told me to leave. OK, they didn’t tell me. Graduation forced me to leave, though until the moment I walked to get a diploma at Anderson Arena, I was still trying to figure out a way to stay. Nonetheless, a few weeks later I ...

8 takeaways from 2019 state track

1. It would have been a storybook ending had Morgan England won a state title in the pole vault Friday. Almost poetic. After her father Gary coached four Seneca East athletes to runner-up finishes at state, it’s his daughter that brings home the ultimate prize. 2. It didn’t happen, but ...

The (non) rain delay, Billy Bucks and a rookie’s solid debut

It was an interesting week in the world of major league baseball. My wife and I headed for Progressive Field last Saturday to take in the Indians and Rays game. One purpose of the trip was to get the free giveaway. Who wouldn’t want a Francisco Lindor bobblehead? The main purpose however, ...

HU is back in World Series on talent, confidence and work ethic

It’s been nine years since Heidelberg made the Division III World Series. None of the players from that team remain, obviously. Only one member of that coaching staff is still there. That’s Heidelberg head coach Chad Fitzgerald, who was an assistant on the 2010 squad. It’s a ...

The tournament brings fun and excitement, heartbreak as well

Any student who participates in high school athletics does so for one primary reason: to have fun. They enjoy playing a given sport, competing against others and being part of a team effort. When tournament time rolls around the fun does not stop. The excitement level does tick up a notch ...

Golf course quest for married couple hits home for this columnist

A buddy of mine handed me a newspaper article at — appropriately enough — the golf course this past week. He thought I might enjoy reading it. He was right. The story appeared in the Findlay Courier last month and featured the end (at least for now) of a six-year journey to play the game ...

Think you know baseball? Some interesting facts about the game

Without apologies I admit to being a baseball fan. I’m sure many of you are as well. How much we know about the game is subject to debate, but it’s hard to find things that totally surprise us. Am I right? Well I found a few things that I did not know and I’m going to share that ...

Going to the Kentucky Derby was a indeed a wild and crazy experience

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby took place yesterday. The race is the oldest continuous sporting event held in the United States. It beats another by one year. Do you know what is second? If you said the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, you know your sports history! Perhaps you ...

Biochemistry failing elite athletes in human rights decision

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, the independent judicial tribunal in Switzerland presiding over many international cases, released its landmark verdict setting limits on testosterone levels in females competing in international mid-distance track races ranging between 800 meters and a mile. ...

2019 NFL Draft show rivals some Super Bowl halftime performances

You have to hand it to the National Football League. No other professional sports league puts on a show like the NFL. This would be true if I was referring to the pageantry of the Super Bowl and the magnificent halftime extravaganzas. But when you realize that I am referencing the offseason ...

As MLB celebrates Robinson, Doby gets overlooked

Every April 15, Major League Baseball has all of its players where No. 42. The league celebrates the anniversary of the big-league debut of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player of the 20th century. Robinson is always celebrated, as he should be. And that honor extends beyond a ...

Here are some new ‘rules’ to aide the older, more mature golfer

It’s now springtime in Ohio and young men’s thoughts turn to … well, I don’t really know what young men think about this time of year. What I do know is that my thoughts, as well as those of my links buddies, turn to golf. Despite the fact that you may well wake up tomorrow to some more ...

The End of March Madness: Duke’s departure means no sure bets in 2019

Over $300 million was legally wagered on the NCAA I men’s basketball tournament last year — all in the state of Nevada (Las Vegas). Guess how much was bet illegally? The Madness of March will likely see the “legal” amount wagered on the tournament skyrocket this year since the Supreme ...