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Sports Columns

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 ...

Leadership and a few good coaches: The Browns need just one

It’s no newsflash that Freddie Kitchens was fired after one NFL season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Urban Meyer is available, but will Dee and Jimmy Haslam consider the former Ohio State head coach as an answer for the Browns job? Or will Meyer get a nod by the Cowboys or ...

Final thoughts on the 6-10 season

Final thoughts on the 6-10 season It had to happen. It’s never good to fire a first-year coach. It never seems fair. But Freddie Kitchens was just not going to work leading the Browns. It was a hire that made sense at the time, in fact, I lauded it. Kitchens had a good working ...

Eventually all that can possibly be said is a rousing ‘C’mon, man’

You’ve all seen the segments on TV. A coach, athlete or fan does something that makes one pause. It may be a scintillating feat or an ingenious decision. More likely, the event involves the person doing something stupid. After viewing the scene, the phrase “C’mon Man” is put forth. ...

Just one game left in dreadful Browns season

Five thoughts on the Browns 31-15 loss to the Ravens A GAME I DIDN’T SEE: Due to spending the weekend in southwest Ohio, I missed out on watching the game, or at least the whole game. The Dayton TV stations gave me two choices: The Bengals/Dolphins or the Saints/Titans. Both games were ...

Indoor track meet brings back a lot of memories to this scribe

The last time I took in an indoor track meet was while I was in college. Don’t bother trying to do the math. Let’s just say it was nearly a half century ago! When I walked into the Heminger Center last Saturday afternoon I was struck by the two large banners on the wall. They marked the ...

Questions about Mayfield and Kitchens

Five thoughts after the Browns played one of their worst games of the season, a 38-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. THE BAKER EFFECT: Before this season started, when things appeared as though they finally were about to go right for the Cleveland Browns, few things seemed certain. I ...

Some random thoughts after perusing The A-T Sports Tab

When it showed up today, I knew I had several hours of reading ahead of me. I’m speaking of the Winter Sports publication from The Advertiser-Tribune. I like several different sports, but basketball season may be my favorite time of the year. After looking over the pages, several thoughts ...

Kitchens shouldn’t be fired…unless you ask me during a game

Five thoughts on the Browns, who play the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT: When people have asked me if I think the Browns should fire coach Freddie Kitchens after this season, my usual answer is no. It’s not that I think Kitchens has done an especially good job in his ...

Another positive story with a similar lesson for us

Having become somewhat disillusioned with all the bad things going on in the world of sports, last week I decided to write something positive. The column was about a letter a 9-year-old boy sent to his favorite college football team. He wanted to cheer up the Michigan State Spartans, a team ...

Some thoughts on another disappointing Sunday in Pittsburgh

Five takeaways from the Browns’ crushing 20-13 loss to Pittsburgh Sunday: THE BIGGEST PROBLEM: There’s plenty to criticize about first-year Browns coach Freddie Kitchens. There’s the team’s lack of discipline. The inability to consistently incorporate wide receiver Odell Beckham. ...