Sports Columns

T.W.I.G — new PGA Tour schedule, LPGA Marathon Classic, Tiger v. Phil

If you are a regular PGA Tour watcher, your calendar notes certain events. The first major is in April at Augusta. The last one is the PGA Championship every August. You are likely aware of other tournaments that fit nicely into everyone’s schedule including your own TV chart. Well, get ...

LeBron leaving feels a little different this time

In 2010 there was anger. In 2014 there was shock, then jubilation. Then came Sunday. There are presidential elections. There are the Olympics. And there is LeBron James free agency. Every four years. No term limits, apparently. The greatest player of his era has left the Cleveland ...

Mickelson and Caster Semenya lead the summer of sensational sport debates

Anyone who thought the NBA Finals were rigged for ratings was wrong considering the four-game sweep by the Golden State Warriors this month. LeBron’s gigantic mural is still prominent in downtown Cleveland — at least for a while as the city anticipates the King’s quick exodus to L.A. ...

Fort Wayne Fling brings rain, unexpected birdies and an end to an era

2018 marked the 27th consecutive year that my golfing buddies and I made the annual trek to Indiana for Foxy’s Fort Wayne Fling. I haven’t been going quite that long, but if you want to check my closet you will find enough Fling shirts to attest to the fact that this event has been going on ...

Story of the U.S. Open — Brooks Koepka, the USGA or Phil Mickelson?

When it comes to the U.S. Open Championship, one would think that the major storyline would be about the golfer who won the event. That is usually the case, though to be truthful, the difficulty of the course set-up is also a topic. Frequently the two combine to be the talking point, as in ...

Briefs

GOLF: In the Ex-Hi Over 50 Golf League, Ed Correll and Steve Rau are leading with 147 points each after five weeks. Denny McKown had the long putt on No. 4, while Nick Kent had the closest second shot on No. 6. Rau was closest to the pin on No. 9. n In the Clinton Heights Baumann 2 Man ...

From DJ and others to Shinnecock Hills and even a bowling message

As I write this, the second round of the 112th U.S. Open has just finished. Unfortunately, as YOU read this, the fourth round of the same tournament is about to start. Such are the vagaries of a deadline, but I’m guessing you are aware of what happened yesterday in Round 3. There are a lot ...

Oler’s hard work and dedication pays off

Being a champion takes self discipline and focus. But for Mohawk 800 runner Destini Oler, she mixed those two things with a concern for the welfare of others — specifically her parents and her coach, Brock Cleveland. When Oler completed the first lap of Saturday’s Division III girls 800 ...

Why do some golfers not like certain golf courses? Let’s take a look

When my traveling group rolls into a golf course parking lot, our social director gets on the phone. He will schedule tee times for the following week and then pass the word as to where we are playing. One of those announcements recently was met with some muttering. When we showed up at the ...

There’s always a storyline when it comes to The Players Championship

Many consider it the fifth major. Certainly the participants do. After all, it is The Players Championship. This is a tournament that every professional golfer wants to win. The setting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is beautiful. The last three holes are awesome. The risk/reward par 5 16th ...

A week in Myrtle Beach an no golf! That just doesn’t seem right

If you enjoy a stroll around the links and you are going to be in Myrtle Beach for a week, it must mean you are on a golf trip, right? Well, not so fast, my friend. I love to play golf and I just got back from that said week on the Grand Strand, but I did not play a single round. Let me ...

Bowling’s over – golf has not started – so what happens in between

It is my want to offer up some sports other than the two I regularly opine on when the bowling and golf seasons change. Since I am heading to Myrtle Beach in the morning, you will not see this column for some ten days. Hopefully what I’m about to say will not be inaccurate, or worse, boring ...

Dorsey risking Browns future, his reputation on undersized QB

After five months of discussion, debate and hype, the decision rendered left me a little cold. With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Baker Mayfield. The Baker Mayfield who was arrested in February of 2017 for public intoxication. The Baker Mayfield who beat ...

Here are your local bowling league champions from Heritage Lanes

Invariably it is a bittersweet moment. One by one the lanes shut down. The quiet is welcomed, yet disconcerting. The bowling season, which began in September, has reached its long awaited end. You don’t know whether to shout for joy or shed a tear. Bittersweet, I believe is a good word to ...

TWIB — Women’s college championships, USBC Masters and roll offs

My bowling week started in front of the TV last Sunday. Honestly, if the weather had not been so bad in Cleveland and Bristol I might not have seen much of two fascinating bowling tournaments. However, the Indians got rained out and NASCAR had rain and snow stoppages off and on, so bowling it ...

Ol’ Doc Stephenson drops in unexpectedly for a brief conversation

Everyone has one of them. You know the type I’m talking about. A distant relative, who’s very opinionated, who makes the kids scurry and adults sigh when he shows up. I have one named Ol’ Doc and the man made an appearance at my door this week. Who knows what he wanted, but our ...

For league bowlers, it’s roll-off time — but beware of distractions

With bowling leagues coming down the homestretch, it’s time to focus on the roll offs. Every league will proclaim a champion after the top teams meet to duke it out. It’s the best time of year to be a bowler, assuming, that is, that your team is in the roll off. Bragging rights and some ...

This Week In Bowling — The oldsters are switching gears in many ways

Ed Wise sends me the scores from the Allen Eiry Seniors bowling league faithfully every week. He informed that this week would be their last for the season. If you are not familiar with these folks, you might think that they don’t bowl all that well. Looking at their scores could give you ...

The Indians will win the Central, and other predictions for 2018

Last year was supposed to be the Indians’ year. It wasn’t. The Indians went all-in for 2017, and in doing so created a club as talented as a generation of Indians fans have ever seen. And the season was a historic success. The Tribe won more than 100 games, and somehow claimed 22 ...

Just what is the most difficult achievement in the sport of bowling?

The mind was turning. When asked the question that appears as the title of this column, I gave it some serious thought. The first thought I had — at least for me personally, particularly as I got older — was to not get hurt. Hey, that was an achievement! Perhaps that was not the most ...