Sports Columns

Why don’t you test your knowledge with a little sports quiz?

Don’t you just love to play sports trivia games? If you are a sports fan, you likely want to prove your ability to answer random questions about various sports. I will give you that chance today. My dad had one trivia question that he liked to ask of my unwitting friends. His question: ...

Memories of Robinson’s greatness vivid long after career ended

Frank Robinson was a rare individual. It’s not just because of the skills he displayed on the baseball diamond, though he was one of the best hitters of all time. Robinson had 586 homers and a .294 lifetime batting average over a career that stretched 21 seasons. But he was more than ...

The day virtually everyone has been waiting for is finally upon us

What day is it? No, that is not a reference to an old GEICO ad. I didn’t say, “Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike!” Today is a long awaited day for many sports fans. It is Super Bowl Sunday. For me personally, it’s not that big a deal. Oh, I am going to tune in, that’s for sure. But until ...

Goff leaves TU, but leaves a positive mark

Gary Goff got an offer that he couldn’t refuse. The Tiffin University football coach resigned last Friday to take the head coaching job at Valdosta State. It’s not only Goff’s alma mater — he was a wide receiver and captain for the Blazers in the mid-90s — but it’s also the ...

Are our expectations too high? The lonely life of those who officiate

My first memorable experience with a sports official came many, many years ago when I was in the seventh grade. I was playing in the Seneca County League eighth grade basketball tournament. In the middle of the fourth quarter I found myself defending an opponent who was driving to the ...

A big week in the villages: Golf, bowling, pickle ball and even a parade

As we have done for the past decade, my buddies and I made our way to The Villages in Florida for the primary purpose of playing golf. We were also going to visit a couple of friends who live in the area though they no longer golf. It is always a good time when we make this trip if for no ...

The hijinks continue — college sports traditions both big and small

Last week we covered some of college football’s timeless traditions. This week we continue, but include a few basketball capers. I will give you my vote for the best college football tradition when all is said and done. THE HAWK FLAP. St. Joseph’s has a student don a hawk costume for its ...

Lessons manifest from Swinney’s fun train to Saban’s executive chambers

The Nationally College Football Championship is in the books, and the fun-loving coach beat the serious business tycoon in an impressive rout. The Clemson-’Bama matchup makes a great case for examining different leadership styles, each of which have proved to be successful in guiding a team ...

Franchise’s priorities gave it one choice

In 1986 and 1987, the Cleveland Browns had one of the most exciting offenses in football. A young, star quarterback Bernie Kosar was protected by a solid, veteran offensive line that included Mike Baab, Paul Farren and Cody Riesen. The offense also had a future Hall of Fame tight end in Ozzie ...

College football traditions run the gamut from sacred to crazy

When I tuned into the Rose Bowl, I wanted to watch Urban Meyer lead the Buckeyes onto the field one last time. It is tradition at many colleges for the head coach to be the first one out of the tunnel. While I was wondering what was running through his head, I also wondered about the concept ...

For the love of the game: Why small college athletes give it their all

Last week I began this topic by pointing out an earlier story in The A-T. Four local athletes participated in a recent Heidelberg/Dennison women’s basketball game. Are they playing for the chance to go to the next level? No. None of them are likely to play professionally. Are they playing ...

Farewell 2018 Sports: Time to envision a crazy future

December is a great time to reflect on the many sport successes over the past year. One of those success stories hits close to home. It’s no surprise that in her first year as head coach, Lori (Hammer) Rombach guided the Calvert Senecas in a dominant postseason performance to claim the 2018 ...

For the love of the game: Local athletes playing small college sports

When their final high school game is over, most people’s athletic careers are finished. Most, mind you, but not all. A very few achieve enough success that major colleges come calling with scholarship offers. Another group chooses to attend small colleges that will allow them to continue to ...

TU coach giving back to community with baseball camp

Tiffin University baseball coach Joe Wilkins said he was looking for something. Something that would help kids, the community and the game he loves. From that came the Tiffin University Youth Holiday Camp, which will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hemminger Center. The camp is for ...

If you get the chance, be sure to attend baseball’s winter meetings

After my daughter completed her internship with the Charleston (S.C.) River Dogs minor league baseball team, it was her intention to seek a career in the game. To that end she had to go to baseball’s winter meetings and I just HAD to tag along. The year was 2009 and our destination was ...

In the hoops world, many things have changed — but not everything

It has been some 60 years since I attended my first high school basketball game. It has been exactly 50 years since I last played a high school basketball game. It has been 36 years since I last coached a high school basketball game. So when I took in two high school basketball games in the ...

Meyer’s resignation closes memorable chapter

Urban Meyer should have been fired in August. That’s my belief. Whenever a coach cites memory problems about incidents — especially ones that involve domestic violence — it’s time to go. The Ohio State coach avoided dismissal then, getting only a three-game suspension. And yet, ...

Surprises, oddities, strange happenings — and it’s why we watch the games

Last weekend put a smile on the faces of many sports fans. I have many friends and family who happen to be both Ohio State Buckeye and Cleveland Browns fans. Do you think they were smiling? The day before THE game in Columbus, my nephew and I agreed that Ohio State “could” win the game. ...

I have my own thoughts — but what’s your favorite spectator sport?

The inspiration for this week’s column came from my wife as she quizzed me on a sports question posted on Facebook. I will tell you the story later, but it did make me realize that not everyone has the same favorites when it comes to sporting contests. The Facebook post dealt with a game ...

Certainly not every sports figure gets to go out on their own terms

You dedicate your entire life to the game. You put in endless hours of practice, training and watching film. You get to the top of your field and enjoy great success. Eventually though, you know it will come to an end. Just how that end plays out may not be a decision that you get to make ...