Sports Columns

Life around the wide, wide world of sports

I think I have seen about a half-dozen adults thrown out of high school basketball games. That’s about a dozen too many. I’ve witnessed fan bases whine about the number of fouls being called. Yes, the same fan bases who were complaining when it was 8-2 or 9-1 against their team, had ...

Happy trails at Montour

Because it’s still January, local gyms and health clubs are likely filled with people who made New Year’s Resolutions to get in shape and loose some pounds. As the treadmills and ellipticals are in overdrive, there’s still an outlet that remains wide open. Our local outdoor trails ...

Turn the page

We get 365 chances to turn the page this year. That’s a lot of opportunities to go left, right, stay straight, throw a U-turn, travel in the fast lane, the carpool lane on just cruise as a nice speed in the right lane. We wake up every morning making choices — some calculated, some on a ...

‘When the angels had left them and gone into heaven’

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over ...

It’s the most wonderful day of the year

For some, Christmas Eve is the busiest day of the year. Right now, thousands of people in the Tri-State Area are running out to do some last-minute shopping. Even more people are wrapping those last-minute gifts. Maybe, this newspaper will serve as last-minute wrapping paper. There is so ...

Setting a standard

Noriana Radwan made a really poor decision. No, she didn’t hit someone like Joe Mixon. She didn’t punch a pregnant lady like Tyreek Hill. Radwan was a freshman in the UConn women’s soccer team and the Huskies had just defeated the University of South Florida to win the American ...

It is more than a punch

Joe Mixon punched Amelia Molitor. Knocked her down and, basically, out. On July 25, 2014, Mixon walked into Pickleman’s Cafe on Campus Corner at the University of Oklahoma one day after his 18th birthday and walked out 24 seconds later. During his short visit he got into an altercation ...

What’s in a name?

Until the Cleveland Indians reached the World Series, the hottest topic surrounding the team for the past five seasons has been their incriminating mascot, Chief Wahoo. Love him or hate him, he’s been thrust into the national spotlight for his potentially offensive demeanor. Native American ...

There are worse ways a football game could end

I still have people talking to me about the 24-21 win by Bishop Hartley over Steubenville in the Division IV state championship game. “What do you think?” they ask “It was a great high school football game.” Too many people want to find a scapegoat. “Big Red should have won” ...

The BCS was more fair than current system

Six years ago, as a junior in college, I took a public speaking class. The twice-a-week course allowed us to brainstorm ideas for a speech on Tuesday, then deliver it on Thursday. One week, though, the assignment was amped up. For a de facto final exam, we had to write and present two ...