Sports Columns

A big hire ahead for BL

Buckeye Local High School has a really important hire coming up. The Panthers will be looking for their third head football coach in three years. I know not everyone understands the importance of this next move. But, it’s a big deal. A real big deal. “I am a big believer that ...

Life in and about the sports world

I read that Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is going to declare the 2016 World Series a tie. Apparently, not everyone likes the fact that the Loveable Losers — a.k.a. the Chicago Cubs — broke an 108-year-old streak of not winning the World Series. So, in the interest of ...

Big 10 and its greed

Gordon Gekko was wrong. And, so is the Big Ten Conference. The Big Ten decided last week to play six conference games a season on Friday nights through 2022. No team will play more than one per year. And, according to Big Ten Conference Senior Associate Commissioner Mark Rudner, the ...

Coaches, players remained stoic about approach

CLEVELAND — Aside from the hundreds, if not thousands, of reporters watching the players’ every move on Wednesday, batting practice before Game 7 of World Series was like any other session from any point of the year. Players were taking their cuts, laughing with each other and running the ...

Confident Perez had the best moment to remember

CLEVELAND — Driving up to Cleveland on Tuesday, I thought that I was the luckiest 27-year old in Northeast Ohio. Turns out, it wasn’t me at all. It was Indians catcher Roberto Perez. Though, Perez’s heroics in Game 1 of the World Series weren’t based solely on luck, it was his ...

Athlete personality makes games fun

In Sunday’s victory over the New York Jets, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown did the unthinkable after scoring a touchdown. He calmly walked to the back of the end zone and handed the ball, thrown by Ben Roethlisberger, to a fan sitting in the front row wearing a No. 84 Brown ...

The King and his people

You know how big a person is when Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are in the supporting cast. That’s Arnold Palmer. The King died Sunday at the age of 87. He brought golf to the masses in a way no one else has ever done. He’s the one who allowed PGA Tour players to play for more ...

Negativity has to end

Negativity has to end We live in a negative society. Just look around us. A sports win is dissected in too many ways, and a loss even more so. For some reason, there has to be someone to take the blame, take the fall, you might say. We have a hard time giving others their ...

The power of a seed

I received a Facebook message last week from a former player at Jefferson County Christian School and it brightened my life. We never really know the impact we make on people unless something is said. You can never underestimate the power of a seed. You can also never underestimate what ...

What the flag means

What the flag means Please understand that I see the flag and the national anthem disrespected each week during football season. I watch people as they walk through the parking lot while it is being played and do not stop. Because, apparently, you can only stand at attention while ...