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Second Thoughts: Brady will heal in time to take Pats to Super Bowl

Posted: a day ago

I ventured downtown Wednesday night to have a beer with a friend. Downtown Dayton has a lot going for it these days, but I’ve got a suggestion that doesn’t include new lofts or art galleries: Plow all the sidewalks after it snows! Championship Sunday is here, and all eyes are on Tom Brady. The Patriots quarterback mysteriously...
Second Thoughts: Time to pack Nutter Center for these Raiders
 Have I mentioned how great it is to have teenagers who know how to shovel snow? And they just love working outside in the cold, dreaming of hot chocolate and marshmallows. Really, our home is just one giant Norman Rockwell painting this weekend. It’s time to get on the Wright State bandwagon. The Raiders have won six straight to raise...

Posted: 7 days ago

Have I mentioned how great it is to have teenagers who know how to shovel snow? And they just love working outside in the cold, dreaming of hot chocolate and marshmallows. Really, our home is just one giant Norman Rockwell painting this weekend. It’s time to get on the Wright State bandwagon. The Raiders have won six straight to raise...
Second Thoughts: All-SEC title game would ruin the new year
 Happy New Year, everyone. Let’s hope the champagne doesn’t freeze. Took the family to Arizona for Christmas, and if it weren’t for the constant buffoonery of our airlines I’d consider going back tomorrow. Let’s go, Clemson and Oklahoma. The only thing worse than computer problems on an Airbus A319 is a national...

Posted: 21 days ago

Happy New Year, everyone. Let’s hope the champagne doesn’t freeze. Took the family to Arizona for Christmas, and if it weren’t for the constant buffoonery of our airlines I’d consider going back tomorrow. Let’s go, Clemson and Oklahoma. The only thing worse than computer problems on an Airbus A319 is a national...
Second Thoughts: Meyer, Saban say ‘bah humbug’ to early signing period

Posted: 29 days ago

Merry Christmas to you fine readers of the printed word. The kids and I once again fended off Jill’s desire to buy a fake tree, but she’s wearing us down. As a compromise, we didn’t buy the biggest tree on the lot. Just a nice 6-foot Fraser fir. That thing drinks like Norm Peterson. I thought the early signing period for...
Second Thoughts: Bowl outlook: Dantonio stuffs Leach, Bosa sacks horse
 The college football bowl season kicked off Saturday with six games — the most on any day this postseason. I am determined to break my three-year losing streak in the family bowl confidence pool. Let’s go UCF! Here are some predictions: • Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic squad will hang 50 points on Akron in the Boca...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

The college football bowl season kicked off Saturday with six games — the most on any day this postseason. I am determined to break my three-year losing streak in the family bowl confidence pool. Let’s go UCF! Here are some predictions: • Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic squad will hang 50 points on Akron in the Boca...
Second Thoughts: Coming to a parking lot in Kentucky: Bucks vs. Tide

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

I’m guessing JuJu Smith-Schuster has asked the Steelers to trade him to a team in the NFC. Either that or he’ll be coming down with a bad cold when Pittsburgh plays Cincinnati next season. Vontaze Burfict will be crossing off the days on his calendar. It won’t be pretty. There’s only one way to settle this Ohio State-Alabama...
Second Thoughts: Flyers on verge of taking fans back to early 1990s

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

Jill reminded me that I need to start thinking about Christmas shopping. She’s hilarious. It’s Dec. 3, not Dec. 23. Plenty of time to load up the sleigh and make my annual run to Walgreen’s. UD Arena has never looked better, but the product on the court is hurting. This is to be expected because Scoochie and his pals took...
Second Thoughts: Bengals and Browns will wear out their punters (yawn)
 Three things I learned on Thanksgiving: 1) My daughter Grace makes tasty pumpkin pie; 2) The Vikings might be for real; 3) My mother-in-law can’t tell the difference between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Battle of Ohio doesn’t rank with The Game or the Iron Bowl on the list of Best Football Rivalries. These days, it&rsquo...

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

Three things I learned on Thanksgiving: 1) My daughter Grace makes tasty pumpkin pie; 2) The Vikings might be for real; 3) My mother-in-law can’t tell the difference between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Battle of Ohio doesn’t rank with The Game or the Iron Bowl on the list of Best Football Rivalries. These days, it&rsquo...
Second Thoughts: Rebuilding the Flyers will take some time

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

The Cavaliers are bad, Ric Flair is sad and Jerry Jones is mad. I’m glad that we’re in that awesome part of the sports calendar where we get huge college football games and great made-for-TV nonconference college basketball matchups. Enjoy. The Dayton Flyers are in rebuilding mode — on the court and at UD Arena. It&rsquo...
Second Thoughts: Series shows why you can’t put baseball on the clock

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Might have to break down and turn on the furnace. We always try to make it to Halloween before cranking up the thermostat, but my fingers are about frozen as I type this sentence. The heat coming off the TV during the Ohio State-Penn State game did help, though. My kids were delighted that Game 1 of the World Series whizzed by faster than...
Second Thoughts: Don’t look now, but the NBA season is starting

10:37 PM Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

As football players get more acrobatic, I’m struggling with what’s a touchdown and what isn’t. Why is it a touchdown if the football, held by a guy diving out of bounds, barely brushes the inside of the pylon? The pylon is out of bounds. Somebody get Mike Pereira on the phone. The NBA tips off this week, earlier than usual...
Second Thoughts: Is there another eclipse? Bengals and Browns both win
 A record 6,104 home runs were hit this baseball season and MLB pitchers are keeping their shrinks busy. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Twins hit two homers in the top of the first inning in the very first playoff game. And lost. The Bengals and Browns both are at home Sunday, and I predict both Ohio teams will win. No, I didn&rsquo...

12:00 AM Friday, Oct. 06, 2017

A record 6,104 home runs were hit this baseball season and MLB pitchers are keeping their shrinks busy. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Twins hit two homers in the top of the first inning in the very first playoff game. And lost. The Bengals and Browns both are at home Sunday, and I predict both Ohio teams will win. No, I didn&rsquo...
Taking a knee during anthem isn’t the answer for NFL players

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017

Peyton Manning has set a record for most TV commercials by a sports celebrity. That’s by my unofficial count. The current Nationwide spot he does with Brad Paisley is hilarious. “Almost there. Almost.” I’m trying to keep an open mind about kneeling knuckleheads who have decided to make spectacles of themselves during...
The Bengals will score a touchdown … probably
 Apple has rolled out the red carpet for its new iPhone, which costs about a thousand dollars. This “phone” reportedly has a bunch of amazing features. I wouldn’t know since I use a sleek iPhone 5c. Unless this new model can spit out a great cheeseburger, I’m not interested. I tuned in a few minutes late for the Bengals-Texans...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017

Apple has rolled out the red carpet for its new iPhone, which costs about a thousand dollars. This “phone” reportedly has a bunch of amazing features. I wouldn’t know since I use a sleek iPhone 5c. Unless this new model can spit out a great cheeseburger, I’m not interested. I tuned in a few minutes late for the Bengals-Texans...
Second Thoughts: Bengals, Browns will fight for last in AFC North
 I’m on Day 4 of my five-day Football’s Back celebration, which I’ll top off with Tennessee-Georgia Tech on Monday night. Heck, I’m feeling so good that I might even look for a replay of the Fairmont-Alter game. Bring it on. Let’s see: Bengals bad boy Vontaze Burfict is suspended. Check. The Browns have a new...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

I’m on Day 4 of my five-day Football’s Back celebration, which I’ll top off with Tennessee-Georgia Tech on Monday night. Heck, I’m feeling so good that I might even look for a replay of the Fairmont-Alter game. Bring it on. Let’s see: Bengals bad boy Vontaze Burfict is suspended. Check. The Browns have a new...
Second Thoughts: Buckeyes begin march to the big trophy
 I stopped at Kroger to pick up a few items, including coffee — always coffee, Jill lectures — and I did a double-take. They have Halloween junk all over the place. A check of my iPhone confirmed that it is August. When’s the Thanksgiving stuff come out? Halloween, Thanksgiving … well this week is Christmas. College...

7:46 PM Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

I stopped at Kroger to pick up a few items, including coffee — always coffee, Jill lectures — and I did a double-take. They have Halloween junk all over the place. A check of my iPhone confirmed that it is August. When’s the Thanksgiving stuff come out? Halloween, Thanksgiving … well this week is Christmas. College...
Second Thoughts: Votto acting like an MVP, on and off the field
 About this eclipse … I don’t need any of you staring at the sun like it’s Erin Andrews working the sidelines at a play-in game at UD Arena. You know what I’m talking about. I need your eyes intact so you can keep reading this column. College tuition isn’t getting cheaper! I’ve been a critic of Joey Votto...

6:49 PM Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

About this eclipse … I don’t need any of you staring at the sun like it’s Erin Andrews working the sidelines at a play-in game at UD Arena. You know what I’m talking about. I need your eyes intact so you can keep reading this column. College tuition isn’t getting cheaper! I’ve been a critic of Joey Votto...
Second Thoughts: Will Elliott answer NFL’s wakeup call?
 Football is back. High school teams take to the fields Friday night for their preseason scrimmages. To you boys lucky enough to play on natural grass in late August and early September, thank your athletic directors and school boards for not buying into the Field Turf hype. I believe Roger Goodell figures a four-game suspension for Ezekiel...

10:13 PM Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

Football is back. High school teams take to the fields Friday night for their preseason scrimmages. To you boys lucky enough to play on natural grass in late August and early September, thank your athletic directors and school boards for not buying into the Field Turf hype. I believe Roger Goodell figures a four-game suspension for Ezekiel...
Second Thoughts: Another disgusting chapter in the life of Pete Rose
 I took Jill to the Celtic Festival last week. It was a nice event in downtown Dayton. There was good music, tasty food and overpriced draft beer. Had a great time. Didn’t see any Lakers fans, though. Pete Rose will never get a bronze plaque in Cooperstown, but he has secured his spot in the Sleaze Hall of Fame. First ballot all the...

8:36 PM Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

I took Jill to the Celtic Festival last week. It was a nice event in downtown Dayton. There was good music, tasty food and overpriced draft beer. Had a great time. Didn’t see any Lakers fans, though. Pete Rose will never get a bronze plaque in Cooperstown, but he has secured his spot in the Sleaze Hall of Fame. First ballot all the...
NFL players compete in the ultimate risk-reward game

7:16 PM Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017

I wrote a couple weeks ago that the future looked promising for the Reds. That is why I don’t bet on sports (unless I happen to be in Las Vegas). I am so sorry for getting your hopes up, Reds fans. Hey, smile, football is almost here. John Urschel retired from football last week at age 26. His decision, in the wake of the latest CTE...
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