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Brian Kollars

Brian Kollars has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 2003. He was named Investigative Team Editor in March 2012 and works with a staff of five to uncover government waste and dig into key topics in our community. He also collaborates with WHIO-TV on I-Team stories and writes a Sunday Sports column entitled “Second Thoughts.” Prior to his current assignment, Brian worked as Sports Editor for seven years. He edited many sections that won state and national awards and his writing  resumé  includes a Best of Gannett. Brian was born and raised in Yankton, S.D., and is a graduate of Valparaiso University. He enjoys coaching youth sports and lives in Oakwood with his wife and three children. 

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Second Thoughts: Reds should make Scooter face of the franchise
 Graduation season is in full swing. I have lost track of the number of parties I’ve attended for kids who were little squirts just yesterday, it seems. Supposed to go to one tomorrow featuring a live band. And mac-and-cheese, of course! Scooter Gennett is the Reds’ best player. As a bonus, he’s a real bargain at $5.7 million...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Graduation season is in full swing. I have lost track of the number of parties I’ve attended for kids who were little squirts just yesterday, it seems. Supposed to go to one tomorrow featuring a live band. And mac-and-cheese, of course! Scooter Gennett is the Reds’ best player. As a bonus, he’s a real bargain at $5.7 million...
Second Thoughts: Arcade would be fabulous site for a sportsbook
 Who hasn’t had their fill of Baker Mayfield? HBO will feature the Browns on its Hard Knocks series this summer. BTW, did you hear that Josh Gordon is mentoring wayward rookie Antonio Callaway? I’ll guarantee that’ll be one of the main storylines. Quite the psychology experiment. Our local leaders tease us every year or two...

Posted: 6 days ago

Who hasn’t had their fill of Baker Mayfield? HBO will feature the Browns on its Hard Knocks series this summer. BTW, did you hear that Josh Gordon is mentoring wayward rookie Antonio Callaway? I’ll guarantee that’ll be one of the main storylines. Quite the psychology experiment. Our local leaders tease us every year or two...
Second Thoughts: Cavs still kicking thanks to … the greatest?
 Took the family to the new Avengers movie. It was very long and I’m still suffering from sensory overload. I won’t give away the plot in case you haven’t seen it, but I will say this: I think we’ll see a lot more of the Hulk in the next movie. I picked the Cavaliers to lose to the Pacers in the first round of the NBA...

Posted: 14 days ago

Took the family to the new Avengers movie. It was very long and I’m still suffering from sensory overload. I won’t give away the plot in case you haven’t seen it, but I will say this: I think we’ll see a lot more of the Hulk in the next movie. I picked the Cavaliers to lose to the Pacers in the first round of the NBA...
Second Thoughts: Browns kick off draft by picking … Baker Mayfield?
 I nearly fell asleep in my recliner as the Bengals prepared to make their selection in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. I rallied and stayed awake to see Lamar Jackson’s sweet green jacket as the clock approached midnight. Did he borrow that from Patrick Reed? Some other observations: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is...

Posted: 28 days ago

I nearly fell asleep in my recliner as the Bengals prepared to make their selection in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. I rallied and stayed awake to see Lamar Jackson’s sweet green jacket as the clock approached midnight. Did he borrow that from Patrick Reed? Some other observations: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is...
Second Thoughts: Greatness stares Browns in face, but they’ll blink
 I’m declare today as National Yard Day. After a string of ugly weekends, today is the day for manly jobs such as mowing, mulching, seeding, weeding – you name it. I wish the NFL draft began today so I had a good excuse to blow it off. Saquon Barkley had off-the-chart numbers at the NFL combine. He runs faster, jumps higher and...

12:36 AM Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018

I’m declare today as National Yard Day. After a string of ugly weekends, today is the day for manly jobs such as mowing, mulching, seeding, weeding – you name it. I wish the NFL draft began today so I had a good excuse to blow it off. Saquon Barkley had off-the-chart numbers at the NFL combine. He runs faster, jumps higher and...
Second Thoughts: Cavaliers, LeBron won’t be around long in NBA playoffs
 The NFL draft is getting close, so we’ll have to endure only a few dozen more mock drafts that will tell us where Baker Mayfield will play next season. These predictions are annoying and barely informative, sort of like Skip Bayless. The NBA playoffs are here, and like that obnoxious relative during the holidays, they will overstay...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018

The NFL draft is getting close, so we’ll have to endure only a few dozen more mock drafts that will tell us where Baker Mayfield will play next season. These predictions are annoying and barely informative, sort of like Skip Bayless. The NBA playoffs are here, and like that obnoxious relative during the holidays, they will overstay...
Second Thoughts: Roofman, dugout dancers and real baseball return to Dayton
 I apologize for failing to bring back some great baseball weather from our spring break trip to Florida. I lost it somewhere north of Birmingham. The Reds are hard enough to watch when it’s sunny and 70. This stuff? Forget it. Another season of Dayton Dragons baseball is underway with the home opener Saturday night played in conditions...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 07, 2018

I apologize for failing to bring back some great baseball weather from our spring break trip to Florida. I lost it somewhere north of Birmingham. The Reds are hard enough to watch when it’s sunny and 70. This stuff? Forget it. Another season of Dayton Dragons baseball is underway with the home opener Saturday night played in conditions...
Second Thoughts: Raiders will learn from NCAA tourney ‘beatdown’

4:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

I filled out one NCAA Tournament bracket and I’m sure I’ve been mathematically eliminated in our family pool. I foolishly fell for the Bonnies after they knocked out UCLA, among other terrible picks. Wright State looked scared against Tennessee, which meant the Raiders’ NCAA tourney experience was over by the time the kids...
Second Thoughts: Wright State writes one of best stories of March
 Let the madness begin. It’ll start with the NCAA tournament Selection Show, which will break with tradition tonight and announce all 68 teams upfront. No suspenseful bracket reveals. Too bad. If it ain’t broke … We were reminded again last week of the beauty of college sports. As Wright State put the finishing touches on...

1:07 PM Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018

Let the madness begin. It’ll start with the NCAA tournament Selection Show, which will break with tradition tonight and announce all 68 teams upfront. No suspenseful bracket reveals. Too bad. If it ain’t broke … We were reminded again last week of the beauty of college sports. As Wright State put the finishing touches on...
Second Thoughts: After Flyers’ ugly season, hope springs eternal
 I should’ve taken out a second mortgage and headed to New York for the Big Ten tournament. Did you see all those empty seats in the first few rows? Could’ve cruised in there and drawn up a few plays for confused coaches who don’t understand two-for-one strategy. And that’s most of them. The end is near for the Dayton...

10:12 PM Saturday, Mar. 03, 2018

I should’ve taken out a second mortgage and headed to New York for the Big Ten tournament. Did you see all those empty seats in the first few rows? Could’ve cruised in there and drawn up a few plays for confused coaches who don’t understand two-for-one strategy. And that’s most of them. The end is near for the Dayton...
Second Thoughts: College basketball updates March Madness definition

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Took Jill to The Neon to see “I, Tonya” (expanding my horizons). It was my first visit to the small downtown theater. I was impressed (they sell beer). Now she wants to go to their Oscars party. Isn’t there some basketball on that night? Another shoe dropped Friday in the college basketball scandal that promises to alter...