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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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...

Posted: 17 days ago

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...
Second Thoughts: Spartans look like team to beat in Big Apple

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Peyton Manning will be the honorary pace car driver at the Daytona 500 today. Here’s hoping Brad Paisley is riding shotgun playing his guitar while Manning is munching on Papa John’s pizza. The Big Ten won’t send its usual allotment of eight or nine teams to the NCAA Tournament this year. There are four locks – Ohio...
Second Thoughts: For Cavs, desperate times call for desperate measures

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

Pitchers and catchers report. Music to my ears. That glorious event happens this week, with 25 teams (including the Reds) getting things started on Valentine’s Day. Wonder if Jill would settle for watching MLB Network all night instead of roses. The train wreck that has become the Cleveland Cavaliers was approaching one of those blown-up...
Second Thoughts: Death, taxes and the #@$#! Patriots in the Super Bowl

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 03, 2018

I went to Best Buy to purchase a birthday gift for Jill. Two things stood out: the massive 82-inch TV near the front door, and the fact that Best Buy sells Crock-Pots. No, I did not get Jill a slow cooker for her birthday. I’m deeply offended that you would even go there. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, which means beer distributors and...
Second Thoughts: Things are about to get real ugly at Michigan State

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

Only one more football game this season, the Super Nacho Bowl. I’ll really miss the sport, and I’m not sure the XFL will fill that void when Vince McMahon relaunches his league in 2020. Unless it’s Tim Tebow vs. Johnny Manziel. That would be worth watching. The Larry Nassar trial captivated the imagination of the country...
Second Thoughts: Brady will heal in time to take Pats to Super Bowl

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

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...

2:30 PM Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

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...

5:41 PM Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

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

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

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...
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