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. 

Latest from Brian Kollars

Second Thoughts: Baseball isn’t speed dating, so sit back and relax

Posted: 8 days ago

We ate lunch Friday at a place north of Columbus called Average Joe’s Taphouse. Unfortunately, the food was, well, average. More disappointing was the fact that the place didn’t offer dodge ball. I was looking forward to reliving my elementary school P.E. glory days. I don’t understand the hand-wringing over the length of...
Second Thoughts: Home Run Derby steals All-Star spotlight

Posted: 15 days ago

I had two tasty Nathan’s hot dogs for lunch Saturday. I resisted the urge to dip the buns in water and demand that Jill put 70 more dogs on the grill. Obviously, I’ve got some work to do to catch up to Joey Chestnut. What is with that guy? He’s not even fat. The Home Run Derby is sure to set ratings records Monday night...
Second Thoughts: Go after Pitino, but Louisville’s banner should stay
 Happy Father’s Day to all you dads. Grace, my youngest, said Friday that she was “making” my present. The kid’s a great cook, so I enjoyed a piece of coconut cream pie. Today, I’m going to grill a steak, watch some of the U.S. Open and have a cold beverage on the back porch. Perfect. The NCAA is right to hammer...

8:13 PM Saturday, Jun. 17, 2017

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads. Grace, my youngest, said Friday that she was “making” my present. The kid’s a great cook, so I enjoyed a piece of coconut cream pie. Today, I’m going to grill a steak, watch some of the U.S. Open and have a cold beverage on the back porch. Perfect. The NCAA is right to hammer...
Second Thoughts: Wright State athletics should get chance to prosper
 I’m in West Palm Beach this weekend, watching my son play baseball and hanging out at Mar-a-Lago. Well, I’m watching baseball. I’ll tweet out something if I see the president or any FBI guys. It has rained a lot down here so I won’t be chasing foul balls. Lots of standing water, which in my mind means one thing: alligators...

2:19 PM Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

I’m in West Palm Beach this weekend, watching my son play baseball and hanging out at Mar-a-Lago. Well, I’m watching baseball. I’ll tweet out something if I see the president or any FBI guys. It has rained a lot down here so I won’t be chasing foul balls. Lots of standing water, which in my mind means one thing: alligators...
Second Thoughts: NBA Finals look like another playoff air ball

3:28 PM Saturday, Jun. 03, 2017

Dat Dude BP looks strange in a Braves uniform. Too bad Brandon Phillips couldn’t play out his career in Cincinnati, where the fans adored him. He tried to give back in his return to GABP on Friday, going 0-for-5. Nice of him to try to help his old team. We can try to talk ourselves into believing the NBA Finals will be competitive....
Second Thoughts: LeBron needs to get physical in quest for immortality

7:32 PM Saturday, May. 27, 2017

The Memorial Day forecast is looking good, so enjoy the holiday and pause to think about why you don’t have to go to work on Monday. I also suggest a trip to the meat counter at Dot’s Market. That is the recipe to a great cookout. I’m already sick of the LeBron vs. MJ debate. The NBA Finals haven’t even tipped off...
Second Thoughts: At UD Arena, it’s out with the old, in with the new

8:32 PM Saturday, May. 13, 2017

I did some shopping at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Dayton Mall last week. Saw a guy in the car next to mine get busted. A police officer approached him politely, asked for ID, then said, “I smell weed.” Not sure what the guy said, but it wasn’t, “Hey, I’m here to use this coupon for athletic socks.&rdquo...
Second Thoughts: Why stop at Hamilton vs. Ross?
 The dozens of fans who braved Friday’s late-night Reds-Giants game looked miserable. I don’t think I would’ve gone even if someone had offered me a pair of Big Baller basketball shoes and a kayak to use on that new downtown river feature. Billy Hamilton vs. John Ross. A race between these two speedsters is the kind of entertainment...

9:36 PM Saturday, May. 06, 2017

The dozens of fans who braved Friday’s late-night Reds-Giants game looked miserable. I don’t think I would’ve gone even if someone had offered me a pair of Big Baller basketball shoes and a kayak to use on that new downtown river feature. Billy Hamilton vs. John Ross. A race between these two speedsters is the kind of entertainment...
Second Thoughts: Of course the Bengals drafted Joe Mixon
 We had tickets to the Dragons game on Friday night but steered clear of downtown when the weather radar looked like an exploded Crayola box. I know you have that cool sellout streak, Dragons, but I will be trading in my tickets for seats to an upcoming game. I’ll wear the Heater suit, but I’m getting in! They’re the Bengals...

8:58 PM Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017

We had tickets to the Dragons game on Friday night but steered clear of downtown when the weather radar looked like an exploded Crayola box. I know you have that cool sellout streak, Dragons, but I will be trading in my tickets for seats to an upcoming game. I’ll wear the Heater suit, but I’m getting in! They’re the Bengals...
Grand slam, triple play in same – high school! – game

9:23 PM Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017

Hope you all had a nice Earth Day. I celebrated by watering some new grass seed and shivering at a high school softball game. That was better than having to sit through the Reds-Cubs game. After a hot start, Cincinnati and its pitchers are cooling off. Kind of like our recent weather pattern. You don’t see many grand slams in baseball...
Second Thoughts: Bar has been raised for Grant’s homecoming
 Our Girl Scout cookies arrived last week and I was excited to get a couple boxes of Tagalongs. Never got into the thin mint craze. Our neighborhood scout Erin has a couple years of selling left, but what does a hungry guy do when the girls age out? There’s gotta be an app for that. The reaction on my street to UD’s hiring of Anthony...

11:08 PM Friday, Mar. 31, 2017

Our Girl Scout cookies arrived last week and I was excited to get a couple boxes of Tagalongs. Never got into the thin mint craze. Our neighborhood scout Erin has a couple years of selling left, but what does a hungry guy do when the girls age out? There’s gotta be an app for that. The reaction on my street to UD’s hiring of Anthony...