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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. 

Latest from Brian Kollars

Second Thoughts: Rebuilding the Flyers will take some time

Posted: 9 days ago

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

Posted: 23 days ago

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...