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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: At UD Arena, it’s out with the old, in with the new

Posted: 13 days ago

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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...

Posted: 27 days ago

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...
Second Thoughts? An All-American move might be good for UD
 I used to yell “stop the ball” a lot when I coached CYO basketball. I was yelling at Wisconsin at the end of its regional semifinal game late Friday. But the Badgers let Florida’s Chris Chiozza dribble straight up the court and paid the price. Four seconds is plenty of time to get a good shot. Stop the ball! The success...

11:42 PM Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017

I used to yell “stop the ball” a lot when I coached CYO basketball. I was yelling at Wisconsin at the end of its regional semifinal game late Friday. But the Badgers let Florida’s Chris Chiozza dribble straight up the court and paid the price. Four seconds is plenty of time to get a good shot. Stop the ball! The success...
Second Thoughts: A 10 seed will give fading Flyers a fighting chance
 St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, which means green beer, green milk shakes and plenty of overtime for the UD police. There’s also plenty of green stuff in plastic containers in the back of our refrigerator, so if I’m forced to pick a green option it’ll likely be a cold one. The Dayton Flyers peaked on March 1 when they...

10:12 PM Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, which means green beer, green milk shakes and plenty of overtime for the UD police. There’s also plenty of green stuff in plastic containers in the back of our refrigerator, so if I’m forced to pick a green option it’ll likely be a cold one. The Dayton Flyers peaked on March 1 when they...
Second Thoughts: Sometimes it takes a little luck to get into UD Arena
 The Big Ten Tournament has the potential to be wildly entertaining. Maybe I’ll drive over to Indy and … oh, what? The tournament is in Washington? Sorry, not driving to D.C. I hope the Big Ten brass takes note of all the empty seats after Maryland gets eliminated. What an awful decision. I would like to publicly endorse the fine...

8:08 PM Saturday, Mar. 04, 2017

The Big Ten Tournament has the potential to be wildly entertaining. Maybe I’ll drive over to Indy and … oh, what? The tournament is in Washington? Sorry, not driving to D.C. I hope the Big Ten brass takes note of all the empty seats after Maryland gets eliminated. What an awful decision. I would like to publicly endorse the fine...
Second Thoughts: Let the hype begin for UD-VCU heavyweight bout
 The Reds provided a preview of the 2017 season in their exhibition opener Friday, blowing a late 4-2 lead and losing to the Giants on a walk-off home run in Scottsdale. The good news: Most of Cincinnati’s regulars stayed behind in Goodyear. I think that’s good news. UD and VCU. The cream of the Atlantic 10 crop (not a bumper one...

8:33 PM Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

The Reds provided a preview of the 2017 season in their exhibition opener Friday, blowing a late 4-2 lead and losing to the Giants on a walk-off home run in Scottsdale. The good news: Most of Cincinnati’s regulars stayed behind in Goodyear. I think that’s good news. UD and VCU. The cream of the Atlantic 10 crop (not a bumper one...
Second Thoughts: Archie Miller can afford to wait for an elite coaching gig
 I’m in a bad mood because I had to pay for a new screen for my kid’s smartphone. Even though we had insurance, the store wouldn’t stand by the piece of junk, even though screens pop off these devices as often as Joe Lunardi changes his first four out. Customer service. Dead. One of the NBC Sports guys working UD’s...

9:53 PM Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

I’m in a bad mood because I had to pay for a new screen for my kid’s smartphone. Even though we had insurance, the store wouldn’t stand by the piece of junk, even though screens pop off these devices as often as Joe Lunardi changes his first four out. Customer service. Dead. One of the NBC Sports guys working UD’s...
Baseball’s strike zone is small enough already

9:31 PM Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

Jill and I watched Friday’s thrilling UD-Rhode Island game at Milano’s with some friends. Great atmosphere, people cheering, throwing up high-fives. And it’s not even March. The Flyers’ mission is to keep winning and avoid an 8 or 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. An A-10 championship could vault them as high as a No...