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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: Spartans look like team to beat in Big Apple

Posted: 4 days ago

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

Posted: 11 days ago

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

Posted: 18 days ago

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

Posted: 25 days ago

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...