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

Posted: 5 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: 12 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: 19 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: 26 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...
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...
Second Thoughts: Series shows why you can’t put baseball on the clock

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

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...
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