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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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...

Posted: 26 days ago

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...
NFL players compete in the ultimate risk-reward game

7:16 PM Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017

I wrote a couple weeks ago that the future looked promising for the Reds. That is why I don’t bet on sports (unless I happen to be in Las Vegas). I am so sorry for getting your hopes up, Reds fans. Hey, smile, football is almost here. John Urschel retired from football last week at age 26. His decision, in the wake of the latest CTE...
Second Thoughts: Baseball isn’t speed dating, so sit back and relax

7:51 PM Saturday, Jul. 15, 2017

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

8:31 PM Saturday, Jul. 08, 2017

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...
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...
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