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Second Thoughts: Baseball isn’t speed dating, so sit back and relax

Posted: 8 days ago

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

Posted: 15 days ago

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...
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...
Second Thoughts: Patriots have Brady, and that will be enough
 My one rule on Super Bowl Sunday: no parties. But I’m suspending my rule tonight because I have little interest in watching the Patriots or Falcons. So bring on the cold beer and good conversation, which always seem to cease during the commercials. The talking, I mean. There is a game to be played between the ads for Budweiser and high-end...

1:58 PM Sunday, Feb. 05, 2017

My one rule on Super Bowl Sunday: no parties. But I’m suspending my rule tonight because I have little interest in watching the Patriots or Falcons. So bring on the cold beer and good conversation, which always seem to cease during the commercials. The talking, I mean. There is a game to be played between the ads for Budweiser and high-end...
Time for Bengals to pull the plug on Pacman

2:00 AM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

National Signing Day is Wednesday. One over-hyped high school recruit who won’t be pledging his love to Ohio State is James Robinson, a 4-star wide receiver from Florida. Robinson was cited for possession of marijuana during his official visit to Columbus last week. Way to make an impression, kid. Pacman Jones is “deeply embarrassed...
‘Scooch’ carries Flyers to top of Atlantic 10
 A lot of people think Clemson can beat Alabama. A lot of people are just hoping for a competitive game Monday night. They say, “Oh, Clemson’s offense looked great last year against the Tide and will be better this time.” I think Alabama’s monster defense wants another shot at the Tigers. Scoochie Smith is something...

8:15 PM Saturday, Jan. 07, 2017

A lot of people think Clemson can beat Alabama. A lot of people are just hoping for a competitive game Monday night. They say, “Oh, Clemson’s offense looked great last year against the Tide and will be better this time.” I think Alabama’s monster defense wants another shot at the Tigers. Scoochie Smith is something...
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