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Second Thoughts: Urban scrambles as societal change applies pressure
 I took Jill to Milano’s on Brown Street last week and listened to some great live music on the patio. If you’re looking for a good date night, Dan and Bill will be there for a couple more Thursdays. It’s not exactly 40s at 4 in the UD Ghetto, but it’s a good time. Sports have changed a lot in the last 25 years. Lacrosse...

Posted: 14 days ago

I took Jill to Milano’s on Brown Street last week and listened to some great live music on the patio. If you’re looking for a good date night, Dan and Bill will be there for a couple more Thursdays. It’s not exactly 40s at 4 in the UD Ghetto, but it’s a good time. Sports have changed a lot in the last 25 years. Lacrosse...
Second Thoughts: Big Ten is no friend of high school football
 I have returned from my extended all-star break. Have you ever put your house on the market? Let me tell you, a guy could work for several light years and still not have everything just right. But the place is looking good … and I have paint all over myself. Jim “Delusional” Delany claimed at Big Ten Media Days last week...

Posted: 21 days ago

I have returned from my extended all-star break. Have you ever put your house on the market? Let me tell you, a guy could work for several light years and still not have everything just right. But the place is looking good … and I have paint all over myself. Jim “Delusional” Delany claimed at Big Ten Media Days last week...
Second Thoughts: LeBron’s move to L.A. won’t net him another title
 One of these years I’m going to make it to the Country Concert. It’s on my bucket list, right next to dinner at Treasure Island. Polar opposite atmospheres, I know. LeBron James was a free agent for about as long as it takes him to slap a bunch of chalk into the air. The Man is going to Hollywood to be the leading man for the...

7:34 PM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

One of these years I’m going to make it to the Country Concert. It’s on my bucket list, right next to dinner at Treasure Island. Polar opposite atmospheres, I know. LeBron James was a free agent for about as long as it takes him to slap a bunch of chalk into the air. The Man is going to Hollywood to be the leading man for the...
Second thoughts: Watching LeBron drama is tried-and-true summer sport
 Jill and I are watching the new Kevin Costner series Yellowstone on Paramount, which I didn’t know was a network. I’m a sucker for anything close to a Western; the scenery alone is worth a look. It’s fine entertainment, but Costner never will do anything that matches Field of Dreams or Bull Durham. We’re entering another...

12:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 30, 2018

Jill and I are watching the new Kevin Costner series Yellowstone on Paramount, which I didn’t know was a network. I’m a sucker for anything close to a Western; the scenery alone is worth a look. It’s fine entertainment, but Costner never will do anything that matches Field of Dreams or Bull Durham. We’re entering another...
Second thoughts: Dragons spare Midwest League of total embarrassment
 I told the kids that Bill’s Donuts was closing. They looked like at me like I threw their smartphone chargers into a lake. I let that sink before adding “for a week.” You learn things when you read the newspaper, kids. While Bill’s is spiffing up the place, I recommend Stan the Donut Man for your fried dough cravings...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018

I told the kids that Bill’s Donuts was closing. They looked like at me like I threw their smartphone chargers into a lake. I let that sink before adding “for a week.” You learn things when you read the newspaper, kids. While Bill’s is spiffing up the place, I recommend Stan the Donut Man for your fried dough cravings...
Second Thoughts: College World Series one of America’s sporting jewels
 Happy Father’s Day to all you dads, and here’s hoping your air conditioning doesn’t conk out. It won’t take long to finish those steaks on the grill today. Might not even need to light the charcoal. Jill and I were talking about bucket lists last week and decided that the College World Series needs to be included on...

2:42 AM Sunday, Jun. 17, 2018

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads, and here’s hoping your air conditioning doesn’t conk out. It won’t take long to finish those steaks on the grill today. Might not even need to light the charcoal. Jill and I were talking about bucket lists last week and decided that the College World Series needs to be included on...
Second Thoughts: LeBron’s work in Cleveland complete; time to take off for Houston
 I’m in Cincinnati today to watch some high school summer baseball. It’s amazing how many turf fields there are in Reds Country. My only complaint: The pitcher’s mound and the area around home plate isn’t dirt on these fields. If it rains, they do make tarps for that. So where will LeBron James end up next season? He&rsquo...

1:09 PM Saturday, Jun. 09, 2018

I’m in Cincinnati today to watch some high school summer baseball. It’s amazing how many turf fields there are in Reds Country. My only complaint: The pitcher’s mound and the area around home plate isn’t dirt on these fields. If it rains, they do make tarps for that. So where will LeBron James end up next season? He&rsquo...
J.R.’s brain freeze makes it easier for LeBron to leave
 Oh, my goodness. Tom Cruise is making another Top Gun movie. The sequel to the iconic 1986 film will hit theaters in July 2019. This, kids, is what they call a blockbuster. Jill wants to know if there will be another volleyball scene. What is inside J.R. Smith’s head? This is one of the great mysteries of our time. Smith’s last-second...

11:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 02, 2018

Oh, my goodness. Tom Cruise is making another Top Gun movie. The sequel to the iconic 1986 film will hit theaters in July 2019. This, kids, is what they call a blockbuster. Jill wants to know if there will be another volleyball scene. What is inside J.R. Smith’s head? This is one of the great mysteries of our time. Smith’s last-second...
Second Thoughts: Reds should make Scooter face of the franchise
 Graduation season is in full swing. I have lost track of the number of parties I’ve attended for kids who were little squirts just yesterday, it seems. Supposed to go to one tomorrow featuring a live band. And mac-and-cheese, of course! Scooter Gennett is the Reds’ best player. As a bonus, he’s a real bargain at $5.7 million...

2:49 PM Saturday, May. 26, 2018

Graduation season is in full swing. I have lost track of the number of parties I’ve attended for kids who were little squirts just yesterday, it seems. Supposed to go to one tomorrow featuring a live band. And mac-and-cheese, of course! Scooter Gennett is the Reds’ best player. As a bonus, he’s a real bargain at $5.7 million...
Second Thoughts: Arcade would be fabulous site for a sportsbook
 Who hasn’t had their fill of Baker Mayfield? HBO will feature the Browns on its Hard Knocks series this summer. BTW, did you hear that Josh Gordon is mentoring wayward rookie Antonio Callaway? I’ll guarantee that’ll be one of the main storylines. Quite the psychology experiment. Our local leaders tease us every year or two...

2:56 AM Sunday, May. 20, 2018

Who hasn’t had their fill of Baker Mayfield? HBO will feature the Browns on its Hard Knocks series this summer. BTW, did you hear that Josh Gordon is mentoring wayward rookie Antonio Callaway? I’ll guarantee that’ll be one of the main storylines. Quite the psychology experiment. Our local leaders tease us every year or two...
Second Thoughts: Cavs still kicking thanks to … the greatest?
 Took the family to the new Avengers movie. It was very long and I’m still suffering from sensory overload. I won’t give away the plot in case you haven’t seen it, but I will say this: I think we’ll see a lot more of the Hulk in the next movie. I picked the Cavaliers to lose to the Pacers in the first round of the NBA...

4:00 AM Saturday, May. 12, 2018

Took the family to the new Avengers movie. It was very long and I’m still suffering from sensory overload. I won’t give away the plot in case you haven’t seen it, but I will say this: I think we’ll see a lot more of the Hulk in the next movie. I picked the Cavaliers to lose to the Pacers in the first round of the NBA...
Second Thoughts: Browns kick off draft by picking … Baker Mayfield?
 I nearly fell asleep in my recliner as the Bengals prepared to make their selection in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. I rallied and stayed awake to see Lamar Jackson’s sweet green jacket as the clock approached midnight. Did he borrow that from Patrick Reed? Some other observations: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is...

6:36 PM Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

I nearly fell asleep in my recliner as the Bengals prepared to make their selection in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. I rallied and stayed awake to see Lamar Jackson’s sweet green jacket as the clock approached midnight. Did he borrow that from Patrick Reed? Some other observations: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is...
Second Thoughts: Greatness stares Browns in face, but they’ll blink
 I’m declare today as National Yard Day. After a string of ugly weekends, today is the day for manly jobs such as mowing, mulching, seeding, weeding – you name it. I wish the NFL draft began today so I had a good excuse to blow it off. Saquon Barkley had off-the-chart numbers at the NFL combine. He runs faster, jumps higher and...

12:36 AM Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018

I’m declare today as National Yard Day. After a string of ugly weekends, today is the day for manly jobs such as mowing, mulching, seeding, weeding – you name it. I wish the NFL draft began today so I had a good excuse to blow it off. Saquon Barkley had off-the-chart numbers at the NFL combine. He runs faster, jumps higher and...
Second Thoughts: Cavaliers, LeBron won’t be around long in NBA playoffs
 The NFL draft is getting close, so we’ll have to endure only a few dozen more mock drafts that will tell us where Baker Mayfield will play next season. These predictions are annoying and barely informative, sort of like Skip Bayless. The NBA playoffs are here, and like that obnoxious relative during the holidays, they will overstay...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018

The NFL draft is getting close, so we’ll have to endure only a few dozen more mock drafts that will tell us where Baker Mayfield will play next season. These predictions are annoying and barely informative, sort of like Skip Bayless. The NBA playoffs are here, and like that obnoxious relative during the holidays, they will overstay...
Second Thoughts: Roofman, dugout dancers and real baseball return to Dayton
 I apologize for failing to bring back some great baseball weather from our spring break trip to Florida. I lost it somewhere north of Birmingham. The Reds are hard enough to watch when it’s sunny and 70. This stuff? Forget it. Another season of Dayton Dragons baseball is underway with the home opener Saturday night played in conditions...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 07, 2018

I apologize for failing to bring back some great baseball weather from our spring break trip to Florida. I lost it somewhere north of Birmingham. The Reds are hard enough to watch when it’s sunny and 70. This stuff? Forget it. Another season of Dayton Dragons baseball is underway with the home opener Saturday night played in conditions...
Second Thoughts: Raiders will learn from NCAA tourney ‘beatdown’

4:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

I filled out one NCAA Tournament bracket and I’m sure I’ve been mathematically eliminated in our family pool. I foolishly fell for the Bonnies after they knocked out UCLA, among other terrible picks. Wright State looked scared against Tennessee, which meant the Raiders’ NCAA tourney experience was over by the time the kids...
Second Thoughts: Wright State writes one of best stories of March
 Let the madness begin. It’ll start with the NCAA tournament Selection Show, which will break with tradition tonight and announce all 68 teams upfront. No suspenseful bracket reveals. Too bad. If it ain’t broke … We were reminded again last week of the beauty of college sports. As Wright State put the finishing touches on...

1:07 PM Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018

Let the madness begin. It’ll start with the NCAA tournament Selection Show, which will break with tradition tonight and announce all 68 teams upfront. No suspenseful bracket reveals. Too bad. If it ain’t broke … We were reminded again last week of the beauty of college sports. As Wright State put the finishing touches on...
Second Thoughts: After Flyers’ ugly season, hope springs eternal
 I should’ve taken out a second mortgage and headed to New York for the Big Ten tournament. Did you see all those empty seats in the first few rows? Could’ve cruised in there and drawn up a few plays for confused coaches who don’t understand two-for-one strategy. And that’s most of them. The end is near for the Dayton...

10:12 PM Saturday, Mar. 03, 2018

I should’ve taken out a second mortgage and headed to New York for the Big Ten tournament. Did you see all those empty seats in the first few rows? Could’ve cruised in there and drawn up a few plays for confused coaches who don’t understand two-for-one strategy. And that’s most of them. The end is near for the Dayton...
Second Thoughts: College basketball updates March Madness definition

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Took Jill to The Neon to see “I, Tonya” (expanding my horizons). It was my first visit to the small downtown theater. I was impressed (they sell beer). Now she wants to go to their Oscars party. Isn’t there some basketball on that night? Another shoe dropped Friday in the college basketball scandal that promises to alter...
Second Thoughts: Spartans look like team to beat in Big Apple

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

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...
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