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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...
Bowl game rewind: RedHawks wilt in shadow of end zone

5:50 PM Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! Pop a few Advil before you break down the Buckeyes’ performance last night. And don’t forget to come up with a few resolutions you’ll forget about next week. One that I intend to keep is to never do that stupid “feed me” motion that football players do after gaining six yards. Speaking...
Second Thoughts: College athletes starting to realize they have clout

9:45 PM Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

We’re one week from Christmas Day. I hope you all get a nice gift or two. I’m looking forward to watching a lot of bowl games — a gift almost as cool as the Evel Knievel windup motorcycle I got as a kid. The University of Minnesota football players blinked and decided to play in the Holiday Bowl. But I don’t think...
Second Thoughts: Catholics vs. Convicts and Kirk Gibson — what a day
 I’m getting mentally prepared for my annual stocking-stuffer shopping trip to Walgreens, hoping to score some deals on some of those cool “as seen on TV” items. I know there’s one thing I will not be buying: Hatchimals. I went to the Country Bands Together concert Saturday night at the Nutter Center so I missed ESPN&rsquo...

10:26 PM Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

I’m getting mentally prepared for my annual stocking-stuffer shopping trip to Walgreens, hoping to score some deals on some of those cool “as seen on TV” items. I know there’s one thing I will not be buying: Hatchimals. I went to the Country Bands Together concert Saturday night at the Nutter Center so I missed ESPN&rsquo...
Remembering John Glenn

10:23 PM Thursday, Dec. 08, 2016

A sampling of the reaction to the death of John Glenn: “I remember vividly, as a freshman at Yellow Springs High School, sitting in science class and, like so many Americans, listening to the radio and watching on TV later in the day, as John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. That day, he captured the hearts of Americans...
Racinos enjoying record run; casinos trending down
 Revenue trends for Ohio’s gambling venues are going in opposite directions as racinos post better numbers seemingly every month while the casinos’ take continues to slip. The state’s seven racinos, which offer only slot machines, reported a record November with nearly $70 million in revenue. Meanwhile, the four casinos had...

10:46 PM Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2016

Revenue trends for Ohio’s gambling venues are going in opposite directions as racinos post better numbers seemingly every month while the casinos’ take continues to slip. The state’s seven racinos, which offer only slot machines, reported a record November with nearly $70 million in revenue. Meanwhile, the four casinos had...
Racinos enjoying record run; casinos trending down
 Revenue trends for Ohio’s gambling venues are going in opposite directions as racinos post better numbers seemingly every month while the casinos’ take continues to slip. The state’s seven racinos, which offer only slot machines, reported a record November with nearly $70 million in revenue. Meanwhile, the four casinos had...

10:46 PM Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2016

Revenue trends for Ohio’s gambling venues are going in opposite directions as racinos post better numbers seemingly every month while the casinos’ take continues to slip. The state’s seven racinos, which offer only slot machines, reported a record November with nearly $70 million in revenue. Meanwhile, the four casinos had...
UD’s Curran ranked 68th in pay for private university presidents
 Former University of Dayton president Dan Curran received $771,354 in compensation in 2014, ranking him No. 68 among private university presidents. Curran was No. 2 on the list of Ohio private university presidents, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which published its annual list Sunday. Curran stepped down as president at...

8:39 PM Monday, Dec. 05, 2016

Former University of Dayton president Dan Curran received $771,354 in compensation in 2014, ranking him No. 68 among private university presidents. Curran was No. 2 on the list of Ohio private university presidents, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which published its annual list Sunday. Curran stepped down as president at...
UD’s Curran ranked 68th in pay for private university presidents
 Former University of Dayton president Dan Curran received $771,354 in compensation in 2014, ranking him No. 68 among private university presidents. Curran was No. 2 on the list of Ohio private university presidents, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which published its annual list Sunday. Curran stepped down as president at...

8:39 PM Monday, Dec. 05, 2016

Former University of Dayton president Dan Curran received $771,354 in compensation in 2014, ranking him No. 68 among private university presidents. Curran was No. 2 on the list of Ohio private university presidents, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which published its annual list Sunday. Curran stepped down as president at...
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