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I read that Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is going to declare the 2016 World Series a tie. Apparently, not everyone likes the fact that the Loveable Losers — a.k.a. the Chicago Cubs — broke an 108-year-old streak of not winning the World Series. So, in the interest of ...

Big 10 and its greed

Gordon Gekko was wrong. And, so is the Big Ten Conference. The Big Ten decided last week to play six conference games a season on Friday nights through 2022. No team will play more than one per year. And, according to Big Ten Conference Senior Associate Commissioner Mark Rudner, the ...

Coaches, players remained stoic about approach

CLEVELAND — Aside from the hundreds, if not thousands, of reporters watching the players’ every move on Wednesday, batting practice before Game 7 of World Series was like any other session from any point of the year. Players were taking their cuts, laughing with each other and running the ...

Confident Perez had the best moment to remember

CLEVELAND — Driving up to Cleveland on Tuesday, I thought that I was the luckiest 27-year old in Northeast Ohio. Turns out, it wasn’t me at all. It was Indians catcher Roberto Perez. Though, Perez’s heroics in Game 1 of the World Series weren’t based solely on luck, it was his ...

Athlete personality makes games fun

In Sunday’s victory over the New York Jets, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown did the unthinkable after scoring a touchdown. He calmly walked to the back of the end zone and handed the ball, thrown by Ben Roethlisberger, to a fan sitting in the front row wearing a No. 84 Brown ...

The King and his people

You know how big a person is when Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are in the supporting cast. That’s Arnold Palmer. The King died Sunday at the age of 87. He brought golf to the masses in a way no one else has ever done. He’s the one who allowed PGA Tour players to play for more ...

Negativity has to end

We live in a negative society. Just look around us. A sports win is dissected in too many ways, and a loss even more so. For some reason, there has to be someone to take the blame, take the fall, you might say. We have a hard time giving others their due. The D our children just ...

The power of a seed

I received a Facebook message last week from a former player at Jefferson County Christian School and it brightened my life. We never really know the impact we make on people unless something is said. You can never underestimate the power of a seed. You can also never underestimate what ...

What the flag means

What the flag means Please understand that I see the flag and the national anthem disrespected each week during football season. I watch people as they walk through the parking lot while it is being played and do not stop. Because, apparently, you can only stand at attention while ...

What I did on my summer vacation

We ended the best season in school history March 21st after falling to eventual NCAA champion UConn in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Following that exciting time, we had a few days off before starting our postseason workouts. Postseason lasted about two weeks, and then we were ...

We are here to sharpen each other

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” — Proverbs 27:17 School is here. Sports are here. Band is here. Cheerleading is here. It’s time. Homework, laughs, hard work and disappointment. Tears of joy and tears of heartache. Leaders and followers. Parents ...

Thank you to a lot of people

Today is the last chance we get to look over our 2016 Gridiron, our annual high school football publication that will be introduced to the public on Aug. 23 and delivered in our newspaper on Aug. 24. There is an insane amount of work that goes into it by a lot of people (and, yes, there will ...

Time is now for Taillon, others

The Pittsburgh Pirates are truly hanging in there at the most important part of the season. The Pirates have, honestly, been fairly consistent this season despite the underperformance of key players like centerfielder Andrew McCutchen and third baseman Jung Ho Kang. However, the offense as a ...

Football outlook remains optimistic

With just under 20 days until the high school football season kicks off in the Ohio Valley, optimism abounds at each school's preseason camp.As I've traveled to various team picture days and talked to some of the players, their goals for the season are straight-forward and simple.Go 10-0.Of ...

Time for us to start using a new dictionary

I don't understand hate.I don't understand the vitriol that is taking place daily.We need a new dictionary in every aspect of life.There are words which we use far too often.This is not about Blue Lives Matter or Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter.It is a heart thing - always has been and ...

Josh Bell’s moment will be one to remember

As thousands of revelers from around the region descend upon Morristown for the annual Jamboree in the Hills, there is a common theme among the crowd.It goes beyond their love of drinking alcohol and listening to country music.Nearly everyone in attendance, or at least those within shouting ...

Athletes’ role isn’t always model

We wear their jerseys and talk about them like we've been buddies since childhood. We chant their names in happiness and curse their existence in scorn.We think we know our favorite athletes but, truthfully, we don't know them at all.As much as we want to believe that "athletes are normal ...

What makes the best?

Ask anybody who the best player ever in the NBA?was and Michael Jordan's name will come up a lot.Football is Tom Brady or Joe Montana?Golf has Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods (although numbers say Tiger isn't close).Baseball?Soccer?People have been on Peyton Manning for years that, while he is ...

Billy Joel knocks it out of the park for baseball

On Friday, the greatest American songwriter performed a sold out concert at the greatest ballpark in America.The Piano Man, himself, Billy Joel was at Pittsburgh's picturesque PNC Park and dazzled the masses who came out to catch a glimpse of the 67-year old and his talented bandmates.Now, Joel ...

Coaches and their influence

Candace Parker played women's college basketball at the University of Tennessee under former head coach Pat Summitt.The current member of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks posted a Twitter picture of the letter she received from Summitt while being recruited, saying "You held true to your promises ...