Life in and about the sports world

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 fair play and the everyone-gets-a-trophy world, he is making an extra World Series trophy and shipping it to the Cleveland Indians and declaring there are co-winners.

Not everyone likes that idea either, but fewer people are offended.

¯ In other news, Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans sat Sunday during the national anthem because he doesn’t like that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

“I’m not going to stand for something I don’t believe in,” Evans told WFLA in a story written by Tampa Bay Times sports writer Greg Auman. “I’m not big on politics. I told myself ‘If this happens, then America’s not right right now.’ I said this a long time ago. When he ran, I thought it was a joke. And the joke continues. I’m not a political person that much, but I’ve got common sense. I know when something’s not right.

“I don’t want to disrespect the veterans or anything. The men and women that have served this country, I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that have been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that. When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been punked, then I’ll stand again. I won’t stand anymore.

“For how a reality star can be the president? That’s not a good look for America I don’t think, for who he is. It’s not about the Republican Party, the Democratic Party or anything like that. It’s who he is. It’s well-documented what he’s done, and I’m not going to stand for something I don’t believe in.”

¯ I do not like the sideline warning during high school football games.

More often than not I believe it is called because the referees are tired of the chirping coming from the sidelines.

During the playoffs, it is called because those guys have no choice.

They are being graded and, apparently, the sideline warning is a point of emphasis.

I still find it funny that Indian Creek was flagged for a sideline warning at Harding Stadium.

Steubenville got its about three minutes into the playoff game with Johnstown-Monroe.

I propose this: No more warnings.

If a referee bumps into a coach or player on the sidelines while doing his job — and the referee is not five yards out of bounds when doing so — it’s a flag and an automatic 15.

¯ I’ve been told by more than one really good high school football coach that you do not chase points.

Not Mike Tomlin.

The Steelers went 0-for-4 in two-point conversions in a 35-30 loss to Dallas Sunday.

Kick three of those PATs and your down by 2 and a field goal wins it.

¯ It is now the season where parents want to dump on high school football coaches — or soccer, volleyball and with basketball on the horizon.

With one football opening already, how many of the “faithful” will get what they want and a change at the top?

Like I have said peeps, be careful what you wish for.

I wonder how many of these adults would like for random people to walk into their bosses offices and demand your job?


Don’t like how much playing time your child is getting?

Get in line.

There are approximately 28,000 high school football players in Ohio.

Who’s whining about playing time?

Who’s whining about play calling?

Who’s whining in general?

Is everything perfect in your own little world?

How’s the job? Everything good? Any complaints?

Like your co-workers?

Do they like you?

Is everything perfect on any sports team?

Could it be better?

Probably, but I don’t really know.

I’m not at practice every day seeing effort (or lack thereof). I don’t see attitudes, tardiness or leadership.

Many in this country seem to think these United States of America are finding the porcelain fixture rather quickly because of Trump’s election.

That’s what we do in this country — we complain.

And, most of all, we complain without an answer.

We don’t want to give an answer.

We just want to complain.

So, mom and dad, aunt and uncle, sister and brother, grandma and grandpa, go scream at the highest mountain top that you want this coach or that coach fired.

You eventually will no longer be associated with that school and others will be.

You are the people who would have fired John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski.

A bit of the extreme, but I will say it again, if you are complaining about the playing time of your child, are you gonna complain to the commander in chief when your child is not on the front line?

¯ Trump won 290-228 (with two states still out, but 306-232 looks like the final count).

He advances and Clinton does not. It’s kinda like how the football playoffs are going right now.

Rather simplistic, you bet.

But, that’s who I am.

¯ Not saying he will be traded, but do not be surprised when you see Andrew McCutchen shopped around during the offseason.

¯ Forty-six years ago today the plane carrying 75 people associated with the Marshall football program crashed and all on board died.

Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed into a hill just short of the Tri-State Airport at 7:36 p.m.

It was carrying 37 players, 25 boosters, nine members of the coaching staff and four members of the flight crew.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. He can be contacted at mmathison@heraldstaronline.com and followed on Twitter @HSDTsports)


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