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‘When the angels had left them and gone into heaven’

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over ...

Setting a standard

Noriana Radwan made a really poor decision. No, she didn’t hit someone like Joe Mixon. She didn’t punch a pregnant lady like Tyreek Hill. Radwan was a freshman in the UConn women’s soccer team and the Huskies had just defeated the University of South Florida to win the American ...

It is more than a punch

Joe Mixon punched Amelia Molitor. Knocked her down and, basically, out. On July 25, 2014, Mixon walked into Pickleman’s Cafe on Campus Corner at the University of Oklahoma one day after his 18th birthday and walked out 24 seconds later. During his short visit he got into an altercation ...

What’s in a name?

Until the Cleveland Indians reached the World Series, the hottest topic surrounding the team for the past five seasons has been their incriminating mascot, Chief Wahoo. Love him or hate him, he’s been thrust into the national spotlight for his potentially offensive demeanor. Native American ...

There are worse ways a football game could end

I still have people talking to me about the 24-21 win by Bishop Hartley over Steubenville in the Division IV state championship game on Dec. 2. “What do you think?” they ask. “It was a great high school football game.” Too many people want to find a scapegoat. “Big Red should ...

The BCS was more fair than current system

Six years ago, as a junior in college, I took a public speaking class. The twice-a-week course allowed us to brainstorm ideas for a speech on Tuesday, then deliver it on Thursday. One week, though, the assignment was amped up. For a de facto final exam, we had to write and present two ...

Can the Pirates be the Pirates without ’Cutch?

Most fairweather fans and national baseball writers can agree that the Pittsburgh Pirates became legitimate contenders by playing in the 2013 Wild Card Game. By defeating the Cincinnati Reds on Oct. 1, 2013, the Pirates proved they belonged at the top of Major League Baseball. Personally, I ...

A big hire ahead for BL

Buckeye Local High School has a really important hire coming up. The Panthers will be looking for their third head football coach in three years. I know not everyone understands the importance of this next move. But, it’s a big deal. A real big deal. “I am a big believer that ...

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 ...

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 ...