Sports Columns

Opening Day is special wherever you are

CINCINNATI - It doesn't get much better than a vacation to Disney World or celebrating Christmas morning by opening presents.I had my version of both on Monday.Though the setting was Great American Ballpark instead of my beloved PNC Park, Opening Day in Cincinnati was the perfect day trip and a ...

Read the words, live the words

College is hard.It is also the best four or five years of a person's life.You meet people from all over the nation and, maybe, the world.You learn how to figure out life as you grow up.Teenagers quickly learn that high school, for the most part, was probably the easiest four years of their ...

’Eers have ability to pull off another upset

West Virginia gets another boundary rival in the same border state.The Big 12 is for the birds. Conference play doesn't matter anymore, as the Mountaineers are dominating the postseason in their home region.Playing less than three hours away from Morgantown, West Virginia has handled Buffalo ...

Cavs set for strong stretch

That headline has to be the most obvious statement made this year. Along with, "I'm ready for spring" and, "There's potholes everywhere."The Cavaliers were the hottest topic in the NBA even before the season started when LeBron James announced he was coming back to join his former team. Now as ...

More proof not to hit send

Curt Schilling, with the blessing of his daughter, went off Sunday on his blog, 38pitches.wordpress.com.The former Major League pitcher congratulated his daughter on Twitter on Feb. 25 after she was accepted into Salve Regina University, where she will continue her academic and athletic ...

Whatis in it for ME?

Whatis in it for ME?Everything, just as long as you put everyone on the team above yourself.There are x-amount of starters and a number on the bench.Regardless, everyone is a member of the team.Everyone has a role and those roles make up the complexity of the team.Each team has a unique ...

Spin it any way you want, it’s still cheating

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun Times, has asked Stephen Keener, the president and CEO of Little League International to reverse the decision on Jackie Robinson West Little League because "Every home run was real. Every great catch was real. The passion ...

Baseball issues have solutions

Usually it's the time when I go to the restroom, check missed text messages, review my scorecard or decide if I want nachos, french fries or Quaker Steak and Lube wings.It's those seemingly never-ending minutes that draw the most ire of casual baseball fans. Soon they may be cut back ...

King: ‘I have decided to stick with love …’

We honored Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.He changed the world more than what we can fathom, yet, pieces of the world haven't changed at all and, in reality, will never change.We have all witnessed that through the tragedies in Florida, Missouri, New York and, back in the day, the rioting and ...

Next man up: Replacement player must fulfill the role

We have heard this phrase over and over and over and over again during the past few months.One guy goes down for whatever reason and the "next man up" gets his time to shine.It doesn't matter the sport or the reason someone is out of the game.All that matters is if the replacement player will ...

Kang’s intangibles are a plus for Pirates

For the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jung Ho Kang isn't as heralded as a prospect like Gregory Polanco or a free agent acquisition like Russell Martin.Kang just may have more upside than both of those players who have made quite an impact in their time with the Pirates.The 27-year old became one of the ...

Biggio’s call should bring positive change to HOF voting

A headline in Sunday's Houston Chronicle read: "I want it for my family." It was a quote attributed to former Astros' star Craig Biggio. After being snubbed for the past two seasons, Biggio anxiously awaited Tuesday's announcement of the 2015 induction class into the Baseball Hall of Fame.The ...

Boo-yah; As cool as the other side of the pillow

Stuart Scott, the longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning after a seven-year battle with cancer.He was 49.Scott will be remembered for a lot of things, especially his speech last summer at the ESPY's after receiving the Jim Valvano Perseverance Award."You beat cancer by how you live, why ...

Be THAT person people are glad to see :-)

Happy New Year.Let's be better.Look up Marc Mero, watch and listen.Life is not easy and we tend to make it harder than it is.We look in the mirror and see 4,000+ problems instead of the one true blessing."I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting ...

‘Suddenly a great company of the heavenly …’

"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 their ...

What we do for others

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always ...

Baseball moves all about coming home

Though Torii Hunter is a native of Pine Bluff, Ark., he considers Minnesota home. The MLB veteran outfielder has chosen to finish his career where it began 17 years ago.Earlier this month, Hunter signed a one-year, $10.5 million contract to return to the Twins after spending the past two ...

What a way to get it started

If Friday's boys' basketball game between Toronto and Catholic Central was any indication of how exciting this prep hoops season will be, it is sure to be a thrilling winter in the Ohio Valley.Both teams came into the tilt with high expectations for their seasons. And both fanbases and student ...

A great many thanks to the people who helped

Our annual basketball preview edition - Inside The Paint - was published Friday.A lot of work from a lot of people goes into making the publication possible and I thank them all for their hard work.This year we added team pictures of the 22 teams in over coverage area.I would like to thank ...

A proclomation that changed the way we live

October 3, 1863By the President of the United StatesA ProclamationThe year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, ...