Sports Columns

Put me in coach, I’m ready to (attempt to) ride

As you're reading this, I'm probably sprawled out on a La-A-Z-Boy recliner with bags of ice on my shins, knees and lower back.I've never been sacked by a 225-pound linebacker, but on Monday evening, I was bucked to the ground by a miniature pony.From my inexperienced estimation, the pain is ...

Great game that ended badly

I stood right there and watched the whole thing unfold.A brawl.A terrible way to end a football game.It was something neither coach nor coaching staff wanted to be a part of.Not one coach wants to run around a field grabbing their players and throwing them back to their sidelines.Not one coach ...

Basketball season will soon heat up winter

We're still in the thick of the football season as the Division I playoff picture is coming into focus and, at the high school level, Steubenville has just earned its second consecutive regional championship.Winning nine in a row, Ohio State has grown to the cusp of this season's inaugural ...

Cervelli is capable catcher for Pirates

Russell Martin came to Pittsburgh before the 2013 season as a clean-shaven veteran looking to reform his career.Martin left the Pirates as a bearded hero who took the team to new heights.On Thursday, Martin arrived in Toronto as a revived contender heading into the twilight of his career - with ...

Weir is set for more soccer success

Charleston Catholic junior Joey Trupo remembered sitting in the same spot, feeling completely different a year ago.Last week at the West Virginia state soccer championships in Beckley, Trupo - part of a victorious Fighting Irish team that topped Weir High 2-1 in the title tilt - was speaking at ...

On the boat or the shore?

The seasons of nine of the 11 football teams in our coverage area are over.Next year has started for everyone but Steubenville and Weir High.Good luck to them Friday and Saturday.So, nine head coaches are preparing for off-season workouts. They are looking over their respective rosters trying ...

Baseball, Black Bears: Oh, my!

There's few things I take incredibly seriously. For the most part, I'm a laid back guy, but when it comes to these certain articles, I'm as critical as a judge on a reality television singing contest.I like to think I'm an expert on planning road trips, celebrating holidays and taste-testing ...

Learn from others

I love some good stories.It's does my heart and soul good to read about and watch others who have taken adversity, sometimes the ultimate adversity, and made it positive.Meet Lauren Hill.The 19-year-old college freshman wants to play in one basketball game.Just one.And, this is someone who has ...

Panthers have earned congrats

Congratulations to the Buckeye Local football team.Perseverance and hard work during a brutal season on and off the field has been rewarded.You fought through adversity and showed a strength you might have not even known you had.You took seven straight weeks of failing to win a game and made a ...

We all must look in the mirror

From one of my favorite movies, Patch Adams:Arthur Mendelson: How many fingers do you see?Patch Adams: Four.Arthur Mendelson: No. No! Look beyond the fingers! Now tell me how many you see.We must have a self-examination every day and it has nothing to do with how we look.Stand in front of a ...

Pirates postseason run is different than before

PITTSBURGH - In 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates wiped away a losing streak 20 years in the making.In 2014, they're building a new streak of their own.For the second-straight year, the Pirates are in the postseason. A year to the day of the most magical night in Pittsburgh sports history, the ...

Strawberry swinging for the heavens

This past Monday, I had a series of questions lined up for one of the most feared power hitters in New York Mets history.Darryl Strawberry was in town and I wanted to take this rare opportunity to talk with the slugger about changes in the game and how he relates to today's players.I thought ...

A jewel for Gem City

TORONTO - Come Christmastime, I watch "Elf" for the unbridled holiday spirit, "Home Alone" for the hilarious hijinx and "A Christmas Story" for the yesteryear tradition.But my favorite Christmas movie is "Jingle All The Way." The movie released in 1996 flies under the radar in terms of seasonal ...

Time to get it right

Adrian Peterson out, deactivated because of the child abuse charges filed.Greg Hardy out, deactivated Sunday morning before Carolina's game due to his domestic violence conviction.Ray Rice out, suspended indefinitely because he punched and knocked out his then-fiance, now-wife in February.Ray ...

Bucco magic set to continue

Time flies, doesn't it?Here we are, nearing mid-September, and it wouldn't be out of the question to start bringing those winter coats out of the attic. It dipped to the low-50s on Thursday night, after all.Heck, there's already a foot of snow up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.But just a few days ...

How to be part of a team

Last week I took a page from Ron Edmondson and expanded on his "8 Ways to be Odd Man Out on a team."I take another page from Edmondson this week and talk about "7 ways to make yourself invaluable to a team."I am a huge fan of being positive.It takes too much energy to be negative all the time. ...

How not to be part of a team

Social media, as a whole, I believe is really good for our society.It's not perfect and, at times, has a lot to be desired.The we-need-to-know-it-all-now can be a hindrance to the way we do things.Social media has allowed high school athletes to be recruited and stopped them from being ...

New policy gets a test

The new domestic violence law laid down by the NFL will get an early test as San Francisco 49ers defense end Ray McDonald has been accused of domestic violence.The 2007 third-round draft pick was arrested and jailed on felony domestic violence charges and was later released after posting bailon ...

More life in the sports world

Teenagers: Do you know the real reason why parents keep a look out to make sure the friends you hang around with are the "right friends" and not "the wrong crowd?"Here's an illustration.A person is hanging off a cliff holding the end of a rope and you are at the other end trying to pull him/her ...

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is freezin’ for a reason

Talking with a friend a few weeks ago, the Ice Bucket Challenge was quickly brought up as a topic of conversation."Yeah, I was nominated to do it," he said to me. "But don't worry, I didn't challenge you."I know you won't do it."Not long after, it was brought up with my girlfriend."There's no ...