Archive for Blog
Jun
23

What’s Clear With The NBA Draft…

You don’t have to read between the lines. Thursday’s NBA draft made two things perfectly clear about the priority of basketball. And depending on how much you value a good plan ‘B’…neither one of them are good.

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Jun
23

How Is The Reds’ Rebuild Working…For You?

Their record at the midway point of the season is identical to how they finished last year. Fans were promised better, or at least exciting baseball. But…don’t you eventually have to win, too?

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Jun
18

Chips (Off The Old Block) Come In Diff’rent Shapes….

A lot of us will claim similarities this weekend with our dads. That’s the proud part. But how can you explain the differences?

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Jun
15

Opinion: Lonsway’s, Others’, Choice Not That Tough…!

For pitchers and position players who were selected outside the first ten rounds of this week’s draft the choice of whether to learn in ‘A’ Ball, or college, is not that tough to make. Just ask around.

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Jun
15

What’s Good For Basketball?

It’s long been a theory that if not for ESPN there would be no NBA, the two as financially connected as Siamese twins. But with up-and-down ratings, and a clear fall-off in interest for teams outside Golden State and Cleveland, can anyone say for sure if that’s best for basketball; or can anyone refute that it’s all about what’s good for ESPN?

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Jun
12

Three Letters From Fans Of Baseball: Letter #3

Our recent blog on the state of high school baseball drew swift response from around the state…who took the time to share their own opinion on the state of a boys game that in the words of one, “is just too simple for the times.” In the third of three letters posted, another writer shares that no one’s listening because changing the baseball season would inconvenience too many adults.

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Jun
8

Three Letters From Fans Of Baseball: Letter #2

Our blog from last week on the state of amateur baseball drew swift response from readers in the area and from around the state…who took the time to share their own opinion on the state of a boys game that in the words of one, “is just too simple for the times.” A second letter posted today, simply says, “selfishness and the pursuit of the almighty dollar will eventually kill high school baseball.”

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Jun
3

The Future Of HS Baseball…And The Elephant In The Room

Among the discussion on championship Saturday are plenty of concerns over the future of high school baseball – for the fact of climate, competition for athletes, cost, and plain and simply…priority.

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Jun
2

State Baseball Tournament: How Russia Won….

A stirring comeback, topped by a ‘sophomoric’ climax, sent the Russia Raiders to Saturday’s Division IV championship game against Minster.

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Jun
2

State Baseball Tournament: How Minster Won….

The D-IV portion of this year’s State Baseball Tourney will provide the most compelling matchup in this weekend’s season ending tournament. And everyone in Press Pros country will be cheering for a Minster-Russia rematch.

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May
31

Dads And Moms…And Graduation!

If you’re feeling a certain emptiness over the weekend’s graduation – over your son or daughter’s passing through to another, better challenge and the change that comes with it – consider how empty it would if they didn’t have something better to anticipate.

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May
21

How Will You Yell At A Robot….?

On the subject of umpires and officiating, the question of “right” and “wrong” is age-old, but now there’s a different concern about where the next generation of officials is coming from, and what they know about the sports they work.

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May
6

If You’ve Never Been To Michigan…Why Everything Is Blue

Observations from the school up north, with respects to those who live here, freeze here, and probably spend the majority of their lives…looking south.

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May
5

When I Go Back To Hardman….

Anyone who ever played at Fountain Park for Jim Hardman CAN NEVER go back without reliving the best days of Piqua baseball – the best days of baseball in the lives of those fortunate to be in the right place, with the right man, at the right time.

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Apr
9

Brook Benton: Just A Matter Of Time…(1931-1988)

If you appreciated our recollection of singer Tammy Wynette last week (or not), maybe you’ll look with more favor on another of America’s great voices who died on this date, long before his time.

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Apr
6

April 6…The Day The “First Lady” Died

It doesn’t seem possible, but 19 years ago today the woman known as the “Queen” of country music moved on. Her voice, thankfully, through her recordings…stays behind!

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Apr
1

Why “Daddy Ball” Doesn’t Work…..

With baseball starting next week, the emails have never been more brisk on the topic of competition, winning, and why more kids, perhaps, aren’t playing high school baseball.

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Mar
30

Why Archie Is The ‘Next’ Indiana Basketball Coach….

They’re hailing the hiring of Archie Miller as basketball coach, as they always do at Indiana – like this time it’s the “sure” thing. But they have short memories in Bloomington, and a case of entitlement…when it comes to basketball.

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Mar
29

If You Don’t Believe Me….

Pursuant to the recent columns on “winning” and reader reactions on the current reader comments page, I’m amused to share the words of one of this week’s hottest names in basketball…South Carolina’s Frank Martin.

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Mar
17

People You Want In Your Schools…And Community

If you ever question the value of those who coach, who teach, and who help run your schools…the feet on the ground…come to a state tournament and just observe. You’ll see what I mean.

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