Sonny Fulks
Sonny Fulks
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Sonny Fulks is a graduate of Ohio State University and pitched four varsity seasons for the Buckeye baseball team from 1971 through 1974.  He furthered his baseball career as a minor league league umpire for seven years, working in the Florida State League (A), the Southern League (AA), and the American Association (AAA).  He has written for numerous websites, and for eight years served as a regular columnist and photo editor for Gettysburg Magazine, published by Morningside Books, in Dayton, Ohio.  Widely knowledgable on that period of American History, Fulks is a frequent speaker on the Civil War at local roundtables throughout the country.  Involved with a number of writing projects, he and wife Mindy have two grown children and live in Covington, Ohio.

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The latest of reader replies to recent columns here on Press Pros.  As always, with our deepest appreciation because…we couldn’t do it without you.  This week’s topics…Bruce Hooley on Big Ten football, Kevin Finfrock, the ODNR, and notes from Wheelersburg!

While June and July trend as the slowest months of the year for website traffic (no one’s home to read), there were nonetheless a spate of emails and comments made over recent posts, not the least of which concerned Bruce Hooley’s comments on the OSU-Michigan rivalry and Big Ten football, in general.

“I cannot see how a high school recruit’s lack of judgment (Michigan recruit Logan Tuley-Tillman burning his Ohio State recruiting letter) should be headline news, or why journalists like yourself should make more of it than what it is, an immature act due to lack of judgment and respect.  And where were the parents.” – Wm. Landes

“Sadly, it seems that some people cannot get enough of a rivalry by just playing the game.  They have to extend and pretend that it continues throughout the year.” – Fran Smith

Anyone who lives in Michigan knows the joke’s on Ohio State fans who believe this crap.  The real rivalry is now Michigan vs. Michigan State.” – Eric Wildermuth…Bryan, Oh

(ed. note:  Football-wise, I hear that from a number of people up there.  But retail-wise, OSU-Michigan still keeps the cash registers ringing.  If Urban stays long enough I do think he and Brady might do some Woody and Bo reprisals.)

“I’m surprised that a guy who made a pretty good living for 20 years writing and talking about Big Ten football can still find nothing good to say about it.  Hey Bruce, don’t bite the hand that feeds you, eh?” – Lee…from Hilliard

(ed. note:  In all due fairness, Bruce has a more diverse diet than he did back then.)

“It’s important to remember that Jim Delany’s not the only CEO who’s made a profit from selling from an empty wagon.” – Joe B.

(ed. note:  That’s so true, Joe.  For the sake of quality entertainment just look at the people who still go to crappy shows and movies.  Remember P.T. Barnum… “There’s a fool born every minute.”)

On our recent column detailing Kevin Finfrock’s return to high school coaching:

“Congratulation to Coach Finfrock.  (Tim) Goodwin said it right.  The situation off the field could have happened to anyone.” – Jason

“I’d like to make this clarification.  The Cross County Conference did not get better just because Finfrock’s coaching at Bethel.  It’s still the Cross County Conference.” – Mike…Sidney

(ed. note:  Hey, lighten up, Mike.  It’s just a first step.  You wouldn’t expect them to become the AFC North all at once, would you?  And you know…they’re really trying.)

“The Cross County Conference will only get better when it accepts outside schools who can play and want to play beyond week 10 in the regular season.” – Paul Miller

(ed. note:  Or, give up the notion that schools with declining enrollment and no locker room are actually trying to recruit member schools’ football players.)

“Finfrock got a lot of credit in Covington because he had players.  Now we’ll see how good he really is.” – Bruce

On the Jim Morris columns about fishing regulations and new rules pertaining to identification:

“The state’s bankrupt, they’ve laid off hundreds of ODNR employees, and they’re going to enforce this?  There’s got to be a thousand better ways of getting their house in order.” - Karl McClure

“Anything to write another ticket.  Just follow the money.” - Robt. Heitkamp

(ed. note:  I like it, Bob…seatbelts, cell phones while you drive, texting in the car, and questioning your “crappies”.)

And finally, we heard from a number of people along the Ohio River who responded, pro and con, to our piece on the Division III baseball championship, Finally, A Good Time In Wheelersburg.

“A great story that not only painted the picture of winning a championship, but the appreciation of what it means to the community.  Good story,” - Rusty Massey

“Thanks for the kind words about a community that proved that pride and commitment to a goal can overcome any hardship.” – Wm. McKinley

“Good article except for all the economic trash (you wrote).  You made it sound like they pulled defeat from the jaws of victory.” – Name And Address Witheld

(ed. note:  You made it sound like you weren’t willing to be known.)

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