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Aug
4

Cates, Covington, Hope For Fun Farewell Tour….

Home, sweet home…In his four years as head football coach Ty Cates has found his footing, established as ‘the coach’ in Covington.  Now a new league and a new challenge loom…as the Buccaneers seek a happy farewell tour of the Cross County Conference.

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Aug
3

Gostomsky: Let Us Play…And The Politicization Of The Virus

The state’s weekend order for mandatory testing buys the governor time, costs athletes time, and shifts the burden of fall sports onto those who cannot defend themselves…or live their lives. What you might have missed over the weekend…in today’s Press Pros.

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Aug
1

Are You Tired Of The Daily Dose Of ‘Stupid’?

At a time when we desperately need leadership at every level of culture, there’s only one person at the top that we blame.  In reality, we need to look to your left and your right.  We’re surrounded…by us. Something to consider in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
30

My Last Game With Marty, And The Buckeyes….

Looking back I could have been bitter, like some others, with my experience playing for Ohio State hall of fame coach Marty Karow. But I’m not. I remember my last baseball game – my last game as a Buckeye – with the satisfaction of having done all I could do with the tools I had – maybe too much! Baseball nostalgia in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
28

What’s Relevant About Sports, And Live While You Can…?

A mini-fest of commentary on four points, about sports as a priority, athletes and when they become a priority, and the convenience of priorities, yours and mine. Enjoy your Wednesday with a read from Press Pros.

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Jul
27

Meeting A Hall Of Famer…Warren Spahn On Pitching

Forty years after the fact, I still have the notes from a conversation with whom many say was the best left-handed pitcher in the history of baseball.  His opinions pitching, and how to teach it, will make you shake your head. A good read about one of baseball’s best…in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
25

The Bear Story Is True…And The Taxpayer’s Ultimate Reprisal

Some weekend commentary and catchup from those who wrote to share their own version of a funny story…and from one who wrote, “Why are we paying so much for something we’re not getting?” Read more in the latest Press Pros feature.

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Jul
20

On Sports, Schools, Covid, and Who’s Lying…

After five months of scientific inconsistency and political maneuvering over a germ, I’m to the point of wanting to know, yes…and the only person left to trust is myself. Read more in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
18

Buckeyes, ‘Family’, Friends Honor Zach Farmer

Five years ago Piketon, Ohio and the Ohio State Buckeyes lost pitcher Zach Farmer to cancer.  Saturday, both came together to ensure that his legacy, his attitude, and a work in his honor will never be forgotten. Read about it in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
17

It’s ‘Classic’…How Baseball Works In Minster

They start ’em young…Minster’s July festival of baseball (and softball) is for everyone, every age, and every skill. Even if all you have to offer is a good story…a guy fighting a bear, for instance! Read more in the latest Press Pros feature.

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Jul
16

Your Rights, And Your Responsibilities…

A weekend reader suggested that I ‘‘educate” myself from the example of a more responsible journalist…one who cares about people, not just sports. Read more in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
15

More Questions Than Answers…The OHSAA’s Story

In an exclusive interview with OHSAA Director of Communications, Tim Stried, we pose some tough questions pertaining to the organization’s reasons for dismissing Jerry Snodgrass, and their goal for moving on. Read more in the latest Press Pros update.

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Jul
13

What MLB ‘HAS’ To Do…To Win People Back

Probably has to go…If baseball is going to survive a pandemic of germs, and one of turned-off fans, it’s going to have to change leadership (Rob Manfred, below) and an attitude about what the baseball experience SHOULD offer those willing to come back. Read today’s feature.

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Jul
11

Season Of Indecision: The ‘Need’ To Flip Football….

As Covid numbers ebb and fall, desperation can be felt, and now heard, amid high school football coaches waiting for the word to come down from Mike DeWine.  If we can’t play in August…let’s shoot for April. Read today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
10

What’s Next For Anderson, St. Henry, Loramie, Piqua, Et. Al.?

Anderson High School took the lead last week, the latest to change a nickname perceived to be offensive.  The Washington Redskins (below) could be next. And then…what about other area schools with native American references, and what would they do for a new nickname and mascot?

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Jul
8

Media At Issue With Joe West On A ‘Personal’ Call

If you don’t think the freedom to think for yourself is at risk in the US, consider that it’s open season on your personal opinions about anything, everything.  Just ask umpire Joe West. Commentary not on baseball, but the times in which we live…in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
7

Snodgrass Firing Puts OHSAA In An Even Tougher Spot

As if the picture of stability with the Ohio High School Athletic Association wasn’t murky enough, it got worse on Monday with the firing of popular Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass.  And indicative of the times, no one’s saying why. Read today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
4

The Winds Of Baseball Legacy…And The Hardmans

Sun rises on a familiar name, new standard…Eclipsing many of the marks of his hall of fame father, the son, another hall of famer, sets his sights on a standard that will further ensure the baseball legacy of the Hardman name in coaching. Memories of Hardman Field (below) frame our Sunday feature on Chris Hardman in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
3

July 4th: How Will You Live, Now And Beyond?

It’s a July 4th like none other we’ve ever seen – a crossroads in our culture and the choice of living life to its fullest, or life according to what inconsistent experts mandate…and politicians, hoping to save face come election time. Important to consider…in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
1

July 2: The Facts About “The National Emblem” – ‘Officially’

It’s a well-recognized tune, one of the most famous in America, but for the sake of fact…some words about a “national” tune not written by John Phillip Sousa, but one he admitted that he liked as much as his own. A holiday tribute in today’s Press Pros.

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