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The “State of the NFL”: Because we all care deeply about extra points

February 1, 2015 On Friday afternoon, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped up to a podium, poised to make his much anticipated “State of the NFL” address. “It has been a tough year,” he said. more »»

The official’s responsibility to sportsmanship

February 1, 2015 In recent years, I have stressed time and again the importance of sportsmanship in athletes, coaches, and fans. I think we also should consider the same from officials as well. more »»

Saffield and stories won’t be forgotten

January 30, 2015 You can certainly touch and impact the lives of many in 74 years. When you consider that, of those years, more than 40 were spent in education and coaching, one’s reach grows even further. more »»

What to say to your son before he wrestles

January 25, 2015 Since all three of my sons wrestled, I attempted to give them some advice that would not only help them in wrestling, but also in life. Below are suggestions I made: 1. more »»

Sacrifice: Is it good or bad

January 18, 2015 “Sacrifice — The Essence of Excellence or the Folly of Fanaticism” This “Saga of Two Wrestlers” is true, except for the two wrestlers’ names. In the end, you will have to judge for yourselve. more »»

Future NFL commish defends her disdain for current regime

January 18, 2015 Last week, two of my fellow sports colleagues suggested I am too tough on Goodell in my column. more »»

OVAC mat tournament has history

January 15, 2015 The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament has been around since 1954. Bridgeport, with the legendary George Kovalick as head coach, was crowned the initial team champion. more »»

Is underdog role good or bad for OSU?

January 12, 2015 Objections to being considered as underdogs in the first College Football Playoff National Championship game have been voiced by some Buckeye players, but quarterback Cardale Jones appears to have... more »»

Better relationships between wrestling coaches and officials

January 11, 2015 Unfortunately, more often than not coaches and officials consider each other to be adversaries. more »»

Goodell doesn't need to clean out his desk - yet

January 10, 2015 Ladies and gentlemen, the results are in! (Dramatic pause, audience cheers.) In the Ray Rice domestic violence case, Roger Goodell, the investigation determined that... more »»

Merrick doesn’t hesitate when talking CRC

January 4, 2015 WHEELING — When Dr. Gregory Merrick talks about the Cancer Research Classic he doesn’t hesitat. more »»

Excuses won’t get you anywhere in life or in wrestling

January 4, 2015 Life is not fair; I freely admit it. But that still doesn’t give us just cause to make excuses, especially in athletics. And let’s be honest, excuses and good sportsmanship don’t mix. more »»

Brunson, Tatum put on a show

January 3, 2015 WHEELING — There have been many splendid games and individual performances during the course of the now eight Cancer Research Classics. more »»

Smell ya later, 2014

January 3, 2015 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now on the clock. more »»

Advantage to OSU, but it’s certainly close

December 31, 2014 Most college football fans have been lobbying for an NCAA college football playoff format for some years now. Well, starting Thursday those fans will get their wish when No. 1 Alabama and No. more »»

Sugar Bowl coaches played football in Ohio

December 31, 2014 TWO COACHES, who once played football at Ohio universities affiliated with the Mid-American Conference and formerly with such conferences as the Conference USA and the Big East Conference, probably... more »»

Playoff scenarios to melt your brain

December 27, 2014 As awesome as your future commish thinks she is (and I am awesome), that still does not keep her immune to that icky flu that’s been hitting folks hard throughout the area. more »»

Wrestling with courage ever since 1963

December 27, 2014 A long, long time ago, on a wrestling mat far, far away, I faced COURAGE, a very formidable adversary. It was the winter of 1963 in Pennsylvani. more »»

Clark picks up ‘big’ win

December 22, 2014 Travis “The Terror” had a huge task ahead of him Friday night when he stepped into the squared ring inside Wheeling Island Racetrack and Casino’s Showroom as part of Made Men Promotions’ “Season’s... more »»

Wrestling parents must make a total commitment

December 21, 2014 In my opinion, no other athletic contest asks as much from its parents as wrestling. more »»



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