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Local Football & Basketball Play By Play on WIMA.
First Pitch show leading up to Reds Baseball on WIMA.
As the play-by-play voice of Bowling Green Football and Mens Basketball on the Falcon Sports Radio Network.
Formerly served as the play-by-play voice of the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League.
As the college football season winds down, the OSU Buckeyes are right where they want to be: one win from playing for the National Championship.
After all the teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing of Buckeye fans all season it worked out as it always does IF you win ALL your games.
The much discussed "anti-OSU" bias of the national media (overblown) doesn't matter IF you win ALL your games.
That's what I've always loved about college football. Every week is an elimination game. Say goodbye to that beginning next year when we expand to a four-team playoff.
There will be even less suspense and meaning for the regular season once the playoff expands to 8, then 16 teams (my prediction there, mark it down so I can say I told you so).
Meanwhile the Bowling Green Falcons have put together a very successful season (9-3, 7-1 MAC) as they'll play N. Illinois tomorrow night in the MAC Championship Game.
Two local products have helped in a big way: Heath Jackson (Ada) and Taylor Royster (L.C.C.).
Jackson, who has overcome injuries to both knees, has finally seen extensive playing time in his junior season, his fourth as a Falcon.
He has 21 receptions for 228 yards and two touchdowns. He had a huge TD grab early in BG's 49-0 demoliton of Ohio a few week back.
As for Royster, he's played in every game as part of the rotation on the defensvie line and has recorded 6 TFL and 3.5 sacks.
I get a feeling he'll come up with a big play tomorrow night as he seems to come up big in BG's biggest games.
He had a sack and 2 TFL at Indiana, recorded a sack at Mississippi State and had 2 TFL in the Ohio win.
Good luck to the Falcons in Detroit tomorrow night!
Staying in the MAC...
While he didn't get a win (0-7) as the interim head coach at Miami, Celina grad Mike Bath, I think, made a good impression and probably will be a head coach again soon.
When I saw the RedHawks in their loss to Bowling Green, they were well prepared, had a good gameplan and played hard. Even though they ultimately were routed by the Falcons, Bath had his team ready.
He deserves a top job and hopefully he'll find one this off season.
Also, congrats to local products Keith Wenning (Coldwater) and Jarrod Pughsley (Lima Senior) for earning All-MAC recognition.
Wenning, who threw for over 3,900 yards with 34 TD's, was named second team All-MAC. In most other seasons he would have been a first-teamer but Heisman Award candidate Jordan Lynch of NIU beat him out.
Pughsley, a former walk-on, earned third team All-MAC on the O-Line for the Akron Zips, who went 5-7, their highest win total since 2008.
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1. Changes coming for Great Lakes Collegiate League.
2. Real work now begins for Lima Senior football.
3. HS Football playoffs.
4. While complaining about lack of respect, OSU fans disrespect Baylor.
5. Bengals fans, take it easy on Andy Dalton.
6. "New rules" in college basketball.
1. World Series sloppiness.
2. The Bengals on letdown alert.
3. Playoff possibilites for all the area teams.
4. Update on local products playing college football.
Click here to listen to the podcast: 10-29-13
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I have come to realize that I talk alot faster than I type. So, I will sometimes (more often than my written submissions) post a link here to my latest rantings.
I'll try to do this every Monday and Friday while supplementing it with other postings as well.
Today I reflect on the Bengals and Browns and college football, inlcuding my prediction on one team making the National Championship Game! I also recognize three local products making the grade in college football and more...
Here is today's audio: 10-14-13
The Reds have been a confounding team this season and it has come down to one game, tonight's wild card game at Pittsburgh.
The problems this team has have been well documented and discussed throughout the season but the bottom line is that tonight begins "a whole new season".
While it's true that this team has no "clubhouse leader" to inject fire and/or discipline, I don't think that's as important in the postseason. The playoffs take care of that for you.
When the Reds took two of three in Pittsburgh a little over a week ago, the team seemed to have plenty of fire. The problem is that they tend to lose their focus and/or intensity over the long haul of the season now that there's no "take charge" guy to lead the team.
But there is no more long haul. Now it's day to day and full speed. I think this team will have the intensity it needs. That's doesn't mean they'll all of the sudden start hitting with men in scoring position though.
I do think a change in approach is warranted at the plate as it pertains to their best player, Joey Votto.
When somebody is on base in front of him, Votto simply must put the ball in play and not look for a walk. Period.
We can debate all this on-base percentage B.S. some other time, but again, this is the postseason. Votto is the best hitter on the team, if not the league and he MUST swing the bat EVERY TIME there is somebody on base. PERIOD.
In the postseason scoring chances don't come along much and when you have one you can't afford for your best hitter to pass up the chance to hit just because the pitch is an inch outside.
To illustrate Votto's philosophy, here's an excerpt from today's Cincinnati Enquirer piece by Paul Daugherty:
I asked him to explain his reasoning. He took nearly a minute before he answered.
“My responsibility as a hitter is to get the most out of an at-bat,” he began. “I take an approach that very rarely concerns itself with the current situation.” Again, his notion of what is most productive at the moment might be different than yours.
“Say, for example, I drove in 100 this year, hit 25 homers and I hit .275 or .285, and I gave up all those at-bats. That’s a 15-hit swing over the course of a season. People would be killing me, based on my contract,” Votto said.
The fact that he doesn't take the current situation into account when he's at the plate is disappointing. In fact, it's dumbfounding.
Let me say that I'm not a Votto hater but it's clear to me that this new "sabremetric" approach at the plate has clearly been motivated by his huge contract. It seems he's worried more about OPS and WAR than he is about W's.
Let me also say that while his approach is OK during the season (although I still think he needs to come off it sometimes) he is 100% wrong if he's going to use this approach in the playoffs. He must take into account the situation in EVERY at-bat in the playoffs and act accordingly.
Question: If Votto's up with one out and a man on second, do want him to take a 3-2 pitch an inch off the plate for a walk, thus leaving it up to Phillips or Ludwick or whoever...OR do you want him to drive that sumbitch to left-center and take your chances?
Yeah, me too.
With all that said, I do think the Reds will win tonight and I also think at least one wild card will win a pennant.
Why not the Reds?
Lima Senior has a chance to win three games in a row this Friday night as they entertain the Toledo St. Francis Knights at Lima Stadium.
As a am preparing for the broadcast on Friday night I have uncovered a clarification on the last time the Spartans won back to back games ON THE FIELD.
It was reported last week that Lima won back to back games in 2004 and that is technically correct. However, if you take out the game that was won by forfeit on Sept. 3, Lima didn't win back to back games that season.
The last time Lima Senior actually won two games in a row ON THE FIELD was Week 3 and Week 4 of the 2000 season.
That team technically won four games in a row as the next week's game with Lake Central out of Indiana was awarded to Lima via forfeit before Lima then knocked off Zanesville in Week 6.
But again, ON THE FIELD, Lima hasn't won three games in a row since 1999.
Going back to that 2004 season, that was the turning point from struggling to absolutely horrible for the Spartan program.
After five games, Lima was 3-2 thanks to the forfeit and then opened Greater Buckeye Conference play at home with Napoleon.
The Wildcats overwhelmed the Spartans that night, 60-6.
From that night through Week 2 of this season, the Spartans would lose 43 of 47 games, including 20 in succession.
A 49-42 win at Piqua two weeks ago ended that losing streak and now Lima hopes to string together three in a row. And we'll be there to bring it to you here on WIMA.