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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.
Well, I was right and then wrong.
I thought the Spurs would bring it last night, knowing that a Game 7 on the road would be very risky. And they did bring it.
They just didn't finish it.
In the last 30 seconds two missed free throws and two missed defensive rebounds cost the Spurs the game, and almost certainly the Championship.
While LeBron James deserves credit for his overall game and the late three he made, the three he missed with :23 left should have ended the season. It was a horrendous brick which actually helped the Heat. The ball bounced around before the Heat tracked it down and got it back to James who did what you would expect, he knocked down a triple.
Then Ray Allen did the same, off another Miami miss, with 5 seconds to play to force overtime.
Manu Ginobli went from hero (24 points, 10 assits in Game 5 win) to goat (plus/minus of -21, career high 8 turnovers, missed free throw late in Game 6).
While some are calling Game 6 a "classic" I'll always think of it as the Spurs letting it get away by failing to do the simple things with a two possession lead in the final 30 seconds. It's unfortunate for them that they won't be able to cap the Duncan/Popovich dynasty with a fifth title.
Is there any doubt Mimai will win Game 7?
Today's recommended reading:
Kenton to leave WBL? Well, some are considering options: The Senior Reports (scroll down to Kenton story).
Bret Bielema joins Nick Saban in calling for rules changes to blunt the hurry-up spread offense. CBS Sports
See how well you know some more obscure MLB rules by taking this quiz. ESPN's Jayson Stark (BTW I got 7 out of 10).
Tweets of the day:
Lebron better take ray Allen out to a Ruth's Chris for as long as he lives every night. Saved his legacy. This series is unreal doe!!!— andrew dakich (@daycheck3) June 19, 2013
If I covered NBA, I would offer more serious analysis. But since I don't, I have feeling only some deer antler spray can save Spurs in G7.— Scott Carter (@GatorZoneScott) June 19, 2013
Do The Spurs ever jog back after a bad "no call"?? I may be wrong, but I only see DWade and LBJ do that!! #nbafinals— CoachSendy (@CoachSendy) June 19, 2013
If the useless save statistic were discontinued tomorrow, managers would do a much better job of managing.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 19, 2013
The San Antonio Spurs can wrap up their fifth NBA title tonight if they win Game 6 at defending champion Miami.
I'm by no means an NBA expert but I can't help but think that it's going to be very difficult for Miami to take this away from the veteran Spurs.
Old pros like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli have been waiting since 2007 and are arguably hungrier than the Heat.
Even if the Spurs "old guard" gets to a point where they're running on fumes I gotta believe that being this close will be the only elixir those guys will need to soothe achy joints or sore muscles.
I'll cast my lot with San Antonio's guile, grit and determination (plus some more great shooting from Danny Green) over the most talented player and his Heat.
By the way, if the Spurs do win this series, Green has to be the MVP. His shooting has been otherworldly. The big question, as always with non-stars, is if he can play as well on the road.
As for the aforementioned LeBron James, this is a time to prove once and for all that he's worthy of being placed in the upper echelon of the game's all-time winners.
He must take over. Period. No more platitudes about team play or getting teammates involved. Tonight he needs to serve notice from the opening tap that this is his series, his team, his league and his time.
No more flopping, crying, deferring or excuse making. If he's truly the best player in the league he will carry his team to two wins on its home floor and defend the crown.
Then he'll deserve the nickname of King.
Today's recommended reading:
Great column on LeBron's mindset: Mike Wise, Washington Post
Monte Burke says Tiger can still catch Nicklaus: Forbes Magazine
Trying to fix women's college basketball. Some of these ideas from Val Ackerman should be considered for the men's game too: NY Times
Tom Usher profiles Locos catcher Andrew Dennis: Lima News
Tweets of the day:
11.5 million tweets sent about ABC NBA Finals Games 1-5...and 10.3 million about *everything else on TV* on those 5 days, per @Social_Guide— ESPN Research (@ESPNResearch) June 17, 2013
Time for Aroldis Chapman to protect a 3 run lead against the Pirates' 7-8-9 hitters.#closermyth— Chris Garber (@cgarber8) June 18, 2013
Comment of the day regarding sewage problems at Raiders/A's stadium: "Commitment to excrement!"— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 18, 2013
I had the opportunity to work at Limaland Motorsports Park this past Friday night as I assisted Mike Miller with the track announcing.
I was tasked with talking with the winning drivers on the track following the feature races for the Stocks, Modifieds and Sprints.
Each winner had a notable achievement to discuss with me.
In the Stocks, Lima's Jeff Koz defended his title in the Keysor Memorial. It was also his second straight win at Limaland.
The Modified winner was Matt Westfall. It was his first ever win at Limaland. He held off the three-time defending Track Champion Todd Sherman to take the checkered flag.
And in the Sprint feature, Jared Horstman followed up his first ever win at Limaland last week with another win. He passed ace Randy Hannagan on the high side with about 5 laps to go and hung on to take the chekers.
The racing was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I don't get out to Limaland that often because of various commitments during the late spring and summer (mainly the Lima Locos P.A. duties) and that's a shame.
I always have a great experience when I go to the races, whether I'm working for the track or just spectating as I did last year at the Brad Doty Classic.
There are very few sporting events that are as fan friendly and well done as Limaland.
You can carry in your own refresments, but if you don't you'll have access to high quality concessions offerings. The food is very good and there's a wide array of choices.
Maybe most importantly, the pace of the action is very brisk. I'm not talking about the actual racing, I'm talking about the time between races and also the managing of cautions and wrecks during the races.
At Limaland you won't find yourself sitting there wondering what the hell the hold up is. They move through the heat races and on to the features in very good time.
The heat races begin at 7:30 and last Friday the last race, the Sprint Car feature, ended at 10:00. That included nine heat races, the Dash for Cash and three features.
If you're going for the first time make sure you bring goggles to shield your eyes from the dust and dirt that the cars kick up. But don't fall for the old stereotype about leaving the track covered in dirt. You most certainly will get some on you but the amount depends on your seat location and it's really not that big a deal. Don't let that be a deterrent.
Oh yeah bring some earplugs too. That stereotype is true. The cars are pretty loud and it's wise to protect your hearing.
Even if you're not a "racing fan" I think you will appreciate the action at Limaland and if you go once, I predict you'll go back.
Today's recommended reading:
Does a NASCAR win on Sunday still equal better auto sales on Monday? Ford thinks so. Detroit News
Thomas Boswell says Tiger Woods is in denial. Washington Post
Time for the Celtics to rebuild? Duh. Should've done it two years ago, but that's just me. Sports on Earth
You think there sure has been a lot of extra inning games in MLB this year? You're correct! Major League Stew blog
Seen Pop "go off" on Duncan Parker and Green..yet when a coach "goes off" on u high school/college players u whine and have mommy call...— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) June 17, 2013
I know less after listening to Magic at halftime.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) June 17, 2013
Admit it. You thought Manu was done. Everyone did. He's not.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) June 17, 2013
Danny Green just stopped two fastbreaks led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade -- maybe the hardest task in the game.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 17, 2013
BTW, I now have a least favorite GLSCL team. Lima has used ump conference, pitching changes, ect as a weapon tonight. #draaaaagitout— Jason Arkley (@JasonAmessenger) June 17, 2013
Some folks are up in arms over the NFL's new "carry-in" policy that will limit the size and number of bags one can bring into the stadium.
Here's a link to the story from Sports Illustrated
Personally, if this new policy prevents people from bringing small children to a game I say, GOOD.
Too many folks bring too many kids who are too young to be at a sporting event. They have no attention span and are a distraction not only for their parents but for all those around them.
And don't give me any crap about I don't like kids because it's not true. While I don't have any kids I've been out with my family and their kids in many situations and I'm very tolerant of the little ones.
However, especially with the price everyone pays to get into a major sporting event, it's nonsense to have young kids there. Not only do they have literally no idea what's going on, they're going to be exposed to the underbelly of society, that is average sports fans.
They're usually partly or completely drunk and vulgar.
It's no place for kids.
Moving to the high school ranks....OHSAA has released the accounting for the winter sports state tournaments (gymnastics not included):
Boys Basketball: Attendance: 115,343 (up 2,513 from '12); profit of $871,858
Girls Basketball: Attendance: 35,953 (up 2,537 from '12); profit of $15,204
Wrestling: Attendance: 49,256 (down 1,187 from '12); profit of $191,143
Bowling: Attendance: 1,607; profit $99
Team Wrestling: Attendance: 1,750; loss of $96,166
Ice Hockey: Attendance: 4.466; loss of $4,798
Swimming & Diving: Attendance: 8,354; loss of $8,979
Total profit: $968,361.
That's how the OHSAA can avoid charging schools for membership and tournaments entries. 80% of the Association's operting budget comes from ticket sales at Regional and State Tournaments.
Also, the new divisional assignments for high school football have been released. You can find your school here: OHSAA
Albert Pujols is now just ordinary: Sports on Earth
Mo Cheeks' and Joe Dumars' futures in Detroit are linked: Detroit News
Stephen Jackson recalls the Pistons-Pacers infamous brawl, admits he enjoyed punching a fan: Malice in the Palace
Tweets of the Day:
6th time #Reds have lost a game that they led going to 8th, that happened seven times all of 2012.— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) June 13, 2013
definitely one of the worst weeks I've had throwing the baseball, tough to swallow for sure. I'm also definitely workin hard to fix it— Sam LeCure (@mrLeCure) June 14, 2013
This Friday the "NWC/MAC vs. WBL" football All Star game will be played at Van Wert.
While I love and support high school football and the people that support it and make it happen, I must admit I have no use for football All Star games.
That includes all levels, especially the NFL's Pro Bowl.
This particular game in Van Wert has been marred by some bad sportsmanship in recent years and doesn't even really have a "MAC" component as the only school that sends players is Delphos St. Johns.
While I don't begrudge anybody organizing an all star game I simply think they are a waste of time.
Football is a game that doesn't translate when not played for real. Baseball, basketball and hockey all star games are fun but football just doesn't work for me.
Again if you're into it, great. I'm just saying, for me, it's real football or none, thank you.
Here's today's recommended reading:
Joe Posnanski examines the enigmatic nature of LeBron James: LBJ confounding
For you Mark May haters: Destroying legacy
Yahoo's Pat Forde says OSU and UC schedules are among weakest in country: Forde
Best tweets of the day:
David Terrell would ... cut off his balls to play with Jay Cutler: Former Bears' 1st round pick disputes he was bust http://t.co/CZ5AaydEbB— NationalFootballPost (@FootballPost) June 13, 2013
Reds Hall of Famers Jim Maloney (2 no hitters) and Tom Browning (perfect game) will appear at the Hall for a meet and greet Sat. 1:30-3:30.— Reds HOF and Museum (@RedsMuseum) June 13, 2013
Jason Kidd is the 4th player in the top 10 all-time in assists to become a head coach (M. Jackson, M. Johnson, I. Thomas)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 13, 2013
#OHSAA football division alignments announced Thursday. Adding a division & shrinking D1 results in 432 schools changing division from '12— OHSAA Sports (@OHSAASports) June 12, 2013
Last night's stunt by Matt Garza needs to be addressed.
He was in the dugout when the game was supposed to start but the game started eight minutes late.
Garza apparently has some pregame ritual he goes through and that's why everyone was standing around waiting.
This has to be dealt with. In an era of games that are too long to begin with, to allow this idiot to force the start of the game back by eight minutes is simply unacceptable.
Since I'm sure we can't appeal to his "professionalism" (since he doesn't possess any) MLB needs to hand down some kind of hefty fine.
If this was his way of "retaliating" for the whole Cueto throwing at his teammate flap then it's even dumber.
Garza is a clown act and he should be treated as such by MLB.
Now for some better news...
MLB is going to do something great with the former Tiger Stadium site in Detroit. Read about it here: Detroit News
If you like Minor League baseball history or Columbus history, you can buy a seat from old Cooper Stadium: Columbus Dispatch
A salute to pitchers who carve out successful careers despite lacking "good stuff": SB Nation
Now...Tweets of the Day
The winner of game three of the NBA Finals is historically about 25 percent closer to winning the series. This game is BIG!— Jason Knavel (@jknavel) June 12, 2013
Three weeks into the baseball season the Reds are 11-8 and in first place.
Even though it's an obvious statement, this team's fortunes have been dictated by one area of the game: clutch hitting.
In their wins, their "runners in scoring position" (RISP) batting average is .393. In the losses its .125.
While that is revelatory, it got me to thinking about things a little deeper.
Some people like to sight "left on base" as a key stat. It is, but only if you look at it in context. If you have a lot of base runners, it stands to reason that you'll have more left on base.
If you score three or four runs two men left on base is no big deal. Conversely, if you have multiple men left on but fail to score then the number is significant.
The addition of Shin-Soo Choo has, to this point, raised the Reds on-base percentage and created alot of "action" (as Dusty Baker would say) on the basepaths.
In the 174 innings in which the Reds have batted this season, they've only had 52 innings in which they went down in order. That's only 30%, which means on average they get at least one man on base in at least six innings a game.
The other telling number is that in their eight losses, the Reds have 15 times left multiple men on base without scoring. In their 11 wins they've only done that 12 times. In other words, in the clutch, they come through twice as much in wins as in losses.
While the sample size is only 1/10 of season it looks like this team will have plenty of scoring opportunities and their ultimate success will come down to clutch hitting.
To wrap it up, here's a tweet from Fox Sports Ohio's stat guy, Joel Luckhaupt: