Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lord, have mercy

I’m having a difficult time pronouncing the first name of Cavs rookie guard Kyrie Irving. He pronounces it “ky-REE’,” emphasis on the second syllable.      Anybody who ever went to Catholic Mass pronounces it, “KEER’-ee-ay” a three-syllable Greek word which was part of the … Continue reading

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In one night the best and worst

Just a quickie here to tell you about the best and worst separated by about 100 feet.     I’m not talking about the Browns. Sadly, this past Sunday they were the worst-coached Browns team I’ve seen since 1950 when I … Continue reading

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Rats’ Nest Corners and Other Fantasies

My new book “Pass the Nuts” is now available. Here’s a sample from the book—taken from Chapter 13. When The Plain Dealer was the biggest newspaper in the state, we had unlimited resources, especially on the high school beat. If … Continue reading

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West Shoreway: Dumb Idea

Gonna touch on several subjects today.     First, converting the West Shoreway into a 35 mile an hour boulevard is a stupid idea. The intention is to make Edgewater Park more accessible to the residents of the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.     That … Continue reading

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Name’s the Same: Who Are These Guys?

My new book “Pass the Nuts” is now available. Here’s a sample from the book—taken from Chapter 18. When I was a kid, people sometimes asked if I were related to Father Coughlin, the radio priest from Royal Oak, Michigan. … Continue reading

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Willie Mays and 3.2 Beer

My new book “Pass the Nuts” is now available. Here’s a sample from the book—taken from Chapter 31. On any list of the great heartbreaks in Cleveland sports history you will find the usual suspects—Red Right 88, the Drive, the … Continue reading

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John Heisman Was a Jerk

Every year when the Heisman Trophy is awarded, which is this coming Saturday night in New York, I think back to Georgia Tech’s 222-0 slaughter of Cumberland College in 1916, the biggest score in college football history.     John W. Heisman, … Continue reading

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Special teams miss Lenny Friedman

When Josh Cribbs led the NFL in kickoff returns, the key blocker was Lenny Friedman, who is no longer with the team. Look no further for the reason that the Browns’ return game has slowed to a crawl.     Cribbs … Continue reading

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Break the Story First

My new book “Pass the Nuts” is now available. Here’s a sample from the book—taken from Chapter 11. In the 1960s, it was imperative that breaking news on the high school beat broke first in The Plain Dealer. Our sports … Continue reading

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Wildcats favored by 2

St. Ignatius is favored by two points over Pickerington Central in Saturday night’s Division 1 state championship football game. It’s a new role for the Wildcats who were underdogs the last three weeks. Here are the rest of the betting … Continue reading

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